FPA head Dean Ridings accepts CEO position at newly formed America’s Newspapers

It is a bittersweet moment for the Florida Press Association as we announce the resignation of H. Dean Ridings, President and CEO of Intersect Media Solutions and the Florida Press Association, effective November 1. Dean has accepted the CEO position at the newly formed America’s Newspapers. This organization was formed out of the merger of the Inland Press Association and Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.

Dean has served us well for the past 22 years with great professionalism, commitment and dedication.  The benefits of his many contributions and strong leadership of our organizations and membership will remain for years to come.  While we are saddened to see Dean leave us, we also recognize the tremendous opportunity he has accepted in the top leadership role with America’s Newspapers.

The leadership of FPA will establish a knowledgeable search committee to assist in moving quickly and diligently in a confidential manner to start the process for finding a new President and CEO for the Florida Press Association and Intersect Media Solutions.  We will strive to seek the most qualified candidate for this prestigious opportunity as we continue to grow while facing challenging times in our industry.  Interested candidates can find more information at www.flpress.com/CEOsearch.  Carolyn Nolte, IMS VP of Strategy, will continue in her role of leading IMS, and Sam Morley, FPA General Counsel, will continue to lead FPA’s advocacy while the organization searches for its new President and CEO.

FPA advocates the Florida legislature on behalf of 160 daily and weekly newspapers in Florida and IMS provides advertising services for regional and national advertisers with billings of $40m in 2018.

Sandi Kemp
Navarre Press
Florida Press Association Chair

Howard Griffin
Senior Vice President
National Retail Sales
Intersect Media Solutions Chair