Star employee accepts position at Georgia newspaper

By Jennifer Lassiter
Star Staff

   Ivan Sanders, Circulation and Marketing Manager, is leaving Elizabethton Star Newspapers, Inc. and taking an advanced position as Circulation Director at a Georgia newspaper.
   "I am eternally grateful that Charles Robinson saw the potential I had and placed me in an environment where this opportunity was given the chance to happen. Charlie was more than my boss, he was my good friend," said Sanders.
   Sanders' duties at the Star were to maintain current subscriptions by ensuring customers received quality service in a timely manner. He developed a customer base by creating new ideas to build subscriptions. He also oversaw commercial printing by making sure inserts were in on time and guaranteed the delivery of the newspapers.
   According to Delaney Scalf, General Manager at the Elizabethton Star, Sanders really helped organize the office and build circulation by those important follow-up calls to subscribers. His main responsibilities were customer service. "It's a real hard job over in that department. I will miss his friendship," said Scalf.
   Scalf and Sanders were friends through Babe Ruth baseball and when Sanders was a sportswriter for the Star. Scalf said, "He is a good worker and he was also a good writer."
   Convington Georgia News is a three-day-a-week publication owned by Morris Media, who owns approximately 90 publications throughout the eastern U.S. and California. Sanders hopes to make an immediate impact on the growth of the Georgia-based paper.
   "It is a corporate paper with an opportunity for advancements. The last two publishers they've had have been former Circulation Directors," said Sanders.
   Sanders stated, "Charlie and the Star taught me what a newspaper or any business should be -- a family unit working together. When one person suffers, we all suffer and the prime example was Charlie's death. I hope to instill that in the new office by working as a team and family."
   Newton County, Ga., is the fastest growing county in Georgia, and Sanders hopes to catch all these folks coming into the county by working hard to see that the paper grows.
   Sanders began at the Star in 2002 as a sports correspondent, and later took the position of Circulation and Marketing Director in August of 2003. Kathy Scalf will be resuming the position of Circulation and Marketing Director at the Star. Kathy held the position before Sanders was hired.