Insert Council Roasts, Toasts BMG, Holland

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NEW YORK -- The Direct Marketing Association's Insert Media Council honored BMG Columbia House and Jeff Holland, vice president of new media development at Singer Direct, at its ninth annual "Roast & Toast" holiday luncheon yesterday at the Yale Club.

"What's the real impact of BMG on insert media? Aside from billions and billions of inserts they place, BMG is one of the top programs on the market," said Sandra Roscoe, executive vice president at Singer Direct, which manages BMG's insert program. "BMG Music is here to stay."

BMG Columbia House is a music continuity program and insert marketer that launched in the mid-1950s. BMG, formed in 1987 after merging with RCA, reaches 16 million music and movie fans through its catalogs and Web sites. BMG offers 100 million package insert and ride-along opportunities yearly.

With 24 years in the insert industry, Holland completed two years as co-chair of the Insert Media Council in October and still serves on the operating committee. Before joining Scarsdale, NY-based Singer Direct, Holland worked as national sales manager for the Advertising Services Division of SBC Communications Inc., among other positions. He now specializes almost exclusively in packaged goods accounts.

"Jeff Holland has been an encourager. He expects the best out of everyone," said Jim Zuckermandel, president/CEO of Zed Marketing Group, Edmond, OK, and new co-chair of the Insert Media Council. "And he's gotten a lot done for the industry through the years."

In his speech, Holland encouraged Insert Media Council members to reach out to the DMA as well as members of the operating committee to help make the council and Insert Media Day stronger.

Jillian Payne, vice president of Media Resource Group, Mount Kisco, NY, is the other co-chair of the Insert Media Council.

Kristen Bremner covers list news, insert media, privacy and fundraising for DM News and To keep up with the latest developments in these areas, subscribe to our daily and weekly e-mail newsletters by visiting

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