Friday, 27 December 2013 10:01
Beginning Jan. 1, Diane Byram will be the Advertising Manager for Texas Press Association. Her predecessor, Dwight McKenzie is retiring. Both McKenzie and Byram have been at TPA since June of 2007. In her former position as an advertising consultant, Byram placed advertisements through Texas Press Service as well as oversaw advertisements with the Texas Press Messenger and the Texas Newspaper Directory. "My biggest accomplishment has been building up Directory sales and increasing advertising," she said. "I'm looking forward to working on new and creative ways to get new clients and getting to meet more of our member newspapers."
When asked about his duration at TPA, McKenzie said, "my favorite role during my time here has been getting the chance to meet all the folks across the state. The friendships I have made with those that run the papers have been invaluable."
And though he is retiring, McKenzie still has big plans.
"I'm going to do two things: travel and start a consulting business called People First — it's all about trying to develop people in business to get them to the next level," McKenzie said.
"We've heard many times from businesses, managers, you name it, that people make or break the company and I believe that. I want to get in and teach that philosophy."
On Dec. 19, friends and colleagues of McKenzie gathered at the Headliner's Club in Austin for a farewell lunch.
For photos of Dwight McKenzie's retirement luncheon, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TexasPress.