FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 18, 2017
Contact: Richard Karpel, (703) 237-9801

American PressWorks Gets New Name, New Owner

Richard Karpel, a seasoned association executive, became president and owner of American PressWorks, Inc. on January 1, the company announced today. The company also officially changed its name, from American PressWorks to APW Management. APW has been its colloquial moniker for many years now.

Karpel takes over from American PressWork's founders, Tonda F. Rush and Carol S. Pierce, who began the company in 1998 to provide management services for small associations. In its nearly 20 years, APW has provided full management services for six organizations and consulting for a host of others. It is based in Falls Church, Va.

APW Management will continue as management headquarters for American Court and Commercial Newspapers and Public Notice Resource Center, and will begin seeking additional full-service contracts with other trade groups and professional societies. It will also provide consulting services for the National Newspaper Association (NNA) and other organizations.

Rush and Pierce will begin operations in 2017 as Six Ideas, a small company providing consulting and special-project services to non-profits. Rush also will serve, as she does now, as principal public policy representative for NNA and continue as its general counsel.

Karpel was the founding executive director of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (now Association of Alternative Newsmedia), and also was the chief staff officer of the American Society of News Editors and Yoga Alliance. He began his association career with the Video Software Dealers Association (now Entertainment Merchants Association), where he served as the executive vice president and vice president of legal services.

Karpel has an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Illinois-Champaign and a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

"I'm honored that Carol and Tonda have placed their trust in me to carry on American PressWork's proud tradition of excellence," Karpel said. "I will work hard to maintain their high standards."

Rush said she and Pierce were delighted to pass APW into Karpel's capable hands.

"We have known and worked with Richard for many years, and see in him a visionary manager with a talent in bringing people together to accomplish their goals," she said.

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