On Thursday, June 26, 2014, I will retire from my position as publisher of the Peninsula Clarion after 21 years. Its been a great ride. I’ve had the privilege and honor to work with some of the finest professionals in the newspaper industry. I’ve learned valuable lifelong lessons that I will never forget.
There are many individuals who I must thank for the opportunity afforded me at the Clarion.
First is Ronnie Hughes. In May of 1993 Ronnie, then publisher of the Clarion, hired me as Marketing Director. Ronnie was a great leader, a better man, and someone I am proud to call a friend.
Next is Billy Morris. Mr. Morris is the CEO of the Clarion’s parent company, Morris Communications. It has been an honor and a privilege to run the Clarion for Billy. It was a growing experience and one that I will always be grateful for.
Next on the list is the hard working team of department heads that I have had the pleasure of working with. This group of dedicated managers made my job the easiest one at the paper.
Thanks to the loyal employees of the Clarion, whose mission is day in and day out to produce the best community newspaper possible.
And a big thank you to our advertisers who entrust us with their advertising investment to get their messages out to potential customers.
A special thanks to my wife of 38 years, Becky. As my major sounding board, she had to endure many discussions over the past 21 years and I could always count on her counsel and support. Thanks honey, I love you.
I saved the most important group for last. Thanks to the READERS of the Clarion. Thank you for allowing us into your homes six mornings a week. Without you none of this would happen.
I truly feel blessed to have been able to do a job I love in an area that I love for so many years.
At the end of my career at the Clarion I have no excuses, no explanations and no regrets.
Thanks for the memories.
— Stan Pitlo, Publisher,