Home' Local Media Today : April 2006 Contents SUBURBAN PUBLISHER
An Official Publication of
Suburban Newspapers of America
Suburban Publisher is published by
SNA, the only non-profit trade
association in North America that
specifically represents the needs
and interests of suburban and urban
SNA Mission Statement: SNA is a
professional organization that rep-
resents and supports the suburban
newspaper industry through leader-
ship, education, promotion,
research and the advancement of
Suburban Newspapers of America,
116 Cass Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Web site: www.suburban-news.org
SNA Officers & Directors
Chairman of the Board
Enterprise NewsMedia, LLC
First Vice Chairman
Second Vice Chairman
Community Newspaper Holdings,
Recorder Community Newspapers
Publishing & Distributing
Immediate Past Chairman
Fort Washington, PA
Nevada County Publishing Co
Grass Valley, CA
Cape Girardeau, MO
Eden Prarie, MN
Washington Suburban Press
Antelope Valley Press
Publishing Group, New
Arizona Daily Star
President, Nancy Lane
Vice President, Al Cupo
Advertising & Membership Relations Director
Marketing Manager,Kim Cole
SCAN Manager, Deanna Lewis
SubPub Editor, Deb Shaw
Operations Mgr Bonnie Pintozzi
Headquarters Manager Sue Murchie
Membership Manager, Valerie Donn
Communications Director, Clara Cherry
Accounting Manager, Janice Norman
Who is Jack Robb? Tell us about
I was born and raised in California
until the newspaper business sent
me traveling East. My first stop was
West Virginia, followed by
Pennsylvania, and for the past
eight years, “Sweet Home
Alabama!” I knew at a young age
that I would be in an advertising
sales position, since my golf game
wasn’t strong enough, but I could at
least, talk a good game. My father
was a professional golfer, and is
still disappointed with my four
handicap. My family lives in
California, including three sisters
and an older brother that I also
can’t beat on the course. I have a
wonderful wife/best friend and a
six-year old daughter. As Vice
President of Sales and Marketing
for CNHI, I love traveling and work-
ing with our newspapers, doing
what I can to grow people, publica-
tions and profits.
How did you get into the news-
You have to blame this on my wife.
I was looking for a new job, and
actually had two job offers on the
table when my wife wanted me to
interview with Gannett. I went, they
offered, I accepted.
What do you like most about the
business? The least?
The fact that newspapers can
change the outcome of tomorrow;
we can make a grand opening suc-
cessful, elect a president, or even
save a life. I like it least when I
can’t solve the problem.
When the well runs dry, how do
you recharge the spark?
I go back to basics, motivating
myself with simple action steps that
can be accomplished today. At
least get something done today!
What do you know now that you
wish you knew when you started
in this business?
The importance of customer serv-
ice. I knew it was important back
then, but today, it’s everything!
The only thing I know for sure
about the business of operating
it’s all about people. I’ve seen
strong sales representatives that
report to a good manager/leader
become successful - even in the
worst time and market conditions.
Who/what is your major influ-
Mom. She instilled in me an “I can
do anything” attitude growing up,
and never discouraged me. (Wish
she would have been my golf
The world would be vastly better
place if only people would ....
use a blinker and answer the
What three accomplishments are
you most proud of?
My marriage, my daughter, my job.
No one is better than I am when
it comes to........
hooking a wedge around a tree.
I still can’t quite get the hang
the vast opportunities that the Web
offers........ and, flipping a fried
If you could have dinner with
anyone, living or dead, who
would it be? Why?
Arnold Palmer because of his “go
for it” attitude - it has helped me in
life and golf.
If you couldn’t be a newspaper-
man, what would you like to be
What do you do for kicks?
Golf. I enjoy every minute I can with
my wife and daughter
Can’t believe you didn’t ask me my
Jack Robb is Vice President of Sales and
Marketing for Community Newspaper
Holdings Inc., based in Birmingham, AL.
His favorite movie is Ben Hur.
“Newspapers can change the outcome of
tomorrow; we can make a grand opening
successful, elect a president, or even save a life.”
events for the month of
April are worth noting:
Month and National
Month. Each offers
opportunities for your
gardening retailers and lawn and garden
Make it all about the tools.
Make it all about the look of the garden.
Make it all about the professionals.
The American Society of Landscape
Architects has an interesting mention on
its Web site about the man who was com-
missioned to redesign the landscape sur-
rounding the Washington Monument with
today's security concerns in mind. Is any-
one in your area working on landscapes
from a security point of view? This is a
whole new area for landscape architec-
Make it all about your readers' gardens.
Actively seek input for a section, or hold
a garden contest asking for colorful pho-
tos of spring flowers.
SPRING GARDEN TIME
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