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AFCP Names New Executive Director: FCPNY'S LOREN COLBURN

loren colburn-colorFEBRUARY 24, 2010

A familiar face in the free paper industry and a valued member of Free Community Papers of New York has been named the AFCP, Association of Free Community Papers Executive Director.

Loren Colburn, the long-time publisher of the Scotsman Press in Syracuse, was appointed by the AFCP board of directors at their recent board meeting following an exhaustive search that generated 150 applicants.

Loren replaces former AFCP Executive Director, Craig McMullin, who was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident in Utah last year.

"We are very excited to have Loren Colburn in this key leadership position," Orestes Baez, current president of the AFCP, said in a statement. "Loren is the consummate professional and has the skill set and leadership strength to bring this organization through this most difficult chapter and up into new heights and direction."

During his presentation, Colburn emphasized several key advertising initiatives such as adding a banner ad network and display ad network. "Among the many priorities expressed by the board over the past few years, focusing on expanding the revenue opportunities that helps AFCP provide more member benefits is a critical success factor for us going forward," Colburn said.

Colburn has been an icon in the free paper industry, receiving numerous awards and heading numerous committees that have benefited FCPNY and AFCP.

He is a long-standing member of the FCPNY board of directors and served as our president and treasurer. In 2002 he was named the FCPNY Publisher of the Year. Colburn has also served on the AFCP board of Directors since 1997, was president and has served as treasurer since 2006. He also served as a committee member and chairman of the PaperChain committee.

In 2007 Colburn was the recipient of the AFCP Distinguished Service Award and in 2004 he received the AFCP Publisher of the Year Award.

Colburn started with Scotsman Press in 1977 as a publication sales representative. He was promoted to systems director, director of operations, general manager, general manager of the commercial printing division and in 1990 was named publisher. Scotsman Press is a group of 24 weekly papers and a commercial printing operation. Colburn had hands-on involvement at all levels of the operation.

A strong community supporter, Colburn has served his community with the same passion that he has served the free paper industry. He has sat on the boards of and in coaching positions with the Midstate Youth Hockey Association, the West Amateur Hockey League, the Clay Classic Soccer League, the Seneca River South Little League and the Syracuse Chapter of the March of Dimes.

Colburn is a graduate of State University of New York and College of Cortland. He received a B.A. degree with a major in Speech Communications. He is among the charter graduates of The Leadership Institute of AFCP.

Colburn and his wife, Cindy, have three sons: Chris, Brian and Jeff. In his leisure free time he enjoys golf and fishing.

Loren will leave Scotsman Press and assume the role of AFCP Executive Director in mid-March. His first official duty will be to represent AFCP at the FCPNY Super Conference on March 22nd and 23rd at the Turning Stone Resort. “This will be an appropriate transition for a man who has served New York so well for so many years,” said Dan Holmes, Executive Director of FCPNY.

Colburn wrapped up his feelings saying, “I am extremely excited about the opportunities that lie ahead with AFCP, but the transition will be somewhat bittersweet. After 33 years with the Scotsman Press and 20 years working with FCPNY, it will be difficult to conclude this chapter of my career. It has been enjoyable, educational and filled with many fantastic friendships with people who have contributed greatly to my personal and professional growth.”



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