Vermont Business Magazine Patricia (Trish) M Sears of Lowell has been named publisher of the Newport Daily Express (NDE). The announcement was made to employees Friday, who were anxiously waiting to hear who would be taking over as leader of the news organization. Sears has a long history of successfully leading organizations. Among many other achievements Sears was the founder and executive director of the Newport Renaissance Corporation (NCRC).
Sears is also a business consultant with Northeast Kingdom Tamarack, Inc’s (NEKTI) consulting business, a firm she founded with her husband, Steve Mason. They are founding riders and hosts for the acclaimed FreshTracks Capital Road Pitch’s ‘BarnPitch’ site, in Lowell. The Road Pitch brings renowned business investors and experts to 10 stops around the state, including BarnPitch, amplifying statewide awareness of local entrepreneurs and their businesses.
Sears was the NDE Citizen of the Year in 2012 in recognition for all of her hard work, collaboration with others, and dedication to the area.
“I feel really good about it,” Sears said about her new role as Newport Daily Express publisher. “I learned so much when working with Newport and its neighboring communities through the Renaissance Corporation and through my husband and family who are from the area.” While at NCRC, Newport was branded as “Genuine by Nature.” It highlights our strongest assets and it is who we are, she said.
Sears said she sees the role as a new adventure. She plans to learn more, get to know the team members, and begin to set goals that will stretch and strengthen Newport Daily Express. Goals include winning prestigious media awards for excellence in community engagement, writing and design.
Newport Daily Express will become a 21st century multimedia destination, a “must read” everyday, she said. "Telling our stories about what matters most to community members will showcase the values of the people and places of Orleans County. The office will be become known as 'an exceptionally good place to work'," she said.
Sears said is confident and very enthusiastic about her new role and will officially start on December 13.
About Trish Sears
Patricia M Sears is co-founder, President and CEO of NEKTI Consulting, a strategic communications firm providing government and community-relations expertise to growing businesses, organizations and communities. She is recognized internationally for her skills in coalition building, networking for opportunities with tenacious follow-up for impact, community outreach and advocacy. She has a proven track record of working in challenging environments with facility and bringing diverse groups together in project development and advancing results for positive impact.
Patricia served as the founding executive director of the award-winning Newport City Renaissance Corporation for seven years. Currently, she serves as chair of the Age-Friendly Newport VT Advisory Council, Governor-appointee to the Vermont Aviation Advisory Council, Volunteer AARP Vermont State President, chair of the Northeast Kingdom International Airport committee, member of the RuralEdge board of directors, alternate-member of the Vermont District 7 Environmental Commission, facilitator for Community Commons, in Newport, and charter member of the Placemaking Leadership Council.
Recently, she served as board chair of the Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism Association, chair of HealthWorks ONE and Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) board member.
The Newport Daily Express (NDE) was established 80 years ago, in 1936. Known as ‘Orleans County’s Hometown Newspaper’, it serves 25 communities: Albany, Barton, Beebe, Brighton, Brownington, Charleston, Coventry, Craftsbury, Derby, Derby Line, Evansville, Glover, Greensboro, Holland, Irasburg, Jay, Lowell, Morgan, Newport City, Newport Town, North Troy, Orleans, Troy, Westfield & Westmore.
Source: www.newportvermontdailyexpress.com 11.28.2016