When I told people on Facebook last week that the Jackson Free Press just promoted Kimberly Griffin to associate publisher to become our top manager, media-diversity columnist Richard Prince saw the post and featured it on his widely read Journal-isms site where he posts about diversity in the journalism industry. We appreciate Richard, whom I've known for a long time through media-diversity work, for noticing and choosing to recognize this lovely woman, whom I've grown to love and cherish as a leader and as a friend.
We are thrilled to promote Kimberly into this top business position in our company. Kimberly first came to us about nine years ago for a part-time distribution job. She quickly grew into a sales representative and then when co-founder Stephen Barnette left the advertising-director position to pursue his lighting business (see his amazing work at the Best of Jackson party on Jan. 29), Kimberly quickly rose to take over that spot. Kimberly is a wonderful, accomplished and very-funny woman who has an infectious attitude every day and really cares about helping the JFP's marketing partners and advertisers, as well as team members, succeed. She is passionate about locally owned businesses and her hometown. And she cares deeply about our mission of creating diverse publications that help Jackson grow and find solutions to problems, as well as mentoring younger people in Jackson to seize every opportunity and be successful. She is an integral part of the Jackson Free Press family—its heart and soul for so long now.
Kimberly will assume and share more of the responsibilities of Publisher Todd Stauffer, even as she continues managing the sales team and servicing her own marketing clients.