2010 Publishing Executive Hall of Fame Inductees Announced; Cengage SVP Among Honorees
Lonier and his wife, Elaine Y. Fry, left Time to start Yuey/Lonier Inc., a technology and operations consulting firm, and soon thereafter, a division, The Color Bureau, a digital prepress and photo studio. For a decade, they managed dozens of technology and operations projects for firms such as Chemical Week, NBC, Saks, Nordstrom, The New Yorker, Times Mirror, and many others. He is member of the American Business Media Business Information Committee, the PubTec user group, and has been a member of the adjunct faculties of the Department of Photography at SUNY-FIT and the Visual Arts Dept. at Ramapo College (N.J.).
Sacks has nearly 40 years of experience in publishing, from start-ups to fortune 500 companies. He has held positions ranging from publisher, director of manufacturing and distribution, production director, editor, and sales manager. In 1998, he founded Precision Media Group, a consultancy to printers, publishers, web producers and media start-ups. He also is a partner in mediaIDEAS, a research and strategic publishing-industry consulting company, and the publisher/editor of a daily media industry newsletter, Heard on the Web.
Previously, Sacks served as director of manufacturing and distribution for Bill Communications Inc. (VNU), and was corporate director of all magazine titles and directories, where he supervised five divisions with 15 monthly titles and many sibling publications. He also negotiated contracts, purchased paper, oversaw manufacturing budgets and all production personnel, among other responsibilities. Sacks also served in other positions including group production director for CMP Publications; assistant production director for Ziff-Davis Publications; senior account manager for International Paper Corp.; and director of production for McCall's Publishing.
Perhaps his claim to fame, though, is his role as a "founding father" of High Times Magazine (Trans-High Corp.), where he served as vice president/production director from 1974-1985, with total responsibility for all production and purchasing of national monthly magazines of 600M+ circulation, including negotiation of all contracts, purchasing of all paper, 4/c separations, composition (in-house) and binding.