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Michael J. Porcaro

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Journalism, 1972

Marketing Director

Scranton Gillette Publications

Michael J. Porcaro has been in the magazine publishing business for nearly 30 years with previous experience in marketing and advertising.

Currently, he is Senior Advisor of Randall-Reilly Publishing Co., a firm to which the publishing company he co-owned, James Informational Media Inc., was sold. Mike was President and Managing Partner, and co-founder of James Informational Media Inc., a Des Plaines (IL) based publisher of Better Roads and Aggregates Manager magazines.

In addition, he is founder, Publisher and Editorial Director of Midwest Thoroughbred magazine, a publication for horsemen in Illinois and Indiana. Mike owns six thoroughbred race horses, one of which was entered in the 2010 Arlington Million at Arlington Park Race Course.

Mike has been involved in the construction industry for more than 35 years beginning in the 1970’s with the Construction Equipment Division of the International Harvester Company where he held several positions in marketing, including Marketing Communications Manager, Worldwide.

He joined Cahners Publishing Company, later part of Reed Business Information, in 1982 serving much of his tenure as Vice President and Publisher of Construction Equipment magazine.  In 1996, Mike joined The Aberdeen Group, now part of Hanley-Wood, as Vice President and Group Publisher of the company’s construction publications.

Prior to co-founding James Informational Media Inc. in 2000, Mike spent a year as Vice President, Publishing for Newport Communications, and leading publisher of trucking industry magazines.

Mike served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), TRIP (The Road Information Program) and ARTBA (American Road & Transportation Builders Association), and is a member of several AEM committees, including Publications in Construction and Agriculture Association (PICA), where he is past chairman, the Marketer’s Council, and the Conexpo-Con/AGG & IPFE show marketing committee. In addition, Mike serves as the Illinois coordinator for ARTBA’s Central Region Committee, and he is a member of the Illinois Road Builders (ITRBA) Public Information Committee.

He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Advertising, and has a Master’s Degree in Marketing from Roosevelt University.