QUINCY — The Herald-Whig has announced changes to its leadership team.
Patrick Flesner was promoted to director of retail sales and Mark Meyer was named editor.
Flesner started at The Herald-Whig as an advertising assistant in 2017 before being promoted to account manager in February 2020.
The retail sales manager supervises the advertising staff of the Herald-Whig and the Hannibal Courier-Post.
“I have enjoyed building relationships with those I have worked with over the past two years, and have a vested interest in our communities and helping them grow and prosper,” Flesner said. “Local is important to me.”
A Camp Point native, Flesner graduated from Camp Point Central High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University.
After playing football in high school and two years at Monmouth College, he continues to play a major role in his life. He coached at the YMCA and Unity Junior High School for four years.
“I really like coaching football,” he said. “It’s my favorite sport and being able to share that and teach kids what I know and get them excited is awesome.”
Flesner lives in Quincy with his wife, Jade, a psychiatric nurse. They have a one-year-old son, Barrett, and are expecting a daughter in June.
Meyer comes to Quincy after a short stint as a news editor, sports broadcaster and studio engineer at Prairie Communications in Monmouth.
As editor, Meyer will plan news coverage in Quincy and Hannibal in conjunction with reporters from both communities.
“I look forward to this opportunity in the Gem City to deliver short stories that Whig readers find interesting, illuminating and worth reading,” Meyer said. “There are a lot of stories to share, and I hope to be able to do that with our newsrooms.”
Prior to his time in Monmouth, he lived and worked in East Lansing, Michigan, for nearly 20 years and was an associate news editor and sports editor at the Lansing State Journal; as senior writer and account representative in the public relations office of Truscott Rossman; and as Communications Officer in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University.
Mark is married to Christine and they have three daughters – Libby, 29, Emily, 27 and Ellen (Boland), 26 – and a grandson, Fitz James Boland (7 weeks).