FRANKLIN, TN (September 23, 2009) – Publishing Group of America today announced the appointment of Steven B. Smith as senior vice president of publisher relations. Bob Brolund, COO of PGA, which publishes American Profile, Relish, and Spry magazines, announced the appointment.

Smith, 54, joins PGA with 33 years of newspaper experience, the most recent as vice president, Northern California community newspapers, for the California Newspapers Partnership, a joint venture of MediaNews Group, Gannett and Stephens Media.

“Steve has a keen understanding of the issues faced today by our 1,700 newspaper partners,” Brolund said. “He is well suited to lead PGA’s efforts to strengthen relations and increase services to our publishing partners.”

Prior to his position with CNP, Smith held group management positions with CNHI, Thomson Newspapers, and Media General.

“I am thrilled to be joining PGA and look forward to working closely with our newspaper partners across the country,” Smith said. “PGA products and services provide tremendous value to our customers and their readers. Our team will work hard to support them and to offer multi-platform solutions for their content and customer-relation needs.”

In addition to high-quality magazines, PGA supports its partner newspapers with syndicated content and event marketing, such as the Relish cooking shows. The company has grown its newspaper base steadily since founding in 2000 and now reaches 60 million people monthly via 1,700 newspapers.

About Publishing Group of America
Franklin, TN-based Publishing Group of America publishes American Profile, Relish and Spry magazines. American Profile debuted in April 2000 as the second largest publishing launch in U.S. history; it now has a circulation of 10 million. Relish debuted in February 2006 as the largest advertising-supported food magazine, with a circulation of 6.8 million via newspapers, and has grown to 15 million effective January 2008. Spry launched in September 2008 with a circulation of 9 million. The company publishes a series of cookbooks (“Hometown Recipes”) and custom publications, and operates Hometown Content, a syndicated news service for print and web, and Hometown Promotions, an integrated marketing service.

Contact: Fred Pfaff at Fred Pfaff Inc., 212-572-8353,

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