Dennis has a 40-year career in the newspaper industry as a publisher, state and national press association executive, and as an industry consultant. He was a publisher at newspapers in Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma, for American Publishing Company, CNHI and Lee Enterprises. His duties included that of regional manager, supervising both weekly and daily newspapers.
He was President & CEO of the Illinois Press Association for over seven years; concurrently, for nearly two years under a management contract he was as Chief Operating Officer for the National Newspaper Association (NNA).
He currently provides consulting services to newspapers, press associations and non-profit organizations.
Dennis and his wife, Katie, live in Springfield, IL. Together they have three children and six grandchildren.