Clark Gilbert-'Innovator Of The Year'
September 13, 2013
Clark Gilbert Named 'Innovator of The Year' by Local Media Association
New Award Created to Recognize Innovation in the Local Media Industry
Clark Gilbert, CEO of Deseret Digital Media and Deseret News, and a well-recognized leader in the industry, has been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Local Media Association's new "Innovator of the Year" award.
The award was established this year to recognize outstanding innovation and advancement in the industry. The LMA board chose to recognize Gilbert at this time largely due to his Harvard Business Review article that addressed the dual transformation that is essential for the future of the industry.
The article, "Two Routes to Resilience," addresses the need to reposition the core business, known as "Transformation A," and the importance of creating a separate, disruptive business to develop the innovations critical for future growth, known as "Transformation B." Both, according to Gilbert, are necessary for a successful transformation.
Earlier this year LMA hosted a webinar to review the top takeaways from the article. It was presented by Deseret Digital President Chris Lee, and was attended by more than 100 senior local media executives in the U.S. and Canada.
"Many LMA members made significant changes in their operation after attending the webinar," said LMA President Nancy Lane, "It was the most impactful webinar in my nearly 13 years with the organization. While most LMA members can't duplicate the situation that exists in Salt Lake City with Deseret Digital Media, they can learn from Clark's teachings and adapt them to work in their markets."
Gilbert has been very willing to share his success stories and lessons learned with the industry.
"Clark hosted our group during the 2011 LMA Innovation Mission and that visit impacted all of us that attended in a very substantial way," said Jon K. Rust, co-president, Rust Communications and chair of the nominating committee, "Since that time he has been gracious enough to host many other LMA members and participate in LMA conferences and events. In fact, he will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming LMA Fall Conference in St. Louis. No one is more deserving of this honor at this time in our industry. We are delighted to recognize one of the industry's boldest and brightest innovators."
Gilbert will receive the award next week at the LMA Fall Conference in St Louis, the association's largest event of the year.