When I ran an ad for the job, I received somewhere around 60 resumes — 60 resumes from very qualified applicants who have worked at newspapers around the country and around the world.
As it turns out, I never even needed to run an ad. The winning candidate’s name was already in my in-box.
It all started last August when I received an unsolicited e-mail from Allen Greenberg.
“Like so many millions before us, our family fell in love with your city during a stop this summer while on a cross-country trip,” he wrote. “Relocating to the Colorado Springs at some point just sounds as if it might be worth doing for the right opportunity.”
That right opportunity came a few weeks ago when we offered Allen the job.
Your Colorado Springs Business Journal now has the former executive editor of the Philadelphia and Tampa Bay business journals at the editorial helm. Along the way, Allen also was managing editor of the business journal in San Francisco, the political editor at the Indianapolis Star and deputy managing editor of the Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.
At the start of the interview process, I was as transparent as possible when describing everything about the CSBJ and the community to Allen. I did my research and Allen did his. He even started researching TABOR. (Have fun with that one!)
I flew Allen down to New Orleans where a Business Journal publisher’s conference was being held. Luckily, it was the weekend before the Saints won the Super Bowl, so there were plenty of quiet places where we could have a conversation. We hit it off.
The relationship between an editor and publisher is a special one. There has to be a certain chemistry there, a trust that the newsroom will be led with aggressiveness and integrity, and a trust in the publisher to run a sound business.
Alumni from the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute who attended last night’s reception at the Garden of the Gods Club had a chance to meet Allen. The community will soon get their chance. His column will appear on these pages next week. A wallflower he is not. You never know, you might not have to put up with me all the time at the CSBJ awards programs.
Colorado Springs does offer such a great quality of life that you can hire good, experienced people without much trouble.
But you just can’t pay them in mountain views alone. We have to offer a great city as well — and fair compensation.
Now, let’s talk golf. People have accused me of asking what an applicant’s handicap is during the interview process in the interest of how they’ll fare in the CSBJ Corporate Golf League.
Now, would I do something like that?
Allen said he shoots in the 80s — on the first nine.
Lon Matejczyk is publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal.