Denyse Mesnik wants you to know she's not retiring.
After 25 years leading corporate communications for Naples-based radio operator Beasley Broadcast Group, Mesnik will embark on her own venture. Publicly traded Beasley (symbol: BBGI; recent price: $3.85) operates 52 radio stations in a dozen markets, including Tampa and Fort Myers.
Mesnik, recently named one of Radio Ink Magazine's most influential women in radio, is keeping her plans quiet while she turns over the corporate communication reins to her replacement, Soni Dimond.
Mesnik will be busy over the next few weeks, with events related to Beasley Chairman and CEO George Beasley receiving the national radio award from the National Association of Broadcasters and Radio Advertising Bureau. Mesnik started working for Beasley as his executive assistant in 1990, before she transferred to corporate communications.
After all the hoopla surrounding the awards ceremony, you won't find Mesnik lounging on the beach in Naples — her hometown, where her grandfather was mayor. “It's definitely not a retirement,” Mesnik laughs.
Besides consulting work for Beasley, Mesnik hints she might launch her own firm. That may include working with artists and others navigating the radio industry. “I do look forward to announcing my future entrepreneurial plans,” she says.