Fri. 9/11
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Chamber Event
Join everyone at Courtyard by Marriott
4375 Metro Circle Northwest
North Canton, OH
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The Repository and Your Business 

Hear from the Executive Editor of GateHouse Ohio, the regional publishing company responsible for production of The Repository, The Independent, The Times-Reporter, Suburbanite, About magazine and more. Understand the basics of working with your local newsroom; pitching story ideas, marketing products, and engaging with readers. Learn about this growing company and the 200-year history of its flagship paper, The Repository, Stark County’s oldest, continuously run business. Looking forward, hear how these companies are adapting and engaging with readers and the community as local news organization.

Fast Break attendees have the opportunity to obtain business leads through enjoyable networking activities at an event that has built a reputation as one of the most energetic lead producing sessions in Stark County. You’ll hear compelling speakers, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious breakfast. And, if you bring a door prize valued at $15 or more, you’ll even star in your very own 30 second commercial to promote your business!



Rich Desrosiers was named executive editor of GateHouse Ohio Media in August 2015, returning to The Repository, where he began his career in newspapers 30 years previously. Desrosiers joined The Repository as a sports reporter shortly after graduating from the University of Akron in 1985. A few years later, he moved into a new role as the primary designer of the newspaper's front pages.

In 1994, Desrosiers left Canton to join the staff at the Akron Beacon Journal as a national news editor. He soon began designing pages for the Beacon, a job he held until Jan. 1, 2000, when he was named editor of the newspaper's Stark County Bureau until that office was shuttered in 2004. Over the past 11 years, he was sports editor, then metro and business editor.

Desrosiers, 51, and his wife, Anne, are longtime residents of Lake Township. They have three adult children. 


Registration begins at 7 a.m. | Event starts promptly at 7:30 a.m.
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