Category: News/Events


BNP Media’s Specialty Coffee Days Bring Us Together

 “It was a great addition to the day. It made me get out of my office and interact with some other BNP employees. The coffee was great too!” 

Solidarity within an organization comes in many forms.  What better way to take a break in a busy day than to grab a cup of gourmet coffee, tea or hot chocolate, catch up with old friends and make new ones in an informal, fun setting.

Specialty Coffee Days are a regular feature at BNP Media headquarters in Troy, Michigan.  It gives us an excuse to pamper ourselves a bit through a catered event that also says “Thank You” for all the contributions made by our great people to our organization.  And Starbucks has nothing on the flavors and styles available on Specialty Coffee Days.  Cheesecake. Mocha or Caramel Latte.  Cinnamon Tea Latte.  Expresso shots.  Just take your pick. Continue reading this article


BNP Media & Roofing Contractor Magazine Support Habitat for Humanity Project

$10K donation in support of volunteer Rick Damato, Editorial Director of BNP Media’s Roofing Contractor Magazine

Troy, Michigan-based BNP Media is supporting Rick Damato, Editorial Director of BNP Media’s Roofing Contractor Magazine, who will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity’s 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

During July 9-14, 2017, Habitat for Humanity’s 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place in cities across Canada with a goal of building 150 homes in conjunction with Canada’s 150th anniversary.  Habitat for Humanity Edmonton will build 75 homes in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan.  Habitat for Humanity Manitoba will build 25 homes in Winnipeg.  While President and Mrs. Carter will focus their efforts in Edmonton, Alberta, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, almost 50 communities across Canada will be participating.

Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world with Habitat to build and improve homes. Their time and effort helps to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable home ownership around the world. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes.  To learn more about Habitat’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, visit habitat.org/cwp. Continue reading this article


19th Annual Food Safety Summit Makes An Impact on Food Safety Professionals

Donation by sponsor BNP Media, on behalf of attendees,  to Feeding America Coalition was highlight of event

The 19th Annual Food Safety Summit, held May 8 – May 11, 2017 in Rosemont, IL, attracted nearly 1,700 food safety professionals and 190 exhibiting companies.  The outstanding attendance at this event each year reflects the importance of safety and professional education to the food growing, processing, packaging, distribution and retail industries.

Among the full schedule of presentations and seminars at the event, attendees discussed important issues like the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Integration of the Nation’s Food Safety System, while also reviewing case studies of recent foodborne illness outbreaks.

The success of the event also shows the commitment to feeding the nation with quality foods. Continue reading this article


BNP Media and Dairy Foods Contribute To 2017 Defeat Hunger Campaign

Troy, Mich.-based BNP Media and its DAIRY FOODS brand has joined with the Food Processing Suppliers Association’s (FPSA) Dairy Council in the fight against hunger by donating to the 2017 Defeat Hunger Campaign.

BNP Media’s donation of $2,500 will help provide approximately 7,500 meals, as the FPSA, sponsor of the Defeat Hunger campaign, works towards its overall 2017 campaign goals.

“We are pleased that Dairy Foods, as a member of BNP Media’s Food Beverage Packaging Group, and the people of BNP Media can support the Food Processing Suppliers Association and its Dairy Council with this heartfelt program that helps alleviate hunger in the Chicago area,” said John Schrei, Publishing Director at BNP Media. Continue reading this article


BNP Media Launches Autonomous Vehicle Technology Brand

BNP Media has launched Autonomous Vehicle Technology—a new brand dedicated to the business-to-business autonomous vehicle industry. The first stage of this launch, the website www.autonomousvehicletech.com, is now online. It will be joined in May with a twice-monthly e-newsletter, and a monthly print magazine will launch in January 2018. Autonomous Vehicle Technology is the first brand dedicated to covering the connectivity, advanced electronics, mobility services and collaboration that will comprise the age of autonomy.

With major vehicle OEMs and other parties making multi-billion dollar investments in autonomous (self-driving) vehicles, the rapid development of autonomous vehicles represents a convergence of technological achievements, as well as social trends like ride sharing or smart traffic control.  These technological achievements include in the areas of vehicle communications and networking, sensors and cameras, mapping and navigation, and machine learning.

“Autonomous vehicles will revolutionize transportation in many ways and promise to foster the growth of new businesses and industries, while all parties—product developers and manufacturers, engineers and researchers, regulators and consumers—rethink our relationship with the automobile and what it means ‘to drive’,” said Kevin Jost, Autonomous Vehicle Technology’s Editorial Director. Continue reading this article


BNP Media Seeks To Improve Quality Of Life At Work Through Mobile Stress Solutions

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BNP Media recently announced it has begun a trial period with MeditationWorks—a mobile stress solutions truck—as a way to promote positivity and quality of life in and out of the office for employees.

“Mindful meditation has become increasingly important to us in this hectic, smart phone-driven world. Meditation helps the mind to concentrate better, which in turn leads to more success and improve quality of life for our employees,” said BNP Media co-CEOs Mitch, Taggart and Harper Henderson. “We want to invest in their physical, emotional and mental health, and meditation is one tool for people who live in stressful environments such as work. By putting the mental health of our team members first, it has increased both creativity and focus.”

Sarah Zagacki, Senior Art Director at BNP Media, added: “MeditationWorks is a healthy way to take a break during work.  Seeing colleagues make the effort is helpful for the work environment and we are all more calm in stressful situations.”

In March 2016, Jake Leider launched MeditationWorks, the first and only mobile stress solutions company. For BNP Media employees, MeditationWorks provides effective 15-minute meditation sessions to “stressed-out” people everywhere in a beautifully appointed, dedicated space—a rolling relaxation room.  In this mobile unit, groups up to 15 people can practice a brief, concentrated, and creative meditation session and be on their way in just 15 minutes.

BNP Media is committed to workplace wellness, providing a positive, healthy environment for its employees, and encouraging healthy lifestyles.


Architectural Record Sponsors World-Renowned “The Architectural Imagination” Exhibit

 

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Troy, Mich.- based BNP Media’s Architectural Record brand is sponsoring The University of Michigan’s Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition of “The Architectural Imagination” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).  Opened February 11, the exhibit will run until April 16, 2017 at MOCAD, located at 4454 Woodward Avenue.

Organized by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning by request of the U.S. State Department,  “The Architectural Imagination” features speculative architectural projects designed for specific sites in Detroit that could have applications around the world. Continue reading this article


Tudor Van Hampton, ENR Managing Editor for the Digital Age, Dies at 39

ENR Managing Editor Tudor W. Van Hampton, whose passion for journalism, multimedia skill and management ability propelled his career, died in Indianapolis on Feb. 4 at age 39. He had battled a grade-four brain tumor that was diagnosed in early 2016.

His embrace of construction, equipment, tools, law and jobsite safety earned the respect and admiration of industry professionals.

Van Hampton had been an equipment trade publication editor and then an ENR freelancer before joining the staff in Chicago in 2002. In 2007, he covered the fatal I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, which was followed a year later by a major investigative series on construction crane accidents.

For that series, Van Hampton attended a 60-hour intensive training class for tower crane operators in Phoenix and passed a national written and practical exam through the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, vividly sharing the experience with ENR’s audience. In 2013, he retook the exam, passed it and became recertified. Continue reading this article


BNP Media Provides More Than 7000 Meals for Gleaners Community Food Bank

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BNP Media raised funds for Gleaners Community Food Bank to help feed hungry children throughout metro Detroit. This generous gift would normally provide 3,780 meals to neighbors in need, but with the matching sponsors from ‘Double Your Donation Day’ program, BNP Media will provide 7,560 meals.

BNP employees organized a special bake sale to raise the funds.  Fifteen employees volunteered to bake pies, cakes, and cookies.  This is the 13th year that BNP Media has contributed to the Gleaners initiative. Gleaners collects 34.5 million pounds of food a year and distributes 79,000 meals each day including providing nourishing food and nutrition education to 84,700 children a year. Continue reading this article


BNP Media Recognizes Employee Contributions to Making a Difference in Communities

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During the Holiday Season, we spend time with family and friends, cherish these relationships and reflect on all for which we are thankful.  In 2016, the men and women of BNP Media were privileged to be able to lend a hand to someone in need and give back to communities everywhere, whether it was a local food bank, making a wish come true for a child with a life-threatening illness, or ensuring that students have proper nutrition and access to a safe and positive learning environment.

Some of the charitable causes that BNP Media and its people embraced this year include:

  • For a second year, BNP Media partnered with Make-A-Wish Michigan, donating $15,000 to help bring hope, strength and joy to Michigan children and their families at a time when they need it most. This year’s activities included a special party for a young girl to celebrate the granting of her wish of visiting Paris for a spa day.
  • BNP Media contributed to this year’s Habitat for Humanity Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Memphis, Tennessee with a $10,000 Hammer-level sponsorship. The donation was made in support of Rick Damato, a longtime Habitat for Humanity volunteer who is editorial director of BNP Media’s Roofing Contractor Magazine.
  • The innovative ACE Mentor Program of America supports and encourages high school students to pursue professional careers in architecture, construction and engineering. This year, BNP Media and its Engineering News-Record brand awarded $2,500 student scholarships in the name of each of six 2016 ENR-ACE Outstanding Mentors.
  • At this year’s 18th Annual Food Safety Summit, BNP Media donated $5,500 to the Feeding America Coalition. This donation provided 64,000 meals as this organization works to feed America’s hungry, including children and seniors, through a nationwide network of food banks.
  • Furthering the cause of ending hunger in America and globally, BNP Media people came together around Thanksgiving time to package 10,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now program. This group distributes meals through partner organizations in developing countries that promote education, encourage children to attend school and improve students’ health and nutrition.
  • Striving again to improve the lives of children, BNP Media donated $1,500 to KenyaRelief.org, which will help build a school cafeteria for students of the Kenya Relief Academy in the nation’s Migori community.
  • BNP Media aided the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which helps people with physical disabilities pursue active lifestyles. BNP Media’s donation of $2,500 was made in conjunction with the 39th annual Empire State Building Run-Up—of all 86 flights, and 1,576 stairs.  BNP Media Co-CEO Taggert Henderson was one of the participants.  The Empire State Building is home to BNP Media’s Architectural Record and Engineering News-Record brands.
  • In addition to the above, the people of BNP Media also participated in and contributed to the work of the Movember Foundation, the Gleaners Community Food Bank, Winning Futures, the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, Anyone Corporation, Oil Heat Cares, the MTI Educational Foundation, Mission 500 and National Women in Roofing.

“These activities support BNP Media’s pledge as a business to act as a force for good in our society, helping achieve a higher quality of life for individuals and families.  We humbly thank the people of BNP Media for all their good work and charitable efforts this past year.  We look forward in the coming year to once again proving how much we can accomplish when we work together for shared goals,” said BNP Media co-CEOs Harper, Mitchell and Taggart Henderson.


BNP Media Acquires Hotel F&B™ Magazine

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Industry leader joins BNP Media’s new Gaming And Hospitality Group

BNP Media today announced the acquisition of Hotel F&B™ magazine, a industry-leading business-to-business publication that serves lodging and food and beverage professionals in hotels, resorts, and casinos worldwide.

As the voice of the $36.7 billion North American hotel foodservice industry, Hotel F&B—both in print and online—covers profitable and effective strategies in the development, operation, and marketing of hotel foodservice.

“We are thrilled to add Hotel F&B to our Gaming and Hospitality Group.  It is an exciting, fresh industry partner with comprehensive, quality editorial content and a loyal audience,” said BNP Media co-CEOs Harper, Mitchell and Taggart Henderson. Continue reading this article


BNP Media Acquires Beverage World And BevOps Fleet Summit

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Digital, print properties to be merged into BNP Media’s Beverage Industry publication

BNP Media has acquired Beverage World as well as its successful BevOps Fleet Summit. Through this acquisition, BNP Media will continue to produce and expand the BevOps Fleet Summit, while merging Beverage World’s digital and print properties into BNP Media’s Beverage Industry.

Under BNP Media’s ownership, there will be a combined, shared dedication to editorial excellence and integrity to help empower beverage market professionals through BNP’s resources and increase engagement across all media platforms.

“The acquisition of Beverage World fits well with our new strategy of being customer-centric across our Food, Beverage, Packaging Group (FBP), ” says John Schrei, Publishing Director of BNP Media. “It allows us to continue on our path of placing our customers’ success at the center of our business philosophy, operations, products and ideas.” Continue reading this article


ENR Publishes 2016 ACE Mentor Program Yearbook and Honors Outstanding Mentors

 

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Helping high school students pursue a career in architecture, construction and engineering.

In its support of the ACE Mentor Program, BNP Media’s Engineering News-Record recently issued its annual ACE Mentor Program Yearbook advertising supplement for 2016 and also honored 2016’s ACE Outstanding Mentors in its editorial pages. Accompanying ENR’s August Double Issue, the theme of the 40-page yearbook is “Growth and Expansion.”

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) is a non-profit, industry-led effort that helps mentor high school students and encourages them to pursue professional careers in architecture, construction and engineering. ACE grew out of a program for inner-city high school students, begun in New York City in 1993 by legendary structural engineer Charles H. Thornton, founding principal of The Thornton Tomasetti Group. Continue reading this article


BNP Media Gold Sponsor for Make-A-Wish Michigan’s 2016 Wish Ball

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TROY, Mich., August 18, 2016 — A premier black-tie gala benefiting Make-A-Wish® Michigan will return to Metro Detroit on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at the MGM Grand Detroit with Troy, Michigan-based BNP Media as one of the event’s Gold Sponsors.

The theme for this year’s Wish Ball – Southeast Michigan is “REACHING FOR THE STARS” as guests join Make-A-Wish Michigan to celebrate making wishes come true for Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The Gold Sponsorship represents a donation of $15,000 made by BNP Media to Make-A-Wish Michigan. BNP Media was also a Gold Sponsor of the 2015 Wish Ball – Southeast Michigan.

“We’re thrilled to have BNP Media as a Gold Sponsor for Wish Ball – Southeast Michigan,” said Karen Davis, president & CEO of Make-A-Wish Michigan. “At this year’s Wish Ball we will share the power of a wish® with guests as we raise funds to grant future wishes. It’s through the support of our Michigan community, including great corporate friends, that we are able to grant life-changing wishes to Michigan children and bring hope, strength and joy at a time when they need it most.”

“All of us at BNP Media feel privileged to be able to once again support the children, their families and caregivers touched by Make-A-Wish Michigan,” said BNP Media co-CEOs Harper, Mitchell and Taggart Henderson, adding “As we watch our own families grow, we appreciate more and more the power of fulfilling a wish for a child and helping their family.” Co-CEO Mitchell Henderson also made a generous personal contribution to Make-A-Wish Michigan.

The evening will feature a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. and, beginning at 9 p.m., the evening’s formal program and a live auction; all followed by live entertainment and dancing. More than 500 guests are expected to attend.  For more information about the 2016 Wish Ball, please visit: http://wishballmi.org.

Make-A-Wish® Michigan grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Since 1984, Make-A-Wish Michigan has granted more than 8,500 wishes. This year, the organization expects to grant wishes to 440 Michigan children.

According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact conducted by Make-A-Wish® America, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family.

Based in Brighton, Mich., with an office in Grand Rapids, Make-A-Wish Michigan is funded through community support. More than 80 percent of each dollar spent benefits the Michigan wish-granting program. Visit www.michigan.wish.org to learn more.

About BNP Media: BNP Media is one of the country’s leading business-to-business media companies serving industry professionals across 50+ industries through magazines, custom media, e-newsletters, websites, conferences, events, continuing education and market research. BNP Media is committed to helping professionals across the world succeed in business by providing superior information.  Founded in 1926, BNP Media is a fourth-generation, family-run business headquartered in Troy, Michigan with regional offices around the country. To learn more, visit www.bnpmedia.com.

 


BNP Media Forms New Food, Beverage, Packaging Group to Advance Customer-Centric Marketing Solutions; New Go-to-Market Strategy

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TROY, MI, July 11, 2016—BNP Media today announced the formation of a new FOOD | BEVERAGE | PACKAGING GROUP (FBP), aligning 12 existing BNP Media brands serving these manufacturing processes industries.  This new, enhanced customer-centric service model ‑ a “Go-to-Market Strategy” ‑ will exponentially improve the integration and delivery of BNP Media’s marketing and data solutions across multiple media and subject categories.

The new strategy will help existing and prospective BNP Media clients find new and better ways to identify and influence their targeted customers. The realigned group launches July 8. Continue reading this article


Highlight of 18th Annual Food Safety Summit: Donation by Sponsor BNP Media to Feeding America Coalition

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TROY, MI, June 8, 2016—Attendance by food safety professionals at the 18th Annual Food Safety Summit Conference & Expo held this year for the first time at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, jumped 12 percent over the previous year.  This attendance jump reflects the importance of safety and professional education to the food growing, processing, packaging, distribution and retail industries.

Held from May 9-12, the Summit attracted nearly 1,700 registered food safety professionals and more than 200 exhibitors, a 20 percent increase from previous year, as reported by the Trade Show News Network.  Each year, the Summit presents a broad range of food safety lectures, training programs, seminars, professional certification programs and networking events, as well as industry exhibits.

Sponsor BNP Media Supports the Fight Against Hunger.  As a highlight of the event, National Sales Manager Chuck Wilson of BNP Media presented a donation of $5,550 to Mitzi Baum, Director of Food Safety for Feeding America, on behalf of Summit sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and attendees.  This donation will provide 64,000 meals, as the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization works to feed America’s hungry, including children and seniors, through a nationwide network of food banks. Continue reading this article


BNP Media Helps Make New Cafeteria a Reality for 500 School Children in Kenya

Troy, Mich. – BNP Media today announced it has donated $1,500 to KenyaRelief.org. The funds will assist the non-profit group in building a school cafeteria for children attending the Kenya Relief Academy in the Migori community of Kenya.

The existing kitchen was originally built to seat 150 orphans and now serves nearly 500 children daily during the school week. The primitive cooking equipment will also be replaced with new industrial, eco-friendly kitchen appliances, and seating for up to 600 people.

This is the first time that BNP Media has contributed to a KenyaRelief.org initiative.

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BNP Media Donates and Participates in Challenged Athletes Foundation “Empire State Building Run-Up”

BNP Media Co-CEO Taggart Henderson Takes Part in Running Famed Building’s 86 Flights

BNP Media donated $2,500 to the Challenged Athletes Foundation in conjunction with the 39th annual Empire State Building Run-Up. The world’s oldest and most famous tower race challenged runners from around the globe to race up its famed 86 flights and 1,576 stairs.

BNP Co-CEO Taggart Henderson was in the race and will never forget the experience. “It was amazing to take part in this great event and run in this iconic building,” Henderson said. “The Challenged Athletes Foundation does such great work and I’m thrilled I was able to participate on behalf of BNP Media.”

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BNP Media Provides Meals for Hungry Kids with Gleaners ‘Double Your Donation Day’

BNP Media is donating $5,000 to help feed hungry children throughout metro Detroit. The money will double to $10,000 through Gleaners Community Food Bank’s ‘Double Your Donation Day’ program, which provides healthy breakfasts, snacks, and backpacks full of food for more than 20,000 needy kids.

BNP employees organized a special bake sale to raise the funds. Fifteen employees volunteered to bake pies, cakes, and cookies. This is the 12th year that BNP Media has contributed to the Gleaners initiative.

“We know that too many children are not getting healthy meals on a daily basis and we want to thank our employees for contributing to this important Gleaners program,” said BNP Media co-CEOs Harper, Mitchell and Taggart Henderson.

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BNP Media’s Engineering-News Record Forges Lasting Relationship with Innovative ACE Mentor Program

Helping high school students pursue a career in architecture, construction and engineering.

A thoughtful and coordinated profession always looks to its future, not just where the assignments will come from, but, moreover, who will be the men and women who handle those assignments—helping build our economy and society.

For the built environment, a strong step in that direction is provided by the ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE), a non-profit, industry-led effort that helps mentor high school students and encourages them to pursue professional careers in architecture, construction and engineering.

ACE is the construction industry’s fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching over 8,000 students annually through 63 affiliates representing more than 200 cities across America. Since 1994, more than 30,000 students have participated in ACE. In aggregate, ACE participants have also earned more than $14 million in scholarships for post-high school education through the program.

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