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.
Here’s what publisher Brad Shurett had to say in nominating Darlene:
“Darlene is absolutely one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen. She is totally committed to making sure our circulation department and mailroom are running smoothly.
““Get yourself going, and you’ll be halfway there. Dare to be wise; get started. The time to start living right is like the man who wants to cross the river, and so he sits there waiting for the river to run out of water, and the river flows by, and it flows on by, forever. ”
– Roman writer and philosopher Horace, 30 B.C.
Jonathan Stinson, Sand Mountain Reporter
Sand Mountain Reporter Publisher Jonathan Stinson shot this photo especially for a summer edition of Albertville’s Land and Lake Magazine. Dave Maxey has been a slalom skier since he was 3. Anytime the water is smooth and calm on Lake Guntersville, he can’t resist the chance to carve it up.
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