Three new trustees have joined the Ohio Newspaper Association Board of Trustees, and Findlay Publishing Co. President Karl Heminger has begun his two-year term as board president.
At the annual meeting of ONA members held during the annual convention on Feb. 6, members approved the nominations of Ron Waite, general manager of Record Publishing Co., Kent, and Paul Martin, president and CEO of Lorain County Printing & Publishing Inc., Elyria. Waite replaces David Dix, publisher of the Kent-Ravenna Record Courier and outgoing ONA board president. Martin replaces Dan Behrens, publisher of the Journal-Tribune, Marysville.
Both Behrens and Dix were term-limited from continued board membership. During their regular board meeting on Feb. 5, ONA trustees thanked Behrens and Dix for their service and presented both with gifts.
“David is the fourth member of the Dix family to serve as ONA president, starting with E.C. Dix in 1944,” said Dennis Hetzel, ONA executive director. “No one cares more deeply than David about our industry, and ONA is stronger because of his leadership.”
Martin’s newspaper career includes stints with Thomson Newspapers, Park Communications, Community Newspaper Holdings and Trib Total Media. He was a production and operations executive and chief operating officer of CNHI’s Eastern Division. He became president and publisher of Lorain County Printing & Publishing in 2010 following the death of A. Cooper Hudnutt. He is a member of ONA’s Convention Committee.
Waite has occupied numerous industry positions, primarily as an advertising executive, and has been with Dix Communications since 1993. He also has held positions with the Journal Register Co., Phar Mor Inc. and Thomson Newspapers. He is a member of ONA’s AdOhio Advisory Committee and a past chair of that committee.
Dix recently appointed Rick Szarbak, territory sales director, for the Gannett-owned Media Network of Central Ohio to fill the unexpired term of Bill Albrecht, who left MNCO to become publisher of the Sioux Falls, S.D., newspaper. Szabrak has worked for Gannett for 17 years and formerly was president and publisher of the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette and Chillicothe Gazette.
As is customary every two years, the ONA leadership is changing. Heminger moves from vice-president of the board and president of the Ohio Newspapers Foundation to the board presidency. Keith Rathbun, publisher of The Budget, Sugarcreek, moves from treasure to vice-president and Foundation president. Executive Committee member Bill Southern, finance director of The Blade, Toledo, moves into the leadership track as treasurer. Trustee Monica Nieporte, publisher of the Athens Messenger, also is an Executive Committee member.
During remarks to members at the annual meeting, Heminger and Dix both urged members to continue to support the association and appreciate its value. Heminger noted that 2014 is going to be a critical year in the evolution of AdOhio, ONA’s for-profit affiliate that sells and places advertising on newspapers and newspaper websites.