JOSH O-CONNOR – PRESIDENT, SOUND PUBLISHING (WA)
As president of Sound Publishing, O’Connor is also the publisher of The Daily Herald (Everett) and oversees the company in its primary leadership role. O’Connor joined Sound’s parent company, Black Press Ltd., in 1998.

O’Connor has a marketing degree from Kwantlen University and an undergraduate degree in Executive Management from Thompson Rivers University. He enjoys the challenging dynamics of building successful community publications and coaches a commitment to delivering relevant, local news that directly affects the lives of those who raise families and work in the communities that Sound serves. He has sat on the board of Suburban Newspapers of America and is an active contributor to many community organizations throughout the Puget Sound area.

O’Connor married his high school sweetheart Erin and together they have two girls, Lauren and Mailie. They reside in Issaquah, WA.

Connect: 1-425-339-3007     Email Josh O’Connor   

DENNIS FRANCIS – PRESIDENT, OAHU PUBLICATIONS (HI)
Dennis Francis has more than 30 years of senior newspaper management experience in markets including Ohio, South Carolina, Washington, D.C., Vermont and Hawaii. For 20 years, he has been one of the top news publication leaders in Hawaii.

In 2010, Dennis engineered and led the consolidation of Honolulu’s rival daily newspapers, the Star-Bulletin, for which he was publisher at the time, and the Advertiser, for which he previously served as general manager. Dennis is now publisher of the resulting Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Oahu?s leading provider of in-depth, consistent and credible local news and information with an average weekly readership of 493,303 or 70 per cent of Oahu adults.

Dennis has more than 30 years of senior newspaper management experience in markets that include Ohio, South Carolina, Washington, D.C., Vermont and Hawaii.For the past 20 years, he has been one of the top news publication leaders in Hawaii.

Dennis was honored as a Gannett Top 10 Executive of the Year for Performance (President?s Ring) in 1996, 1998, and 2001. He is active on the board of directors for numerous community organizations, including Diamond Head Theatre (past chair), Friends of Cancer Research, Adult Friends for Youth, Hawaii Business Roundtable (executive committee member), Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (incoming chair), Enterprise Honolulu, Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council, Japan-America Society of Hawaii and Aloha United Way.

Dennis was born in Martin, Kentucky and attended Edison State Community College, in Piqua, Ohio.

Connect: 1-808-529-4702     Email Dennis Francis