Ralph Bush has been hired as the general manager of ACM Chesapeake's six Upper Shore publications, including the Cecil Whig and Newark Post, publisher David Fike announced this week.
The 53-year-old, who officially reported for his first day on the job Monday, will be based out of the Cecil Whig offices at 601 N. Bridge St. in Elkton.
"I am excited to have Ralph join our team," Fike said. "He comes to us with an extensive amount of senior level experience managing community daily and weekly newspapers."
Bush's duties will include overseeing the day-to-day management of American Consolidated Media's six Upper Shore publications and becoming actively involved in the community.
"We want him to look for ways for each of our publications to better serve the residents of each county we serve," Fike said.
Bush said he grew up reading the Neosho Daily News, a newspaper based in Neosho, Mo., that was owned by his grandfather.
"I delivered the newspaper as a young boy," he said, adding that he did not know then that he would have a career in the newspaper business as an adult.
After leaving Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Mo., Bush spent 15 years working in sales and customer service before eventually taking ownership of an office machine and computer business.
About 15 years ago he began a career in the newspaper industry that has included advertising, publishing and management jobs at several newspapers in Missouri, Florida and Tennessee.
"I'm really looking forward to working for ACM and living in Cecil County," Bush said this week, adding that the job's proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and the county's five rivers would fulfill his dream of being able to enjoy life on the water.
Bush said he is an avid sailor and already has joined the North East River Yacht Club.
"I believe a newspaper has a responsibility to the community and needs to be involved in it," he said.
Bush referred to himself as a people person and said he is excited to begin meeting people in the community.
Bush said he and his wife, Kathleen, who have three grown children, would be moving to North East.