Our Mission

The purpose of the International Regional Magazine Association is to strengthen the regional magazine publishing industry by fostering the free flow of information and experience between a group of non-competitive publishers. Through this limitless sharing of ideas and experience, IRMA helps the regional genre of magazines maintain relevance and visibility in their respective markets.

History

IRMA began in a fishing boat in 1960 when two circulation managers from separate magazines, Gus Weiner of Down East and Peter Sykas of Vermont Life, decided to spend a day trading ideas to grow their magazines while enjoying their favorite pastime. Magazine secrets flowed between the two so freely, they decided to do it again the following year, and then the next. Other magazine professionals heard about the annual get-together and began to join them. Soon the boat was overloaded, so they decided it was time to meet on land.

A few years later, the growing group wanted to hear from the publisher of the granddaddy of regional magazines, Arizona Highways. Peter Sykas contacted him, and he said he needed a formal invitation to get approval from state officials to make the trip. A quick conversation with the owner of a local stationery shop produced a letterhead for the invitation. Over the counter that day, the organization was named the North American Association of Regional Publishers.

At the annual conference in Nevada, in 1968, the name was changed to Regional Publishers Association. After many years under that name, the organization was renamed the International Regional Magazine Association in 1995 to reflect a growing number of member magazines outside the United States.

Regardless of its name, the original intent of those first two members has remained the same for more than 40 years. Free and open communication among members is the heart and soul of the organization.

Contact Us

We encourage other regional publishers to join and we welcome publishing industry suppliers as sponsors.

Questions? Contact Tara Flint, Executive Director, 416-705-6884

“IRMA meetings leave us inspired to go home and try the innovative ideas we’ve learned from fellow publishers in the same business. What we learn at IRMA is invaluable.”

Greg Wood, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher Missouri Life Magazine Greg Wood, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher
Missouri Life Magazine

IRMA's Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Through 2018 Conference:

  • Errol Laborde, Editor-in-Chief, Louisiana Life
  • Mark Mahorsky, Creative Director, Texas Highways
  • Jane McCoy, Sponsor, Chilcutt Direct Marketing

Through 2019 Conference:

  • Shawn Dalton, Creative Director, Saltscapes

Through 2020 Conference:

  • Joyce Byrne, Publisher, Avenue

Through 2021 Conference:

  • Krystal Karais, Publisher, Yukon: North of Ordinary
  • Colleen McIntyre, Director of Operations, Oklahoma Today
  • Andrea Etzel, Publications Manager/Editor, Kansas!
  • Todd Goodyear, Chief Operating Officer, Downhome
  • Joshua Hardin, Photo Editor, Colorado Life/Nebraska Life
  • Staci Miller, Niche Publications Director, Arkansas Life

Executive Committee

  • President: Errol LaBorde, Editor-in-Chief, Louisiana Life
  • Vice President: Shawn Dalton, Creative Director, Saltscapes
  • Treasurer: Todd Goodyear, Chief Operating Officer, Downhome
  • Secretary: Staci Miller, Niche Publications Director, Arkansas Life
  • At Large: Mark Mahorsky, Creative Director, Texas Highways

Presidents Council

2017 President: Penny Caldwell,
Publisher, Cottage Life

2015 President: Chris Amundson,
Publisher, Colorado Life and Nebraska Life

2015 President: Chris Amundson,
Publisher, Colorado Life and Nebraska Life

2014 President: Win Holden,
Publisher, Arizona Highways

2013 President: Win Holden,
Publisher, Arizona Highways

2012 President: Win Holden,
Publisher, Arizona Highways

2010 President: Danita Allen Wood,
Publisher, Missouri Life

2008 President: Jim Gourlay,
Publisher, Saltscapes

2007 President: Joan Henderson,
Publisher, Oklahoma Today

2001 President: Al Zikovitz,
President/Publisher, Cottage Life Magazine

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