Lissa Walls Vahldiek, 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. Vahldiek lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Paul R. Vahldiek, Jr.
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.
Juan Jose Jimenez is Southern’s employee of the month for 2014. He is the mailroom supervisor for the Del Rio News-Herald.
Publisher Guy Aguirre recommended Juan, saying he is the kind of employee who is "willing to do whatever he needs to do to get the job done."
"Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!"
– From The Diary of Anne Frank.
Bay City Rice Festival
From Brandon Cox, Bay City – “I got adventurous at Bay City Lions Club’s 69th Annual Rice Festival on Friday, Sept. 19. Since the picture turned out a little creepy, we ran it on 1A above the fold on Sunday. It was the talk of the town, mostly because the ride I shot the picture from malfunctioned the next morning and they took it down before opening. So the public never saw how I was able to get the bird’s eye view.”
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