Title: Retired Newspaper Executive
Company: Preston-Strat Investments
Location: Westerville, Ohio, United States
Terry L. DeVassie, Retired Newspaper Executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Business.
Since 1993, Mr. DeVassie has been a partner of Preston-Strat Investments, a role he took up while serving as president and chief executive officer of Creative Inserts Co. from 1992 to 2006. He has worked in numerous industries, from his start as a station manager for the Columbus Dispatch to owning the architectural firm of TLD Design in Columbus, Ohio from 1964 to 1969. Mr. DeVassie has also been a prolific civic volunteer, and still serves as a director for the Shriners Hospital for Children on the Ohio Donor Relations Committee in Cincinnati.
Born in Columbus to Robert William and Laura Belle DeVassie, Mr. DeVassie graduated with a BA in industrial design and advertising from Ohio State University in 1964, and married his wife Lola Faye Sadifer in June of that year. The couple had two children, Trevor and Thad, and Mr. DeVassie is now grandfather to Holden Xavier, Campbell Noel, and Soloman Jing. He supported his family by working up the ranks of the Columbus Dispatch, becoming circulation manager in 1979 and assistant circulation director from 1981 to 2001. In 1992, Mr. DeVassie was also a talented architect with the Eagle Real Estate/Builders, and an extrusion designer with Plaskolite Inc. He is the designer of the drive-up newspaper rack, and holds patents for the graphic inserts in the racks.
As a successful designer, newspaper executive and civic volunteer, Mr. DeVassie has supported organizations like the Shriners Hospital Burn Center, the Mercy Hospital of Columbus, and the Boy Scouts of America in various leadership positions. He is a recipient of a Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award, and was featured in the pages of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in Media and Communication, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in the World. Mr. DeVassie received recognition from his peers with a 1992 President’s Award from the International Circulation Managers Association, as well as 1986 and 1984 President’s Awards from the Ohio News Media Association, a prize he founded in 1982. He continues to be a trustee of the Benevolent Foundation at the Ohio Masonic Home of the Shriners, as well as a board chairman and emeritus member of Shriners board of trustees. In 2012, Mr. DeVassie was named chairman of the board of the Ohio Masonic Home Foundation.