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Bob Smith retires from Division of Tourism

August 2, 2010

Former newspaper publisher and 1991 MPA President R.B. “Bob” Smith III, 71, retired July 1 after many years with the Missouri Division of Tourism.
He was the interim director, a position he filled once before during his tenure with Tourism.
Smith began his work with the Missouri Division of Tourism in 1988 when he became a member of the tourism commission. He remained on the commission for nine years, spending five of those years as the chairman. After leaving the commission he began working for the Division of Tourism.
“They asked me to come on and do some legislative work, and it kind of went from there,” he told the Lebanon Daily Record, his hometown newspaper.
Smith continued his association with MPA and newspapers throughout his years with Tourism.
A retirement party was held June 7 in Kansas City to honor him.
“I have some projects I want to do, and I am going to stay involved in tourism,” he said. “I’m going to keep my finger in the pie.”
He also said he has a pastime that he has missed out on for a number of years that he will be able to enjoy once again — checking out the local coffee shops.
“I can blow a half a day every morning by just coming into town, going to the coffee shops and visiting with people,” Smith said. “I’m looking forward to getting back involved in the community.”
Smith grew up in Tennessee and began his newspaper career there. In 1980 he became publisher of the Branson Beacon in Missouri. In 1988 he moved to Lebanon to publish The Lebanon Daily Record for Dalton Wright. He was inducted into the Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2005.
—From a story in the
Lebanon Daily Record)


Bob Smith named interim tourism cheif, again

May 5, 2008

Former publisher R.B. “Bob” Smith III, who was president of Missouri Press Association in 1991, has been
named interim director of the Missouri Division of Tourism. It is his second stint in that capacity.
The Missouri Tourism Commission named Smith March 4 to replace Blaine Luetkemeyer, who resigned to run for Congress. The Commission plans a national search for a permanent director.
Smith served as interim director in 2001-2002 and has been deputy director since 2002.
Smith served as publisher of the Lebanon Daily Record from 1988 to 1994 and was publisher of Tri-Lakes Newspapers in Branson from 1980 to 1988.


April 16, 2008

Helen Sosniecki, who has owned three weekly newspapers and published a small daily in Missouri during a 34-year career, has joined Interlink Inc. as its Senior Sales and Marketing Manager. Interlink, based in Berrien Springs, Mich., provides circulation management and ad-billing systems for more than 1,200 community newspapers.

Sosniecki, with her husband, Gary, owned the Humansville Star-Leader from 1980 to 1986, the Webster County Citizen in Seymour from 1988 to 1999 and The Vandalia Leader from 2003 to 2007. From 1999 to 2003, they were editors and publishers of The Lebanon Daily Record and vice presidents of its parent company, Lebanon Publishing Co., in Lebanon, Mo. She also has worked for The Jackson, Tenn., Sun, the Marion, Ill., Daily Republican and the Wichita, Kan., Eagle-Beacon. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Sosniecki is a past president of the Ozark Press Association, a past National Newspaper Association representative on the Missouri Press Association board, and, with her husband, was a vice president of the Missouri Associated Press. The Sosnieckis shared the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors’ lifetime-achievement award, the Eugene Cervi Award, in 2003. They also shared the NNA Community Development Award in 1998. Each received NNA President’s Awards in 2007.

Sosniecki has been a longtime customer of Interlink and supporter of its circulation management and ad-billing systems.

“Interlink has long been the favorite of publishers of many of America’s finest community newspapers,” Interlink founder Bill Garber said. “To have a representative of one of those legendary publishing partnerships join Interlink is unprecedented. That Helen chose Interlink as a platform from which to, in a very real way, personally help secure the future of community newspapering is a great honor.”

Companies typically sell either circulation programs or mailing services. “Interlink is the only newspaper-circulation-system vendor to secure USPS certification for its integrated mail preparation and address verification. Because we control the process, we deliver greater flexibility and precision while greatly simplifying personalized subscriber care,” Garber added.

“Helen knows firsthand how very good for business it is to partner with Interlink to take impeccable care of subscribers and advertising accounts,” Garber said.

The Sosnieckis live in Le Claire, Iowa.

Helen Sosniecki may be reached at