Our Team

 

LEADERSHIP TEAM


John Featherston

John E. Featherston | Founder, President & CEO

John E. Featherson launched RISMedia in 1980, and it has since become the leader in real estate information, servicing more than 500,000 of the residential real estate industry’s most productive and successful agents, brokers and related service professionals. A thought leader and frequent speaker, Featherston was awarded the 2015 RE/MAX “On the Shoulders of Giants” Award, recognizing his longtime support of the real estate industry.


Maria Patterson

Maria Patterson | Executive Editor

Maria Patterson has more than 30 years of experience in executive positions within B2B publishing, 18 of which have been spent as RISMedia’s Executive Editor, overseeing the creation and direction of RISMedia’s award-winning print and digital content, as well as providing strategic planning for RISMedia events. A graduate of NYU’s journalism school, she previously served as editor-in-chief at Miller Freeman in NYC.

FUN FACT: Nature-lover and nerd, when not leading the editorial team, you can find Maria hiking, composting or buried in a book, jotting down new vocabulary words.

PHONE: 203-523-3727


Jay Featherston

Jay Featherston | Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

As SVP Corporate Development Jay leads the firm’s efforts in developing new products, expanding existing strategic relationships, and managing the transformation of RISMedia’s operations. Jay comes from Remedy Partners, a transformational value-based healthcare, where he held multiple positions during the company’s significant growth up until its acquisition by New Mountain Capital and Signify Health.

FUN FACT: There is nothing fun about Jay and there certainly aren’t any facts.


Ed Kingston

Ed Kingston | Chief Information Officer

Ed Kingston is the CIO at RISMedia where he provides direction for information technology and oversees the day-to-day operations of the company’s technical assets. Ed has over 30 years of IT experience and has been in leadership positions for the last 20 years. He holds a BS degree in Business and Computer Science from The University of Bridgeport University as well as an MBA from Indiana University.

FUN FACT: Ed likes to spend his free time golfing, playing classic rock, jazz and blues on the piano, and rooting for the Mets.


Kelli McKenna

Kelli McKenna | Senior Vice President, Creative & Marketing

As Senior Vice President of Creative & Marketing, Kelli McKenna is responsible for overseeing all corporate creative and marketing initiatives. Kelli joined RISMedia in 2003 and has guided the creative direction of RISMedia’s print and digital products, live and virtual events, and marketing campaigns. Kelli graduated from Rhode Island College with a B.A. in Public & Professional Communication.

FUN FACT: You can find Kelli enjoying time with her husband and sons at the skatepark or watching reruns of Barefoot Contessa.


EDITORIAL


Maria Patterson

Maria Patterson | Executive Editor

Maria Patterson has more than 30 years of experience in executive positions within B2B publishing, 18 of which have been spent as RISMedia’s Executive Editor, overseeing the creation and direction of RISMedia’s award-winning print and digital content, as well as providing strategic planning for RISMedia events. A graduate of NYU’s journalism school, she previously served as editor-in-chief at Miller Freeman in NYC.

FUN FACT: Nature-lover and nerd, when not leading the editorial team, you can find Maria hiking, composting or buried in a book, jotting down new vocabulary words.

PHONE: 203-523-3727


Beth McGuire | Vice President, Online Editorial

Recently promoted to Vice President, Online Editorial, Beth McGuire oversees the editorial direction and content of RISMedia’s websites, and its daily, weekly and monthly newsletters. Through her two decades with the company, she has also contributed her range of editorial and creative skills to the company’s publications, content marketing platforms, events and more.

FUN FACT: Whenever time permits, Beth enjoys spending time with her family at their lake house in Vermont.

PHONE: (203) 523-3723


Paige Tepping

Paige Tepping | Managing Editor

As RISMedia’s Managing Editor, Paige Tepping oversees the monthly editorial and layout for Real Estate magazine, working with clients to bring their stories to life. She also contributes to both the writing and editing of the magazine’s content. Paige has been with RISMedia since 2007.

FUN FACT: Paige appeared on an episode of celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s “3 Days to Open” TV show. Flay was serving up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup in Stamford, Connecticut, as he helped launch the city’s Melt Mobile food truck.

PHONE: 203-523-3731


Caysey Welton

Caysey Welton | Content Director

Caysey Welton is Content Director at RISMedia. In his role he provides strategic insights on content positioning and packaging in order to boost audience engagement. Prior to joining RISMedia, Caysey served as Content Director at Folio: magazine, where he established himself as a publishing industry expert, and frequently spoke on industry trends and market dynamics. He earned his BS in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University.

FUN FACT: When Caysey isn’t thinking of the best ways to engage audiences, he likes to spend his time brewing beer and roasting coffee (and sometimes blending them).

PHONE: 203-523-3726


Liz Dominguez

Liz Dominguez | Senior Online Editor

Liz Dominguez is RISMedia’s Senior Online Editor. She compiles RISMedia’s daily newsletters, reports on breaking news and is generally jumping in wherever editorial assistance is needed. Liz’s goals are continuous learning and storytelling that resonates with readers. She’s currently pursuing her Master’s in Journalism from Harvard Extension School.

FUN FACT: When she’s not furiously typing away, she’s spending her time outdoors, either camping or hiking, with her husband, Mike, and rescue Cattle dog, Piper.

PHONE: 203-523-3746


Jameson Doris

Jameson Doris | Blog/Social Media Editor

Jameson Doris is RISMedia’s Blog/Social Media editor. In his role, he manages the company’s Housecall blog and all messaging across social media. Prior to joining RISMedia, he was editorial assistant at min and Folio: magazine, where he helped maintain the publications’ coverage of the media industry. He’s an alumni of the University of Connecticut where he majored in English Literature.

FUN FACT: When he’s not Tweeting about the latest real estate trends, Jameson can be found watching The Office in its entirety for the eighth or ninth time.

PHONE: 203-523-3747


Paige Brown

Paige Brown | Content Editor

As Content Editor, Paige Brown creates, curates, edits and publishes content for RISMedia’s ACESocial platform. She also helps develop marketing materials and email campaigns, as well as online news, blogs and profiles for Real Estate magazine. Paige graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations.

FUN FACT: Outside of the office, Paige enjoys cruising the beach in her Jeep and watching endless reruns of Gilmore Girls.

PHONE: 203-523-3758


Jordan Grice

Jordan Grice | Associate Online Editor

As an Associate Online Editor, Jordan Grice produces a mix of content and reports for RISMedia’s online publication, daily newsletters and Real Estate magazine. He also plays a role in writing, editing and publishing content featured in RISMedia’s RealEdge Podcast page. Prior to joining RISMedia, Jordan has served as a journalist for Hearst Connecticut Media Group, The Republican and Local Voice Media (now Local Daily Media).

FUN FACT: When he isn’t tracking down stories, Jordan enjoys Crossfit, watching live stand-up comedy.

PHONE: 203-523-3740


Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams | Associate Online Editor

As an Associate Content Editor, Jesse is responsible for creating both long and short-form content across RISMedia platforms, including pursuing new angles and investigative pieces on real estate industry news. Prior to joining RISMedia, Jesse wrote for community news organizations around Connecticut, including Shore Publishing and TriCorner News, as well as working in research for ESPN.

FUN FACT: Jesse hitchhiked a good portion of the contiguous United States in his youth. Today he enjoys noise music, cooking and most video games.

PHONE: 203-523-3738


SALES


Kara Stripay

Kara Stripay | Senior Vice President, Sales

With more than 19 years of experience in advertising sales at RISMedia, Kara Stripay is a Senior Vice President for more than 30 executive clients advertising across RISMedia’s product and events. Her industry-leading clientele spans several sectors within the real estate industry including coaching, technology, marketing and large national brokerage firms. Kara received her B.S. in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Connecticut.

FUN FACT: When Kara’s not talking to prospects or clients you can find her reading or spending time with her husband and 2 daughters, preferably at the beach.

PHONE: 203-523-3730


Anne Kraft

Anne Kraft | Senior Vice President, Sales

Senior Vice President of Sales, Anne Kraft, joined RISMedia in 2009, bringing over 10 years of experience in providing marketing and tech solutions to agents and brokers. In addition to helping top brokerages with content and engagement solutions, Anne also works with corporate marketing partners, providing campaign strategies to help them communicate their value to RISMedia’s readership. Anne earned a B.S. in Communications from LaSalle University.

FUN FACT: Anne was a member of the inaugural NWFL Women’s Professional Football league, and is now an avid golfer.

PHONE: 203-523-3757


Colleen Featherston | Director, Business Development

Director of Business Development, Colleen Featherston, has been with RISMedia since 2019. Colleen helps promote and manage RISMedia’s ACESocial Enterprise clients. She is also an integral member of the team that coordinates RISMedia’s annual virtual and networking events.

PHONE: 203-523-3724


CREATIVE SERVICES & MARKETING


Kelli McKenna

Kelli McKenna | Senior Vice President, Creative & Marketing

As Senior Vice President of Creative & Marketing, Kelli McKenna is responsible for overseeing all corporate creative and marketing initiatives. Kelli joined RISMedia in 2003 and has guided the creative direction of RISMedia’s print and digital products, live and virtual events, and marketing campaigns. Kelli graduated from Rhode Island College with a B.A. in Public & Professional Communication.

FUN FACT: You can find Kelli enjoying time with her husband and sons at the soccer field or watching reruns of Barefoot Contessa.


Philip Lodato

Philip Lodato | Marketing Director

With over 10 years of expertise in developing sales and marketing strategies, Philip Lodato plays a key role in RISMedia’s corporate campaign development, digital strategy and maximizing RISMedia clients’ reach and engagement. He was formerly chief marketing officer for the iconic Connecticut-based home design retailer United House Wrecking.

FUN FACT: Philip is always picking up new hobbies, anything from learning to play a new instrument to light automotive repairs is fair game.


Brit Owen

Brit Owen | Email Marketing Specialist

Brit Owen is RISMedia’s Email Marketing Specialist where she collaborates with the editorial team to create email campaigns, as well as analyzes campaign data to understand performance. Before RISMedia, Brit worked as a digital marketer for the cybersecurity, healthcare, sports and entertainment, aviation and IT industries. She earned her degree in Communications with a minor in Marketing from Central Connecticut State University.

FUN FACT: Brit has been an avid athlete, playing softball, tennis, dancing, wakeboarding and skysking. In 2012, she tried out for the Boston Celtic’s dance team.


Susanne Dwyer

Susanne Dwyer | Production Manager

As Production Manager at RISMedia for the past 18 years, Susanne Dwyer is responsible for ensuring both the digital soundness and correct placement of ads in Real Estate magazine. She also executes all editorial corrections for the magazine, processes magazine files for print and online, and assists with event-related responsibilities. Susanne received her B.A. in English from the College of New Rochelle.

FUN FACT: Susanne’s nicknames in the office are “Dwyer,” “Big D.,” and “Sus.” No one has called her “Susanne” in 17 years. She enjoys reading and long walks with her partner and rescued Golden/Duck-Tolling Retriever, Grady.


Janet Yung-Balbin

Janet Yung-Balbin | Associate Designer

Janet Yung-Balbin is RISMedia’s Designer. In her role, she designs marketing materials for the company’s events and products as well as Real Estate Magazine. Janet also designs and codes HTML email campaigns and newsletters, and the company’s website. Janet graduated from SUNY Purchase College with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design.

FUN FACT: When Janet isn’t creating graphics, she likes to stare at her red-eared slider turtle, CC, for inspiration and enjoys crafting turtle projects.


Liz Ruggiero

Liz Ruggiero | Digital Content Specialist

As a Digital Content Specialist, Liz Ruggiero’s main focus is creating consumer-focused content, including videos and infographics, designed for social media platforms. She also produces the company’s virtual event-based video content. Liz Graduated from Manhattanville College with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies, with minors in Music and Photography.

FUN FACT: Liz is an artist who enjoys experimenting with different types of media, from drawing and painting to graphic design and photography.


Aidan Whalen | Video Content Specialist

Aidan Whalen joined RISMedia in 2019 and produces consumer-focused media, specifically on luxury branded content. He specializes in video and shoots as well as directs our RISMedia Headliners series. Aidan also helped produce RISMedia’s live-streamed events in 2021. Aidan graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2018 with a B.A.in Communication and Media Arts.

FUN FACT: After work, Aidan coaches high school lacrosse and in 2021, helped lead his team to its first Connecticut state championship since 2013.


TECHNOLOGY


Ed Kingston

Ed Kingston | Chief Information Officer

Ed Kingston is the CIO at RISMedia where he provides direction for information technology and oversees the day-to-day operations of the company’s technical assets. Ed has over 30 years of IT experience and has been in leadership positions for the last 20 years. He holds a BS degree in Business and Computer Science from The University of Bridgeport as well as an MBA from Indiana University.

FUN FACT: Ed likes to spend his free time golfing, playing classic rock, jazz and blues on the piano, and rooting for the Mets.


Kal Salim

Kal Salim | Senior Software Engineer

Kal Salim has over 25 years of professional programming and software engineering experience and extensive background in software engineering with applications ranging from Windows and Linux-based applications to web development. He is a part of the technology team whose role and responsibilities include software architect and design, software development, operational tasks, and maintenance of various applications and systems.

FUN FACT: When he isn’t writing lines of code you can find Kal doing yard work and spending time with his family.


Kevin Kirwan | Senior Web Designer

Kevin Kirwan is RISMedia’s Senior Web Designer. With over 20 years of experience in website, mobile app, content management systems and interactive user-interface design, Kevin specializes in the use of Adobe Software, standards-based HTML and CSS creating SEO-friendly websites and interactive campaigns. Kevin has been with RISMedia since 2011.

FUN FACT: When Kevin isn’t writing a Fun Fact for his bio, he enjoys writing Fun Facts for other people’s bios.


Hema Yemmireddy
 

Hema Yemmireddy | Software Engineer

Hema Yemmireddy has over 10 years of experience in full-stack web development. Her responsibilities include design, development and testing of the RISMedia API services and their integration, client onboarding, building new modules and maintenance of the existing RISMedia products. She works closely with the client operations and the content teams to ensure a seamless experience for the company’s clients. She joined the technology team at RISMedia in 2018.

FUN FACT: You can find Hema enjoying her time with her husband and kids, enjoying Tollywood movies or knitting with her daughter.


Firas Abbas

Firas Abbas | Software Engineer

Firas Abbas has solid experience in full-stack and mobile app development. His responsibilities include building, testing and maintaining web and mobile apps, leading the mobile app development cycle, implementing modern technologies, API development and integration, and Linux administration and maintenance. Firas has been a member of the RISMedia development team since 2019.

FUN FACT: When he’s not coding, he’s playing guitar, and when he’s not playing guitar, he’s at the gym.


Peter Di Salvo

Peter Di Salvo | Client Solutions Director

Peter Di Salvo joined RISMedia in 2011 and enjoys the challenge of merging people with technology. Peter has played a role in every software solution offering since that time. He loves stats and data and like others wears many hats-you might even hear from him about a webinar.

FUN FACT: Peter likes to spend his off time with his rescue pit bull, watching the Mets and blaming his grass allergies for not being able to hit a fairway.

PHONE: 203-852-7208


James Jones

James Jones | IT Manager

Jim Jones joined RISMedia in mid-2007 as the company’s Manager of Information Technology. His background includes over 25 years of experience in the computer industry. Jim’s responsibilities include desktop and software support, network, email and telecommunications support and overall troubleshooting.

FUN FACT: Jim is a self-professed tech junkie. He’s into online gaming, VR and loves building custom PCs just for fun.


CLIENT EXPERIENCE


Brett Johnson

Brett Johnson | VP of Client Experience

As the VP of Client Experience, Brett Johnson is responsible for overseeing RISMedia’s Client Experience Department. In addition, he also helps manage the company’s ACE Enterprise clients, helps coordinate company events, and dabbles in sales and accounting when necessary. Brett started with the company back in 2014.

FUN FACT: Brett decided to enter this world on his own terms and before his parents could make it to the hospital, he ended up being born in a doctor’s office in Darien, CT…minor delays for people going in for a routine checkup!

PHONE: 203-852-7208


Deb Ryan

Deb Ryan | Senior Director, Client Experience and Events

Deb Ryan is the Senior Director of Client Experience and Events, where she manages client media assets across platforms. Previously, she spent more than 10 years in broadcast television’s integrated marketing and events. Deb also shares her professional knowledge with multiple organizations, holding both past chair and board positions with the American Marketing Association, Entrepreneur Women’s Networking Group, FNEW, Fairfield Network of Executive Women and the Norwalk Rotary.

FUN FACT: When Deb is not planning events or managing clients, she enjoys watching baseball and cheering on her two teen sons who play baseball 9 months out of the year. Go Yanks!

PHONE: 203-852-7208


Darcy Sledge

Darcy Sledge | Director, Client Experience and Events

Darcy Sledge serves as Director of Client Experience and Events. She has deep experience in real estate, marketing, strategic planning, sales and finance. Darcy utilizes her skills and experience to act as a strategic partner with media clients, making sure that campaign goals are met and exceeded. She holds a BA from Colby College and an MBA from the University of Houston.

FUN FACT: Darcy loves to travel, and has visited many interesting places. She enjoys water sports, working in the garden and serving the community through several non-profit organizations.

PHONE: 203-852-7208


Kristen Schlesinger

Kristen Schlesinger | Client Services Representative

Kristen acts as a liaison and provides product/services information to clients. She also helps with the company’s ACE Enterprise clients, RISMedia’s webinars and events. Kristen’s background includes 26 years as an Executive assistant for Fortune 500 Companies. She graduated from Roger Williams University with a BA in Psychology.

FUN FACT: Kristen enjoys taking her yearly trip to Block Island in the summer. She also enjoys listening to all different kinds of music and spending time with family.

PHONE: 203-852-7208