Doug Phares is about finding new paths to success for local media companies. He is president of the Sandusky Newspaper Group (SNG) and COO of its 10 operating companies. SNG has seven daily and five weekly newspapers, 29 websites, a digital-focused ad agency, various e-mail newsletters and a TV station. A privately-held company, its operations are located in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Utah.
Phares joined SNG in 2005 as publisher of its namesake Sandusky (Ohio) Register becoming president in 2011. Phares started his career with Copley Newspapers in advertising and marketing, working in several suburban Chicago locations. He joined Boone Newspapers at the Fergus Falls (Minn.) Daily Journal as marketing director, eventually becoming president of 14 of Boone’s operations and managing its Alabama-based central administration and accounting teams.
An award-winning columnist, he is active in industry groups, currently as vice president of the Inland Press Association, executive committee member of the Local Media Consortium and a former trustee for the Ohio Newspaper Association.
His community engagements have included service as board member for the Firelands Regional Medical System in Ohio and active participation in Rotary International. In the past he’s held various board positions with United Way, been a board member and president of chambers of commerce and other non-profit groups in several cities.
A University of Illinois graduate, he spends what free time is left sailing, scuba diving and playing with cameras. He fails to understand the allure of Twitter but will sometimes dally with it.