AMA Honor Event now at Left Bank Cafe

Village Changes Venue for Civic Testimonial

Event Coordinator Katy Van Anden announced today that the venue for the first-ever village Civic Testimonial, honoring the American Management Association (AMA) on the evening of November 1st, is changed to at The Left Bank Café on Broadway.  “Logistically, the Left Bank Café makes the most sense for us right now,” Van Anden said, “As we begin and grow this type of gathering.”

AMA CEO Edward Reilly

The event was originally scheduled for the Town Hall. At a recent Harrietstown board meeting, councilors acknowledged the receipt of an application for the use of the Town Hall but also noted a need for additional paperwork from the village, including insurance certificates, and a formal request to serve alcohol. The timing of the paperwork, councilors noted, would be important because Harrietstown policy specifically requires approval for the use of alcohol in the Town Hall with a formal vote.

Guests at the event will include Mr. Edward T. Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of AMA, who will travel from the company headquarters in New York City for the occasion, New York State Senator Betty Little, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas along with other local leaders.

Though invitations to the festivities were recently mailed to a general mailing list, the testimonial is open to the general public, a fact stressed by the mayor, who said, “Because this is the first-ever testimonial, our mailing list does not include all interested community members, so we hope to get the word out in as many different ways as possible and build upon that list.”
The AMA Tribute is scheduled to begin at 6pm. The sit-down event and will feature a tapas buffet and a cash bar.  Reservations are still available by contacting the Village Community Office at 891-4150 at cost of $35 per person.


 Edward T. Reilly is the 17th president and chief executive officer of the American Management Association International. AMA , the world’s leading not-for-profit, management development, research and publishing organization, directly interacts each year with more than 100,000 managers and executives in the United States and around the world through its renowned management education seminars. It publishes many newsletters, research papers and a quarterly management journal. Through its publishing arm, AMACOM, it publishes more than 70 books per year. AMA produces hundreds of Webcasts and podcasts that reach over a quarter million managers around the world each year.


AMA is the parent company of Management Centre Europe (, a leading pan-European business management education institution for middle and senior executives. Management Centre Europe has been located in Brussels for 40 years. AMA also maintains operations in Canada, Mexico, Japan and China, with affiliated organizations in Istanbul, Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Seoul. AMA’s organizations are distinguished by the quality of their faculty of global business practitioners, the practical action-oriented focus of their learning programs, and the dynamic, interactive nature of their courses.


Prior to joining AMA in June 2001, Ed served as president and chief executive officer of Big Flower Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of integrated marketing and advertising services. Under his four-year leadership, revenues at Big Flower Holdings increased from approximately $1 billion to nearly $1.9 billion. The NYSE-listed company broadened its services and made numerous acquisitions, specializing in newspaper insert advertising, individualized direct mail, digital asset management and application software for the broadcasting and advertising agency industries. In December 1999, the company was taken private in a leveraged transaction.


Ed spent nearly 30 years with the broadcast and book publishing groups of The McGraw-Hill Companies, holding the following positions: editor in chief of the Accounting, Computing and Data Processing Department of Gregg Community College Division; chief financial officer of the California Test Bureau; general manager of the Instructo Corporation; group vice president for Europe, Africa and the Middle East; group vice president for McGraw-Hill Training Systems; executive vice president in charge of McGraw-Hill International Book Company. In 1987, Ed became the president of The McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Company, during that time, he also served as chairman of the board of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB), chairman of the board of the Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV) when the technology platform for digital broadcasting and high definition television was developed and approved by the FCC, and as a board member of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Ed is also a past chairman of The Advertising Council, the world leader in public service advertising.


Currently, Ed serves on the following boards: immediate past chairman of the USO World Headquarters Board of Governors; member of the North American Advisory Board of the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business in Dublin; fellow of the International Academy of Management; member of the United States Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain; fellow and past chairman of the Royal Society of Arts in the U.S.; and member of the Manhattan Council on Foreign Relations.


Ed holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Francis College, New York, and attended the Stanford Executive Program. He resides in Westport, Connecticut, with his wife Susan.


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