Pat Corpora

What makes a professional the 2019 Marketer of the Year? It’s more than them earning your respect. Target Marketing is looking for brand marketers — not vendors or agency professionals — whose careers embody everything that’s great about marketing. We also want your nominations for the brightest Rising Stars.

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails,” goes the quote from leadership guru John C. Maxwell. It’s good advice to keep in mind at the present, when many of the usual challenges of marketing direct are becoming more and more difficult to tackle. With the cost of just about everything going up, businesses aren’t going to have any easy options for cutting back. Staying strong during a down economy and a rapidly shifting marketing environment requires not only efficiency from every member of the team, but also the exploration of new ideas and ways

Pat Corpora, president & CEO, By Lisa Yorgey Lester Giving Silkies hosiery continuity program a new pair of legs. Every workday, Pat Corpora comes into the office at 7:30 a.m. and heads for the mailroom, where he sifts through the orders that have come in overnight. This physical connection with the mail, says Corpora, gives him "a sense of the business." As president and CEO of HCI Direct, Corpora's business for the past three years has been putting the customer in control of the Bensalem, Pa.-based company's Silkies hosiery continuity program. With nearly 25 years of direct marketing experience, Corpora is well suited

I 'm going to let you in on an inside joke at the Target Marketing offices. For a while, we've been speculating that our Direct Marketer of the Year Award was cursed. Consider: Of the 12 previous winners, six had their careers hit the skids shortly after being proclaimed by us as the best in their field. A couple examples: 1) Who else but the infamous John Peterman to start our curse? A little more than two years after Target honored him, J. Peterman Co. filed for bankruptcy. 2) Ah, Jay Walker and Priceline! We knew we were taking a gamble on

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