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Publisher of 9 years resigns

Mayfield says he plans to start own business

Trevis Mayfield, publisher of Sauk Valley Media and vice president of Shaw Media, has resigned effective May 2, the company announced Thursday.

Mayfield, 48, came to Sauk Valley in 2005 as publisher and became a corporate vice president in 2007. He has been responsible for multiple media operations for Shaw in Illinois and Iowa.

In making the announcement, Shaw Media President John Rung noted that business units under Mayfield’s supervision had performed well “during a turbulent time in the media industry.”

“Trevis and his teams accomplished a great deal during his tenure, which spanned nearly a decade,” Rung said. “Trevis is a tremendous leader, and we will miss him. I have no doubt that he will enjoy continued success in his future ventures.”

Mayfield said he has wanted for years to start his own company, which “may well be in the media.”

“The experience at Shaw Media has put me in a position to be excited about what is next,” he said. “This is the next natural step for me.”

Mayfield was the editor and then publisher of the Star-Tribune in Terre Haute, Ind., before coming to Shaw Media. The native Hoosier is originally from Sullivan, where his parents still farm, just south of Terre Haute. He has two sons.

He said he wanted to take some time off to spend with family before jumping into his next venture. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Dixon.

“It’s been a really good 10 years here,” Mayfield said. “Shaw Media provided me with a lot of opportunities to work with a lot of good people.

“With good teamwork, we managed through some really tough times. I’m proud of how we handled all that, and I’m proud of the things we’ve accomplished.”

No announcement was made about a successor to Mayfield.

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