This week, Gillentine returns to CSBJ as editor, overseeing the staff and content of the weekly paper as well as the online presence.
Ralph Routon will remain as executive editor, his title since June 2012, writing columns and editorials while participating in the planning process. But he will move away from day-to-day supervision while also helping the CSBJ’s sister paper, the Colorado Springs Independent, through its ongoing changes in editorial leadership. Marija B. Vader will also continue in her role as CSBJ associate editor.
“I am proud to become the editor of the Colorado Springs Business Journal, a paper that has deep local roots and one that fills such an important niche in Colorado Springs,” Gillentine said. “I’m grateful to lead the talented, professional reporting staff, all of whom have a proven record of excellence.
“During the past 20 months, I missed the energy of the CSBJ newsroom, the collaborative environment and its commitment to community. I appreciate the faith and commitment of the Colorado Publishing House leadership, and am excited to be a part of the next chapter at the Business Journal. Together, we will build on the CSBJ’s 26 years of service to the business community.”
Gillentine, a native of Mississippi and a journalism graduate of Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), previously was a reporter and associate editor at the Business Journal. Her coverage specialty areas included health care, aerospace and defense, and her work earned many state and regional honors.
She left CSBJ and, since October 2013, had worked as a research publicist at the Air Force Academy for Apogee Engineering LLC, a defense contractor.
Gillentine has two teenage daughters — Taylor, who graduated last week from Air Academy High School, and Cameron, who will be a junior this fall at Discovery Canyon High School.
“We are so excited that Amy is coming back to the Business Journal in a bigger role utilizing her talents as an editor and writer,” Routon said. “Our staff already shares a deep professional respect for her, and she also brings back her many relationships across the local business community, a huge asset for CSBJ.
“Given that she never left Colorado Springs, and she kept her many connections alive, we’re expecting the transition to be smooth and rapid. We’re also looking forward to taking CSBJ to a higher level.”
Fran Zankowski, CEO of the Business Journal, added his praise for Gillentine.
“On our third anniversary of owning the Business Journal, I could not be more proud of how far we have come with the paper,” Zankowski said. “But we also are thrilled to have someone of the professional caliber of Amy Gillentine to come back and take over in this leadership role.
“I’m sure Amy, Ralph and the staff will continue our progress and our award-winning ways in the years to come.”