Chapter Location: Loveland and Fort Collins
Mike Gugliotto recently completed a 33-year career in newspaper management, starting at the Fort Collins Coloradoan as Retail Advertising Manager and concluding as the President/CEO of the Seattle-based Pioneer News Group.
Pioneer was a family-owned company comprised of 24 small to medium-sized community newspapers (like the Coloradoan) with approximately 1,000 employees in five states. The company owned several metro commercial real estate properties that Mike also managed. Throughout his career, Mike served on the board of directors for many organizations including as President of the Inland Press Association, on the Board of Trustees for Washington State University and as Pacesetter and General Business Chairman for the United Way of Loveland/Berthoud.
Pioneer was sold at the end of 2017, which offered Mike and his wife Janet the opportunity to move back to CO. Mike and Janet are both CSU graduates (they met there as apartment neighbors on Prospect St.) and have two grown children. He enjoys competitive tennis, recreational golf, reading and traveling.
Thinking fast and thinking ahead: Newspapers continue to face very challenging operating environments. I’ve learned to think fast on my feet and make time necessary for anticipating and reflecting ahead to identify future roadblocks and opportunities. Can’t be content where you are.
People drive the numbers: As a company leader/owner, you must know financial and operational numbers inside and out. Outside of pouring over spreadsheets and reports, I believe real company success is earned by spending more time getting to know the people who drive your business; your employees and customers.
Solution driven: There is always an answer and finding that answer is a challenge I’ve welcomed. It’s been my experience that mixing personal determination and resilience with smart resources gets you where you need to be.
Humor: Every business faces a few bumps along the way. Making time to smile and laugh has helped me keep everything in proper perspective, smooth out rough roads and think clearly to navigate difficulties with proper direction.
Mike Gugliotto was a gifted writer since his youth, and attended Colorado State University as a Journalism major. Constant curiosity and an intrinsic love for people and business carried him to greater and greater responsibilities, culminating as the President and CEO of Pioneer News Group in Seattle, WA - a group with at one point more than 1,000 employees and operations in 24 communities! Mike shares stories of navigating the intrinsic challenges of business while facing declining revenues and the urgent need for innovation faced by the newspaper industry in that period, and gives interesting clarity to leading a company through a sale. Mike's journey led him back to Northern Colorado, where he lives with his wife Janet and now serves as LoCo Facilitator for two Thinkers chapters, while also serving as a mentor and encourager for the LoCo HQ team.
Mike's chapters meets monthly.
His Fort Collins group meets on the third Friday, and his Loveland group meets on the third Wednesday.