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January, 2018

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Mailed from Sterling, Ill. INL ANDER THE Stay engaged. Find solutions. Move forward. Complete program on page 10 36+ REASONS TO ATTEND MEGA-CONFERENCE: JANUARY 2018 VOL. 33, NO. 1 YUNT, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT TOM YUNT LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD Executive Voices a smash hit and Mega-Conference is on the horizon When last writing my monthly column, we were anxiously anticipating Inland's first-annual Executive Voices program. I can happily report that the program was a SMASH HIT and one we hope to replicate annually. T h e i n i t i a l r e a c t i o n a n d feedback has been extremely positive a n d c o m p l i - mentary and we h a v e r e c e i v e d s eve r a l e n c o u r- a g i n g a n d supportive testi- m o n i a l s f ro m p a r t i c i p a n t s ( N o t e comments from Jeremy Halbreich, Kevin Craig and J. Mark Garber below). We're already contemplating topics for next year's prog ram from the positive feedback and suggestions from this year's attendees. Executive Voices was literally SOLD OUT with atten- dance exceeding our 60-participant limit for the program! Executive Voices was spearheaded and facilitated by an incredible group of industry executives and experts that made the one-day event so successful, relevant and a valuable return on investment experience for all who attended. Many thanks to our Discussion Leaders: Terry Kroeger, BH Media; PJ Browning, Evening Post Industries; Amy Glennon, Cox Media Group; Jeremy Gilbert, Washington Post; Doug Phares, Sandusk y Newspapers; and Mark Aldam, Hearst Newspapers for their valued contributions and insights and for their part in making the program such a success and to ALL who attended the program! VALUES FORM THE AGENDA Participants have long described the Family Owners and Next Generation Leadership conference as valuable. At next month's meeting in San Diego, family owners will focus on values as well. The working sessions will kick off Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Manchester Grand Hyatt with a brief discussion of the four or five topics that will be tackled during the separate meetings for the "incumbent" generation of current owners and the "successor" next generation. After the separate two-hour meetings among themselves, the generations will regroup after lunch to talk together about the general outcome of their talks. In between those meetings that inevitably touch on family values, there will be a general session on value— MEET 18 TO WATCH IN '18 Sportswriter Steve Ortman of the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa, is carried off by two high school football players during a More Than The Score video segment. On camera, he's described by his editor as "part game-show host, part sports analyst with a dash of professional wrestler thrown in"—and he's one of Inland's "18 To Watch In '18." See all these rising stars and accomplished veterans beginning on page 6. RECAP INTENSELY INTERACTIVE EXECUTIVE VOICES LIVES UP TO ITS BILLING AS AN UNCONVENTIONAL CONFERENCE BY MARK FITZGERALD Executive Voices attracted a standing-room-only crowd of top media executives for this first-ever event Dec. 7 in Chicago. The discussions were interactive with a capital I. Best practices, success stories and speculative ideas were batted around like a beach ball at an outdoor rock concert. Leading the conversations—and probing participants with well-crafted questions—was an all-star industry cast: Mark Aldam, president of Hearst Newspapers; PJ Browning, president of Evening Post Industries' newspaper division; Jeremy Gilbert, director of strategic initiatives for The Washington Post; Amy Glennon, publisher, vertical businesses for Cox Media Group; Terry Kroeger, president and CEO of BH Media Group and Doug Phares, president and COO of Sandusky Newspaper Group. Executive Voices lived up to its billing as an industry conference like no other not only in its interactivity, but also because it was conducted under the so-called "Chatham House" rule that allows the free use of any information from the meeting—but prohibits reporting the name or affiliation of anyone providing the information. This account, then, notes discussion around the six big topics on the agenda plus any consensus that might have been reached by participants. As could be expected, the FEBRUARY 24-25, 2018 | SAN DIEGO Family Owners & Next Generation Leadership VOICES, CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 FAMILY, CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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