Sean Press

Sean Press isn’t just bucking the trend, he is creating his own. At a time when the media market is on a downward spiral his company, Contact Media, has not only survived but grown, adding two new brands to its stable. With a focus on development in Africa, he produces titles such as Afropolitan, in partnership with Kaya FM, and Wits Business Journal, for which he won a Pica award in 2011. With a turnover of R25-million, more than 35 staff and 15 titles launched since 2007, what is his formula for success? Giving people the chance to grow, learning from the experience of others and looking for the positive in every situation while building his brands in partnership with established businesses, he says. Listed three years running in Media Online’s Top 40 under 40, the Pressman, as he is known to many, is always on the lookout for trendsetting ways to diversify his business. — Caroline Cowan