Century Group Newspapers has been community-oriented for 27 years
Century Group Newspapers is a locally owned, independent group of community newspapers dedicated to serving some of Southern California's most desirable markets in the Inland Empire. Its products are the primary source of local news and advertising in the communities they serve. Those communities include Yucaipa, Calimesa, Banning, Beaumont, Highland and Fontana.
The East Valley area papers -- Yucaipa / Calimesa News Mirror, Highland Community News, The Record Gazette (Banning, Beaumont) and the Fontana Herald News -- are delivered free to most homes. They also have paid subscribers and sell papers weekly in racks through local stores.
Gerald A. ("Jerry") Bean founded the group in 1987 when he left his job as publisher of the San Bernardino Sun. He has bought and sold newspapers throughout California over the last twenty-seven years, at one point owning ten papers ranging from the Central Valley, to the Los Angeles area, and to the Inland Empire. He now runs four community weeklies and one semi-monthly paper for a retirement community in the Beaumont area (Sun Lakes Life)
Century Group Newspapers Executives.
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Gerald A. Bean
Gerald A. Bean is the owner and Chairman of the Century Group Newspapers, which is based in Yucaipa, California.
Jerry grew up in Lacon, Illinois, a beautiful little town of 2,000 people on the Illinois River near Peoria. "It was a great place to grow up," he says. "My parents never locked their doors except when we went on vacation. My mom was a housewife and mother to four children. My dad was a one-man electrical contractor. We weren't poor, but we never had any money. I worked my way through college."
Today he lives in Redlands, and owns and is the Chairman of four weekly newspapers in the Inland Empire.
Bean got involved in the weekly newspaper business when he was in the ninth grade. "I called on the publisher and informed her – in my usual diplomatic style—that her newspaper did a lousy job covering sports and that I could do much better. She immediately put me to work contributing sports articles"
After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1966, Bean moved to Rockford, III., where he had served as a summer reporting intern with what is now the Rockford Register Star, then a locally owned 90,000 circulation morning-afternoon daily. Over the years, he moved through the newsroom and general management ranks. Gannett bought the paper in 1967, opening up tremendous opportunities for advancement. He became publisher in 1979 at age 36.
He moved to Washington in the early 1980s and helped Gannett start up of USA Today. After that, Gannett transferred him to San Bernardino, where he served as publisher until 1986. That's when he started buying weekly newspapers throughout California, ranging from Fontana to the Central Valley to La Canada-Flintridge in the Los Angeles area. He now owns papers in Fontana, Highland, Yucaipa and Banning.
President / CEO Century Group Newspapers, Publisher of The Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror
Toebe Bush has been in the newspaper business for 45 years.
He started in the newspaper business in his early years selling newspaper subscriptions door to door. After graduating from high school, Toebe worked for Donrey Media Group's Daily Report in Ontario, CA (now the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin) in the dispatch department proof reading ads. He was later promoted to advertising sales representative. After five years in sales, Toebe was promoted to retail advertising manager and later, advertising director.
In 1985, Toebe was promoted to publisher of Donrey's Redlands Daily Facts where he spent the next 16 years.
In addition to working as publisher of the Facts, Toebe was involved in a number of community volunteer organizations such as the Redlands Rotary club, Redlands Chamber of Commerce where he was instrumental in developing their Leadership Redlands program and the United Way in which he was elected volunteer of the year.
Now President and CEO of Century Group Newspapers, Toebe is also the publisher of the Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror and serves on the Executive Board of the Califonia Newspaper Publishers Association.
A life-long resident of the Inland Empire, Toebe and his wife Terri, have lived in Redlands for 28 years.
Genral Manager of the Record Gazette
Art Reyes General Manager of the Record Gazette in Banning and Beaumont, CA.
Art was born and raised in Riverside, CA. He attended California Polytechnic College in San Luis Obispo, CA from 1970 to 1974. He was employed at the Riverside Press Enterprise for over 30 years where he spent most of his time as an advertising account executive. Art was later promoted to Major/National Accounts Account Executive.
In November 2011, Art joined Century Group Newspapers as manager of its Banning/Beaumont newspaper, the Record Gazette. He is a member of the Banning Rotary Club.
General Manager of Highland Community News
Doris Diaz serves as General Manager of the Highland Community News. Her previous position with Century Group Newspapers was account executive at the Highland Community News where she began in November of 2010.
She served in several advertising sales and management positions (Co-op and training) for over 25 years at a major daily newspaper in the region. Doris was recognized as a top performer in sales, for excellence in customer service and won industry honors for sales presentation and co-op sales promotion. When she began as Co-op Manager in 2001 co-op revenue was $225,000. By 2005 the department surpassed $2 million.
Doris has lived in Riverside County for over 40 years. She is married and has two adult children, and one grandchild.