DMA List & Database Council Honors Stefanie Pont and Ron Davis Young List Professional Honorees
August 16, 2006 — The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) List & Database Council has presented its 2006 honors at DMA List Vision 2006, honoring a list industry veteran as well as three newer members of the list community.
List Leader of the Year: Stefanie Pont
The Council presented its List Leader of the Year to Stefanie Pont, managing partner of Pont Media Direct. The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the list and database industry, was presented at the List Leader of the Year Awards dinner, which was held last evening at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
With more than 20 years of direct marketing, list brokerage, and management experience, Pont launched Pont Media Direct in February of 2004, specializing in strategic media planning, list brokerage, campaign management and analysis. Her extensive client experience in a variety of fields (including telecom, publishing, catalog, and financial services) has been utilized by a wide and varied client base, including Sprint, IBM, Perkin Elmer, E*Trade, Apple, Saab of North America, Vonage, Quiznos and Visa Marketing, among others.
Prior to launching the company, Pont was vice president/corporate media director for Euro RSCG-Brann North America from 2000-2004, and managed media planning and buying for 7 regional offices. She has also held senior positions with some of the most respected list brokerage and management companies in the United States, including The Millard Group, Paradysz Matera and Boardroom, Inc.
Pont served as chair of the DMA List and Database Council from 1999-2003, created the List/Database Young Professionals Series, and chaired List Vision 1997, 2001, and 2004 and currently serves as Special Events/DMA Liaison Chair for the List and Database Council. Pont also serves on the Operating Board of The Direct Marketing Club of New York. Stefanie Pont writes frequently for industry publications, and moderated the Direct Magazine Database Marketing panel in 2004.
In naming Pont as this year’s honoree last month, Linda Huntoon, chair of the DMA List & Database Council and executive vice president of Direct Media, said, “I am thrilled with Stefanie’s selection for this prestigious award. Stefanie has always gone out of her way to serve the industry. She represents her company, her industry, and her colleagues with the highest standard of professionalism. The list industry is very fortunate to have her among us.”
Ron Davis Young List Professional of the Year Award:
Almonacy, Fenster and Patterson
DMA’s List & Database Council also presented its Ron Davis Young List Professional of the Year Awards today. This year’s honorees are:
· Mariela Almonacy, production manager, Bottom Line Lists
· Hayley Fenster, senior account executive, American List Counsel
· Marc Patterson, sales representative, Millard Group, Inc.
Criteria for the Ron Davis Award include:
· Maximum three honorees each year
· Middle-management level or below
· Maximum five years in the industry
· Committed to the direct marketing process as a career
· Has consistently performed at a level above and beyond everyday job expectations
· Extended education or service in the list industry
Named in honor of Ron Davis, who was responsible for creating the List Marketing Department at Meredith Corporation, the award recognizes young list professionals who have distinguished themselves in their careers. Davis, who died in 1995, was well known for his dedication to the list industry. He was a mentor to many young list professionals, sharing his vision on the intricacies of the list business.
About DMA List & Database Council
DMA List & Database Council provides a forum for its members to discuss key trends, issues, and technological developments relating to the use of mailing lists and databases. For additional information about the council, visit http://www.the-dma.org/councils/listdatacouncil.
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