R. Jack Fishman
Chairman of the Board - Lakeway Publishers Inc.
Robert Jack Fishman serves as Chairman of the Board of Lakeway Publishers, Inc. Mr. Fishman founded the company some 56 years ago as publisher and editor of the Citizen Tribune in Morristown. He received his BS degree from Memphis State University in 1955 and has attended the Southeastern Institute for Organizational Management, the Academy for Organizational Management, the Industrial Development Institute and the American Press Institute. He has served as president and on the Board of Director for several organizations, including the Tennessee Press Association and the National Newspaper Association. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Associated Press and the Newspaper Association of America. Fishman served on the National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council, the Tennessee Industrial and Agricultural Development Commission, and is Chairman of the Industrial Development Board of the City of Morristown and past President of the Greater Morristown Chamber of Commerce. He served as a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents and served as vice chairman for four terms. He is a lifetime member of the Kiwanis Club, a Paul Harris Fellow and has received numerous awards from civic, government and educational institutions for his service to these organizations. He is a member of All Saints Episcopal Church and has served as Senior Warden for several terms and has served as a member of the Bishop Council for the Diocese of East Tennessee.
President of Lakeway Publishers, Inc Editor/Publisher of the Citizen Tribune
Michael Fishman, President of Lakeway Publishers. Michael served as editor/publisher of the company’s flagship paper, the Citizen Tribune, and Lakeway Publishers secretary/treasurer since 2007.
Senior Vice President for Newspaper Operations - Lakeway Publishers
Keith W. Ponder has been named as Senior Vice President for Newspaper Operations for Lakeway Publishers Inc. Lakeway President R. Michael Fishman made the announcement Friday. Ponder, who has served as Lakeway Publishers, Inc.’s Middle Tennessee Vice-president, will have responsibility for Lakeway’s newspapers and digital products in Missouri, Tennessee, and Virginia as well as production and packaging facilities serving those operations. He will continue in his role in Middle Tennessee and as Publisher of the Tullahoma News. “Keith has a wealth of newspaper experience and I look forward to working with him as we continue to serve our communities,” Fishman said. “Keith has a passion for industry and believes in our mission as a local newspaper serving our communities.” Since April 2021 Ponder has led the Middle Tennessee Group for Lakeway, joining the company after serving as publisher of The Daily Herald in Columbia, Tennessee for GateHouse Media. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice-president of CNHI and as publisher of the Glasgow, KY Daily Times. “I’m excited to begin my new role with the company and work with some very talented professionals throughout our organization. Since joining, Lakeway I have come to appreciate the universal commitment to serving our communities and the passion our team has for community journalism,’ Ponder said. “In his time with Lakeway, Keith has been a tremendous leader on our team, and I look forward to collaborating with him moving forward,” Fishman said.
Asst. Vice President of Lakeway Publishers of Middle TN, Asst. Publisher of the Tullahoma News
Jeff Fishman is Vice President of the Middle Tennessee group of newspaper and Vice President of Lakeway Publishers, Inc. Jeff received his BS degree in Communications and Media studies from East Tennessee State University. He has served as president of the Tennessee Press Association; served on the Board of Directors of the National Newspaper Association, and on the Board of Tennessee Press Service. He has served on the vestry of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and resides in Tullahoma with his wife, Karen and one son. He is active in the community and serves on many local boards, he is a past president of the Tullahoma Chamber of Commerce, and the Coffey County as well as the Tullahoma Industrial Board, and is a past president of the Arnold Community Council and presently is a trustee on the Motlow State Community College Foundation.
Controller - Lakeway Publishers, Inc. Deborah Wimsatt was with the Tullahoma News since 1991. She began in Human Resources and has been the Accounting Office Manager for the past 10 years. Deborah and her husband Joe have been married for 28 years and have two daughters, Katie, 23, and Lisa, 18.
VP of Circulation
Don Lovelace is VP of Circulation and oversees Distribution & Marketing of all Lakeway newspapers and magazines. Don has served as Chairman of the Tennessee Press Association Circulation Committee from 2008-2019. Don has served as President of the non-profit Friends of Panther Creek State Park since 2014. Lovelace has been a member of the Southern Circulation Managers Association since 1995. Don began his career with Morris Communications in Augusta Georgia in 1989 as a District Manager. Lovelace moved to Tennessee in his current position in 2005. Don is married to Katja, and they have 3 children Trey, Trent & Nina. They have 2 grandchildren Levi and Aurora. Don and his family attend Arrowhead Church in Morristown TN.
Advertising Director – Middle TN
Joe Martin is the Advertising Director for the Middle Tennessee Group of Lakeway Publishers, Inc. Joe began his career with Lakeway in 2005 as a sales representative but quickly moved into his current position. He graduated from Hendersonville High School just out of Nashville in 1988 and continued on at Volunteer State Community College for two years. He is very active in his community in Tullahoma where he is on the Tullahoma Chamber of Commerce Board and has been past president of the ambassador program the chamber offers. He is also the Field Director for the Tullahoma Soccer Association and has coached many teams over the last 8 years. He is a current board member on the Coffee County Leadership team as well as a past graduate of the association. He moved to Tullahoma in 1996 and was married to his wife in 2005. He now has three children of all ages end enjoys spending his free time with his family at the soccer fields.
Vice President of Lakeway Publishers of Virginia
Cathy Gerring serves as Vice President of the newspapers in Virginia. This includes the Northern Neck News, Northumberland Echo, Westmoreland News and The Central Virginian. She began her career with Lakeway in 2002 as a graphic designer at The Central Virginian. After three years, she was transferred to The Herald-Progress to oversee all aspects of sales, design, editing and layout. While there, she effectively built, motivated and directed design & production teams. In 2007, she moved to Maryland where she served as the Advertising Director for a publishing company. Cathy returned to Virginia in March of 2013 to build a new home in Tappahannock. She came back to work for Lakeway and shortly after was promoted to publisher. She has won numerous Virginia Press Association awards for advertising design and magazine layout. Wife and mother of two sons, she enjoys fishing, swimming, music, and spending time with her family.
Human Resources Manager
Anita has been with Lakeway Publishers for over 14 years and has served as the Human Resources Manager since Feb. 2019. Anita previously worked within Lakeway Publishers as an Administrative Assistant at the Citizen Tribune since April 2006.
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Cathi joined Lakeway Publishers in 2007 with a positive upbeat attitude that has proven to help her achieve her team and individual goals. She is a strong leader and is a powerhouse in developing and motivating her employees. Cathi has owned and/or managed 5 profitable wholesale businesses along her career and has a strong background in sales to prove it. She strives to be the best every day. She was named Classified Queen for Lakeway Publishers in 20-15 when a challenge was issued to the whole company and she sold more Statewide Classifieds than anyone for the year with her out of the box ideas and strong customer service. Cathi is a presence in her community and is always involved in local festivals, celebrations, county fairs and was President of the Clay County Cattleman’s Association as well as a Girl Scout Leader.
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