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Publisher/Regional Publisher/Group Publisher

  • Name: Kent Kilpatrick
  • Email:
  • Phone: 217-320-3505
  • City: Maxton
  • State: North Carolina
  • Country: United States
  • Listed: July 15, 2016 4:22 pm
  • Expires: This ad has expired


An expert in overall general management and a team builder.

I believe that the most important thing that any business owns is their brand and reputation. On any successful business’ balance sheet, the biggest item is generally Goodwill. This is your brand. This is your reputation. I firmly believe in both protecting and growing brands and reputations as the best and fastest way to increase the profitability and value of any business.

If your customer service is not top notch; if you don’t produce or sell the best products available; if you do not make the customer experience the best it can possibly be, then you will not be successful in today’s business climate.

I build great teams that provide all of the things mentioned above. I believe in not only treating my customers and clients with the utmost respect, but I also believe in treating the people that work with me the same way. I earn and gain respect of both my colleagues and customers. I can bring this same drive and passion to your business. Read my recommendations below. While my career to this point has been in the newspaper/publishing industry, these expectations and qualities are valued and needed at any type of business. I am experienced at going into completely new operations, in a variety of levels of management, and turn them into expertly run, efficient organizations.

My career experience includes, beyond a decade of general management; financial management including:
Top level Balance Sheet
Profit & Loss Statement
Trending and Analysis
AR & AP Administration
Payroll – Benefits – HR

(For single unit operations to multiple units & consolidated units statements)

All facets of advertising management, including:
Digital Sales & Fulfillment
Direct Sales Staff Management
Organization of Public Events

Subscription and Delivery Management
Production and Human Capital Management.

Goals are to provide quality management with exceptional financial performance and profitability.

Work History

Civitas Media (June 2012* – January 2016)

Aug 2014 - Jan 2016 Civitas Media, LLC Regional Director NC/SC/GA & Publisher of The Robesonian Duties include: Overall general management for 14 daily and weekly newspapers including associated websites in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia with a combined circulation over 34,000. Also the publisher of The Robesonian in Lumberton, NC, which is the largest of the group.

April 2013 - Aug 2014 Alton Telegraph/Jacksonville Journal-Courier/Sedalia Democrat Regional General Manager Duties included: Overall general and production management for three daily newspapers of over 30,000 combined circulation in Illinois and Missouri.

Nov. 2005 - April 2013 Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Jacksonville, IL Vice President -Publisher Duties included: Overall general management and community liaison for the daily newspaper of over 12,000 circulation. Awarded Freedom President’s Award, 2007

*(Freedom Communications sold the above newspapers to Civitas Media in June 2012)

Freedom Communications, Inc. (1987 – May 2012*)

Oct. 2001 - Nov 2005 Freedom Eastern North Carolina Communications, Inc., Jacksonville, NC Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer Duties include: General administrative management with emphasis in finance and production for three daily newspapers of over 45,000 circulation and three associated weekly newspapers.

Jan. 1999 - Oct 2001 Freedom Newspapers – Western North Carolina (Gaston Gazette / Shelby Star / Hickory News) Regional Business Manager Duties included: Overall financial management for the three paper western North Carolina newspaper group. May 1997 - Jan 1999 The Shelby Star, Shelby, NC Business Manager Duties included: Overall financial management and Publisher support for the newspaper.

May 1997 - May 1994 Delta Democrat Times, Greenville, MS Operations Director Duties included: Overall responsibility for accounting, retail and classified advertising departments and building staff; all aspects of personnel and human resources.

March 1992 - May 1994 Advertising Director Duties included: Direct supervision and overall responsibility of retail and classified advertising. Planning of special events and promotions.

July 1991 - March 1992 Retail and Classified Advertising Manager Duties included: Supervision of retail and classified advertising staff and promotions.

Sept. 1987 - July 1991 The Gaston Gazette, Gastonia, NC Classified Advertising Office Manager Duties included: Direct processing of all classified advertising (line and display); recruit, hire, train, and supervise day-to-day operation of classified and switchboard personnel.


B.B.A. in Business Administration, 1987, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA


Prairieland United Way – Jacksonville, IL
  • Allocations Chairman 2012
  • President, Board of Directors 2010-2011
  • Board of Directors 2005 -2014
  • Adult Service Allocation Chairman 2007
Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors 2006 to 2010
Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation
  • Board of Directors 2005 to 2010
Salvation Army of Jacksonville
  • Board of Directors 2005 to 2011
Leadership Jacksonville – Graduate 2006 Jacksonville Noon Rotary Club 2006 to August 2015 Onslow County Marine Fellowship League – 2002 to 2005 Kiwanis Club of Cleveland County, NC – 1997 to 2001 United Way of Cleveland County
  • Allocations Committee – 1999 to 2000
Area 9 Special Olympics
  • Volunteer 1993 – 1995
  • Event Chairman 1996 – 1997

Cover Letter

I am a 29-year newspaper veteran with a multifaceted level of experience, which includes my most recent position as regional director (publisher) for 14 daily/weekly newspapers and web properties for Civitas Media,LLC.

I am a third generation newspaper executive, with a deep commitment to both the communities and properties I serve. Most of my career was with a family owned newspaper group, Freedom Communications. For 25 years, Freedom was a very family oriented company that not only valued financial results, but valued the people that worked hard to achieve those results. I would like to once again work for a company that values both commitment and results.

Brand value, improving and capitalizing upon it, is key to a solid newspaper operation, both inside and out. This is also key to success financially, with readers and advertisers. I have been successful in achieving strong profitability and improved readership, including digital and print, during my career.

I have been a publisher/regional publisher for the past 10 years and was in the finance/CFO/COO roles for the 14 years prior to becoming a publisher. I have had practical working knowledge in all facets of the newspaper business over my career. For more information about me, my career and recommendations, please visit my LinkedIn page at

I wish to continue working within the publishing industry and would like to speak with you, at your convenience, about any opportunity that fits my skills set.

My salary and benefits are negotiable.
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