LARGO, Fla., June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Bill Disbrow, CEO of Valpak Direct
Marketing Systems, Inc. (http://www.Valpak.com), a Cox Target Media
company, won Best Executive in the Media & Entertainment category at the
6th annual American Business Awards, also known as The Stevie Awards, which
were presented June 12 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
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The Stevie Awards honor companies of all types and sizes, recognizing
outstanding performances in business worldwide. More than 2,600 entries
from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted
"It is an honor and a surprise to receive this award on behalf of
Valpak and Cox Target Media," said Disbrow, who did not realize his staff
nominated him for the award.
In addition to the extraordinary growth achieved under Disbrow's
leadership, the nomination also highlighted his commitment to embracing
change and making people a priority in business. In the submission form,
Disbrow is described as, "a tireless champion of change and innovation,
inspiring the organization to constantly evolve to remain an industry
Disbrow was applauded for his vision to re-engineer the entire Valpak
manufacturing process and revolutionize how the company does business -
consolidating Valpak's production plants in Florida and North Carolina into
a new $220 million, state-of-the-art, 470,000-square-foot center in St.
While the construction of this new facility posed significant
logistical challenges, the humanitarian aspect of the project was outlined
in the nomination form. The project included the planned closure of the
company's facility in Elm City, NC, a small community near Raleigh. The
potential loss of 400 jobs in this town would have been devastating to the
Instead of closing the plant and laying off workers, Disbrow
commissioned a team to find a buyer to not only purchase the building, but
also retain the employees. In the end, an agreement was struck with a
Minnesota company that not only bought the facility and employed the
workers, but planned to increase staffing at the location by some 100
additional jobs. This contract was completed in December 2007. (See the
Fortune magazine story by copying and pasting the following URL into your
e/i ndex.htm .)
Disbrow's actions are a testament to Valpak's guiding principles of
making a positive impact in the communities it serves and encouraging the
success of employees.
In addition, to Disbrow's award, David Szen, VP of Sales Training &
Development, was named a finalist in the Best Sales Trainer Category.
Valpak's award-winning training department is responsible for educating and
preparing the nearly 1,200 sales representatives in the Valpak franchise
Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists
and Stevie Award winners are available at http://www.stevieawards.com/aba .
Headquartered in Largo, Florida, Valpak(R) is owned and operated by Cox
Target Media, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North
America. Valpak delivers savings to nearly 46 million households each month
throughout the United States and Canada. On an annual basis, Valpak
distributes some 20 billion offers inserted in more than 521 million
envelopes. In addition, Valpak.com(R), an online site for local savings,
has about 20 million offer views each month. Cox Target Media is a
subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Newspapers, owned by Cox Enterprises, Inc.,
one of the largest media conglomerates in the United States.
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