Beacon publisher named Entrepreneur of the Year
Paul Archipley never envisioned himself becoming a businessman, but that’s exactly where his career in journalism took him.
In fact, back in 1991 when he talked his wife Cate into starting a newspaper in Mukilteo, he was happy to let her handle the business side of the venture while he pursued his passion – reporting the news.
And that’s how Beacon Publishing began, with Cate overseeing the ad sales, accounting, billing and other aspects of the business operation, while Paul focused on reporting, writing, editing and layout of the Mukilteo Beacon. They published their first edition on July 22, 1992.
Twenty-one years later, Beacon Publishing has grown to three community newspapers – the Mukilteo, Edmonds and South Everett Beacon papers – a quarterly Activities Guide, two annual visitor guides and other various publications.
The company’s ongoing success, especially during the Great Recession and the continuing “readjustment” of the newspaper industry in the Internet Age, garnered attention this month when the Herald Business Journal named Archipley the HBJ Entrepreneur of the Year for 2013.
“Needless to say, it was quite a surprise,” Archipley said. “I’ve always thought of myself as a journalist first, not a businessman or entrepreneur.
“Nevertheless, I am humbled and honored to be recognized this year.”
As any small business owner can attest, owning your own company can be a bumpy ride. A combination of chutzpah and ignorance helps.
“You’ve heard the saying – If I knew then what I know now…” Archipley said.
After about three years, Cate Archipley went back to her first love, teaching, which Paul fully supported.
“We needed the paycheck,” he said, laughing.
Still, Paul feels the person at the top of a successful business couldn’t have gotten there without help.
“It’s employees who make the difference,” he said. “I have been fortunate over the years to work with some top-notch people.”
In particular, he’s thankful for his general manager, Linda Chittim, who joined the company about two years after its launch.
“She has been indispensable,” Archipley said.
“There’s that proverb, ‘behind every successful man is a woman,’ and I have been fortunate to have two of them – my wife Cate and my general manager Linda. How could I lose?”
Archipley was honored last week at the annual luncheon meeting of Economic Alliance Snohomish County attended by more than 300 guests.
Also honored was Rick Cooper, CEO of The Everett Clinic, named Executive of the Year by the Herald Business Journal.
Cooper also was named the EASC’s Henry M. Jackson Citizen of the Year, and Bill Tsoukalas, executive director the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, was presented the 2013 John M. Fluke Sr. Community Service Award.
Archipley expressed his appreciation to Herald Publisher Josh O’Connor and HBJ Editor Kurt Batdorf, whose story can be read at: www.theheraldbusinessjournal.com/