Publishing Company Wins Business Of The Year Award

Source: St. Petersburg Times
Date: January 17, 2001

AMC Publishing offers newspaper, magazine and advertising publications for life and health insurance agents.

A company that produces publications for the insurance industry was named the large Business of the Year on Tuesday at the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce annual awards luncheon at the Harborview Center.

AMC Publishing was the winner in the category of businesses that have an annual revenue of more than $5-million. Bennetta Slaughter, the company's chief executive officer, accepted the award.

"I'm so thrilled and excited - and surprised," she said.

The company, established in 1990 in Dallas, moved to Clearwater in 1993 with a staff of eight. "We moved here because I'm a member of the Church of Scientology and I wanted to be here," Mrs. Slaughter said. Scientology's spiritual headquarters is in Clearwater.

Since it moved, the business has grown to 46 employees and its newspaper, magazine and advertising publications have a circulation of 725,000 life and health insurance agents across the country, Mrs. Slaughter said. Its revenues last year totaled more than $6.5- million. She attributed the company's success to the "Hubbard management technology" of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The business also is involved in community work, including mentoring and hiring "at-risk" teenagers and supporting Main Street activities. It purchased and is renovating the old Pioneer Federal Bank buildings in downtown Clearwater for its offices.

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