As president of Sound Publishing, Josh O’Connor oversees the company in its primary leadership role. O’Connor joined Sound’s parent company, Black Press Ltd., in 1998 and was named co-chief operating officer of Black Press in 2021.
He enjoys the challenging dynamics of building successful community publications and coaches a commitment to delivering relevant, local news that directly affects the lives of those who raise families and work in the communities that Sound serves.
Rudi Alcott was born straight-outta-Compton, CA as a card-carrying member of Generation X. Before the first box of diapers were used, he was moved to the Western Slope of Colorado where he spent the next few years dodging coal trucks and most of the cops. As the teenage years arrived, he was moved to northern Indiana because, why not? Who wouldn’t want to leave beautiful Colorado for Indiana?
With divine intervention, he graduated high school and somehow found himself at one of Indiana’s finest, most strict Christian colleges. As you might suspect, this didn’t go well so he left to sell cookies. After a decade of contributing to the caloric intake of most of northern Indiana, he left to start his own business in the state of Washington. He made some money, spent most of it, and decided he needed to get serious, so he tiptoed into an industry that hadn’t changed in hundreds of years – newspapers.
Shortly after taking this job, a little thing called the Internet occurred and changed newspapers forever. Having been through multiple seasons of change he decided this one was going to be on his terms, so he worked his way through almost every department except accounting. This is not by accident. You really don’t want him handling the money.
A little more than three decades ago, while intently watching his beloved Denver Broncos on national television, during the fourth quarter with the game on the line no less, he was blinded-sided on a marriage proposal, that apparently, he said yes to. He is still playing in this game with the most beautiful quarterback of his life he has ever seen and two boys that are now big enough to be linebackers.
Terry Ward is the current publisher of the Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles) and is responsible for Sound Publishing’s operations in Kitsap County, Whidbey Island, Aberdeen, WA and its properties in Juneau, Kenai and Homer, Alaska. Ward joined Sound Publishing as group publisher of the Olympic Peninsula News Group in September 2015 and was appointed regional publisher in April 2016, adding Sound classifieds and the Kitsap News Group to the list of publications he leads.
Ward was previously the CEO of KPC Media Group, a regional family-owned media company with 22 publications in Northeast Indiana.
Prior to his time at KPC Media Group, Ward was the director of sales and digital for GateHouse Media’s Community Newspaper Division where he worked in a leadership capacity with publishers, advertising directors, sales managers and their teams.
Ward takes Sound Publishing’s role as a community partner seriously and actively participates in community advancement serving as a board of director for organizations in several Western Washington communities.
Mike is a CPA and comes to Sound with a well rounded experience in all facets of financial and accounting management. He has been the Controller with Pioneer Cable Contractors in Everett since 2008 and acted as the financial business partner to the owner and President of this privately held company.
Prior to Pioneer, he was the Senior Controller with Hertz Equipment Rental for 10 years, and was responsible for all accounting functions including analysis and reporting. With Hertz he worked within a centralized administrative staff overseeing 32 locations in WA and OR.
Mike and his wife, Michele, live in Snohomish with two sons, Evan and Logan.
In her role as Director of Operations, Sherri Handley oversees all aspects of our day-to-day operations at our Printing Facility in Paine Field.
Sherri has been with Sound Publishing since 2006, when it acquired the King County Journal Newspapers. Sherri became plant production manager and has been at the Everett Printing Facility since July of that year.
A native of Wisconsin, she moved to the Pacific Northwest when her husband-to-be, Scott, asked her to marry him and move to his hometown of Seattle. Sherri has a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin and is a Packers fan.
Her first job out of college was a typesetter, layout and paste-up person for Marine Digest, a weekly magazine in Seattle.
Her next career step was an assistant composing room manager for Murray Publishing, which produced weekly newspapers and had a large commercial client base. Murray Publishing was the first publishing company in Seattle to switch to desktop publishing.
In 1989, Sherri went to work for Diversified Communication Inc. in Bothell, which produced the For Rent Magazine. For Rent Magazine was the test site for implementation of the software produced by ScenicSoft called Preps (an imposition software still in use today).
After a one-year stint in North Carolina producing Harmon Homes real estate magazines, she went to the daily Journal American in Bellevue as pre-press manager and, eventually, production director.
In 2003, the Journal American and its sister publication, the Valley Daily News were combined as the King County Journal and merged their production facilities in Kent. Sherri was the assistant production director in charge of quality control and oversaw pre-press operations. She was named vice president of production in 2005. The newspaper became part of Sound Publishing the next year.
Sherri and Scott live in Edmonds. Both are retired from the U.S. Army Reserve where they served as public affairs officers.