Tommie Jo Walker, of the Smith Mountain Eagle, was named Outstanding Young Sales Professional by the Virginia Press Association.

Tommie Jo Walker of the Smith Mountain Eagle was presented the Virginia Press Association’s Outstanding Young Sales Professional award during the association’s virtual 2020 News and Advertising Best in Show awards presentation April 29, 2021.

Walker, 30, joined Womack Publishing Company three years ago, first as a salesperson for the Altavista Journal, before taking on the added responsibility of ad sales at the Times Virginian. Two years ago, she moved on to the advertising department at the Smith Mountain Eagle.

Walker has excelled in building relationships with advertisers at the Smith Mountain Eagle and its two magazines, Lake Life and Real Estate Showcase, wrote Chad Adams, the newspaper’s editor, in his nomination letter.

“Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Walker worked with businesses to keep them on board and brought in new advertisers,” Adams said.

The sales professional is also helping with ad sales at The Times Virginian again, in addition to her responsibilities at the Smith Mountain Eagle.  Several clients heaped praise on Walker, citing her friendly demeanor, quick response and attentiveness.

“Walker is a salesperson who takes initiative and works as long as it takes to satisfy advertisers and close deals,” Adams said.

The Maryland, Delaware, DC Press Association judged the entries. For more information about the contest results, visit