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 Leonard Woolsey
David Kirby is the press supervisor for The Daily News in Galveston, TX. Not only has he served the newspapers for decades, surviving multiple hurricanes and other weather events, he is also one of the reasons behind the long-term success of The Daily News. His staff’s performance earned the newspapers multiple print quality awards and recognition over the years. Quality is always one of Kirby’s hallmarks as much as his warm and generous smile
"People tend to be surprisingly drawn to difficult goals. Decades of research show that extremely difficult, specific goals motivate us to work harder and smarter — again, as long as we’re committed and supported. Most of us prefer a task with a 50-50 shot of success over an easier one."
-Adam Grant, as written in the New York Times piece "Frustrated at Work? That Might Just Lead to Your Next Breakthrough."
Stuart Villanueva / The Daily News
Denise Reid twirls her umbrella while dancing under laser lights with other members of the Hot Flashers umbrella group before the annual Galveston County Daily News Funky Uptown Umbrella Parade in downtown Galveston on Friday, Feb. 22. The parade was part of the opening festivities of Mardi Gras Galveston 2019.
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