CAREER ADVANCEMENT SERIES: Corey Skiles
CAREER ADVANCEMENT SERIES: PETER MANGO
Assistant Transportation Manager
Account: The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times in Washington State is one of the few independent and locally owned news media organizations in the U.S. The newspaper is printed 24/7/365 and delivered regardless of rain, snow or lightning.
When Corey Skiles started with the paper in 2010 at the age of 21, it was his first “real job.” For three years he worked on the loading dock at the company’s North Creek facility on Bothell, WA and was promoted to Dock Lead in 2013.
Transervice hired Corey in 2017 to join their team as one of its transportation supervisors. He managed nightly deliveries, covered for any call-offs, and made sure the nighttime operation went smoothly and everyone there had what they needed to get the job done. On the corporate side, he was also responsible for preparing the payroll.
When the Times moved the operation to two locations – Kent and Lynwood, WA – in March of 2020, Corey was responsible for both transportation operations and reported to Kent. The newsprint facility in Rotary was nearly two miles away but every day the drivers reported to Kent and Lynwood to get their assignments.
The Times is the “big dog” in the Pacific Northwest, according to Corey, printing two newspapers a day, The Seattle Times and The New York Times. Transervice drivers also pick-up and deliver papers from other locations. On any given night, drivers can make deliveries for 4-6 other products, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, Investor’s Business Daily and Barron’s.
In 2023, Corey was promoted to Assistant Transportation Manager at both locations where he is now managing 22 Union drivers and a fleet of 16 box trucks, two vans, and three tractor trailers.
Members of Corey’s family have been working for The Seattle Times for nearly 60 years. “We’ve had newsprint in our blood for a long time,” he says. His grandfather, dad and uncle paved the way for him to “get his foot in the door there.” He fondly remembers pulling the back seats out of his dad’s van as a little boy on Saturday mornings so his dad could deliver the Sunday newspaper. When that task was completed, he helped his father put the seats back on Sunday mornings so the family could ride comfortably to church.
“Everything big that happened in my life has been during my time with the paper,” he said. “I met and married my wife, have three beautiful daughters, coach Youth Football, and spend family time involved with our girls’ cheer program. I wasn’t even part of The Seattle Times Transervice team at the point when they offered me a job,” he said.
Corey added that “the company does a really good job of noticing talent within the company and finding talent with the outside organizations they have a business relationship with on a daily basis. The opportunities they have given me have changed my life dramatically, and for that I will be forever grateful.”