Twenty years ago today, the staff at Key Media & Research (KMR), formerly Key Communications, welcomed Ellen Rogers to the team. Over two decades with the company she has made a lasting impact on the content published by USGlass magazine as its long-time editor. (And today her team is sneaking this article into USGNN™ to celebrate that anniversary.)
Rogers has several awards to show for her dedication to excellence in editorial coverage of the architectural glass and glazing industry. She was a finalist in the 65th Jesse H. Neal Awards in the Best Technical Content category for her articles, “Condensation Condemnation” and “Know the Differences: Which Interlayer is Right for your Next Run?” and the Best Use of Video/Webcast category.
She has won nine awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. USGlass magazine also was awarded a prestigious Boger Award by the Construction Writers Association (CWA) for its May 2013 issue devoted to school safety. Rogers contributed several features and led the editorial direction of the award-winning issue.
In 2014, Rogers was recognized by KMR with its Award for Extraordinary Service. The award is presented annually and was named after vice president for media services Holly X. Biller.
“We are so lucky to have hired Ellen 20 years ago and it has been amazing to work with her throughout that time and to see the professional growth she has achieved,” says KMR editorial director Tara Taffera. “She is known throughout the industry for her expertise on glass, and for the way she delivers articles on complex subjects in a matter her readers can digest and use in their businesses. We, and the industry, are lucky to have her.”
“I have worked with Ellen for all her time here and we are not just colleagues but friends. She is there for you when you need her and I remember one time most vividly where this quality really showed. I received some not great news right before I was to walk in our annual sales meeting and give a presentation,” adds Taffera. “I somehow gathered myself together to walk in that room and stand up and present, but everyone knew something else was going on. I can’t remember if it was in the middle of that presentation or when I was finished, but she got up from her seat and gave me a hug and told me she was there for me. We really are like a family here and Ellen is part of that family.”
“Valentine’s Day 20 years ago brought us a gift in Ellen,” says USGlass publisher and KMR president Deb Levy. “And she has used those gifts to improve our industry and our company. Among Ellen’s many talents is her ability to translate complex and technical concepts into language every reader can understand. In doing so, she makes our industry better every day.”
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