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Bill Blevins has more than 25 years of experience in the media industry.
As Vice President of New Business Development for GateHouse Media, Inc., located in Fairport, NY from 2009 – 2012, he was responsible for developing a business that sells digital marketing services and tools to SMBs to help them manage and more efficiently communicate with their customers using social media and their traditional web sites. These tools and services included reputation management monitoring, email marketing, Commerce, mobile web site creation and hosting, social media messaging management, text messaging, online presence management, SEO, SEM and social media advertising.
From 2006 – 2009, Mr. Blevins was the Vice President of Online Operations for GateHouse Media. In that role he was a key member of team that completed a successful initial public offering (IPO) in Oct. 2006 that led to over $1.5 billion in newspaper and Internet acquisitions over the next 18 months. Mr. Blevins was responsible for designing and implementing global online strategy, centralizing core digital technologies shared by more than 465 web sites and he had P&L; responsibility for digital sales of more than $28 million in 2009. Bill Blevins joined the Board of Directors of Search Initiatives in 2006.
He was formerly Vice President of Online Operations with Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI) located in Birmingham, AL, from 2004 to 2006.
From 1990 to 2004, Mr. Blevins held several newsroom and online management positions, including Director of Photography and Internet Director running Fredericksburg.com, for The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co. Inc., of Fredericksburg, VA.
In December 2000, Bill received the Newspaper Association of America's “20 under 40”; award honoring 20 people under 40 years of age who have had significant positive impact on the newspaper industry. He holds a bachelor's degree from the School of Fine Arts and Communications at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.