This Tampa Bay Business Journal story got one thing wrong: Alison Draper hasn’t worked for Belo since 2008. She left to work in sales for a Texas fishmonger — where, I’m told, she sold quite a lot of fish. Anyone who ever worked with Alison wouldn’t be surprised. Girl can sell. Doesn’t matter what. And she knows how to have a good time while doing it. Which makes her a good fit as the new vice president and chief sales officer of Creative Loafing, the company that owns the Chicago Reader, among other properties. Creative Loafing has had some hard times recently (as has everyone in publishing). But the hiring of Alison would be a “buy” indicator if this were a stock.
Cheers, Alison. Have fun in the Windy City.