Wick Communications is pleased to announce two additions to their executive leadership team. On October 1, 2014 President and CEO, Tom Yunt, announced the hiring of Michael Shepard and Randall (Randy) Rickman as Regional Publishers for Wick Communications. Both executives have extensive backgrounds in the newspaper industry.
Prior to joining Wick Communications as Regional Publisher, Michael Shepard served as Senior Vice President for Business Operations for The Seattle Times.
Mr. Shepard has served as Publisher of the Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic, President of the Seattle Times’ Washington Affiliate Newspapers, and Publisher of the Walla Walla (Wash.) Union-Bulletin. Prior to this he held several positions with Sound Publishing including editorial and general management.
A second-generation newspaper hand, he earned a degree in communications (journalism emphasis) from Washington State University. He and his wife, Rhonda, have two adult daughters.
View Mr. Shepard’s complete biography at www.wickcommunications.com/company-management/
Most recently, Mr. Rickman has served as General Manager at The Pueblo Chieftain, a 40,000 daily newspaper and commercial print operation located in Southern Colorado.
Mr. Rickman has served in several positions with Lee Enterprises. He has served as Regional Publisher in Western Montana, President and Publisher Lee Central California Newspapers, General Manager for Nickel Publications based in Seattle and Director of Lee Direct, the database marketing company for Lee Enterprises.
Randy began his career as an apprentice pressman at the Quad City Times in 1979. After a four year stint in the Marines he became an advertising salesperson at the Los Angeles Times. He advanced to sales management positions in Racine (WI), Rapid City (SD) and Albuquerque (NM)
Randy and his wife Cindy have been married for 32 years. They have 3 grown children, Corey, Nelson and Maggie.
View Mr. Rickman’s complete biography at www.wickcommunications.com/company-management/
Tom Yunt, President & CEO of Wick Communications made the following comments regarding the Shepard and Rickman announcement: “I am thrilled we were able to attract and bring on board the vast and uniquely talented Mike Shepard and Randy Rickman. Mike and Randy will be extremely valuable members of our senior leadership team, immediately add value, insight and an outsider’s perspective to Wick Communications and will work alongside me and our management group in positioning Wick for continued success.”