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barwacz_allison2Allison Barwacz specializes in digital media and is aware of the constant change in the industry. She makes it her goal to create relevant and appealing content suitable for audiences. She wrote a blog post on the topic from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) National Conference earlier this month in St. Petersburg, Florida., the organization’s national website, shared Barwacz’s blog post about her expertise pertaining to audience engagement on June 5, 2017, featuring it prominently on the homepage. ASBPE, a professional association for writers, art directors and designers employed in the press has more than 1,700 members.

Barwacz attended the conference as one of the five ASBPE Young Leaders Scholarship winners.

“Allison went above and beyond our expectations by shooting photos and taking notes on her laptop during each session,” says Amy Fischbach, president of the ASBPE Foundation. “The entire national board was impressed with Allison, and we were honored to have her as one of our 2017 Young Leader Scholarship winners. We hope that she will continue to be active in ASBPE, and we think she has a bright future ahead of her.”

Barwacz fully intends to apply the knowledge she gained from the conference to her work at North Coast Media.

“I’m honored to be named an ASBPE 2017 Young Leader, and the conference was an excellent way to gain insights from and network with B2B professional. Ren LaForme’s keynote on audience engagement related directly to what my colleagues and I do on a daily basis, so it was great to bring back some of those insights to North Coast Media,” Barwacz says.

Read Barwacz’s blog post: “How to develop an audience engagement strategy that works” from, June 5, 2017

NCM brands recognized for editorial, design excellence by ASBPE

Cleveland, OH — June 6, 2017 — North Coast Media (NCM) is pleased to announce that Golfdom, Landscape Management, and Pest Management Professional were recent winners in the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ (ASBPE) Azbee awards program, with one national award and 13 regional awards. NCM is also proud to share that digital media content producer Allison Barwacz was named a Young Leaders Scholarship winner.

The Azbee awards recognize the exceptional work of magazines, newsletters and digital media in the business-to-business and professional publication industries. According to, more than 1,200 entries were submitted in 76 different categories. 

“We continue to provide the best possible content and design on each platform we use to connect with readers. Having the hard work of our staff recognized is very rewarding and well-deserved,” said Kevin Stoltman, NCM president and CEO.

NCM’s regional and national Azbee award winners include:

Golfdom, a magazine that focuses on news and information for businesses and individuals who manage and maintain golf courses, won:

Landscape Management, a magazine that focuses on news and information for landscape contractors, won:

LM’s award-winning October 2016 front cover design

  • National Gold, Social Media Presence-Online, “Landscape Management Social Media Presence,” for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, Marisa Palmieri, Dillon Stewart and Kelly Limpert
  • Regional Gold, Front Cover-Design, “LM October Cover,” Marisa Palmieri, Dillon Stewart and Tracie Martinez
  • Regional Gold, Special Supplement-Print, “LM150 2016,” Marisa Palmieri, Dillon Stewart and Tracie Martinez
  • Regional Silver, Magazine Design, “LM October and November,” Marisa Palmieri, Dillon Stewart and Tracie Martinez
  • Regional Silver, Case History-Print, “Stronger Than Ever, November 2016 Cover Story,” Marisa Palmieri, Dillon Stewart and Tracie Martinez
  • Regional Silver, General Interest Feature Article-Print, “Employer of Choice, March 2016 Cover Story,” Marisa Palmieri, Dillon Stewart and Tracie Martinez

Pest Management Professional, a magazine that provides its readers with the most recent news and insights in the pest control industry, won:

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PMP’s “Ante Up for 2017,” Regional Gold Winner
  • Regional Gold, Front Cover-Illustration, “Ante Up for 2017,” Tracie Martinez and Courtney Townsend
  • Regional Silver, Special Supplement-Print, “Bed Bug Lock Down,” Marty Whitford and Tracie Martinez
  • Regional Silver, Feature Article Design, “Driving the Bottom Line,” Tracie Martinez and Courtney Townsend
  • Regional Bronze, Humorous/Fun Department-Print, “Photo Finish,” Heather Gooch and Tracie Martinez
  • Regional Bronze, Special Supplement-Print, Diane Sofranec, “Ant Wars,” Marty Whitford, Heather Gooch, Will Nepper and Tracie Martinez

Barwacz represented NCM at the ASBPE National Conference and Awards of Excellence Banquet recently in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she was recognized as one of five of the country’s top business editors under 30.



About North Coast Media

North Coast Media, LLC (NCM) is the largest B2B publishing company headquartered in Cleveland. NCM’s flagship brands include LP GasPit & QuarryGPS WorldPest Management ProfessionalLandscape Management, and Golfdom. Ancillary brands include Portable Plants & EquipmentGeospatial SolutionsAthletic Turf News and Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations, and a host of other leading industry reference books.

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