Todd Benz named regional publisher for papers in Burlington, Lexington and Asheboro
Todd Benz has been named group publisher for The Dispatch in Lexington, N.C., The Times-News in Burlington and The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro, Lucy Talley, regional vice president of GateHouse Media, announced Thursday.
"I'm extremely excited about being given this opportunity to continue to build on all of the great work going on with a tremendous group of employees in the Triad region," Benz said while in Burlington after the announcement. "I am looking forward to continuing my relationships in Randolph County, reconnecting my relationships in Alamance County and building new relationships in Davidson County while ensuring that all of our products and services continue to be an important part of everyone's daily lives."
Benz will replace Paul Mauney. He announced in May that he was leaving for a new opportunity in Tennessee.
Benz is currently the general manager for The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro. But he has made many stops, including in North Carolina, along the way in a 36-year newspaper career that began as a paper boy for the Milwaukee Sentinel and was in Burlington for 3 1/2 years in 2011-2014 as the director of audience development for The Times-News.
Benz has worked in many different-sized markets from small daily newspapers to large metropolitan newspapers and everything in between, working on both local and regional levels during stops in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, California, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida. He has spent the majority of his career in the circulation and audience development departments while working with classified advertising and niche publications, event marketing and has been instrumental in growing digital and interactive operations.
In 2013-14, Benz was president of the Mid Atlantic Circulation Managers Association, was a five-year board member of Central States Circulation Managers Association and was vice president and a board member of Cal-West Circulation Managers Association.
Over the years, Benz has been honored with a ring of excellence and diamond years for sales activities at the Journal/Sentinel and has won numerous first-place awards for sales and service promotions through the various state circulation managers associations and state advertising associations. Benz was chosen and graduated as a member of the inaugural class of SNPA's NEX GEN program, designed to help develop upcoming leaders in the multimedia publishing industry.
In his spare time, Benz enjoys home improvement projects, gardening, NASCAR and is an avid college and professional football fan.
Benz is very community minded having served on many different boards including being an ambassador for the Brawley Chamber of Commerce, helping the United Way boards in many cities, and while in Burlington was heavily involved with the Home Builders Association of Alamance County and served on the board of directors for the Downtown Burlington Association.