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.
From Elizabeth Engelhardt
Brenda has worked for the Seguin Gazette since 2005, all her time spent in Circulation. She does a tremendous job for her department, looking for new ways to increase revenue with unique monthly promotions for Single Copy and Home Delivery sales.
She also has low turnover in carriers, which is almost unheard of. They all stick around because Brenda makes their time worthwhile. She is always prepared and ready to take on a new challenge and is always looking for ways to better herself, her employees and most of all, the newspaper.
"The oppressor sees every victory by the oppressed as the final concession. The oppressed sees it simply as the next step."
— Harry Edwards, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley.
Kevin M. Cox/ Galveston Daily News
The Houston Astros’ Derek Fisher holds Robinson Chirinos as Tony Kemp dumps a water bucket on them after an RBI hit to win the game in the bottom of the 11th inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on Friday, June 7. The Astros beat the Orioles 4-3 in 11 innings.
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