Tampa Businesswoman Receives Award of Distinction From Her Alma Mater in Illinois

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Blare Fanning, a 1982 graduate of Rockford University, has been named an Award of Distinction winner from that school. Fanning, a media veteran, co-founded My Classified Ads in 2004, then acquired Russell Johns Associates a decade later to form MCAads.com-Russell Johns (http://myclassifiedads.net).

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"This is a great acknowledgement for my career. More importantly my family has had 3 generations graduate from Rockford University, beginning with my uncle, Ralph Turnbull, who accepted this award on my behalf.

Rockford University in Illinois has named Blaire Fanning an Award of Distinction winner. Fanning, a 1982 graduate from the school, is CEO of MCAads.com-Russell Johns (http://myclassifiedads.net).

A business professional for more than three decades, Fanning has over her career earned top awards for advertising programs in sales and media development. She specializes in media buys and marketing campaigns. She co-founded MCA in 2004 and in 2014 acquired Russell Johns Associates (http://russelljohns.com).

"This is a great acknowledgement for my career. More importantly my family has had 3 generations graduate from Rockford University, beginning with my uncle, Ralph Turnbull, who accepted this award on my behalf. This means the world to me. I feel very blessed."

Rockford, a private liberal arts college, was founded in 1847 as Rockford Female Seminary. In 1892 its name changed to Rockford College. It became Rockford University in 2013.

Fanning’s family has a strong association with the school. Her uncle Ralph Turnbull graduated from there in 1965. Her sister, Kimberly, a 1983 grad, was a Distinguished Alumni Award winner. Her niece Brandi Martin graduated from the university in 1998.

The last 18 months have been a notable for Fanning and her company. The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce chose My Classified Ads, LLC, as a semi-finalist for its 2015 “Small Business of the Year.” Prior to that, MCA-RJ was listed at No. 20 on the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s List of the Top 100 women-owned companies in the Bay area. The Tampa Award Program identified MCA as one of the Bay area’s “Best of 2014” Advertising Agencies. Then, a year ago, the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) welcomed Fanning into its membership.

“Our company is continuing to prove that print is very much alive and well in today’s digital age,” Alex Clevenger, Senior National Broadcast Media Specialist, said of the various recognitions.

The MCA-RJA family of firms includes Classified Advertising Plus, LLC, dba PrintAndRadio.com; Blaire.co; and MCAads dba Russell Johns Associates. Offices are at 5020 W. Linebaugh Ave., Suite 210, in Tampa.

Clevenger describes MCA as “a full-service media company that cares about the success of its clients,” while RJ (Russell Johns) is a nationally known publisher’s representative that connects advertisers with the nation’s top media brands in the publishing industry.

"We understand the language of media,” Clevenger said. “We are experts at evaluating the productivity of an advertising campaign across all types of platforms.”

RaeAnne Meyer, Director of Media Strategy, explains MCA’s business philosophy this way: “We take pride in the success of each and every one of our clients. Being able to play a role in helping companies grow and watching them achieve their goals is a huge motivator for us.”

For more information on MCA-RJ and how it can help make advertisers and publishers more successful, call (813) 920-0197 or visit http://myclassifiedads.net.

ABOUT: MCA is a full-service advertising agency that leverages strategically placed volume buys to help clients target the largest potential audience for the least amount of money. Russell Johns connects advertisers with the nation’s top media brands in the publishing industry, including USA Today.

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