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Spears to serve as general manager of TPI

Published 12:28pm Friday, November 2, 2012

Virginia Spears has been named the general manager and managing editor of The Outlook.

Spears, who has led the newsroom as managing editor, will continue to run the newsroom while moving into a management training position as general manager.

Spears has also been promoted to Tallapoosa Publishers’ general manager of operations in Tallapoosa County, overseeing The Dadeville Record, Lake magazine and Lake Martin Living magazine and the company’s associated websites and printing operations.

“Virginia is an exceptional person who has a strong intellect and integrity and deep roots in our community. I have full confidence that she has what it takes to lead Tallapoosa Publishers and to deliver the highest quality news and advertising for our customers and readers,” said Publisher Kenneth Boone. “During the coming year, Virginia will begin taking on responsibilities in each department of our Tallapoosa County operations. She will function as the second-in-charge of our Tallapoosa County businesses, but in my absence, I am very comfortable with Virginia in the driver’s seat.”

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with our incredible staff across all departments and to get exposure to all sides of this great business,” Spears said. “My goal is to help TPI continue to provide useful information to our readers and great exposure to our advertisers, as well as achieve the level of quality for which we all strive in each and every publication.”

Spears is the daughter of Ty and Barbara Anne Spears. She is a 2007 graduate of Benjamin Russell High School and graduated summa cum laude from Troy University in May 2011 with a degree in print journalism.

Spears succeeds Roger Steele as general manager. Steele has taken a position with a sister publication, The Troy (Ala.) Messenger.

Shannon Elliott of Wetumpka holds a similar position as TPI’s general manager of operations in Elmore County, overseeing The Wetumpka Herald, The Eclectic Observer, The Tallassee Tribune, Gallery of Homes magazine and Elmore County Living magazine.