WARREN - District sales manager and longtime Tribune Chronicle employee Tim Snyder said he is excited to be starting his position as circulation director, a job that's staying in the family.
Snyder's mentor was his older brother, Ted Snyder.
Ted Snyder recently left the Tribune Chronicle for a job as a depot manager with the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Tim Snyder said, "I'm excited to have the opportunity to do this job. It's something I've wanted to do since I started in the newspaper industry."
A lifelong Trumbull County resident, he's been in the business since he was a kid. Tim said he started as a paperboy at the age of 12. He officially was hired at the Tribune Chronicle as an adult in September 1999.
"It's a privilege. I'm excited, nervous and scared. It's a task, a big job," Tim said. "I'm responsible for everything that happens in the the department."
Tim's job is to make sure the newspaper circulates seven days a week without a hassle.
"I have to get the paper out the door and to every subscriber and vendors," he said.
"I learned a lot from the past 13 years working for him. A lot of knowledge," he said of his older brother. "Ideally, my ultimate goal is to help the paper grow. It's a hard thing to do today with the way marketing is and Internet media, but I'm up for the challenge."
General Manager F. Len Blose said he expects nothing less.
"Ted was with us since 1982, and he worked his way through various levels of the department," Blose said. "Customers can expect to receive the same level of service they did the past 13 years."
Oddly enough, Blose said Tim is the same age Ted was when he took over the position years ago.
"We not only have someone who was a strong leader, but someone who taught another strong leader," he said.
Officially hired a week ago, Blose explained Tim's not only expected to deliver the Tribune Chronicle, but his duties include the circulation of the Plain Dealer, New York Times and the Ashtabula Star Beacon that are contracted out of the Tribune Chronicle dock, while maintaining the same quality for all.
"He's also helping us grow readership through various marketing programs," he said.
Blose said it's one of the biggest roles in the organization, but said he knows Tim Snyder will perform under the pressure.