Farm Journal Media’s Andy Weber was recently named the 2012 McAllister Top Manager by Medill and American Business Media. The award has brought business-to-business media leaders to Medill to advise classes and speak on the state of B2B for nearly 30 years.
"Medill has contributed much to the profession I've called home for 35 years," Weber said, "so it's rewarding to be able to give a little back to the school."
Weber became the CEO of Farm Journal Media in 2000. The Philadelphia-based company produces a number of agricultural magazines and newsletters as well as television programs, radio shows, websites and live events.
Under Weber's leadership, Farm Journal Media has transformed itself from a leading publisher into a fully integrated multi-media company that has nearly doubled in size. Known for its editorial integrity and commitment to service journalism, the company has received numerous industry awards, including two prestigious Jesse H. Neal “Grand Neal” awards, the highest recognition awarded to B2B companies..
The Farm Journal Legacy Project, a major multimedia effort, recently won a “Grand Neal,” for offering family farmers a deep roster of guides, checklists, articles and resources for their succession planning.
In addition, the “Farmers Feeding the World” campaign of the non-profit Farm Journal Agricultural Foundation seeks to raise at least $20 million a year to support charitable, educational and developmental organizations as they fight global hunger.
Before joining Farm Journal, Weber was executive vice president of Reed Business Information, a Reed Elsevier Company, where he ran a large division of more than 40 engineering and manufacturing magazine franchises. Prior to his role at Reed, he was an executive at Chilton and Medical Economics. Educated at the University of Wisconsin in agricultural journalism, he also pursued tracks in marketing communications and business.
Weber has received numerous industry awards, including the 2011 Crain’s Media Business magazine "Top CEO Innovator" award. He serves as chairman of the non-profit Farm Journal Agricultural Foundation, sits on the board of directors of Watt Media, and is a member of the board of trustees of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Outsell Leadership Council and the American Business Media Agri-Council.
"Led by Andy, Farm Journal Media has tackled issues of national and global importance," said Abe Peck, Medill's Director of Business to Business Communication.
The Top Manager award is funded by the generous support of Don McAllister and Liane McAllister Romaine in honor of their father, Donald McAllister, a B2B publishing leader at Geyer-McAllister.