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Executive Management

JF_headshotJohn E. Featherston, Founder, CEO & Publisher

John Featherston founded RISMedia in 1980 as the residential real estate industry premier source for news and information to the residential real estate, relocation and home services industries. Under Featherston’s leadership, RISMedia has become the leading media organization for breaking news and analysis as well as educational and networking events and marketing and branding solutions for the leading real estate and home services companies throughout the United States. A graduate of Iona College, Featherston is active in several charities locally and worldwide. He and his wife, Sheila reside in Westport, Connecticut with their six children. Contact John Featherston at (800) 724-6000 or john@rismedia.com.

Darryl MacPhearsonDarryl D. MacPherson, Executive Vice President

Darryl MacPherson is executive vice president of RISMedia. He is responsible for overall product development, sales, marketing and strategic initiatives of the organization. With more than 25 years of professional sales, management and recruitment experience, MacPherson has managed diversified service programs represented by senior level executives within Corporate America Fortune 1000.

A cum laude graduate of Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, MacPherson is a licensed Realtor-Associate in the state of New Jersey. He and his wife Nancy have three children and reside in Fairfield, Connecticut. Contact Darryl MacPherson at (800) 724-6000 or darryl@rismedia.com.

Editorial, Production, Design & Web Technologies

Maria Patterson

Maria Patterson, Executive Editor

As executive editor, Maria oversees all print and online trade and consumer content for RISMedia, including Real Estate magazine, the monthly Power Broker Report digital newsletter, RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Report & Survey, and a variety of special-interest publications, including research reports and industry white papers. A part of the RISMedia organization for more than 10 years, Maria is also integrally involved in the creation and planning of RISMedia events, including the annual Power Broker Forum, Reception & Dinner, and RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange. A graduate of New York University’s School of Journalism, Maria brings more than 20 years of writing and publishing experience to RISMedia. Contact Maria at (800) 724-6000 ext. 127 or maria@rismedia.com.

Beth McGuireBeth McGuire, Online Managing Editor

As online managing editor, Beth McGuire oversees the editorial direction and content as well as the overall look and feel and functionality of RISMedia’s websites, including RISMedia.com, Pop-a-Note.com, RREIN.rismedia.com and REsource.rismedia.com. She also oversees the content and distribution of the company’s 10 daily and monthly online newsletters distributed to nearly 400,000 B2B and B2C subscribers. With RISMedia for 14 years, Beth also regularly contributes her range of editorial skills to all of RISMedia’s publications, industry reports and events. Beth graduated from the University of New Haven with a B.A. in Music and Sound Recording, with a focus on Publishing, and has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years.

Please contact Beth for any online editorial requests, PR and e-News subscription matters at (800) 724-6000 ext. 123 or beth@rismedia.com.

Paige TeppingPaige Tepping, Managing Editor

As Managing editor at RISMedia, Paige Tepping contributes to both the writing and editing for Real Estate Magazine. She is also responsible for compiling, formatting, and editing content for the Daily e-News online newsletter, distributed to over 500,000 subscribers, as well as RISMedia’s Web site, rismedia.com, and RISMedia’s consumer newsfeeds.

Contact Paige Tepping at (800)724-6000 ext. 131 or by e-mail, paige@rismedia.com.

zoe2Zoe Eisenberg, Associate Editor, RISMedia.com and Real Estate magazine

As associate editor, Zoe compiles, formats and edits RISMedia’s daily e-News online newsletters and consumer news feeds, which go out to over 500,000 subscribers. Zoe also writes for Real Estate magazine and RISMedia.com, and contributes to the editorial process of both platforms. In addition to her editorial duties, Zoe helps manage RISMedia’s social media. Contact Zoe at 203 855 1234 extension 142, or email her at Zoe@rismedia.com.

NC_headshotNick Caruso, Senior Editor

Nick has been writing and editing for Real Estate magazine, and contributing to our daily e-News since 2010. He enjoys writing for RISMedia’s Great Spaces and covering the latest industry technology trends. He also helps manage the company’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. After studying media and journalism at Fairfield University, where he held a post as the Entertainment Editor of the student-run paper, Nick received a Master’s in Interactive Communication at Quinnipiac University. When he’s not writing about real estate, he tackles all things entertainment on his blog.

s_de_vitaSuzanne De Vita

As Online Associate Editor, Suzanne manages industry engagement through RISMedia’s social media channels, real estate blogs, forums and discussion boards. She regularly contributes to RISMedia’s blog, Housecall,  assembles client consumer feeds and contributes editorial and support to RISMedia’s content marketing platforms, Pop-a-Note and RREIN.  In addition, she is responsible for tracking and analyzing social networking metrics. She received her BA in Communications from Quinnipiac University. To connect with Suzanne, call (800) 724-6000 ext. 141 or email sdevita@rismedia.com.

kevin 100 x 119Kevin Kirwan, Senior Web Designer

Kevin Kirwan is a Senior Web Designer with nearly 20 year’s experience in website, mobile app, content management system and interactive user-interface design. Kevin specializes in the use of standards-based HTML, CSS and JavaScript to create SEO-friendly websites and interactive campaigns. Kevin has been part of RISMedia since 2011.



Christy LaSalle, Art Director

As RISMedia art director, Christy LaSalle is responsible for the overall look and feel of RISMedia’s persona. With nearly 10 years with the company, Christy has been designing Real Estate magazine and the annual Power Broker Report & Survey from cover to cover for over five years. Christy has also helped introduce new products including the Power Broker Network Report, The Power  Report and Local Area Homebuyers Guidebooks. She also contributes her artistic talents to RISMedia online design initiatives.

Please contact Christy with any questions regarding artwork or design at (800) 724-6000 ext. 126 or Christy@rismedia.com.

Susanne Dwyer

Susanne Dwyer, Production Manager

As the production manager, Susanne Dwyer is responsible for the placement of ads in Real Estate magazine. She has been with RISMedia for over 6 years. Please contact Susanne if you need assistance with creating digital files for placement in the magazine or for information pertaining to ad specs and deadlines.

She can be reached at (800) 724-6000 ext. 128 or susanned@rismedia.com.

Kelli Cahill McKennaKelli McKenna, Senior Designer

As senior designer Kelli McKenna is responsible for the design and production of RISMedia Real Estate magazine as well as the full scope of promotional materials for RISMedia. She has been with RISMedia since 2003.

Contact Kelli McKenna at (800) 724-6000 ext. 125 or kelli@rismedia.com.


Sales and Account Management

a_kraft_headshotAnne Kraft, Senior Vice President, Sales

Anne Kraft joined RISMedia in 2009, bringing with her over 10 years’ experience in the real estate industry in providing marketing and technology solutions to agents and brokers throughout the United States. As Senior Vice President of Sales, Anne was brought on board to help grow the RISMedia Top 5 in Real Estate Network, RREIN Broker Network, and has transitioned to also work with RISMedia’s corporate marketing partners, providing content and engagement solutions. Anne earned a B.S in Communications from LaSalle University. Contact Anne at akraft@rismedia.com.

KS_headshotKara Stripay, Senior Vice President, Sales

With more than 12 years of experience in advertising sales at RISMedia, Kara Stripay is a National Account Manager for more than 30 executive clients advertising in Real Estate magazine, RISMedia’s Daily e-News and the company’s national corporate events and sponsorships. Her industry-leading clientele spans several sectors within the real estate industry including coaching, technology, direct mail marketing and large national brokerage firms. In her role, Kara has been breaking new advertising ground with her involvement in the development of a customized digital magazine, which RISMedia distributes as a co-branded product to over 10,000 members of a nationally recognized coaching firm. Kara received her B.S. in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Connecticut. Contact Kara Stripay at (800)724-6000 ext 130 or kara@rismedia.com.



Patty Sinisko, Client Relations Manager

In her role as client relations manager, Patty serves as the liaison between RISMedia and its clients, responsible for overseeing the various components of a client’s contract, including ad trafficking, event sponsorship, online initiatives and editorial coverage. As point person, Patty interacts with all RISMedia departments to quickly resolve all client concerns and requests. A part of the RISMedia team for more than six years, Patty formerly held positions within the accounting and customer service divisions.

Contact Patty Sinisko at (800) 724-6000 ext. 149 or patty@rismedia.com.

RV_headshotRandi Vannucchi, RREIN Network Manager

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Randi Vannucchi joined RISMedia in 2010 and currently manages the RISMedia Real Estate Information Network (RREIN). Licensed as a Broker in both Connecticut and Florida, Randi was an award-winning salesperson and sales manager for William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, prior to joining RISMedia. Randi has also owned and operated several real estate offices. Contact Randi at randiv@rismedia.com

PD_headshotPeter Di Salvo, Director of Member Relations, RREIN, Top 5

Peter Di Salvo, Director of Member Relations at RISMedia enjoys the challenge of merging people with technology. He brings fourteen years of tech experience and ten years in sales and client relations. Peter is trying to get back into running when he is not out walking his rescue pit bull, watching the Mets, or helping nonprofits with their websites.


Information Technology

James JonesJames Jones, Information Technology Manager

James Jones joined RISMedia in mid 2007 as the company’s Manager of Information Technology. Jim’s background includes over 18 years of experience in the computer industry. Jim’s responsibilities include database administration and management, desktop support, and website support/maintenance.

For questions regarding RISMedia’s data management or other technology-related issues, please contact Jim at (800) 724-6000, ext. 129 or jim@rismedia.com.



Alice Heffron, Administrative Assistant

Alice Heffron has been RISMedia’s receptionist and data entry assistant for over 21 years. Also as circulation manager, Alice manages Real Estate magazine subscriptions as well as subscriptions to RISMedia’s Power Broker Network Report for top brokers and Power Report.

To subscribe to any of our print publications, for general questions about RISMedia or to be directed to a specific department, contact Alice Heffron at (800)724-6000 or alice@rismedia.com.

RIS Consulting Group


John Sculley, Vice President & Managing Director

At RIS Consulting Group since 1995, John Sculley designs and leads all RIS advisory, research and change management projects for corporate relocation programs and related services. He was formerly a vice president at a major relocation management company and at an international consulting firm, specializing in corporate location decisions and economic development.He was also executive director/CEO of a major Connecticut not-for-profit. He is the recipient of the Certified Relocation Professional designation (1990), the Meritorious Service Award (1997) and the President’s Award (2006) from the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council. He currently serves on the ERC’s national Task Force on Mobility Procurement and on the Board of Directors for the New England Relocation Association. A graduate of Bucknell University, John lives in New Milford, Connecticut. He and wife Mary have three daughters and a grandson. Contact John Sculley at (800) 724-6000 ext. 145 or johnsculley@rismedia.com.


Peg Guinta, CRP, Projects Director

Peg Guinta is involved in the RISCG broad range of independent relocation consulting services for corporate clients and relocation service companies. Projects include market research and reporting; service satisfaction program management; relocation program analysis and design and policy writing. Peg joined RISCG in 1996 as a manager after 15+ years in various relocation management mortgage service positions. She is a Certified Relocation Professional (CRP), a member of the Employee Relocation Council (ERC) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Contact Peg Guinta at (800) 724-6000 ext. 148 or peg@rismedia.com.

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