Huntley Paton

By Rick Griffin

The San Diego Business Journal is searching for a new publisher following the announcement that Huntley Paton has decided to leave this summer, perhaps July or August, and relocate to Ashville, NC, to be closer to children and grandchildren.

Paton, a former publisher of the Dallas Business Journal, was executive online editor for The Business Journals, a group of 40 business journals owned by American City Business Journals, prior to joining the San Diego publication as president and publisher in September 2016. Paton had worked for 30 years for American City, which is based in Charlotte

The San Diego Business Journal is owned by California Business Journals, a private company that also publishes the Los Angeles Business Journal, Orange County Business Journal and San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

“This is a family-first decision,” said Paton, 55. “For 32 years we have always followed my career opportunities in the business journal world, but we are about to become empty-nesters and we don’t want to be 3,000 miles away from our loved ones. Our priority now is to be there for our kids and to be able to watch our grandkids grow up. My departure date is open-ended, depending on when a new publisher can arrive onboard. In Asheville, I might do some consulting work, it remains to be seen.”

Paton and his wife, Dawn, an occupational therapist, have been married for 33 years and have three children and two grandchildren.

The newspaper said Armon Mills, publisher emeritus of the Business Journal, will remain active with the newspaper’s business operations during the transition period and will lead the nationwide search for a new publisher. Mills was publisher from 2004-2010 and again from 2012-2016, prior to Paton’s arrival. Paton and Mills have known each other since 1986, when they both worked for American City.

“While I am surprised and sad to see Huntley leave San Diego, I understand the desire to be close to family,” said Mills, 77. “I’m pleased to work with Huntley in the transition period and to have the opportunity to lead the search for a new publisher. Huntley is an outstanding publisher and individual and he will be missed in San Diego. He’s a great guy, and I’m very supportive of him. I wish Huntley and his family the very best as they relocate back to the East Coast.”

KGTV/10News Honored with Regional Murrow Award

KGTV-TV/10News reports it has been honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Channel 10’s entry was for Region 2, which includes California, Nevada and Hawaii, in the large market television division, newscast category. The award was for its news coverage of the Lilac Fire during the 11 p.m. newscast on Dec. 8, 2017. The name of the entry was “Lilac Fire Tears Through San Diego.”

In a statement, the station said, “The 10News team was successful in creating impactful stories and sharing real emotion of the people who were harmed by the fire, while also breaking new information on the cause of the fire.”

“It’s a great team recognition for 10News. Everyone pitched in to help keep KGTV on air for 13-plus hours when the Lilac Fire broke out,” said News Director Ed Chapuis. “We knew how important it was for us to provide vital information to San Diegans during that emergency. We’re glad we were able to serve the community.”

“When wildfires strike in San Diego County, news coverage is essential in helping save property and lives,” said Joel Davis, vice president and general manager. “The 10News team truly differentiated itself by creating a digital mapping tool to show the evacuation zone, and we also dug into the cause of the fire. Investigators used the video we brought to their attention to help figure out how it started. “

KGTV was the only San Diego station to win a Murrow Award this year. The news association said 785 regional Murrow awards were presented this year to more than 307 local radio, TV and digital national and international news organizations among more than 4,400 entries submitted. Regional winners will advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, with national winners announced in June.

San Diego AMA to Host ‘Art of Marketing’ Conference

San Diego’s American Marketing Association chapter will host its “Art of Marketing” conference from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at the Crowne Plaza San Diego Mission Valley Hotel, 2270 Hotel Circle South. This year’s theme is “Breaking Through the Noise.”

AMA officials said the one-day, interactive forum of speakers, panels and one-to-one expert sessions are designed to celebrate the marketing discipline and deliver real-world solutions with the goal of empowering marketers in their career and helping build and grow companies by delivering their messages to more customers. The conference combines practical, career and brand-advancing educational opportunities with networking access to marketing leaders and innovationists in a professional, fun atmosphere.

Speakers will include: Cory Treffiletti, Voicera; Evan Carroll, Evan Carroll & Associates; Kirsty Nunez, Q2 Insights; Scott Robinson, FreshForm; Erik Huberman, Hawke Media; Tammy Duggan-Herd, Campaign Creators; Patti Sanchez, Durante; Rasto Ivanic, GroupSolver; Ryan Berman, Courageous; Ari Hoffman, Mindtouch; and Steven Shyne, 6D Global.

Cost to attend is $129 per person for members and $249 for non-members. For more information, visit

San Diego PRSA to Host Start-of-Summer Mixer

The Public Relations Society of America’s San Diego-Imperial Counties chapter will host a kick-off-summer mixer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at Wonderland Ocean Pub, 5083 Santa Monica Avenue in Ocean Beach. Cost to attend is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, which includes free appetizers and happy-hour-priced drinks. For more information and to RSVP, visit, or contact Katie Nieri at

Rick Griffin

Rick Griffin is a San Diego-based public relations and marketing consultant. His MarketInk column appears weekly on Mondays in Times of San Diego.

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