From Sylvia Smith, NPC Secretary General Manager:
John Bloom will resign June 29, 2007, he told the board Monday night.
Bloom, a 15-year employee, has overseen the operations of the Club since August 1997 . Under his tenure, the Club has grown from a budget of $4 million to next year’s projected $12 million; conceived of and opened the broadcast facility; introduced an audio-visual component to the catering division; oversaw the negotiation of the Club lease to 2078 for $1 per year; and developed or expanded such member services as the continental breakfast, afternoon coffee service, working journalists’ lounge, Club-wide wireless computer availability and computer access in the Library.
He was the recipient of the Excellence in Club Management Award in 1999, when he was selected from among managers nationwide as the best manager in the specialty clubs category.
Bloom told the board he leaves the Club “with a heavy heart” and said he will work with the Club leadership for a successful transition.
” It’s hard to imagine the National Press Club without John Bloom as its manager,” said President Jonathan Salant.
” He deserves a major share of the credit for the C club’s success and was able to successfully navigate between serving our members and running the catering operation that provided the revenue to let us serve our members. It used to be that C club presidents came and went, but John remained on board. I guess we have to find a different saying now.”
Vice President Jerry Zremski said, “John did an extraordinary job as NPC general manager — and not just in building our business. He has great news sense, and whenever we had to rearrange things to get a major luncheon or news event done quickly, he always made sure it always got done.”