Longtime Stephens Media executive Tom Stallbaumer will take over as publisher of the Times Record on May 20.
Stallbaumer is no stranger to western Arkansas, having published The Morning News, based in Springdale, from 1994 to 2010.
He replaces Gene Kincy who has been the Times Record’s publisher for nearly 20 years. Although Kincy planned to begin his retirement when he stepped down, he will remain with Stephens Media to work on special projects.
""It has been my great pleasure to have known Gene for over 30 years and to have been able to work closely with him for the last 13," said Mike Ferguson, president and CEO of Stephens Media. "I wish him the very best in his retirement, and while he is leaving his position of publisher of the Times Record, I’m very pleased that he will be staying around for a few more months to help me out with some projects important to our future at Stephens Media."
Stallbaumer, 53, is publisher of Las Vegas CityLife and Best of Las Vegas, a position he’s held since April 2012. Before that, he was director of digital sales and marketing for Stephens Media, working with a team in Las Vegas to launch Stephens Media Digital Solutions, which supports properties throughout the organization.
Stallbaumer left The Morning News in November 2010 to become publisher of the Ames Tribune when Stephens Media acquired it and other papers in the area. From there, he went to Las Vegas.
"We are very fortunate to have someone of Tom’s experience and past accomplishments to step into the very important position of publisher of the Times Record," Ferguson said. "As tough as it will be to see Gene go, I could not be more pleased than to be able to have Tom take over for him. It is rare to have someone as talented and experienced as Tom to move into a key position when an executive with Gene’s tenure decides it is time to retire."
Stallbaumer is a graduate of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communications.
An alumnus of Leadership Rogers and Leadership Springdale, Stallbaumer has been active in community organizations. He served for four years on the Leadership Springdale Council, including taking a turn as president for one year, and he served on the Rogers Chamber of Commerce board of directors and board of advisers. He also served on the Main Street Rogers board of directors, acting as both vice chairman and chairman. He served on the Northwest Arkansas Council board of directors.
"It’s going to be great to be back in Arkansas," Stallbaumer said Friday. "I am looking forward to working with the people there."
Kincy was publisher of the Springdale Morning News from 1987-1994, before assuming that title at the Times Record. He began his career in newspapers 40 years ago as an account executive at the Rogers Daily News, where he was promoted to advertising director. In 1980, he was publisher of the Oskaloosa Herald in Iowa.
When the Times Record celebrated 125 years of publishing in 2010, Kincy said he stayed in newspapers because he likes the business.
"The main reason is because it’s something new every day," he said then. "It’s not the same old routine. It’s something new, even though what I do gets repetitious sometimes. It’s the atmosphere of being part of something that produces a brand-new product every single day."
As he looks at retirement, Kincy said the feeling is bittersweet. "I wouldn’t have stayed with it this long if I didn’t love it. Part of me regrets leaving at this time, but I know Tom will keep the standards of the Times Record high, and I know he has the right people in place to help him"
Ferguson echoes that sentiment: "The key to the success of the Times Record over the years and to the success of Stephens Media over the years has been our people. We are very fortunate to have the talent in this company that we do."
Stephens Media is a multimedia company dedicated to giving readers what they can’t get anywhere else: hometown news. Headquartered in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Review Journal, the company publishes more than 50 daily, weekly and niche publications in 10 states supported by two news bureaus.