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Rising Stars Program

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Rising Stars Program

The ACP Rising Stars program is designed to honor individuals under who are emerging leaders in the free paper industry and 35 years old or younger. This annual program will recognize up to 8 individuals who represent the best of our up and coming industry professionals. These individuals exemplify good character, leadership, and professionalism not only at work, but in the communities they serve.This annual industry celebration provides something for everyone - from publishers and marketing professionals to editors and support staff, the information gained from this conference provides for the growth and professional development publications can build on all year long.

Nominee Qualifications

These individuals should show the promise of and a commitment to impacting their publication and the industry in a positive manner through professional achievement. Nominees must also show they not only perform their jobs to a high standard, but they also have a commitment to furthering their knowledge and abilities. Nominees must actively work in the free paper industry for a member or associate member of ACP and are required to have been employed for more than a year. Nominees must not be 36 prior to December 31 of the year they are nominated in.


Rising Star award recipients will be recognized in Publish magazine, the official publication of ACP, as well as participate in an awards presentation program conducted during the annual ACP Conference and Trade Show held each year. Rising Star award winners receive free conference registration, meal plan, specialized training sessions, and a free round trip airfare as part of their award.

Ongoing Opportunity

The ACP Rising Stars program does not end with the recognition program. Rising Stars will be asked to assist the various initiatives of the association on an ongoing basis for up to two years. ACP recognizes that we have much to learn from these talented young people and desires to use their skills to help us lead the free paper industry. In return for participation in regularly scheduled conference calls and for volunteering some time to assist with ACP initiatives, ACP will provide additional leadership development opportunities and the opportunity to attend future conferences for even more training.