Published: December 02, 2008
Giovanni Gutierrez, a University of Tampa graduate student and
sales/marketing manager of Tampa-based CENTRO Grupo de Comunicación, has
been named “one of the best and brightest young professionals in the
newspaper business” by PRESSTIME magazine.
The magazine’s “20 Under 40” feature in the current issue is designed to
recognize those in newspaper advertising, circulation, marketing,
newsroom, new media or operations who have proven themselves as “change
agents within their companies and the industry, providing much needed
leadership and vision.”
Gutierrez oversees the branding,
sponsorship, distribution and sales of CENTRO Mi Diario, a weekly
publication, and its Web site www.CENTROtampa.com.
are produced by CENTRO Grupo de Comunicación, a part of Florida
Communications Group, which includes the Tampa Tribune and other Florida
operations owned by Media General Inc. According to the Newspaper
Association of America (NAA), the CENTRO newspaper and Web site have
become the region’s leading Spanish-language products.
started at the Tampa Tribune in 2003 as a recruitment advertising
account manager, and became sales/marketing manager for CENTRO in fall
2005. In 2007, Gutierrez spearheaded the launch of Quinceañera — Florida
Quince Guide, an annual ethnic magazine targeting Hispanic girls
celebrating their 15th birthday, and saw a 34 percent page increase in
the publication’s second year.
Gutierrez is currently pursuing an
MBA with a marketing concentration at UT, and sits on the Tampa mayor’s
Hispanic Advisory Council and the board of Hispanic Young Professionals
Rebecca Ross Albers, NAA vice president and
editor of PRESSTIME, said the 20 young professionals profiled in the
magazine represent the innovative work being done at today’s newspapers.
the industry moves toward a hybrid online business model, these
employees of NAA-member newspapers are helping to lead the way,” Albers
Other winners included:
- Bonita Burton, deputy managing editor, Orlando Sentinel
- Jeffrey Graham, executive director, Customer Insight, The New York Times
- Josie Martinez, senior manager for recruitment and retention, The Arizona Republic
- Paul Kasbohm, vice president of retail and national advertising, Minneapolis Star Tribune
- Chris Snider, assistant managing editor for digital, The Des Moines Register
Gutierrez’s full feature
published monthly by the NAA, reaches executives across all departments
with information about the issues that affect newspaper operations
today and in the future. It serves as an authoritative voice in an
increasingly competitive media world that helps newspapers improve their
journalism, their businesses and their role in a democratic society.
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