After two years at the Daily Gazette, Kevin Smalley has been promoted to vice president of operations, a position he began on Feb. 8.
Smalley is moving up from his former position as operations director, where he ran the press room, mail room and oversaw the building and paper production, among other tasks. The new title comes with some additional responsibility for the Catskill native, who began at the Gazette after working at StepSaver Commercial Printing in Connecticut, where he also oversaw the printing of daily newspapers as well as commercial print products.
“We’re doing upgrades, which I’m spearheading here in the facility,” Smalley said of upcoming plans. “I’m also dealing with an outside agency, trying to get prospective tenants into the building. Part of my role will be to try to build on our commercial print that we’re currently doing and to streamline our efficiencies a bit.”
Smalley’s area of responsibility has continued to grow throughout the last two years thanks to his business understanding and customer-first approach, said Publisher John DeAugustine.
“So our commercial customers, our building tenants, the customers for our newspapers and other products that come in, are all top of mind for him,” DeAugustine said. “He’s created an environment where people want to do business with us. That approach has really impacted the people that he leads and the people that he serves. It has really been a great win for the Gazette to have him and we’re glad he’s continuing to grow.”
Smalley hopes to help The Gazette continue to grow following the pandemic.
“So far, the role has been great,” Smalley said. “There’s some more oversight that I’m having to do now that I wasn’t doing prior. There is a learning curve to some of what I’m doing. But for the most part, we have a great team that will back you up with what you need.”