Rene GuajardoLufkin Daily News

SNI Employee of the Month

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Rene Guajardo - Lufkin


June’s employee of the month has helped guide the Lufkin News through some significant projects in the last few months.

Rene Guajardo has worked for The Lufkin News for 22 years.

In his current role as our IT guru, he also handles any issues our sister paper, The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, may encounter. And those ''issues'' cover almost anything and everything concerning computers, printers, email, websites, phones and cameras.

He also happens to be a talented graphic artist.

"Rene was the local project manager for our conversion to Town News' Blox Total CMS system," Publisher Jenniffer Ricks said. "He also had a big hand in helping with our conversion to a 22-inch web, doing the necessary calculations to ensure grids were sized correctly for retail and classified advertising and editorial."

A couple of the ongoing projects he is working on include Lufkin’s conversion to a flex website and related topics with their mobile app. He also is helping with their Tributes page for obituaries, weddings, engagements and anniversaries after the paper made the decision to drop its subscription to Legacy, Ricks said.

Rene is just as instrumental for commercial print customers, troubleshooting issues or problems for them over the phone or in person.

"And he does it all with a smile on his face, even when we call him on nights, weekends and holidays, because we all know computer problems only happen between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday," Ricks said.