Community Impact Newspaper announces key executive leadership roles

Community Impact Newspaper, an award-winning local news organization with 31 editions in three states, announced the promotions of Claire Love, Will Dahlstrom and Joe Warner to new executive roles within the organization.

Claire Love is the company’s new Chief Information Officer. She has been with CI since 2006—leading the organization’s second newspaper edition. After serving in a variety of roles through the years, Claire was most recently the company’s Chief Operating Officer. She spearheaded the development of the company’s homegrown ERP—called CIIMS (Community Impact Information Management System)—which touches all points of the business from CRM, billing, printing, targeting, design, and editorial management. CIIMS architecture has enabled our company’s ability to scale and has been critical to our unique ability to micro target. Claire’s focus with her team will be to continue development on this proprietary system that will allow for more useful artificial intelligence for internal and external stakeholders.

Will Dahlstrom has been promoted from VP of Manufacturing to Chief Operating Officer. Will joined CI in 2016 and helped build a high-performing team at the subsidiary Community Impact Printing. His ability to find efficiencies throughout the organization and build strong leadership teams has been on display since the end of 2019 when WIll took the role of Integrator as the company adopted the Entrepreneur Operating System to streamline ideas to reality.

Joe Warner has been promoted to the role of Executive Editor. Joe joined CI in 2016 as an editor and was most recently the Managing Editor for the company’s Central Texas operations. Joe brings 32 years of experience to the role and will help the organization continue to grow its unique approach to covering local government, development, local business and infrastructure.

“WIthout question, our strength as an organization starts with our enormous bench of leadership and future leaders who are growing professionally to help our organization move forward during these challenging times,” Community Impact Newspaper owner and CEO John Garrett said. “Claire, Will and Joe have each demonstrated their ability to lead our people through these challenges and I feel extraordinarily blessed to serve with each of them in the years to come.”


Community Impact Newspaper was founded in 2005 by owners John and Jennifer Garrett. Currently, the company has 31 editions in Texas, Arizona, and Tennessee.