Ron Pilger - Sales Manager and Associate Publisher

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Ron Pilger - Sales Manager and Associate Publisher
Go back in time, way back to August 1976, and you'll find a young, energetic, homegrown lad walk through the front door of The Camrose Booster, resume in hand. For the first ten years on the job Ron was the sales leader at the company. Working with dozens of existing clients and having the drive and keen ability to land many more, he worked with his growing client base on thousands of compelling and often award-winning advertising campaigns. In 1986 Ron became the company sales manager, a responsibility which continues today. On May of 2014, Ron began sporting a bigger hat as well, this one displaying the label of 'Associate Publisher.'

Mike Ploner – Sales Representative

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Upon graduation from journalism school in 1979, Mike took a $99 one-way flight from Toronto to Calgary. He bought a red Ford station wagon at a used car lot and rumbled his way across the golden prairie northeast to Three Hills where he was hired to be editor of the Three Hills Capitol. He stayed for a couple of years before moving on to work in Crossfield, Airdrie and Cochrane, which saw him editing those papers, doing layout and design, writing, taking pictures, assigning stories, learning the newspaper business from the ground floor. Then his world changed dramatically. He got married, got a new job, moved to Camrose and had a son, all within one year. That was 34 years ago. He enjoys living in Camrose and really likes representing the Booster, where he works personally with clients, writes advertisements, advises on commercial printing, on advertising specialty products and coordinates flyer distribution in this market for many of Canada’s top retailers. He’s a communicator with a sharp eye on what’s current and understands that print media remains powerfully relevant in smaller communities such as Camrose. “A significant amount of Information important to people in this region can’t be found anywhere else except inside the pages of the Camrose Booster,” he says. “It’s still required reading if you want to know what’s happening here.”

Jeff Fowler - Sales Representative

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Jeff is proud to be a third generation Booster man. As long as he can remember, he has wanted to be part of the Home Team. At the age of 10, he began coming down to the office with his dad on the odd Saturday morning, emptying trash cans for our graphic arts department, and tidying up around the production area – thus freeing up valuable time for other members of the team. Then as a teen, working regular afterschool hours on most weekdays, Jeff became involved in the production side of the business, particularly in finishing – perforating, stitching, cutting, manually collating multi-part forms, and wrapping packages of printed materials for delivery, along with other duties as needed. Later, working full time during summer breaks throughout high school, Jeff learned to operate a letterpress, and also became involved in circulation. Moving through the various departments, eventually led to a position as a sales assistant, when he began to have more contact with The Booster’s loyal customer base. Building friendships with our extended family among the Camrose business community is something he immediately became fond of. When an opportunity arose to join the sales department as an account executive in 1997, Jeff jumped at the chance.

Murray Green - Reporter

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After realizing that he wasn't going to make a living being a professional athlete or musician, Murray decided to do the next best thing, become a reporter. His first assignment at journalism school was to write a story on sports icon John Short. Since 1981, he has covered a variety of sports and entertainment events. He feels as comfortable being on the receiving end of a Gordie Howe elbow as he did with a conversation with Glen Campbell about country music. The beautiful city of Camrose came calling in 1984 and Murray has enjoyed promoting the wonderful people in the area ever since.

Lori Larsen - Reporter

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Lori joined the Booster team in November of 2015 and is delighted to combine her passion for writing and photography with meeting new people and discovering their stories. She has her Masters in Education and Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and a diploma in Law Enforcement. She taught at Lethbridge Community College in the Law Enforcement Program, Northern Lights College in Business and Land Management and Red Deer College in Business and Hospitality. During almost 18 years of post secondary teaching she had the pleasure of meeting and working with hundreds of college students enabling her to grow and develop her own skills in classroom presentation, interviewing, curriculum design and research.
Lori has been a hobby photographer for over 30 years with a focus on wildlife and closeups. She completed courses in both photography and advanced photography.
She has been married to her husband John for 34 years and has two grown children – a son and daughter. In her spare time Lori enjoys spending time with her family including mountain trips with their four saddle horses, painting and gardening.