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Peek joins H&T as advertising manager

Marcella Brooks Peek has joined the Herald & Tribune as the newspaper’s new advertising sales manager.
Peek, a Southwest Virginia native who moved to the Tri-Cities region in the mid ‘80s, brings to the paper nearly three decades of advertising and sales experience.
“We are delighted to have Marcella join our staff,” Herald & Tribune Publisher Bill Cummings said. “We are very fortunate to have someone with her knowledge and experience join our team. 
“The Herald & Tribune has a long history of providing superior customer service to our advertisers, and I know Marcella will carry on that legacy.”
Peek got her start in the newspaper business at the Johnson City Press, a member of the Sandusky Newspaper Group, as is the Herald & Tribune.
“My first job was in the mail room,” Peek said. But it didn’t take long for her to move into sales and advertising.
Born with what she calls a “gift of gab” and a knack for selling — “I’ve been selling ever since I was in the Girl Scouts,” Peek said — advertising seemed a perfect fit.
Peek worked at the Johnson City Press for 16 years as the retail advertising clerk for the paper’s advertising sales manager.
In 2004, Peek accepted the position of advertising executive at the Elizabethton Star, where she was employed for more than 10 years.
“It was exciting getting to know Elizabethton and watch it grow,” Peek said.
Still, as a small-town girl from Dante, Va., Peek found herself also drawn to another small town.
When the opportunity for a position at the Herald & Tribune arose, she didn’t hesitate.
“I love a small town,” Peek said. “And I love the history of this town.”
She is also looking forward to getting to know Jonesborough’s business owners and residents, learning more of its history and becoming part of its future.
“This is a wonderful opportunity and I’m very excited about joining the Herald & Tribune,” Peek said. “I can’t wait to become a part of the Town of Jonesborough.”
Peek is the mother of two daughter — Marie, age 17, and Melanie, age 15.