Nor­mandin to lead Calvert Recorder par­ent group

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Adams Pub­lish­ing Group Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent and East­ern Di­vi­sional Pres­i­dent Gregg Jones an­nounced Jan. 7 that James F. “Jim” Nor­mandin has be­come re­gional pres­i­dent of APG Me­dia of Ch­e­sa­peake, and that David Fike, for­mer pres­i­dent, will con­tinue to serve as pub­lisher of The Star Demo­crat and will take on the ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­com­ing the APG Ch­e­sa­peake Re­gion’s chief rev­enue of­fi­cer. In ad­di­tion, Fike will be­come chief de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for the East­ern Divi­sion of APG for its Sales CRM Ini­tia­tive. These changes be­come ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

APG Me­dia is the owner of The Calvert Recorder.

“On be­half of Adams Pub­lish­ing Group, I am very pleased to wel­come Jim Nor­mandin as the new re­gional pres­i­dent of APG Me­dia of Ch­e­sa­peake and to add the ti­tle of chief rev­enue of­fi­cer to David Fike,”

Jones said in a re­lease. “Jim has a solid and suc­cess­ful track record of work­ing with small, medium and large me­dia com­pa­nies and their lead­er­ship teams over nearly four decades. As is the case with David, Jim brings with him a spir­ited pas­sion for build­ing stronger com­mu­ni­ties through qual­ity jour­nal­ism and col­lab­o­ra­tive com­mu­nity spirit. He pos­sesses a highly par­tic­i­pa­tive lead­er­ship style that fo­cuses on solution-based prin­ci­ples, and that per­fectly com­ple­ments David Fike’s sig­nif­i­cant leader- ship ex­pe­ri­ence in, and in­sti­tu­tional knowl­edge of, the Ch­e­sa­peake re­gion. They will make a highly ef­fec­tive team.”

Nor­mandin, 58, be­gan his ca­reer in the clas­si­fied depart­ment at the Fitch­burg Sen­tinel and Leomin­ster En­ter­prise, both in Mas­sachusetts. Most re­cently, Nor­mandin served as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of the Union Leader Corp. (New Hamp­shire Union Leader), in Manch­ester, N.H. He ex­celled for 38 years as a pub­lish­ing ex­ec­u­tive in Mas­sachusetts, Mis­souri, New Jersey, Con­necti­cut, Ohio, Iowa and New Hamp­shire, the re­lease states.

“I am hon­ored to join APG Me­dia of Ch­e­sa­peake and ex­cited to lead the tal­ented team of APG pro­fes­sion­als to ad­vance our mis­sion in tan­dem with David Fike. More specif­i­cally, I know the im­pact qual­ity pub­lish­ing can have in strength­en­ing a com­mu­nity, and I am con­fi­dent we will progress with this mis­sion and vi­sion burn­ing brighter than ever,” Nor­mandin said in the re­lease.

He has presided over nu­mer­ous in­dus­try-re­lated, ed­u­ca­tional, pri­vate and pub­lic foun­da­tions and as­so­ci­a­tions dur­ing his ca­reer, in­clud­ing the In­de­pen­dent News­pa­per Group and the Wood­ward Foun­da­tion. His pro­fes­sional and ed­u­ca­tional back­ground also in­cludes trav­el­ing to the Ukraine in 2004 as part of a del­e­ga­tion pro­mot­ing “Free­dom of the Press” on the fore­front of the “Or­ange Rev­o­lu­tion,” and he is a grad­u­ate of the South­ern Pro­duc­tion Press In­sti­tute in Ok­la­homa City. Wher­ever he has been, Nor­mandin has held top lead­er­ship po­si­tions in nu­mer­ous civic and com­mu­nity-ori­ented or­ga­ni­za­tions and ef­forts in­clud­ing cham­bers of com­merce, the United Way and The Make a Wish Foun­da­tion, among oth­ers.

Nor­mandin and his wife, Jody, are look­ing for­ward to re­sid­ing in, and con­tribut­ing to the qual­ity of life through­out, the Ch­e­sa­peake re­gion, and have al­ready pur­chased a home in Eas­ton. Their daugh­ter, Jenna, lost her bat­tle with can­cer at age 13 in 1999.

Fike, 51, is a na­tive of Eas­ton and a 26-year vet­eran of the Ch­e­sa­peake Pub­lish­ing Group, owned since 2014 by APG. Fike has demon­strated a deep com­mit­ment to serv­ing the bet­ter­ment of the East­ern Shore com­mu­nity through his per­sonal and pro­fes­sional in­volve­ments, in­clud­ing

through APG Me­dia of Ch­e­sa­peake. He be­gan his ca­reer at The Kent Is­land Bay Times in sales and has steadily grown in lead­er­ship re­spon­si­bil­ity and solid achieve­ment within APG Me­dia of Ch­e­sa­peake and its pre­de­ces­sors. He serves as a board mem­ber of Shore Banc­shares, Shore United Bank, Water­fowl Ch­e­sa­peake and is sec­re­tary of the board of direc­tors of the Mary­land Delaware District of Columbia Press As­so­ci­a­tion and its foun­da­tion. He is also an ac­tive mem­ber of Eas­ton Ro­tary and var­i­ous other com­mit­tees and youth sports or­ga­ni­za­tions.

He and his wife, Gwen, re­side in Trappe and have two chil­dren, Har­ri­son, 14, and Morgan, 12.

“I am ex­cited to move into this new role with Adams while, at the same time, keep­ing my ties to the local mar­ket,” Fike said in the re­lease. “I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing in tan­dem with Jim Nor­mandin and our lead­er­ship team in the re­gion to pro­pel our prod­ucts and our staff into the fu­ture.”



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