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Baltimore Sun Media Group Executive Profiles

Rick Daniels

Publisher & CEO

Rick Daniels is the Publisher & CEO of The Baltimore Sun Media Group and The Morning Call Media Group. Daniels was appointed as Interim Publisher in September of 2015 and assumed the position permanently in January of 2016. The Baltimore Sun Media Group publishes three daily papers, including the market’s major daily paper The Baltimore Sun, more than 20 community papers and four magazines. The Morning Call, the third largest newspaper in Pennsylvania and the leading media company in the Lehigh Valley, has nearly 120 years of publishing history in the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area of Pennsylvania.

Daniels previously served as Publisher & CEO of the Hartford Courant Media Group, Connecticut’s premier news and information company, and home to the Hartford Courant, the oldest continuously published newspaper in America. Daniels was instrumental in expanding the portfolio of print and digital properties at the Hartford Courant Media Group, allowing it to reach more consumers than ever before in its 250-year history. Under Daniels leadership, the company launched Courant Community, a strategic initiative to unify the brand’s hyper-local products under a single portfolio. 

An accomplished media executive, Rick has held leadership positions at many well-known and respected media brands in New England and nationwide. Daniels spent 23 years with The Boston Globe, and served as President of the publication for his last five years with the Company. During his tenure, The Globe was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Public Service for its investigative journalism that exposed clergy abuse. He went on to serve as CEO of GateHouse Media New England, which published 100 print titles and over 150 websites. While at GateHouse, he took on the role of Publisher for two of greater Boston’s larger suburban dailies: The Ledger and The Enterprise and oversaw The Norwich (CT) Bulletin.

Daniels was one of the newspaper industry’s early digital and multiplatform leaders and was founder or co-founder of boston.com, BostonWorks.com and Globe Direct. Daniels has counseled many media companies throughout the country, including GoLocal24, a young digital-only publication, which publishes in Providence RI, Worcester MA and Portland OR. Early in his career, Daniels served as Vice President of Technology for Billboard Publications Group, based in New York City.

Daniels began his career at Arthur Andersen’s management information consulting practice after completing his undergraduate in business at Northeastern University. He also holds a Masters of Science in Management from Boston University.

Daniels is an active member of the community and a frequent volunteer in the academic arena. He has served as a member of the Board of Incorporators of Northeastern University, a member of the Board of Visitors and Executive in Residence at the D’Amore-McKim College of Business at Northeastern, a member of the board of trustees of Thayer Academy and a volunteer advisor to the Catholic Schools Foundation. Daniels also served as Chairman of The United Way of New England’s annual $25 million fund drive.


Triffon G. Alatzas

Senior Vice President, Executive Editor

Trif Alatzas was named senior vice president and executive editor of the Baltimore Sun Media Group in March 2013. An award-winning reporter and editor, Trif has held several roles at The Baltimore Sun since joining the organization in 2002, including Head of Digital Media, Sports Editor and Business Editor. He oversees journalists at The Baltimore Sun, The Baltimore Sun Media Group's web and mobile sites, b the weekly, and the company's targeted media division of community newspapers and magazines. Trif led The Sun's newsrooms through the company's successful transition to paid digital subscriptions in 2011. He is credited with bridging the print and online divisions of the newsroom and ensuring The Sun's journalists have an array of skills to maneuver between digital and print platforms seamlessly. He also developed and drove the editorial strategy in BSMG's 2014 acquisitions of The Annapolis Capital and The Carroll County Times. Trif received a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a bachelor's degree in communications from Loyola University of Maryland. A former Evening Sun intern, Trif also has worked for news organizations in Springfield, Ill., Rochester, N.Y. and Wilmington, Del.


Amy Powers

Senior Vice President, Advertising

Amy Powers joined the Baltimore Sun Media Group as the vice president of advertising in March of 2015.  She is responsible for revenue initiatives across all BSMG print and digital products. Prior to joining the BSMG, she served as the vice president of advertising for the Daily Press Media Group in Newport News, Va.  Prior to that, Amy spent 10 years at the Chicago Tribune Media Group as the director of local media sales, the events and sponsorships manager, and in a variety of sales and sales management roles.  She joined Tribune Publishing in 2002 after four years in a sales role at CBS Radio in Chicago. Amy earned a bachelor's in marketing and communications and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.


Timothy J. Thomas

Senior Vice President, Targeted Media

After the Baltimore Sun Media Group acquired Capital-Gazette Communications, Tim Thomas was named publisher in September 2014. He oversees multiple publications in the Annapolis region, including the daily newspaper, The Capital, the Maryland Gazette (one of the oldest newspapers in the country), weekly papers, magazines and CapitalGazette.com. Tim also oversees the City Paper, Baltimore's alternative newspaper. Prior to Targeted Media, Tim was the senior vice president of business development for The Baltimore Sun Company and The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., where he was responsible for growing company revenue and operating cash flow in non-traditional channels, including leading acquisitions and divestitures, digital subscriptions, business website development, content licensing and book publishing. Thomas joined BSMG in 1999 and has previously served as vice president of marketing and communications. Before joining the company, he worked for 15 years at Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman in various operations, research, strategic planning and business development positions, eventually leading the company's package sorting systems business. He graduated at the top of his class with a Masters in Business Administration from what is now Loyola University Maryland. Tim also earned an undergraduate degree in mass communications (journalism) from Towson University.

 


Trish McCarthy Carroll

Senior Vice President, Targeted Media

Trish McCarthy Carroll, publisher of the Carroll County Times since September 2014, is the senior vice president, targeted media for the Baltimore Sun Media Group. Carroll oversees the daily newspaper, Carroll County Times, related publications, coupon books and CarrollCountyTimes.com. She also has oversight for military publications SoundOff! and the APG News. Trish most recently served as BSMG's senior vice president for customer engagement. Prior to that, she was president of Patuxent Publishing in Howard County and Homestead Publishing in Harford County. In that position, she was responsible for BSMG's community newspapers, magazines, custom content, telephone directories, niche publications and websites. Prior to 2008, Carroll served as director of operations at The Olympian and at The Baltimore Sun in advertising, operations and circulation. She graduated from what is now Loyola University Maryland in business administration (management). Carroll serves on the Carroll County Community College Foundation Board, the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Board and the United Way Carroll County Partnership Board.


Christopher J. Manis

Vice President, Finance

Chris Manis was named vice president of finance for the Baltimore Sun Media Group in September 2014. Since joining the company in 2003, Chris has progressed through various roles within the finance department, including Financial Analyst, Financial Reporting Manager, Assistant Controller, and Controller. He oversees all aspects of the local finance organization and serves as a key liaison between local senior management and the centrally managed accounting, reporting, audit, and tax departments. Chris led The Sun through its transition to a privately held business, through its bankruptcy, through various departmental restructurings, and through the recent TPUB spin-off. He also oversaw the financial planning, modeling, diligence, and integration of BSMG's 2014 acquisitions of The Annapolis Capital, The Carroll County Times, and City Paper. Born and raised in Prince George's County, Chris received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Maryland at College Park and his CPA license in 2005. Chris began his career as an audit associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Baltimore.


Stephen G. Seidl

Senior Vice President, Operations and Technology

Steve Seidl was named senior vice president of operations at The Baltimore Sun in April 2005. He has responsibility for all prepress, imaging, printing, packaging, transportation, circulation distribution, equipment and facilities maintenance, and commercial printing sales at The Sun. In early 2009 he took on a regional role, adding those same responsibilities for the Allentown Morning Call. Steve began his professional career with Dow Jones & Company in 1983 as assistant production manager for The Wall Street Journal in Chicopee, Mass. He worked in this capacity at several of their production facilities around the country until 1987, when he became production manager for The Times Record in Brunswick, Maine. In 1990, Steve joined Harte-Hanks Shoppers in southern California and over the next eight years served as director in every one of their operations departments. Steve joined The Baltimore Sun in May 1998 as director of packaging, and grew his responsibilities in the positions of director of manufacturing, director of operations, and vice president of operations prior to his current position. During his career, Steve has led key initiatives in pagination, press expansions, new press installations, automating inserting, and robotic palletizing. Steve is a native of the Dayton, Ohio area and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in printing management, and an Associate in Applied Science in printing technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.


Renee Mutchnik

Director of Marketing

Renee joined The Baltimore Sun Media Group (BSMG) in 2007 as advertising manager for the entertainment, healthcare and education category. In August 2008, she became director of marketing for BSMG and in 2014 was also named director of marketing for The Morning Call Media Group. Her responsibilities include brand marketing of all publications, events, public relations and community outreach. Prior to joining BSMG, Renee was marketing director for a national theatrical promoter where she oversaw the marketing campaigns and public relations for Broadway touring productions, concert and comedy tours and urban theatre across the United States and Canada. Renee, a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, began her career as a media buyer The Miller Group, a Baltimore-based advertising agency, where she planned and placed radio, TV, print and outdoor advertising for its clients.  


Mike Houser

Regional Director, Circulation Operations

Mike Houser is the Regional Director of Circulation Operations for the Baltimore Sun Media Group and the Allentown Morning Call. Mike is responsible for the distribution of 99 distinct publications to home delivery subscribers and retail outlets throughout Maryland and the Lehigh Valley. Mike has led the operations team since 2007. Under his leadership The Sun has become the top performer in Tribune with the lowest cost per copies delivered. In addition, The Sun has consistently led Tribune with the best service metrics. Prior to his current role, Mike spent seven years working as the Sales and Retention Manager in the marketing department. Before joining Tribune, Mike spent eight years working for Gannett at The Reno Gazette-Journal, The Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon, The Idaho Statesman and The Iowa City Press-Citizen.


Monica McMellon-Ajayi

Director, Human Resources

Monica's role is to lead the Human Resources function for The Baltimore Sun, The Morning Call, The Hartford Courant, and The Daily Press. She joined Tribune Publishing in April 2014. At the beginning of her first year, the human resources organization went through a transformation to support Tribune's new functionalized structure. Monica led her HR Team to operate within a matrixed and shared services environment through process improvement and nurturing. She also partnered in facilitating the integration and onboarding of employees from the Landmark acquisition. Her human resources career spans over 20 years in various industries -- engineering, health care, and publishing. Before joining Tribune Publishing, Monica was the HR Director for The American Nurses Association's Corporate Headquarters. From 2009-2012, she was the deputy HR leader at McClatchy, The Kansas City Star. Her educational background includes a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., and a master's degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. 

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