ProSales is a finalist for an American Business Media Jesse H. Neal Award for Outstanding Business Journalism. The cover story package for the September 2012 issue,  “Special Report: Change for Good,” is one of only four finalists in its class for the Best Subject-Related Package award.

This special report was definitely a true team effort and is a tribute to the quality of the talent working on  ProSales, according to editor Mark A. Newman. “It really shows how important collaboration is in the publishing world just as it is in the LBM dealer and construction worlds,” he says. “Not just cooperation among the writers and editors, but also with the art department who created an incredible presentation for this valuable information. Also, the Neal Awards have long been considered ‘the Pulitzer Prize of business journalism’ so it is essentially the highest award a magazine like  ProSales can receive. And not for nothing. It should also be noted that  ProSales was the only publication in the LBM sector to make it to the final round.”

Among the people who worked on the special report who will get recognized if it receives an award are editor-in-chief Craig Webb, assistant editor Hallie Busta, former assistant editor Brendan Rimetz, columnist Don Magruder, contributors Dena Cordova, Jonathan Smoke, and Dave Klun, and art directors Pete Morelewicz and Allison Levy.

Newman, who took over the reins of  ProSales upon Webb’s promotion to editor-in-chief of both  ProSales and  Remodeling magazines at the end of 2012, is also a finalist in the Best Profile category for  a cover story he wrote while senior editor at Remodeling. “It’s always an honor just to be nominated and make it to the home stretch,” Newman says, “but it’s even nicer to be able to walk out of the awards ceremony with something in your hand.” 

Newman previously received a Neal Award in 2002 as part of the team who put together an issue of  Facilities Design & Management magazine that detailed the impact of the 9/11 attacks on the commercial real estate industry. He was managing editor of that publication.

Paying tribute to the Neal Award finalists, ABM president & CEO Clark Pettit said in a statement, “We at ABM are so proud to honor these journalists and editors. Their expertise, ability to push progress across existing and new channels, and successful track records of informing the industry on important issues place them at the forefront of their fields.” 

Established in 1955, the Jesse H. Neal Awards recognize and reward editorial excellence in business media. The awards are named after ABM’s first managing director, who remained active in promoting the industry throughout his life. The Neal Awards are presented annually to those editors who have submitted entries exhibiting journalistic enterprise, service to the field, and editorial craftsmanship. 

Entries are divided into three classifications according to the publication’s advertising and circulation revenue, with 13 editorial categories within each size classification and seven categories that do not require revenue figures. Material must have been published between December 1, 2011, and November 30, 2012.

ProSales is one of 184 finalists from an original pool of 640 entries, and Hanley Wood,  ProSales' parent company, has 19 finalists for various awards. The 2013 Neal Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York City on March 12.