UCG Founders Levenson & Peskowitz Inducted into NEPA Hall of Fame


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ROCKVILLE, MD, June 9-2005—The Newsletter & Electronic Publishers Association this week gave its highest honor to UCG founding partners Ed Peskowitz and Bruce Levenson, inducting them into the association’s Hall of Fame. Ed and Bruce were selected by a nominating committee of the board based on their contributions to the association and the specialized-information industry.

“Bruce and Ed are an inspiration to us all. Not only have they grown to be a very large, independently owned and operated publishing venture since 1977, they have had fun along the way,” said Bob Jenkins, a NEPA past-president, who announced the award at the association’s annual conference at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington. The two founded UCG, which is one of America’s leading providers of business-to-business information, in 1977 in the warehouse space above Bruce’s father’s liquor store. There, Bruce recalled to a NEPA crowd that honored him and Ed with a standing ovation, the two “banged away on royal typewriters—we couldn’t afford those fancy IBM Selectrics—creating 8-page newsletters and 4-page marketing pieces until 3 a.m.”

Their first newsletter was Oil Express. They distributed it themselves, pushing the copies under hotel doors at a convention of oil marketers in Houston. These days, Oil Express is just one of more than 100 newsletters published under the UCG corporate umbrella. A lot has changed since those early days. Bruce and Ed brought in four other partners to help run the company, and they’ve made about 40 acquisitions.

UCG now employs about 1,000 employees. Its diverse portfolio serves the information and software needs of decision-makers in health care, tax, oil & energy, high technology, telecommunications, banking and finance and education. While building their company, Bruce and Ed still found time to give back to their industry, the NEPA nominating board noted. Bruce served on the NEPA board from 1990 through 1996, and Ed served on the board from 1999 through 2005. Bruce chaired the association’s first marketing conference in New York and Ed chaired the education committee. Each has been a keynote speaker at NEPA conferences.

 “Ed and I are truly grateful you have honored us today,” Levenson said in accepting the award. “NEPA’s Hall of Fame is filled with good people who have taught us much and we are proud to be included among them.” Bruce continues to drive UCG’s business strategy, while Ed focuses on marketing across all of UCG’s divisions.

UCG’s headquarters are in Rockville, Md., but it also has offices in Boston, Mass.; Ft. Pierce, Fla.; and Lakewood, N.J.