Our Sales Team


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Marie Smith

Executive Director of Sales

Marie Smith joined Advantage Newspaper Consultants as a Media Analyst in 2000. Her exceptional sales record and customer service skills led to her promotion to Division Sales Manager with ANC in 2006 and again to Executive Director of Sales in 2014. She oversees the sales department, including sales managers and a team of more than ten sales representatives, and also manages the travel coordination for the department. Marie retained many of the duties she performed as Division Sales Manager, such as securing new newspaper accounts, performing market research and working with newspaper management to develop advertising sales programs. She enjoys working with the Media Analysts and the newspaper management in each market and is devoted to making each TV magazine ad sales campaign a huge success.  Prior to her career with ANC, Marie worked at The Fayetteville Observer in Fayetteville, NC for 15 years as an Executive Sales Associate. Her last 10 years at the newspaper were devoted strictly to handling automotive advertising. Marie attended Lenoir Community College and Fayetteville Community College, earning an Associate’s Degree in Business and an Associate’s Degree in Marketing and Sales, respectively. She is a travel enthusiast and is a native and resident of North Carolina. When not on the road for ANC, her interests include volunteering, reading, enjoying good movies and spending time with her family.

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Dee Evans

Division Sales Manager

Dee graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing. Dee was employed in the newspaper industry for over 18 years. During that time, she held positions as Multi Media Sales Executive, Sales Manager, General Manager, Publisher and Group Publisher. Dee believes in the power of the newspaper, and she will use her knowledge and experience to help newspapers and advertisers succeed.  She resides in Geneseo, Illinois with her husband and daughter, who attends Illinois State University. She loves animals, including her dog Nellie, cats Rascal and William, and a chinchilla named Jack at home! In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

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Al Getler

Division Sales Manager

Al attended William Paterson College where he studied theater arts and attended the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business for MBA Studies. He has been in the newspaper and website publishing business for over 30 years. He began his newspaper career in New Jersey and has gone on to serve as an award-winning president and publisher in newspapers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio and Vermont. In addition to his experience as a publisher, Al has a deep newspaper background in all aspects of newspaper publishing including editorial, advertising, circulation and marketing. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Vermont.   Al is a sought-after speaker and entertainer. He taught himself the art of ventriloquism at the age of 8 and has gone on to perform his comedy act in theaters, casinos and for Fortune 500 companies.

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Saundra Stringer

Division Sales Manager

Saundra attended the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Chickasha , OK) to pursue a degree in education but fell in love with the newspaper business along the way and changed her career path. She has over 20 years of experience in the newspaper industry and has held roles in Oklahoma, Missouri and New Mexico. Saundra’s passion has always been on the advertising side and she has held leadership positions as an Advertising Executive, Advertising Director and Regional Advertising Director. Saundra lives in Tyler, Texas with her husband, David. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, quilting and golf but most of all, spending time with her family.

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Deborah Apple

Media Analyst

Deborah attended Florida Junior College at Jacksonville and studied Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining Advantage Newspaper Consultants, Deborah had years of strong sales and marketing experience in television syndication, newspaper and shopper print advertising, and broadcast television on-air advertising. She has a keen understanding of how to develop and maintain a successful media/advertiser relationship.  Deborah has been employed with ANC as a Media Analyst since 2012. For many years, she lived in California and Baja, Mexico before moving back to her home state of  Florida. She enjoys the beach, spending time with family and friends, and loves animals.

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Michele Bonk

Senior Media Analyst

Michele graduated from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois, with a degree in Marketing Communications. Her concentration was Advertising. Michele has had an extensive career within the newspaper industry for over 20 years. She has experience in all aspects of the newspaper business which include Circulation, Advertising (Print and Online), Marketing, Promotions and Training. She has worked extensively with Publishers and Ad Directors as a Consultant at newspapers varying in circulation from 550,000+ daily to 3,000 weekly throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.  Michele joined ANC as a Media Analyst in 2009. Michele is an Illinois native but currently resides in Scottsdale, AZ. Her interests include travel, photography and volunteering.

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Brenda Diah

Media Analyst

Brenda graduated from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia. She has pursued further studies in sales and marketing. Prior to joining Advantage Newspaper Consultants, Brenda has worked in hospitality management and as Marketing Coordinator for Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Fernandina Beach, Florida. In addition, she has thirteen years experience in newspaper and magazine advertising sales. Brenda has been employed with Advantage Newspaper Consultants as a Media Analyst since 2011. She resides in Hahira, Georgia. She has three children and five grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gourmet cooking, and spending time with her family.

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Fred Ellison

Media Analyst

Fred attended Troy University in Troy, Alabama where he studied accounting and business. He brings over 30 years of newspaper sales and management experience to Advantage Newspaper Consultants, working at various size papers across the United States. In his experience from the Greenville Advocate in Alabama to the San Francisco Chronicle in California, customers all want results from their marketing investment. Fred takes pride in achieving those goals with a “win-win” philosophy; businesses receive cost-effective marketing solutions provided by the newspaper. He is committed to building life-long friendships and enjoys contributing to success of businesses. Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, he and his wife Janet currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona. Fred enjoys college football, golfing and fishing. He also loves spending time with his family, which includes two daughters and grandchildren.

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Terry Erwin

Media Analyst

Terry graduated from Pepperdine University on a Water Polo scholarship and resides in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Terry has twenty years of experience in the newspaper industry. He owned his own business for five years and understands how to help advertisers increase their bottom line profits. He has been an Advertising Director for ten years and Publisher for two daily newspapers over the last several years. During that time, Terry worked with ANC and was responsible for closing multiple accounts with the Advantage Newspaper Consultants Media Analyst. His street level experience has positioned him to be an asset to all the markets he works with.

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Debbie Gates

Media Analyst

Debbie attended the University of Kansas and the University of North Carolina where she majored in Marketing. She has also pursued further studies in Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining Advantage Newspaper Consultants in 2011, Debbie had over 25 years in newspaper and magazine sales and management. She has worked for companies such as Gannett, Thomson, McClatchy, Lee Enterprises and Landon Media Group. She also worked at Newspaper Services of America as a Regional Manager.  Debbie resides in Charleston, SC and when she is not on the road for ANC, she enjoys designing jewelry, reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

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Mitchell Lynch

Media Analyst

Mitchell has had an extensive career within the newspaper industry for nearly 30 years. He has worked for newspapers in Georgia, Florida, California, Louisiana, Virginia, New York and North Carolina. He has experience is in all aspects of the newspaper business; production, circulation, advertising, marketing and publishing. Mitchell attended Valdosta State University and Georgia Tech where his studies included business and marketing. A Georgia native, Mitchell interests include travel, classic car restoration, golf, farming, and spending time with his wife, daughter and other family.

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Betsy Maloney

Senior Media Analyst

Betsy received a BA degree from Marymount College and holds an MBA degree from Fordham University.  With over 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the newspaper industry, Betsy is distinguished as the recipient of the inaugural Retail Salesperson of the Year award from Gannett Suburban Newspapers as well as being named as Outstanding Salesperson for the Annual Business Review editions.  Before joining ANC, Betsy served as Associate Advertising Director for Editor & Publisher and Nielsen Business Media Group.  Betsy provides a unique blend of relationship development, retail advertising skills and newspaper publishing experience that generates revenue opportunities and creates dynamic print and online media relationships.  Betsy is a resident of Chevy Chase, MD and an avid golfer.

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Debra Petticrew

Senior Media Analyst

Deb graduated from Sand Creek High School in Sand Creek, Michigan. Later she attended Vo-Tech in Adrian, Michigan. Her studies focused on sales and marketing. Deb has a strong background in sales, with 20 years of newspaper industry experience.  She has worked in many capacities, including Sales Manager of a weekly shopper paper, General Manager of a weekly newspaper, and Publisher of her own publications.  Deb earned the prestigious President’s Club award from Morris Communications for exceeding her quotas and securing new revenue.  Deb began as Media Analyst with Advantage Newspaper Consultants in 2008.  Deb resides in Adrian, Michigan where her hobbies include movies, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

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John Rechkemer

Media Analyst

John joined ANC as a Media Analyst in 2017. He is an experienced, intelligent and respected leader with tremendous knowledge of the newspaper business. For the past two decades, he has built rapport with clients, creative agencies and multi-functional project teams while consistently driving revenue and market share in the newspaper industry. He understands the industry challenges and how to best connect with audiences through multi-channel and value-centric approaches. John graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. He is an active member of Sigma Beta Delta, and will earn his MBA from SLU this fall (2017). John resides in Virginia Beach, VA with his wife, three children and miniature red labradoodle, Lulu.

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Catherine Reed

Media Analyst

Catherine graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and minor degree in Marketing.  She has worked various levels of management for the Bon-Ton Department Stores and also sat on various boards of directors, including Downtown Indiana Inc., Indiana County Community Action Association and Interstate Advertising Managers Association. Prior to joining ANC in 2014, Catherine worked for The Indiana Gazette for thirteen years – including eight years as Advertising and Marketing Director.  She resides in Indiana, PA with her husband and enjoys sunny days, road trips with the top down on her jeep, great music and watching the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Steve Rotar

Media Analyst

Steve graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA with degrees in Journalism, Broadcasting and English Literature. Prior to joining Advantage Newspaper Consultants, he worked in the newspaper industry from Alaska to North Carolina in various sales, management and corporate positions. From independent newspapers to corporations such as McClatchy, Media News and Lee Enterprises. He has a clear understanding of the challenges of doing business in today’s economic climate. Steve joined Advantage Newspaper Consultants in 2013 with a strong belief that the daily newspaper is by far the strongest source of news and advertising information that is available. Personal interests include golfing, skiing and reading.

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Lisa Wilkinson

Media Analyst

Lisa attended the University of Oklahoma where she majored in Business and Education. She has a strong background in sales and sales management, with 18 years of newspaper industry experience.  Her skills were learned from the ground up, starting as an advertising clerk, moving to an account executive position, and spending the last several years as the Advertising Director of a daily newspaper. Lisa believes in the value of newspaper advertising and is firmly committed to helping advertising clients create additional traffic and grow business. Her experience in the field gives her a distinct advantage in working with and understanding newspaper clients. Lisa began as Media Analyst with Advantage Newspaper Consultants in 2013.  She is a native Texan but resides in Ardmore, OK. Her hobbies include spending time with her animals, family, and playing cards and board games.

 

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