Our management’s guidance and support has been pivotal in Black Press’ growth and success.
DAVID BLACK – CHAIRMAN
David Black invested in his first weekly, the Williams Lake Tribune, in 1975. Today Black Press is the largest private newspaper publisher in Canada. Read More …
Today, Black Press is the largest private newspaper publisher in Canada.
David has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Black Press. As CEO and President, David expanded Black Press from one community newspaper in 1975 to a company that includes 75 titles in British Columbia, as well as papers in Alberta, Ohio, Sound Publishing in Washington State, and Honolulu, Hawaii.
David has served as President of the British Columbia and Yukon Community Newspaper Association, a director of the Canadian Community Newspaper Association, a Governor of the Canadian Newspaper Association, and as a Director of the American Press Institute.
David lives in Victoria, B.C., which is the site of our company’s corporate office.
RICK O’CONNOR – PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Rick O’Connor is President and Chief Executive Officer of Black Press Group Ltd., responsible for the operations of Black Press in all regions; British Columbia, the Prairies, Central Web, Washington State, Ohio and Hawaii. Read More …
Rick previously held the positions of COO, COO BC, and President of MetroValley Newspapers, since joining Black Press Group in 1998.
Rick got his start in publishing in 1978 in Vanderhoof and in 1983 sold his company to Black Press. He helped Black Press launch Kamloops This Week in 1988 and has served as a publisher and group publisher for two other newspaper groups.
He is a former President of Suburban Newspapers of America, past Director of BCYCNA, past Chair of Peace Arch Hospital Foundation and is Chair of the Friends of UBC Softball. Mr. O’Connor was awarded the prestigious Dean Lesher Award for his contributions to the North American suburban newspaper industry in 2009, and holds a Silver Quill from CCNA.
Rick and his wife Pam have been heavily involved in the South Surrey – White Rock community for more than 20 years raising four children and participating in numerous community activities.