Arlington Heights, IL (April 1, 2015) — The Association of Business Information & Media Companies (ABM) recently announced the 2015 Jesse H. Neal Award winners, with SGC Horizon brands’ editors tallying three Neal journalism awards and the inaugural Mattera Mentor Award. Established in 1955, ABM’s Jesse H. Neal Award is recognized as the “Pulitzer Prize of the business press.” The winners, selected for exhibiting journalistic enterprise, service to the industry and editorial craftsmanship, were announced at a banquet on March 27.

Building Design+Construction (BD+C) received a Neal Award in the Best Newsletter category for its “Daily 5” eNewsletter and in the Best-Subject-Related Package category for its “Technology Report 2014.” Another BD+C series, “School Security: Can Design Prevent Another Sandy Hook?,” was one of four finalists in the Package category, as was sister publication Professional Builder’s “Housing Giants 2014” feature. BD+C’s “Construction Technology Reports: BIM, Virtual Reality, Big Data” coverage was a finalist in the Best Technical Content category.

Professional Builder received a Neal Award in the Best Commentary category for Contributing Editor Scott Sedam’s columns. In addition to its Neal capture and finalist honor in the aforementioned Best-Subject-Related Package category, Professional Builder was one of four finalists in the Best Profile category for its “Doing the Right Thing” feature, and in the Best Theme Issue of a Magazine or Newspaper category for its May Housing Giants issue.

Professional Builder’s Editorial Director Denise Dersin was the first-ever recipient of the Marianne Dekker Mattera Mentor Award, established in 2015 to recognize an editor whose dedicated mentoring of less-experienced and younger colleagues has helped advance their careers in B2B media.

Three other Scranton Gillette Communications publications were 2015 finalists in Neal Award categories: Residential Lighting for Best Use of Social Media; Roads & Bridges in the Best-Subject-Related Series for its 2014-launched “Bridge Rescue” columns and features; and The Diapason in the Best News Story category for its “The 2014 Ivory Trade and Movement Restrictions: New Regulations and Their Effects” article.

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