D+D News Publisher Names New CEO


Technology Publishing Company, the publisher of Durability + Design News, has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer.

Brion D. Palmer, a media executive with 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry, will succeed Harold Hower as CEO, effective Jan. 13.

"I am genuinely flattered and honored to be appointed CEO of TPC," Palmer said. "TPC has established itself as a leading information provider in the market.”

“Brion brings strong entrepreneurial skills to Technology Publishing,” Hower said. “Combined with his deep experience in B-to-B media, these talents will translate into improvements in our existing products as well as dynamic new products for our readers.”

Leadership Experience and Education

Palmer comes to TPC from Houston-based AtComedia, a global media company serving the oil and gas industry, where he held the post of president and chief operating officer.

While there, he was responsible for the overall leadership, strategic planning and operational management.

Among his most innovative accomplishments at AtComedia, he developed a customized Monopoly game tailored to the offshore oil and gas communities. Designed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Offshore Engineer magazine, the game is described as an engaging and way to educate and excite future generations about the oil and gas industry.

The game was recognized with a Gold! Award [Internal] in the 2015 Folio: Marketing Awards, a competition acknowledging outstanding marketing efforts by the media industry’s most innovative marketing professionals.

Previously, Palmer was group publisher for BNP Media, a leading business-to-business media company serving industry professionals across more than 50 industries, where he managed business operation of four publications within the Food Retail Group.

Palmer was also Hart Energy’s vice president of publishing, where he established the strategic direction for the entire publishing operation, including its digital presence.

Technology Publishing
Technology Publishing

As CEO, Palmer will oversee the day-to-day operations of TPC, which produces JPCL, PaintSquare Daily News, Durability+Design News and Paint BidTracker.

Other publishing executive roles included vice president, group publisher of the Hospitality Group; vice president of E-Strategy; and publisher, Manufacturing Systems for Reed Business Information, a provider of data services, business information and workflow solutions to businesses.

Palmer has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from Culver-Stockton College and earned a certification from the American Business Media Kellogg/Medill School of Journalism’s Advanced Management Forum at Northwestern University.

He also served as a guest lecturer at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College for three years.

The Road Ahead

As CEO, Palmer will oversee the day-to-day operations of TPC, which produces media resources including:

  • JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings, a technical journal focused on good practice in selection and use of protective and marine coatings for corrosion control;
  • PaintSquare Daily News, an e-newsletter which delivers news stories related to the protective and marine coatings industries;
  • Durability + Design News, a daily e-newsletter which provides news and features to the architectural coatings community—contractors, suppliers, facility owners, architects and specifiers; and
  • Paint BidTracker, a comprehensive business tool that provides construction project leads and market data to industrial painting contractors and suppliers.

“The products are highly respected and the staff is deeply committed to delivering high-quality, credible content to the industry,” Palmer noted. “It is a tremendous foundation for current and future success."

"As we look to the future, TPC will continue to explore all traditional, established, and emerging media platforms to deliver vital information to the market."

About Technology Publishing Company

Technology Publishing Company, founded by Hower in 1984, develops and publishes content about coatings and related construction materials in print and on digital platforms.

The mission of the company is to advance the technology by disseminating information about best practices in the selection and use of these materials.

TPC is forward-looking in its outlook toward adoption of new technology in digital publishing and recognizes that it must meet its readers on the platforms they are using to acquire content.


Tagged categories: Business matters; Coating Business; Durability + Design; Good Technical Practice; North America; Paint BidTracker; PaintSquare; Personnel; Personnel changes; Technology Publishing Co.

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