Director, LMA Board

Founder and Client Success Officer, Dream Local Digital

Shannon Kinney is Founder and Client Success Officer at Dream Local Digital. Shannon has over 20 years of experience in the development of successful Internet products, online sales and marketing strategies. She has worked on the teams developing successful Internet brands such as, Knight Ridder Digital and over 60 online media properties for newspapers all over the U.S. and Canada. Prior to that, she spent over 10 years in media sales and sales management in Maine. She is an experienced speaker, trainer, advisor and consultant, and has worked with small and large companies alike, and has served more than 41,000 small businesses in online marketing workshops. She has been recognized as a Woman to Watch by Maine Biz, and as a Local Digital Innovator by the Local Media Association.

Barnes, who is also publisher of a group of community newspapers in Tennessee, is a former president of the Tennessee Press Association and current president of the American Court & Commercial Newspapers.

Barnes is the author of four novels, including The City Where We Once Lived, Above the Ether and Something Pretty, Something Beautiful, Something Beautiful and has also had more than 40 short stories published in journals and anthologies including the Best American series.

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