Robert Edmund

Heather Fletcher is senior content editor with Target Marketing.

At age 7, Marisa Anne Edmund was already an experienced direct mailer. Wearing roller skates while packing boxes of expensive optical components, she'd already started her career at her family's Barrington, N.J.-based optics, imaging and photonics technology company, Edmund Optics (EO). At the moment, she's EO's executive vice president of marketing and communications and its vice president of human resources. And while the former roller-skating packing line worker is known for injecting a bit of fun into the otherwise serious world of engineers, what really sets her apart is her ability to see the big picture.

The Direct Marketing Club of New York's annual Silver Apples awards luncheon is always a treat. The who's who of direct marketing in the NYC area—and beyond—turn out to have a few drinks, a few laughs, some lunch, some business talk, and the chance to honor our industry's best-in-class leaders. The 2005 Silver Apple winners certainly fit the bill: Ken Altman, Kay Cassidy, JoAnne Monfradi Dunn, Robert Edmund, Joe Furgiuele, Murray Miller, Chris Paradysz, and corporate winner, Boardroom Inc. Capitalizing on the NYC connection, Boardroom's Executive Vice President Brian Kurtz gave an acceptance speech that borrowed the "Late Night With David Letterman" show's

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