Montgomery Advertiser Publisher Robert Granfeldt urges TROY grads to always be leaders

Posted: Tuesday, 29 July 2014

MONTGOMERY - The President and Publisher of the Montgomery Advertiser, Robert Granfeldt, Jr., told Troy University graduates at the Montgomery Campus that leaders come from all levels of successful organizations.

Granfeldt delivered the keynote address to graduates during the summer commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on Monday, July 28, inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. About 125 students received degrees this summer at the Montgomery Campus.

Granfeldt urged graduates to become leaders no matter what their role is in an organization.

"Remember, in any role you have to be a leader, from the back, from the middle or from the front," he said.

Successful leadership traits include collaboration, teamwork, a nimble approach, urgency and creativity, Granfeldt said.

"And you must be able to execute once there is a plan to execute," he said.

Granfeldt told graduates that most of them will be called on to lead, or feel compelled to lead—be prepared to act on those opportunities.

"Always show a bias for action when the spirit moves and opportunity arises," he said. "Always be a leader. You don't need to ask permission; it's empowering in itself."

Granfeldt, who also serves on TROY's Montgomery Campus Advisory Council, has been President and Publisher of The Advertiser Media Group, a Gannett company, since July 2013. Before joining the Advertiser, he served as Vice President of Digital Media at Southern Community Newspapers, Inc., in the Atlanta area.

Granfeldt has been married to Karen Smith Granfeldt since 1982 and they have three sons.

Robert Granfeldt

The President and Publisher of the Montgomery Advertiser, Robert Granfeldt, Jr., speaking to Troy University graduates during the summer commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on Monday, July 28, inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. About 125 students received degrees this summer at the Montgomery Campus. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)