h1>05/31/15 - Brad Blakemore
Although he has only been a part of our community since 2013, Brad Blakemore is no stranger to the City of Canton. He began working for the Canton Herald and Van Zandt Newspapers, LLC, at that time and jumped right into volunteering and working to make Canton a better place.
Mr. Blakemore was born in Oklahoma City and graduated from Stratford High School in Houston, Texas. He attended the University of St. Thomas in Houston and began his newspaper career as an intern with the Houston Post. From there, he moved to Dallas where he worked for the Dallas Times Herald. Prior to arriving in Canton, Mr. Blakemore was vice president of national sales for Tribune Publishing, which includes the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.
Aside from his career, Mr. Blakemore’s greatest happiness comes from spending time with his family. His wife, Tammy, is a travel agent and works with Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. The couple has two boys, Clay and Cole, and reared their niece, Natalie, who is “like a daughter” to them. The Blakemores have been married for 26 years.
Mr. Blakemore also enjoys traveling and spending time at several local assisted living and skilled nursing centers in Canton. Each week, he spends time visiting with residents from Canton Oaks and Country Place Senior Living.
When Mr. Blakemore joins an organization he devotes everything he has to the group. His theory on volunteering is, “Don’t volunteer for anything unless you can give 150 percent.”
The Canton Chamber of Commerce has been extremely fortunate to have him serve as the chairman of the board for the past two years. Mr. Blakemore can be found at every ribbon cutting, mixer, luncheon, and especially the community awards banquet each year. At this year’s event, he was named the “Downtowner of the Year” by the Main Street Board. In addition to being a member of the Canton Chamber of Commerce, he is also a member of several surrounding chambers as well.
Mr. Blakemore said one of his favorite things about Canton is the city’s potential and opportunity. He is proud that his job at the Canton Herald can help influence the community and allow the citizens to hear about current events in the area that they might otherwise not know is going on. He says that he also enjoys not having to get on a plane every week and has only a short commute to work, where he can enjoy a cup of coffee and listen to talk radio along the way.
His volunteer spirit and goal to make Canton a better place is proof that Brad Blakemore is making a difference in our community.