Gloria Fletcher is President of Sound Publishing, the Black Press group of community newspapers in Washington State.
Prior to joining Sound Publishing in April, 2012, Gloria was Vice President of Publishing – Community Division with GateHouse Media, Inc.. While there, she oversaw print and digital publications in 10 Midwestern states from 2007 to 2012.
From 1999 to 2007, Gloria was Vice President/Division Manager with Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI), overseeing 38 print and digital community publications in Oklahoma.
Gloria began her multimedia career straight out of college in 1985 by holding various positions in Oklahoma newspapers, and was the publisher of her hometown daily newspaper. She serves on the Local Media Association (formerly Suburban Newspaper Association) board and will be chairwoman in 2014.×
Dennis Francis is the President of Oahu Communications and is in charge of Black Press Group Ltd's operations in Hawaii.
In 2010, Dennis engineered and led the consolidation of Honolulu's rival daily newspapers – the Star-Bulletin, for which he was publisher at the time, and the Advertiser, for which he previously served as general manager. Dennis is now publisher of the resulting Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Oahu’s leading provider of in-depth, consistent and credible local news and information with an average weekly readership of 493,303 or 70 per cent of Oahu adults.
Dennis has more than 30 years of senior newspaper management experience in markets that include Ohio, South Carolina, Washington, D.C., Vermont and Hawaii. For the past 20 years, he has been one of the top news publication leaders in Hawaii.
Dennis was honored as a Gannett Top 10 Executive of the Year for Performance (President’s Ring) in 1996, 1998, and 2001. He is active on the board of directors for numerous community organizations, including Diamond Head Theatre (past chair), Friends of Cancer Research, Adult Friends for Youth, Hawaii Business Roundtable (executive committee member), Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (incoming chair), Enterprise Honolulu, Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council, Japan-America Society of Hawaii and Aloha United Way.
Dennis was born in Martin, Kentucky and attended Edison State Community College, in Piqua, Ohio.×
Mark Cohen is Publisher of Akron Beacon Journal, and Ohio.com in Akron, Ohio.
Prior to joining Black Press in November 2013, he was the Chief Operating Officer with Pioneer News Group in Seattle, Washington where he helped oversee print and digital publications in five states from 2009 to 2013.
Mark was the Vice President of Advertising for GateHouse in the Boston region overseeing advertising for newspapers and websites in the surrounding area. He was also at Morris Communications as VP overseeing newspapers in the east and then was Marketing and Advertising Director for the Florida Times Union in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mark was Division Manager/VP for the Indiana region cnhi, overseeing community newspapers that surrounded Indianapolis, Indiana.
Mark also worked at Thomson Newspapers and began his career at the Cincinnati Enquirer as an Advertising Account Executive in his hometown of Cincinnati.×