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.
“Jesus Rolando Cardenas joined the Del Rio News-Herald as a typesetter over 20 years ago and quickly found room at the top of the department. He left for a very brief period when his noticeable talent earned him another opportunity, but like most people he learned that he couldn’t get the ink out of his blood.
“Known as Roland at our office, he spends most days doing way more than any normal composing manager or art director. Roland spends time serving commercial print customers, performing IT-related tasks, forming creative materials for clients and probably a hundred other things he is asked to do in multiple departments.
“I love really smart people, but I love most really smart people who are focused on the good of the company before themselves. That gets my respect like nothing else. It’s a unique combination to find somebody who is so capable and smart, but who has some level of humility about their place in the entire ecosystem.” – Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, founder of Joyus, video shopping network, quoted in the New York Times, July 10, 2016. "
– E&P, June 3, 2016
Kevin Kues, The Paris News
North Lamar High School junior shortstop Madison Morrison lays out for a fly ball Thursday, June 2, during the Class 4A state semifinals against Needville at the University of Texas at Austin. This photo is by The Paris News Sports Reporter Kevin Kues.
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