In the January issue of Response, we reported that Kristy Pinand-Dumpert, vice president of sales and marketing for Boonton, N.J.-based Concepts TV
Productions, was voted 2013 Direct Response
Marketing Alliance (DRMA) Member of the
Year. Pinand-Dumpert’s victory in an industry-wide vote became official during a brief
ceremony in front of more than 350 industry
insiders at the DRMA Winter Bash in New York
on December 10.
“The Response team has known Kristy
almost since the day she jumped into the
direct response business. Her personality, commitment and growth mirror the ideals of the
DRMA,” John Yarrington, publisher of Response
and co-founder of the DRMA, said at the time.
“Kristy earned the lion’s share of the more than
900 votes cast by our members. She’s incred-
ibly deserving of this honor against admittedly
strong competition. While Kristy earned this
award, the rest of our nominees earned their
recognition as well.”
Recently, Response caught up with Pinand-
Dumpert to get her thoughts the honor after she
had some time to let it settle in.
Q: What does it mean to you and your
company to be named the DRMA Member
of the Year?
A: It truly was a privilege to be in the company
of such tremendously talented nominees — I
greatly respect and admire each and every
one of them. I’m incredibly proud to say that I
work amongst friends and in an industry where
we genuinely support one another. When the
announcement was made that I had won DRMA
Member of the Year, the overwhelming support
from my community — and my extended family
at Concepts TV — humbled me to the point of
tears. I love direct response and what we do
and am so excited to be a part of this rapidly
growing industry. So for my peers to acknowledge that I play a small part in that is an honor
for both my company and myself.
Q: Why do you think your efforts and contributions to the DR business helped earn
you this accolade?
A: My boss always comments on my “Put me
in, Coach” approach to working hard and playing hard for the betterment of our company,
industry, clients and peers. By nature, I apply
passion and diligence to every task I take on.
Whether I’m participating on industry committees, actively advocating educational sessions
or attending networking events to forge new
partnerships and maintain existing ones,
I’m very dedicated to the evolution of direct
response without ever jeopardizing its integrity.
Q: How has the DRMA helped your business? What do you believe working with
the DRMA does to create a better business
atmosphere for you and the industry?
A: The DRMA provides an ideal platform for us
to meet new clients, create new partnerships
and grow as an industry. It’s instrumental in the
vitality of our business, as well as the industry
as a whole. The DRMA provides a plentiful pool
of clients and vendors for us to work with by
orchestrating networking events, educational
sessions and trade shows. Our company also
stays abreast of cutting edge technologies that
help improve business development, thanks to
the incredible effort Response Magazine puts
forth on a monthly basis.
Q: What was the most significant
accomplishment in the past year for your
Pinand-Dumpert Dishes on DRMA Member of the Year Honor
BY THOMAS HAIRE ( THAIRE@QUESTEX.COM)
SANTA ANA — Brian Billick, who led the
NFL’s Baltimore Ravens to their first
Super Bowl championship and now
serves as an acclaimed football analyst
on both FOX and the NFL Network,
will share his wit and wisdom as Response Expo 2014’s keynote speaker.
The address is scheduled for 5: 30 p.m.,
Tuesday, April 29 at the Hilton San
Diego Bayfront, kicking off the three-day event.
“Brian Billick’s resume as a coach,
analyst and philanthropist speaks for
itself,” says Response Expo execu-
tive director and Response Magazine
publisher John Yarrington. “He’s a
respected and innovative leader who
continues to achieve his goals — and
help others achieve theirs — through
dedicated management, enthusiasm for
the cause, passion and accountability.
We’re thrilled he will be able to share
his experiences and template for suc-
cess in what promises to be another
inspiring and thought-provoking Re-
sponse Expo keynote.”
In January 2001, Billick — in just
his second season as a head coach at
any level — led the Ravens to a 34-7
win over the New York Giants in Super
Bowl XXXV. The former NFL headman
is a current NFL in-game analyst for
FOX and a studio contributor for the
NFL Network. His competitiveness,
unique down-to-earth nature, and gen-
erosity have led him to find success
both on and off of the field.
Billick’s versatility and all-around
talent led to his success in the NFL. In
Super Bowl Champ Coach Brian Billick
Keynotes Response Expo on April 29
BY THOMAS HAIRE ( THAIRE@QUESTEX.COM)