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Goodman named Publisher of the Year


Shane Goodman was honored as the Publisher of the Year on April 28, 2016, in San Diego, California, at the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) annual conference and trade show.

Goodman is the president and publisher of Big Green Umbrella Media (BGUM), which publishes more than two dozen titles including 21 separate Iowa Living magazines, Relish, Iowa Momentum, Pipsqueaks, The West Des Moines/Waukee Business Journal and Cityview, in addition to a number of other niche publications, events, websites and digital marketing options. Combined, these titles reach nearly 500,000 central Iowans each month, making BGUM Iowa’s largest niche publisher.

Goodman’s former boss, business partner, and ongoing mentor, Michael Gartner, said, “Shane Goodman is as smart as he is nice, as visionary as he is hard-working, as passionate as he is loyal and as creative as he is honest.  He is a credit to his profession and an asset to his community. He is one of the good guys.”

Goodman’s passions go beyond the publishing industry, as he is involved with a number of other organizations and activities, including being a volunteer wrestling coach at Johnston High School, which he has done for the past nine years. Aaron Tecklenburg, the head wrestling coach at Johnston, said, “Shane is a great role model. He has much wrestling experience to share with our guys, but I think our kids and our coaches respect him even more for being a good husband, excellent father and a loyal friend and coach. We’re proud he’s on our staff, and we’re very excited he’s receiving this well-deserved honor.”

Goodman was nominated and selected by his industry peers for the ongoing successes at his company, his impact to the association and his ongoing contributions to the industry.

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“This truly is an honor not only for me but for every person who has ever been associated with our publications and our company,” said Goodman. “Every publisher knows that successes don’t happen without exceptional staff members, and I am fortunate to have a wonderful and talented group of people to work with.”

Goodman and his wife Jolene reside in Johnston with their three daughters, Sara, Samantha and Abigail.

AFCP represents more than 240 member publications in the United States and Canada with a combined circulation of 14.6 million.  Learn more about AFCP at or Big Green Umbrella Media at




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