North Coast Media brands win 14 Regional Azbee Awards from ASBPE


CLEVELAND — North Coast Media (NCM) is proud announce that its brands and staff combined to win 14 Azbee awards at the ASBPE Heartland Region banquet June 24 in Cleveland.

Launched in 1964 as the American Society of Business Press Editors, ASBPE is the professional association of editors, writers, art directors and designers in the business, trade and specialty publishing industry.

Heartland Region awards were selected from more than 1,200 entries from member states Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia.

NCM staff members at the 2016 ASBPE Heartland Region awards banquet in Cleveland

North Coast Media publications Golfdom, GPS World, Landscape Management, LP Gas and Pest Management Professional received awards, as did the company’s corporate website. (See below for the complete list)

Several of the regional finalists are also finalists for national awards, which will be announced July 21 at the Azbee Awards of Excellence Banquet during the ASBPE National Conference at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.

NCM’s Joelle Harms will represent the company at the National Awards, where she is also being named a Young Leader.

The complete list of NCM brands and staff recognized includes:


masterpiece of minimalismPrint, Original Research, Gold Medalist, “The Golfdom Report,” Seth Jones, Pete Seltzer and Grant Gannon

Design, Front Cover-Photo, Silver Medalist, “A Masterpiece of Minimalism,” Pete Seltzer and Seth Jones

Design, Opening Page/Spread-Illustration, Bronze Medalist, “Water, Water, Everywhere” (November 2015), Pete Seltzer

GPS World

Design, Website Redesign, Bronze Medalist,, Jesse Malcmacher, Joelle Harms, Bethany Chambers and Pete Seltzer.

Landscape Management

Print, Special Supplement, Gold Medalist, LM150, Marisa Palmieri, Dillon Stewart and Tracie Martinez

Print, How-To Article, Silver Medalist, “Step by Step: How to store pesticides,” Marisa Palmieri, Dillon Stewart and Tracie Martinez

Online, Social Media Presence, Silver Medalist, Landscape Management social media, Marisa Palmieri, Allison Barwacz and Dillon Stewart

LP Gas

Online, Web Feature Article, Silver Medalist, “The digital revolution and its impact on the propane industry,” Allison Barwacz

Print, Original Research, Bronze Medalist, “Concealed carry policy discussion,” Megan Smalley

North Coast Media

Design, Website Design, Silver Medalist,, Jesse Malcmacher, Joelle Harms, Bethany Chambers, Pete Seltzer and Steve Galperin

Pest Management Professional

PMP_PesTech_419x600-210x300Design, Front Cover-Illustration, Silver Medalist, “PestTech 3.0” (December 2015), Leo Michael, Illustrator; Tracie Martinez, Marty Whitford and Heather Gooch

Print, Humorous/Fun Department, Silver Medalist, “Start-Up Diaries,” Pete Schopen, Contributor; Marty Whitford, Heather Gooch and Tracie Martinez

Design, Front Cover-Best Typographic Cover, Bronze Medalist, “2016 State of the Industry Survey” (November 2015), Tracie Martinez, Marty Whitford and Heather Gooch

LP Gas Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The LP Gas Hall of Fame launched in propane’s centennial year (2012) as a way to honor the legends, icons and leaders who have helped establish, advance and grow the propane industry. It provides the industry with an annual, peer-recognized achievement that culminates in a black-tie celebration of the people who have contributed to its century-old history.

NPGA Southeastern Convention 2016

The National Propane Gas Association is hosting their annual Southeastern Convention April 8-10, 2016. The event will feature workshops, roundtables, and an exhibit hall. Make hotel reservations through Eventsphere.

Friday Favorites: LP Gas

Best of 2015, as picked by the editors

The issue: LP Gas, August 2015

Selected by: Editor-in-Chief Brian Richesson

Looking back on the past year and thinking about the work we did at LP Gas magazine, I’d have to pick August as my favorite issue.LPG August Cover

And that’s not just because we featured my waist on the cover, with a handgun holstered to my belt. It’s because we took a controversial topic suggested by a reader and turned it into a successful cover story. For that, I credit Megan Wilkinson, our associate editor, who surveyed our readers, conducted interviews and assembled a comprehensive package on whether retail propane operations have concealed-carry policies in the workplace.

Turns out, about 25 percent of propane retailers we surveyed have an official policy. Whether that’s for or against allowing employees to carry during work hours, for or against allowing weapons on company property, these retail propane operations have a policy in place for their employees and/or customers. The article helped answer the questions: Why did some retailers choose to implement a policy? If they don’t have a policy, would they consider one? We’d love for you to take a few minutes and read the article. Let us know what you think, and let us know what other key business topics we can explore in our pages.

This August issue was a team effort. LP Gas Managing Editor Kevin Yanik organized the photo shoot and also modeled the guns on his waist and ankles; photographer Martin Eisert made these pictures shine; and our design team, led by Kim Traum, put all of the pieces together. I also can’t forget Ryan Bockmuller, business development manager for North Coast Media, who allowed us to use his guns for the photo shoot. Bockmuller helped those of us less knowledgeable about the weapons to strap them correctly to our waists and ankles. It’s also worth noting that he stressed safety throughout the entire process.

This August issue preparation really was a memorable experience. I wonder what 2016 will bring.

LP Gas Growth Summit 2015

LP Gas magazine’s Growth Summit will be held Oct. 7-9, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. This event will help propane industry companies form partnerships and grow their businesses, focusing on newer markets such as autogas, mowers, generators, tankless water heaters, irrigation engines and technology. Representing North Coast Media will be LP Gas Publisher Brian Kanaba, Editor-In-Chief Brian Richesson, and Managing Editor Kevin Yanik, as well as NCM’s events manager Ryan Bockmuller. Also attending are NCM Digital Content Producer Allison Barwacz, Corporate Editorial Director Marty Whitford, and NCM President and CEO Kevin Stoltman.

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