Active Interest Media
Active Interest Media (AIM) was formed in October 2003 by Wind Point Partners and Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III. AIM is a rapidly growing media company focusing on
enthusiast magazines and related consumer shows, Internet sites, and books.
In conjunction with our magazines, we produce and market more than 75 martial arts videos and books, including several by the legendary Bruce Lee. We also produce a dozen three-day log-home show seminars that attract thousands of consumers from around the United States.
Show Management produces major in-water boat shows in Florida, including the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), the largest boat show in the world. FLIBS, owned by the Marine Industry Association of South Florida, attracts more than 100,000 attendees who can view and purchase yachts of up to 200 feet in length, many with prices well in excess of $25 million. In addition to FLIBS, we produce the Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami, the Palm Beach Boat Show, the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, and the St. Petersburg Boat Show. In addition to the boats themselves, each event showcases equipment and accessories for the operation and enjoyment of boats.
Active Interest Media is actively seeking further acquisitions of leading consumer media properties in niche enthusiast markets.
About Wind Point Partners
Wind Point Partners (wppartners.com), located in Chicago, IL and Southfield, MI, is a private-equity investment firm with over $1.8 billion in capital under management. Wind Point's strategy is to team with top-caliber CEOs to acquire solid middle-market businesses with clear paths to value creation. Wind Point has an excellent track record of success, and has invested in more than 80 companies since 1984.
Efrem Zimbalist III
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Efrem Zimbalist III is Chairman and CEO of Active Interest Media (AIM), a media company formed in 2003 to serve niche enthusiast markets.
Previously, Mr. Zimbalist was Chief Financial Officer of Times Mirror, a Fortune 500 company that published the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, New York Newsday, the Hartford Courant, and several smaller newspapers. Through its Times Mirror Magazines subsidiary, where Mr. Zimbalist also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the company was a leader in sports publishing, with Golf Magazine, Yachting, Salt Water Sportsman, Popular Science, Field & Stream, TransWorld Skateboarding, and others.
Prior to joining Times Mirror, Mr. Zimbalist served as chairman and chief executive officer of Correia Art Glass, Inc., a family-owned business. He also spent five years with the management consulting firm of McKinsey and Co., in Los Angeles.
Andrew W. Clurman
President and Chief Operating Officer
Andy Clurman joined Active Interest Media as Group Publisher and Chief Operating Officer in October of 2003 when the company was formed by Skip Zimbalist.
In 2010, he became President and Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the management of all of AIM's media properties.
Prior to joining AIM, Clurman served as Senior Vice President of Time4Media, a division of Time Warner/AOL, and as President/Publisher of Mountain Sport Media, the world's leading winter-sports media company with titles including SKI, Skiing, Freeze, Skiing Trade News Magazines, Warren Miller Films & Entertainment, and Mountain Sports Press. He also held the role of President at TransWorld Publications, which included TransWorld Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Motocross, Surf, BMX, and Ride Magazines. Under his leadership, these two divisions grew to comprise 15 consumer and trade magazines, an award-winning film and television production unit, and category-leading Internet, book, video/DVD publishing, and event marketing businesses. During Clurman's tenure, Mountain Sports and TransWorld flourished, launching five new magazines and acquiring four others-doubling revenue, with profits growing tenfold.
Patricia B. Fox
General Manager of the Healthy Living Group and Executive Vice President of Operations
With more than 20 years of publishing experience, Patricia Fox is responsible for all circulation marketing and magazine production for Active Interest Media. In 2007, she assumed an additional responsibility as General Manager of the Healthy Living Group, which includes Yoga Journal, Vegetarian Times, Better Nutrition, and Healthy Living Custom Publishing. Before joining AIM, Fox was Vice President of Operations for Sabot Publications, where she oversaw all circulation and production. She joined AIM at the time of Sabot's acquisition. Ms. Fox is the former President and CEO of Caribbean Travel and Life, Inc. As a founder of the company, she led Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine to its current position as an acknowledged leader in its special-market niche. Ms. Fox also launched Latitudes South, the award-winning in-flight magazine for American Eagle airlines, an affiliate of American Airlines, and TradeWinds, the in-flight magazine for the Dutch Antillean airline ALM, which was affiliated with KLM. Prior to joining Sabot in 1999, Ms. Fox was a Senior Consultant with Ladd Associates, a consulting firm specializing in circulation planning and direct marketing. Ms. Fox has an MBA from George Washington University, an MA from Georgetown, and a BA from Manhattanville College.
Brian J. Sellstrom
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Brian Sellstrom joined Active Interest Media as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer in August, 2005, bringing with him 35 years of experience in the publishing industry. Sellstrom is directly responsible for the company's financial/accounting, treasury, banking/finance, human resources, and information technology functions. In addition, Sellstrom is also responsible for the coordination of the Company's Strategic Planning and Budgeting processes. Prior to joining Active Interest Media, Sellstrom was CEO of DC Shoes, a $170 million skateboard shoe company. He guided the sale of the company to Quiksilver. Sellstrom has also served in several management capacities for the Times Mirror Company; as CEO of AchieveGlobal, a $200 million global training company, and as CEO of The Skiing Company and TransWorld Media, the leading media companies in the winter sports and action sports industries. Sellstrom joined the company when he and his partners sold TransWorld Media to Times Mirror Company.
Sr. Vice President, Content and Product Development
A member of the Active Interest Media team since 2007, Jon is responsible for creative growth across all platforms for the Outdoor and Home Buyer
Groups, which include more than 15 brands ranging from Backpacker and Climbing to Old House Journal and Timber Home Living. He previously served
as General Manager of the Outdoor Group, managing all creative and business operations for titles that reach 3 million unique enthusiasts each
month. In that capacity, he led the introduction of a new national park travel brand, launched mobile apps and tablet editions, and participated
in acquisitions and digital development that more than doubled the Outdoor Group’s consumer and trade footprint. As editor-in-chief of Backpacker
from 2002-2012, Jon’s team was nominated 10 times for National Magazine Awards, the most prestigious honor in the media industry. Backpacker won
5 of those times, including General Excellence awards for print (2008) and online (2009). Prior to AIM, Jon worked for 10 years in editorial
positions at Rodale Press. He currently resides in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, two daughters, and Bernese mountain dog. The whole family
loves to hike, ski, bike, and take photographs, and they contribute significant volunteer time to Big City Mountaineers, a youth mentoring
nonprofit based in Denver, and to local food banks.
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