Tim Shoffeitt adds oversight of four Century Group Newspapers as Toebe Bush retires this week as president and CEO, the Fontana Herald News reports.
Bush, 68, a member of the CNPA Board of Directors, joined Century Group in 2001 after 16 years as publisher of the Redlands Daily Facts. Previously, Bush had been advertising director of what is now the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. He has been president and CEO since 2010.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my 50-year career in the newspaper business,” Bush said in the article. “It’s a noble profession, one I’ve been proud to be a part of. I was fortunate to have worked with the best. Two in particular are my father and mentor, who was VP of a nationwide group of newspapers, and Jerry Bean, Century Group Media owner. My fondest memory will be of all the dedicated employees I’ve worked with through the years. I can’t thank them enough for their loyalty to me and the company and for their service to our community.”
Bush also noted his tenure as a board director: “It has been my pleasure to serve CNPA,” he told Executive Director Tom Newton. “I have also enjoyed working side by side with CNPA members, some of the friendliest and smartest people in the business.
“Please pass along my wishes to the board for continued success in seeing our industry grow and adapt to this rapidly changing world.”
Shoffeitt, the group’s corporate advertising director for the past two years, becomes general manager. Shoffeitt, 40, with the company since 2010, will be publisher at The Herald News along with the Record Gazette in Banning/Beaumont, Highland Community News and Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror. Owner Jerry Bean, CNPA’s 2006 president, will remain publisher of the Redlands Community News, which the company launched in March.
“Toebe has been a great boss and mentor through the years. I look forward to building on his accomplishments,” Shoffeitt said. “I’m humbled and excited to help lead this company. We will continue to provide our communities the news coverage they deserve and results our advertisers want.”