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.
Nominator, Sandra Castillo, said: “Business Manager Claudia Deleon has been with the company a little over a year, and in a short time she has become a great asset. She continually goes above and beyond in everything she does...
“I love the phrase ‘The smartest person in the room is the room.’ It’s all of us together. The leader’s job is to create the ability for people to feel comfortable to share their thoughts and ideas, whatever crazy thoughts they may have. The ability to express it is really important.” – Corporate law mogul Joe Andrew, quoted in The New York Times, June 25, 2017.
A passion for history …
Kirk Roberts Stell vigorously signals officers to break up a heated argument between Brandon Lewis and Stephanie Edge on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Paris, Texas. The argument occurred after Commissioners’ Court of Lamar County met about the re-locating of the Confederate Memorial. This photo is by Lora Arnold of The Paris News.
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