Chief Executive Officer, Access Intelligence, LLC
Don has led the strategy and growth of Access Intelligence for over a decade, taking magazine-centric businesses and converting them to an integrated media, web-centric group of market focused product clusters serving the media/marketing, energy/engineering, aerospace, and healthcare markets. His focus has been on providing the best quality information and most effective marketing services to the company’s customers.
Don and his team have built the business through countless launches and 18 acquisitions that have been bolted onto and integrated into the Phillips Business Information newsletter and magazine platform that Veronis Suhler Stevenson bought from Tom Phillips in late 2000. In 2010, the integrated, subscription revenue, chemical and energy information business was sold to IHS. Since that time, the company has leveraged its strong balance sheet and robust online market presence in its served markets to create high e-media and event revenue growth. Through this combined build and buy strategy, Pazour says, “the strongest asset we have built is the management team that AI has today. They are seasoned managers with passion for the markets they serve and are thus able to seize opportunities for growth within those markets.”
Before joining Access Intelligence, Don was at Miller Freeman, a subsidiary of United Business Media, for 23 years and he was named CEO in 1997. His ascendance through the company included management of conferences, magazines, and high-value information businesses. Don launched and grew Miller Freeman’s presence in the high-tech publishing sector, culminating with the acquisition of CMP Media in 1999. Under his leadership, Blenheim USA’s trade shows were acquired by Miller Freeman, which then became the largest trade show producer in the United States.
Don is a frequent speaker at events held in conjunction with FOLIO: Magazine; American Business Media, where he is a Board member and Chairman of the Events Council; Society of Independent Show Organizers, where he is a Board member and past Chairman, and Specialized Information Publishers Association. He also serves on the Board of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. Pazour has been named CEO Innovator by Media Business Magazine, Industry Icon by TSNN network, and in 2013 was recipient of the McCallister Award which afforded him the opportunity to work with Medill School of Journalism students at Northwestern University.