Bragging rights

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The plaques for this year’s stash of editorial awards earned by Commercial Carrier Journal editors are stacked neatly and ready to hang on the wall of fame at Randall-Reilly Publishing Co. They’ll join an elite row of prestigious awards won over the years, and I wanted to use this column to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments by the CCJ editorial team led by Editorial Director Avery Vise.

The American Society of Business Publication Editors recently presented its national and regional Awards of Excellence for work submitted for 2006. Here’s a roundup of the Midwest-South Regional winners:

  • Gold – How-To: Paul Richards, for “Are You Buying Over-the-Counterfeit Parts?” January 2006
  • Gold – Regular Column, Staff Written: Aaron Huff
  • Gold – Special Section: Avery Vise, Paul Richards, Aaron Huff, John Baxter and Dean Smallwood, for “2006 Midyear Report: The Future of Fuel,” July 2006
  • Silver – Editorial: Avery Vise
  • Silver – Special Supplement: Paul Richards, John Baxter, Avery Vise, Dean Smallwood and Jeremy Fladstol, for “Passing the Test,” October 2006
  • Silver -Design of a feature article: Jeremy Fladstol, for “Maintaining Great Numbers” feature, October 2006
  • Bronze – Editorial: Paul Richards
  • Bronze – How-To: Avery Vise, for “Labor Pains” feature, February 2006

CCJ also was recognized by ASBPE as a National winner, earning Silver for Aaron Huff’s three-part “Data Mining” series, which ran September through November 2006. Huff’s series – which examined how fleets can best use safety, maintenance and financial performance data to better run their business – also was honored by American Business Media earlier this year as a Jesse Neal Award finalist, one of the most coveted editorial honors. In fact, CCJ has a grand total of 12 Neal Awards, including Neals in 2004 and 2006.

I’m proud that our editors’ hard work and extraordinary efforts are recognized in comparison with high-profile magazines. Behind a series such as “Data Mining,” there’s a tremendous amount of research and extensive interviews with leading industry experts. The story flows through fact checking, editing and art direction. The final product is the result of input from the entire staff. When an editor is honored by respected associations like ASBPE and American Business Media, the whole team celebrates.

Their creative hard work and constant search for the best, most enlightening information you need to run a successful fleet gives the sales side of our team the competitive edge in this industry. To our strong editorial staff, I say well done, good job and, most of all, thank you for your outstanding effort.