ASBPE Boston 2016 Azbee Banquet

Steve Maas, author of  a new biography of B2B pioneer Norman Cahners, will be the keynote speaker.

Join us for our annual Azbee Regional Awards, with a special guest speaker.

ASBPE’s Annual Boston-Area Chapter Banquet will be held Tuesday, June 21, at John Harvard’s Brew House in Framingham. Regional winners from publications based in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island will be honored. The event will feature a keynote talk by Steve Maas, author of a recent biography of B2B publishing pioneer and philanthropist Norman Cahners.

For ALL attendees who register and prepay by June 6, 2016, the per-person fee will be only $40.  Registration June 7 through June 15 is $50.

Register for the banquet now.


We are planning to have a limited special printing of Steve’s book for the event. Excerpts of the book can be read at the Folio: website.

Register for the banquet now.


Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016,

Time: 6:00 p.m to 9:30 p.m.

  • Social Hour: 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
  • Dinner and Speaker: 7:00 p.m-8:00 p.m.
  • Awards: 8:00 -9:00 p.m.


John Harvard’s Brew House
One Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
(At Shopper’s World, adjacent to Route 30 and about a mile from the interchange with I-90/Mass Turnpike)


  • If registered and prepaid by June 6, 2016: $40 per person
  • If registered June 7 through June 15: $50

Register for the banquet.


The dinner includes dessert, coffee, complimentary soft drinks, and your choice of one of three entrée selections:

Char-grilled beef skewer served over ranch mash potatoes and broccoli, finished with cabernet jus
Tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, penne pasta tossed in white wine garlic butter sauce, pesto, spiced Parmesan cheese
Mixed greens, grape tomatoes, avocado, corn, roasted poblano peppers, tortilla strips and creamy cilantro-lime dressing

Register now.

Questions? Contact Alan Earls at 508-528-6930 or

New England Regional Azbees 2015

The ASBPE New England Region Azbee Awards were given out on July 15, 2015.  You can see the full list of winners here (23K PDF).

At the link below are photos from the banquet and tweets from our panel and audience discussion, The Future of the Business Press.

Boston/New England Chapter

The Boston/New England chapter of ASBPE serves Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Southern Connecticut. Most events are held in the greater Boston area.

If you are interested in attending or helping to plan events in your area, please contact chapter president Alan Earls at alan dot r dot earls at

Past Events

2015 Boston Boot Camp

The half-day boot camp offered tips on improving B2B coverage in a digital age and more. The sessions were:

  • Making the Transition from Print Thinking to Video Thinking
  • Search Revisited – What’s the Latest on Living and Prospering with SEO
  • The Azbees – Why and How to Enter ASBPE’s Design and Editorial Competitions

Here’s a recap of the event: Boston/New England Boot Camp Tackles Video Use and SEO; Offers Award-Entry Tips


2014 Fall Boot Camp

The 2014 ASBPE Boston Boot Camp—our third—was offered in conjunction with the Society of Professional Journalists and New England Science Writers. The Boston Boot Camp included workshops on:

  • data journalism.
  • technology for reporting and publishing—including free software.
  • creating and maintaining an effective blog.

2014 New England Azbee Winners

On June 19, we celebrated the best of the New England business press at the Crown Plaza Boston — Newton. The banquet also featured a keynote panel discussion, What Does it Take to Succeed in a B2B Media Career? You can download a list of the New England region Azbee Award winners in PDF format.

National winners were announced on July 25 during the ASBPE National Conference in Chicago. Here’s the PDF listing the national winners.

See tweets and photos from the New England region awards banquet.


August 20, 2014: Third Thursday Happy Hour

Shade Bar & Grill at the Radisson Nashua was the venue for the last happy hour of the summer. Topic: What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever received?

July 17, 2014: Third Thursday Happy Hour

We enjoyed drinks and appetizers at Sidney’s Grille in the Meridien Hotel while hobnobbing with other business-to-business media pros. The special topic of this Third Thursday was Social media best practices

May 15, 2014: Third Thursday Happy Hour

The first Third Thursday of the summer took place May 15 at Audubon Boston. The topic up for discussion was: Social media stories — how to get your article to go viral. There were also tweets with general tips for work. You can see the tweets from the May 15 Third Thursday on Storify.

Sept. 24, 2013: Second Annual Boston Boot Camp: New and Improved

At ASBPE’s half-day Boot Camp in September 2013, attendees learned how to:

  • balance good writing with the demands of search-engine optimization.
  • find affordable sources for quality images.
  • shoot professional-looking video.

Oct. 17, 2013: ASBPE Third Thursday Happy Hour

Editors and designers gathered at John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House for networking, plus appetizers and drinks courtesy of ASBPE at the same time that other ASBPE chapters across the country gathered for their own happy hours. The event had a theme: Handling Increased Job Responsibilities. ASBPE national gave away an iPad mini to the attendee who tweeted the best, most insightful comment from the event.

The winner for October was came from David Wallace (@deedubya), at the Boston chapter happy hour, who tweeted:

#ASBPE Telling right from wrong isn’t just for dailies. Biz theft & wrongdoing outpace govt corruption. Tks for 3rd Thurs meetup @asbpe

June 20, 2013: ASBPE Third Thursday Happy Hour

Editors and designers gathered at Sidney’s Grille in the Le Meredien hotel in Cambridge, Mass., for networking. Appetizers and drinks were provided by ASBPE. Other chapters across the country held similar events. The events had a theme: How to Conquer Twitter as an Editor. Editors were encouraged to discuss that topic and to tweet observations from the event. ASBPE national gave away an iPad mini to the attendee who tweeted the best, most insightful comment.

April 5, 2013: Meet the National Board

Chapter members were invited to stop by Boston’s Barracuda Tavern to learn about upcoming programs and tell the national and chapter boards how ASBPE can best meet their needs.

Sept. 21, 2013: Boston Boot Camp: The Rules of Engagement

Attendees at this half-day workshop learned:

  • how to use mobile tools for reporting.
  • how to balance print and online work.
  • what works in social media.


Business editors and writers now have a local organization geared specifically to their needs.

  • Regular membership in ASBPE is open to editors and writers who work for business, professional, trade, and association/society publications, including freelance writers.
  • Affiliate membership is open to any individual or supplier who offers products or services to regular members and/or their publishing organizations.

For more information on membership, click here.

Chapter Officers

Alan Earls, freelance editor
alan dot r dot earls at

Vice President
Martha Spizziri, freelance writer
marthaspizziri at gmail dot com

Board Members

David Brousell, Editor in Chief
Managing Automation
Thomas Publishing Co.
dbrousell at

Kristin Burnham, Editor
Information Week

Roy Harris, Editorial Director
CXO Media Inc.
IDG Enterprise
rharris at

Eamon McCarthy Earls, Associate Site Editor

Sue Pelletier, Editor
Medical Meetings
Penton Media
spelletier at

Mark Schlack, VP/Editorial