Lissa Walls, CEO, has been in the newspaper business since 1980. She began her career as a reporter for the Rosenberg (Texas) Herald Coaster owned by Hartman Newspapers, Inc. and became COO of SNI in 1985. She was elected CEO in March 2014. She serves on the boards of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, Mutual Insurance Company, PAGE and Trinity University. She was born in Guntersville, Alabama and moved to the Houston, Texas, area with her family in 1973. She is a 1980 graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Walls lives in Houston, Texas.
Dolph Tillotson, president, has been in the newspaper business since 1969. He began his career in news, and he has served as general manager, publisher and president for two community newspaper companies – Southern and Boone Newspapers, Inc.
He is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a 1972 graduate of the University of Alabama.
Tillotson lives in Galveston, Texas, with his wife, Teri. He came to work for Southern in 1987 as publisher of The Galveston County Daily News. He was named president of SNI in March 2014.
Ruby Barrow, director of accounting/treasurer and secretary, has been in the newspaper business since 1992.
Barrow began her career as a data entry clerk for Southern Newspapers, Inc. and has served as data entry supervisor, payroll manager, general ledger supervisor and accounting manager.
She was elected secretary in March 2014. She serves on the boards of the Southern Newspapers Inc. Medical and 401(k) Plans. She was born in El Campo, Texas, and moved to the Houston area with her family in 1969.
Barrow lives in Houston with her husband, Bart Barrow, and their three children.
Galveston County Daily News Publisher Leonard Woolsey says Mike Rode is one heck of a employee. As Hurricane Harvey continued to flood the coastline, Mike quietly and without fanfare arrived each day, figured out how get a newspaper out and played a key role in The Daily News never missing a publishing day.
“"As to sales, you (the publisher) are going to have to be the driving force there. In the first place, you are short handed, and you are going to have to train people to do this. You are going to have to be the promotion brain your newspaper has never had."”
Photo by Kevin M. Cox
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve celebrates after scoring the winning run on a walk-off hit by shortstop Carlos Correa in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston on October 14. The Astros beat the Yankees 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS.
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