Congratulations to the Q3 President's Circle Awardees! 

Trib Total Media’s President’s Circle Awards recognize employees for exhibiting the core values of Integrity, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, Evolution and Ownership and for making a difference to Trib Total Media, 535media, PrintSource and the communities that we serve. Congratulations to these three employees who truly shined in Q3. 

Jessica Rocco - Advertising

Jessica was the top advertising sales rep for Q3, posting a 128.5% overall sales-to-goal percentage with 41 active accounts.

Jessica Rocco started with the Trib in 2000 part-time, while attending the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. She started working as an Advertising & Marketing Consultant full-time in 2005.

"They didn't offer an advertising/marketing major so I chose English Writing," Jessica said. "Here I am, a sales girl, sitting in class with these amazing writers who were so inspiring. It was a great experience though and I managed to graduate with honors!"

Prior to joining the Trib family, she was a waitress, a cashier at a gas station and cleaned hotel rooms. She saw an Advertising position advertised in the Tribune-Review and called right away.

"And that is where it all started," Jessica said. "22 years later, I feel extremely blessed to love what I do for a living. Not many people can say that."

Chris Pastrick - Editorial

"Chris is always ready to help out and has a wealth of knowledge and skills that help make the newsroom run better," said Frank Carnevale, Digital Content Manager. "He is an excellent employee, hard worker and great person."

Chris was nominated for the President's Circle Award by Joyce Hanz.

"He juggles a tremendous amount daily pertaining to our website and always provides fast help and troubleshooting," Joyce said. "He has taken time teaching me certain technical tricks to help me be a better reporter."

Chris started at the Valley News Dispatch in November 1994 as a clerk in the Features Department. He's served in a number of different positions over the years but has been on the multimedia desk for the past 5.

In his spare time, Chris directs high school musicals at Valley High School. He and his wife Barbara live in New Kensington and have been married for 27 years. Together they have 2 children, Madison and Spencer.

Dan Whyel - Creative Services

Dan Whyel, Creative Services Paginator received 13 nominations for the Q3 President's Circle Award.

Some of the words that kept appearing in Dan's many nominations include 'dedicated', 'loyal', 'hard-working', 'meticulous', and 'go-to'.

"Dan always goes above and beyond," said Diana Roberts, Advertising & Marketing Consultant. "But during our security incident, he went BEYOND above and beyond."

"Dan's positive attitude and unwavering helpfulness during a time of unexpected technical difficulties for the company is commendable," said Jessica Jones, Director of Research and Strategy.

"Without Dan's hard work, we would not have come close to having a Classifieds section in the paper following the security incident," said Gemma Pollice, Layout Coordinator.

Dan started with the Trib as an intern in 2008 and was quickly hired on full-time.

"What do I do here? Panic and laugh, mostly," said Dan. "My main focus includes Classified pagination and layout coordination. I also help with the art department creating ads, email blasts and optimizing a few Google SEM accounts."

Dan lives in Charleroi where he is the doting butler for 2 amazing cats. "I wish I could say my hobbies include something cool but realistically, it's just me buying records, making music and gardening poorly."

Congratulations to all of our awardees!

To submit a nomination for the Q4 President's Circle Awards, please click here!