About M3’s Team

Account Executives

Assisting you from within the plant is my personal Account Executive; I am very fortunate to work with the best of the best, Robert Porter.

They each oversee trouble-free production of each page of your book. Assisting them is a service team. Like our manufacturing teams, a customer service team means better communication and allows the plant to respond quickly to questions and needs.

Our tech support is waiting to answer your questions quickly and completely. Please feel free to contact Tech Support directly at:

  • 800-947-0536 for StudioWorks
  • 800-947-0510 for InDesign and BalfourTools

Our entire customer service staff receives extensive training in all aspects of book production and each member is ready to respond whenever we need them.

Robert Porter
Dallas Plant
1550 West Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75235
direct line: (800) 708-6641
fax: (800) 563-9908
robert.porter@balfour.com
Mary-PearrellIf selling your books bothers you, worry no more. Mary Pearrell and her band of magic elves will provide a website and an 800# for your audience to access. Each person can order a book and even have it personalized if appropriate at no additional cost to you. Mary will walk you through the process and set up a webpage that visually and verbally represents your book. 
Mary Pearrell
Balfour Publishing
Smart-Pay Account Executive
(888) 245-1332

 


Important Members of the M3 Team

Mike-BennettMike Bennett, Marcia’s photographer and videographer, began working with MySeminars, LLC at its inception shooting, editing, designing the opening and closing presentations since 2009. He is totally responsible for all content for coverage of “Doodle for a Day,” “Leadership Ramp UP” and “Camp Wannamaka.” In real life he serves as Digital Media tech on BCC’s Cocoa campus and is involved with Brevard’s Historical, Environment and Cultural Tourism Commission producing video presentations for several business’s ad campaigns, historic sites and wildlife sanctuaries. For example, his latest efforts include a 30-minute program designed for PBS entitled “Discovering Brevard” which showcases locals talking about Brevard’s hidden treasures.


Michaek-Bielecki_cropped-squareWhen if comes to editing your copy, you may choose to enlist the services of Michael Bielecki. His experience runs the gamut from sports writing to book editing.  Michael’s work has appeared in The Milford Times, The Oakland Press, The Sebastian Sun, Press Journal, Poker Pro Magazine, Ante Up Magazine, VeroNews, Vero Beach 32963 and Vero Beach Newsweekly. His blog covers Vero Beach area sports, occasionally touching on the national sports and poker scene. He is available to edit your copy as a consultant on an individualized basis.


Randy Stano, professor of practice, journalism and visual journalism at the University of Miami, was the Knight Foundation Chair for the School of Communication from 1995 to 2008.  Previously, he was director of editorial art and design for The Miami Herald where he served on two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams.  He is the recipient of commendations from the Society of News Design in addition to virtually every award CSPA can bestow.  He currently serves as editorial/design adviser for the award-winning Ibis yearbook and Distraction Magazine at The U.

Randy is the recipient of the 2011 Robert and Christine Staub Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Effective Teaching at the University of Miami School of Communication.

The Staub Faculty Excellence Award, an endowed gift from UM alumnus Robert Staub, B.B.A., ’56, and his wife, Christine, recognizes a School of Communication faculty member for effectiveness in teaching, advising, mentoring, and service roles in and outside the classroom. Students and alumni nominated deserving professors and a School committee selected the winner.

“I am honored, but I’m surprised it’s me,” says Stano. “There are so many deserving professors at the School. I really enjoy watching my students grow and continue to move forward when they leave here.  I don’t have kids of my own, so these are my kids.”

Stano, who joined the University in 1995, is also the advisor to The Ibis, the UM yearbook, and DISTRACTION, the School’s magazine. In 2010, he was named College Media Yearbook Adviser of the Year.  Through these roles, his mentoring has spread to thousands of students across campus.

“Randy Stano represents both the spirit and purpose of the Staub Faculty Excellence Award,” says Sam L Grogg, dean of the School of Communication. “Randy’s teaching extends beyond the classroom, having a lifelong positive impact on his students.  He is truly a master teacher.”

An award-winning newspaper designer who worked at a number of publications across the country prior to coming to UM, Stano spends his summers leading student groups to major design centers in the world, holding special workshops, and sponsoring students to participate in the Society of News Design, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and other organizations in order to expand their experience and learning. Students under his tutelage have consistently won top awards for college media from the most prestigious organizations around the world.

“Christine and I are pleased that a professor who has been here 15 years is the first recipient of this award and that so many alumni took the time to recognize him,” says Staub. “His background and excellence in the classroom is only exceeded by what he’s done outside the classroom for the students.”

Stano will receive $2,500 as part of the award, and will be named on a permanent plaque in the School’s reception lobby.  Stano was honored during the School’s annual faculty luncheon at the BankUnited Center in April.

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Jaclyn Rhoads, a former editor-in-chief for JP Taravella’s Odyssey yearbook (1997-1998), has known Marcia since 1994. She was an instructor for Florida Yearbook Seminar from 1998-2002 and has been M3’s webmaster since 2003.

Jaclyn, M3, and Adviser Jeanette Johnson - 1997Jaclyn has stayed within the journalism/communications world professionally. She has worked in marketing, communications, design, and public relations for companies such as Florida Hospital, the University of Florida, and the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association. A graduate of UF with a masters in advertising, Jaclyn continues to use yearbook skills everyday in her career.

Married to her college sweetheart, Jesse, since 2004, Jaclyn currently resides in the Orlando area with her husband and daughter Lily and is an adjunct professor for the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications where she teaches for the online masters degrees in social media and web design. Contact her at jaclyn.rhoads@gmail.com