Frank Schurz inducted into the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) Hall of Fame

United States, New York, New York – 01-19-2020 ( — Franklin D. Schurz Jr., Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Mishawaka-based Schurz Communications Inc., a media holdings company that published the South Bend Tribune and 11 other daily papers, was recently inducted into the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) Hall of Fame.  

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only ten honored IAOTP members are inducted into the exclusive Hall of Fame. These special honorees are distinguished based on their longevity in their fields, their contributions to society and the impact they have had on their industries. Mr. Franklin Schurz will be honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala at the end of this year in New York City at the Plaza Hotel for not only this award but also for his selection as a Lifetime Achievement recipient. 

Mr. Schurz is being recognized for this honor for having close to three decades of professional experience in the Publishing industry. He was recently honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Hotel, as Top Publisher of the Year for 2019. A renowned authority in the publishing world, Mr. Schurz will be inducted into IAOTP’s Hall of Fame, and he will be honored for his Lifetime Achievement award for 2020 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City later this year. 

Mr. Schurz has devoted a significant part of his life to his career. His effective leadership as Chairman of the Board of Schurz Communications, Inc., proves his dedication and excellence in his field. Mr. Schurz held previous roles such as, President of Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, the Hoosier State Press Association, the Chesapeake A.P. Association, and the Institute of Newspaper Controllers and Finance Officers. He has been Editor and Publisher of both the South Bend Tribune in South Bend, Indiana, and the Morning Herald and Daily Mail in Hagerstown, Maryland. For 15 years Mr. Schurz also spent time in broadcasting, serving as President of WDBJ Television, Inc. Roanoke, Virginia; WAGT Television, Inc. Augusta, Georgia; KY3, Inc. Springfield, Missouri; and WASK, Inc. Lafayette, Indiana. 

As a dedicated serviceman, serving in the US Army Reserves Artillery from 1952-1962, Mr. Schurz ranked from Second Lieutenant to Captain. He earned his AB in 1952 from Harvard University and his MBA from Harvard University in 1956.  Mr. Schurz continued his education doing postgraduate work involving the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. He received an Honorary LHD from Indiana University in 2015.  

Mr. Schurz was recognized worldwide for his initiative and allegiance to the publishing industry. Accolades he has received include a front cover feature in TIP (Top Industry Professional) Magazine and the honor of Top Publisher of the Year for 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).  Mr. Schurz was honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala for that distinction and was featured on the famous Reuters Building in Times Square. In 2018, he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in Media and Communication, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World. He has also received the NAB Chuck Sherman Award, the Casey Award from the University of Minnesota, the AWRT Achievement Award from the American Women in Radio and Television, the Frank Rogers Award from the Rotary Club of South Bend (IN), the Presidential Award of Merit by the National Newspaper Association and the Lifetime Achievement Silver Award from the Michiana Ad Club. 

Aside from his thriving career, Mr. Schurz is active in his community, has served on many boards and committees and is a contributor to many professional journals.  He served on the board of directors of the Newspapers Advertising bureau, The American Press Institute, the Southern Production Plan, and the Riverside Press Enterprise, and Inland Press Association. Mr. Schurz has also been an instrumental force for the growth of Indiana University’s South Bend campus. He established the Opportunity Scholarship there in 2003 which awards students based on academic achievement and financial need. Mr. Schurz also sought out donors to invest into the University.  

Looking to the future, Mr. Schurz hopes that those dedicated to excellence in news and information and investigative journalism will be able to find current and future technological platforms to reach informed audiences. 

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The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview.  

IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place. 

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