Welcome the new publisher

The Free Press has appointed a new publisher.

Dave Hamilton

The Free Press has appointed a new publisher.

Dave Hamilton will be joining the team on Monday and relocating to Fernie from the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.

“The Free Press is an extraordinary community paper,” he said.

“The team here has built a paper that has become a model for papers this size, and won first place for Newspaper Excellence in the British Columbia and Yukon Community Newspaper Awards.”

Hamilton has a strong business background with three years working as a sales and marketing consultant with Black Press, five years as a business resource manager in economic development, six years as a regional director for the B.C. SPCA with two years served on the executive and strategic planning committee.

Hamilton said he looks forward to meeting the community and trying a little snowboarding in his free time.

“I could not be happier,” said Hamilton. “When I was given the chance to move to Fernie, I jumped at it.

“Many people travel great distances to vacation here; I now get to live here full time.

“I am eager to communicate with the community so both the paper and businesses develop in strength.

“I want to meet with all the business owners and managers in the area to find out what makes each business in the area tick. With a better understanding of their needs, I hope we can provide novel solutions to their marketing needs.”

Hamilton grew up on Vancouver Island, and went to school at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo where he completed his bachelors in marketing with a double minor in human resources and economics. Hamilton has also completed his third year of his bachelor of business administration (accounting designation) and strives to learn each day.