The President's Message: A Quick Conference Recap
If you attended the annual Community Papers of Florida (CPF) conference in Florida, we are sure that you took home some ideas to help add to the bottom line of your papers.

We thank you for taking the time to attend and for sharing your knowledge with your peers.

You will note that in the opening paragraph, I referred to the Community Papers of Florida. At the conference the general membership approved the recommendation to change the association's name to Community Publishers of Florida. (See the related article.)

Congratulations to the Presidential Award and the Milton & Bernice Beckerman Award winners. They were all well-deserving winners. (See related articles.)

The talent of the members of this association was on display during the "Awards for Excellence" awards presentation. Over 160 plaques were handed out to the deserving winners.

As noted in the State of the Association address, the revenue of this association has dropped dramatically over the past seven years. During the good times we invested funds that are paying most of the current bills. But we have made drastic cuts - including in the conference budget.

This year's budget for speakers at the conference was zero.
Therefore, we had to rely on volunteers for the sessions and we can't thank them enough.

Dan Autrey (Tampa Bay Newspapers), Justo Rey (The Flyer), David Crawford (SRDS), Angel Leonard (Forum Publishing Group), Melanie Mathewson (Intersect Media Solutions), Charlie Delatorre (Tower Publications), Tim Bingaman (CVC), J.W. Owens (TLI instructor), and Gary Hawken (retired from Flashes Shopping Guide) all stepped up to the podium and led the sessions.

The Caribe Royale Resort was a great place for the conference. As always, their food and service was outstanding. And we are pleased to announce we are going back there for the 2016 annual CPF conference.

For the 2016 conference, we will once again be joined by the Independent Free Papers of America (IFPA) and the Southeastern Advertising Publishers Association (SAPA).

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 joint conference.


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