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The G.D. Crain Jr. Award

G.D. Crain, Jr. AwardABM's G.D. Crain, Jr. Award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the development of editorial excellence in business media. The award was established by a grant from the G.D. Crain, Jr., Foundation and includes a distinctive crystal trophy and a check for $1,000. By its name, the award honors the founder of Advertising Age.



2015 Recipient: Dan Tanz

Dan TanzUntil his retirement at the end of 2014, Dan Tanz was vice president, editorial, for Platts, a division of McGraw Hill Financial and a leading global provider of information and benchmarks for the energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture markets. Based in London, he had global responsibility for Platts' news, pricing, and market data operations covering the oil, petrochemicals, electricity, natural gas, coal, metals and agriculture industries. He had oversight of more than 500 editorial staff in 16 principal Platts offices and in other locations worldwide.

Tanz joined McGraw-Hill's Energy & Business Newsletter division in 1981 in New York as an editor covering the U.S. power industry. In his time with that group, Tanz launched numerous new titles and other new products. He served as general manager of the division from 1998 until 2000, when it was merged into Platts and he was appointed vice president, editorial, for the Americas. He was promoted to vice president, editorial, for all of Platts in 2003, at which time he relocated to Platts' London office. Earlier in his career, Tanz worked as a reporter covering the U.S. power industry. Tanz holds a bachelor of arts in English literature from St. Lawrence University and a MA in Asian studies from the University of Hawaii.

About the Award

G.D. Crain Jr.The ABM G.D. Crain, Jr. Award for a Distinguished Editorial Career is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the development of editorial excellence in business media. The award was established by a grant from the G.D. Crain, Jr. Foundation and includes both a distinctive crystal trophy and a check for $1,000. By its name, the award honors a great business publication editor, the founder of Business Marketing (which was later named BtoB) and Advertising Age.

A native of Kentucky and an MBA graduate of that state's Centre College, Gustavus Dedman (G.D.) Crain, Jr. spent his life enveloped in the news business. As a young boy he sold newspapers and, at age 19, joined the staff of the Louisville (KY) Herald newspaper. Two years later, he was made city editor and then sports editor.

Subsequently, he organized a business news service, which produced news and features for nearly 100 business publications. Crain served as head of the firm from its inception until 1916, when he founded Hospital Management, a trade publication serving hospital administrators. One month later, he followed up with what became BtoB, a specialized paper for business media marketers.

Later in 1916, Crain moved his publishing headquarters to Chicago, where he began Advertising Age in 1930. His idea for fast, effective news coverage in the general advertising and marketing field succeeded in lasting out the Depression, and Advertising Age moved steadily onward until it became one of the world's premier business papers. For some 35 years, Crain wrote a column for Advertising Age titled "Rough Proofs" under the name of Copy Cub.

In 1967, he started his second non-marketing publication, Business Insurance, which was targeted at corporate purchasers of insurance. Automotive News was acquired in 1971, and Pensions & Investments originated in 1973. In later years, Crain's other publications included American Laundry Digest, American Drycleaner, American Coin Op and American Clean Car (no longer in publication). At various times, he served as president, editor and publisher of the company from its inception until 1964 when he became chairman of the board, a post he held for his remaining years until 1973.

Past Winners

1969
Frank G. Steinebach
Foundry

1970
Dr. Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
Chemical Engineering

1971
Albert W. Wilson
Pulp & Paper

1972
John W. Parshall
Building Supply News

1973
Walter J. Campbell
Industry Week

1974
Robert W. Mueller
Progressive Grocer

1975
Louis N. Rowley, Jr.
Power and Electrical World

1976
Anderson Ashburn
American Machinist

1977
Eugene C. Beaudet
Iron Age

1978
George Weber
The Oil & Gas Journal

1979
Robert B. Hotz
Aviation Week & Space Technology

1980
Joseph C. Scheleen
Traffic World

1981
Harry R. Karp
Data Communications

1982
Calvin S. Cronan
Chemical Engineering

1983
Sol Taishoff
Broadcasting

1984
Sam Marshall
Solid State Technology

1985
George Holmes
Jewelers' Circular-Keystone

1986
Miles J. Rowan
Modern Materials Handling

1987
Edward J. Kompass
Control Engineering

1988
D.P. Eigo
Fleet Owner

1989
Robert U. Brown
Editor & Publisher

1990
Doug Condra
Heavy Duty Trucking

1991
Stanley J. Modic
Tooling & Production

1992
Perry Pascarella
Penton Publishing

1993
Karen Schaffner
Shore-Varrone

1994
Ronald Khol
Machine Design & American Machinist

1995
Robert J. Dowling
The Hollywood Reporter

1996
David C. Smith Ward's Auto World

1997
Marianne Dekker Mattera
RN

1998
Bob Haavind
Computer Design

1999
Alan Fredericks
Cahners Travel Group

2000
Herman L. Masin
Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director

2001
James D. Winsor
Heavy Duty Trucking

2002
Lewis A. Miller
Dowden Health Media

2003
Stephen G. Michaelides
Penton Media

2004
Vernon E. Henry
Advanstar Communications

2005
Lew McCreary
CXO Media

2006
Joe Hanson
Professional Media Group

2007
Deborah L. Whistler
Newport Communications Group

2008
Boyce Thompson
Hanley Wood

2009
Robert Ivy
McGraw-Hill Construction Media

2010
Bob Tippee
PennWell Corporation

2011
Wyatt Kash
AOL Government, AOL Industry

2012
Aric Press
ALM

2013
Arnie Weissmann
Northstar Travel Media

2014
Robert Cassidy
Building Design+Construction