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Boone Newspapers, Inc.
Management Team

James B. Boone, Jr.
Chairman of the Board and Director

Boone is active in group and individual management for Boone Newspapers Inc. (BNI), lives in and works from Tuscaloosa, Ala. BNI's first newspaper acquisition was made in 1970 while Boone was publisher of The Tuscaloosa News. The News was published by Boone's father, Buford Boone, a Pulitzer Prize winning editor, from 1947 until 1968 when he was succeeded by his son. The Boones operated The News through a family-owned company that leased the newspaper's franchise and certain assets from Public Welfare Foundation until 1981. Prior to becoming publisher of The News, Boone was publisher of The Suffolk (Va.) News-Herald, then owned by the Carmage Walls and Gene Worrell organizations and prior to then did newspaper management work for Walls in Georgia and Texas. Boone's newspaper background is news, advertising, circulation and production. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Todd H. Carpenter

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Carpenter, president and chief operating officer of Boone Newspapers since 2004, is active in BNI group and individual management. He lives in and works from Natchez, Miss. Carpenter was previously publisher of The Natchez Democrat and The Greenville (Ala.) Advocate and three associated weekly newspapers. Earlier, he was general manager of The Andalusia (Ala.) Star-News and regional circulation manager for BNI. He began his newspaper career at The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Carpenter, whose background is circulation, production and general management, is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Kevin Cooper
Vice President, BNI
Group Manager

Cooper, publisher of The Natchez (Miss.) Democrat, is active in group and individual management. He lives and works from Natchez. Cooper was previously publisher of The Ironton (Ohio) Tribune newspaper. He also previously served as BNI’s new media director. His background is in news, joining BNI in 1993 as a staff photographer in Natchez. Cooper is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Joseph C. [Jay] Davis, Jr.

Vice President, BNI
Group Manager and Controller

Davis, business manager of The Selma (Ala.) Times-Journal since 1979, currently manages the BNI group's Accounting, accounts payable center and employee retirement plan. He lives and works from Selma, Ala. Davis has a varied experience in the newspaper industry, with emphasis in the area of accounting. During the years of his association with the BNI group, Davis has directed the group's accounting work, overseen accounting software development and implementation, administered employee benefits, and handled corporate insurance. He began his career as a newspaper carrier in Selma.

Michele C. Gerlach
Vice President, BNI
Group Manager

Gerlach, publisher of The Andalusia (Ala.) Star-News, is active in group and individual management. She lives in and works from Andalusia. Gerlach previously was publisher of The Brewton (Ala.) Standard and The Atmore (Ala.) Advance. She also has worked with BNI in Franklin County (Ala.) Newspapers, and Tallapoosa (Ala.) Publishers. Her background is in news/editorial, and she also has worked in the public relations and marketing field. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Dennis M. Palmer
Vice President, BNI
Group Manager

Palmer, publisher of The Selma (Ala.) Times-Journal, is active in group and individual management. He lives and works from Selma. Palmer was previously publisher of The Greenville (Ala.) Advocate and president of Houston (Miss.) Newspapers and its affiliated publications. He joined BNI in 1998 as circulation director of The Natchez (Miss.) Democrat after spending 10 years with the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. Palmer, whose background is in circulation, began his career at The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News.

Tim Prince
Vice President, BNI
Group Manager

Prince, vice-president of BNI and president of the Inland Operating Group, is active in group and individual management. He lives in Shelby County, Ala. while working from Clanton and Columbiana, Ala. Prince is president & publisher of Shelby County [Ala.] Reporter, Shelby Living magazine, The Clanton [Ala.] Advertiser, Peach Living magazine and related print and digital products. Earlier, he was sales manager for The Athens [Ga.] Banner-Herald and publisher of the Burnet [Texas] Bulletin; he began his career at The Daily Mountain Eagle in Jasper, Ala. Prince, whose background includes audience development, production, revenue and content generation, is a graduate of The University of Alabama.

Otis M. Raybon, Jr.
Vice President, BNI
Group Manager

Raybon, president of Brookhaven News Media, LLC and publisher of the Brookhaven (MS) Daily Leader and Prentiss (MS) Headlight is active in group and individual management.

Raybon previously served as vice-president of News Publishing Company and publisher of Rome (GA) News Tribune. He has also served as publisher of Americus (GA) Times-Recorder, Griffin (GA) Daily News, and Dalton (GA) Daily Citizen. His background is in advertising.

Raybon recently served as president of Georgia Press Association and as a state board member of the Technical College System of Georgia. He holds a marketing degree from Georgia State University.

Steve Stewart
Vice President, BNI
Group Manager

Stewart, publisher of The Tidewater News, is active in group and individual management. He lives and works from Franklin, Va. Stewart was previously publisher of The Clarksdale (Miss.) Press Register and The Yazoo (Miss.) Herald and editor of The Meridian (Miss.) Star before joining BNI in 2006. Stewart, whose background is in news, is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. In 2005, he was the inaugural John Emmerich Fellow at the University of Oxford in England.

 

 
 



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