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About Hagadone Directories, publisher of The Black Book

Hagadone Directories, Inc. was established in 1987 to publish and distribute cost-effective regional telephone directories. The company was founded by James (Jim) Hail and named after Mr. Hail’s partner Duane Hagadone.

Jim Hail, President and co-owner of Hagadone Directories, Inc. (HDI) had nearly 20 years of newspaper publishing background before entering the independent yellow pages industry. Mr. Hail previously served as Publisher of the Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) Press and the President of the North Idaho News Network of three daily and seven weekly newspapers and shopper publications.

Previous to joining Hagadone Newspapers, Inc. in 1985, Mr. Hail served as Publisher of the North Idaho Press, Wallace Miner and Kellogg Evening News newspapers in Kellogg and Wallace Idaho and as Vice President of the North Idaho Publishing Company.

Before moving to Idaho in 1980, Mr. Hail was with daily newspapers in Colorado, Kansas and Florida, including a five-year stint with Knight-Ridder Newspapers. Mr. Hail has worked as a reporter, copy editor, sports writer and editor, managing editor, advertising director and newspaper general manager in addition to his management and administrative duties.

In 2011 The Association of Directory Publishers (ADP) bestowed its highest distinction on Jim Hail at the group's recent annual meeting.

The Wil Lewis Award is named in honor of Wilbur Lewis, founder of White Directory Publishers and a three-time past ADP chairman. The award recognizes outstanding lifetime contributions to the directory publishing industry and to the effectiveness of the Association.

"What makes The Wil Lewis Award so prestigious is that it is bestowed not annually, but rather only when a nominee exceeds the lofty threshold set by Wil Lewis himself in the judgment of a minimum of 75% of the sitting Directors of the Association," said Larry Angove, ADP President and Chief Executive Officer.

"Jim is only the eleventh recipient of this honor," Angove stated. The last Wil Lewis Award recipient was Joe Walsh, President and CEO of Yellow Book who was honored in 2008.

One ADP leader stated, "I don't know where to start when it comes to Jim. He has put his heart and soul into ADP. As Chairman of the Board, publisher, mentor and teacher, I honestly cannot think of a better choice to receive The Wil Lewis Award."

"I am honored and humbled to be only the 11th recipient of The Wil Lewis Award," Hail said. "It is, I believe, imperative for small directory companies like HDI to have a voice and influence in national industry issues."

Hail joined the ADP in 1988 and has been active in ADP since the early 1990's. Hail has served on the ADP's Strategic Planning, Membership, Program, Industry Consolidation and Executive Committees and was Membership Committee chair for eight years. He was elected by ADP membership to his first three-year term on the board in 2001 and re-elected in 2004. He served as Ex-Officio in 2007. In 2008, Hail again was again elected by membership to a three-year term on the board. He served as Board First Vice Chair from 2002-2004, was elected Board Chair, serving 2007-2008 and was re-elected Board Chair serving 2009-2010. The Association of Directory Publishers was founded in 1898 and is the oldest trade association in North America continuously serving the interests of telephone directory publishers and the suppliers who provide products and services to the industry.

Locally, Hail is also past chairman of the board of United Way of Kootenai County and TESH, Inc.

Jim Hail (left) receiving the Wil Lewis Award from Rick Lewis, son of the late Wilbur Lewis

Duane Hagadone is best known for his ownership of Hagadone Hospitality Co., which owns and operates the Coeur d'Alene Resort and the renowned Floating Green Golf Course. The company owns and operates three additional hotels and owns the Coeur d'Alene Resort Plaza Shopping Mall.

Mr. Hagadone has numerous business interests in addition to his investments in Hagadone Directories and Hagadone Hospitality, including Hagadone Newspapers, Inc.

Hagadone-owned and operated daily newspapers are published in Moses Lake, Washington; Kellogg, Sandpoint, Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Kalispell, Montana; and Beloit, Wisconsin. The company also publishes numerous weekly advertising supplements, weekly newspapers and several monthly business publications.

Mr. Hagadone also has extensive real estate interests and operates the largest bindery, commercial printer and mailing house in Hawaii.

Duane Hagadone (left) and Jim Hail (right)