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Dave LaBell joined the Times in 2004 as the Event Marketing Manager. He is responsible for the development, production and promotion of the Times’ consumer shows and expos. In May 2005, he was named Community and Event Marketing Manager, taking on additional responsibilities with oversight of the promotions team and site marketing.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Management from Saginaw Valley State College and attended Michigan State University. He also earned a minor in business administration.
Dave started his career in newspapers right out of college. In 1984, he joined the Bradenton Herald, a Knight-Ridder Newspaper. His first stint was in Advertising Sales, then he moved to Major Accounts and Retail Sales Manager. In 1990, he was named the newspaper’s promotions and events director. He stayed in that role until 1997, when he became the director of community partnerships at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, a New York Times regional newspaper. Dave and his wife Mary have two daughters Brittany and Taylor.
Dave has received several awards for his accomplishments, among them the 1999 New York Times Achievement Award and the Knight-Ridder “Achiever” Award in 1994. He was nominated in 2001 for the New York Times Chairman’s Award and the Knight-Ridder “Excellence” Award four times.