As a busy working mom of two, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee developed a strong passion for technologies that simplify consumer experiences, so people have more time for the parts of their lives not behind a screen. She contributes our List column in each issue and her vision is for Rank & Style to give people back the time they waste digging through endless fashion resources to find the products they like. Chandlee is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is grateful to be able to help people outside the office through her participation in social impact organizations including The Seton Fund, MJ&M, Dell Children’s Council, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, UT College of Natural Sciences and Human Ecology and the Longhorn Foundation.
Native Texan Geoff Connor, PhD. is a lawyer, historian, and former Texas Secretary of State. He is the author of The Rise of Houston as a Global City, to be published in 2020 by Texas A&M University Press. The book reveals the personalities and circumstances that transformed Houston into an international city. Connor’s article in this month’s issue, The Verve of Victor, illustrates one of those stars of Houston…and Texas. Photo by Gray Hawn.
This month’s cover and feature photographer of Lynn Wyatt, in Queen Bee, is John Conroy. His experience as a successful international model led him to launch his career as a professional photographer. His images appeared in advertisements for Neiman Marcus and Calvin Klein and graced the covers and pages of Men’s Health and GQ. Conroy has shot a broad spectrum of personalities and heroes—from Grammy® winners to Olympic gold medalists. From high fashion to high voltage, he has the distinct ability to make his clients and subjects feel at ease while simultaneously keeping them totally involved in the image they create together.
Lori Duran has had a diverse career and currently researches interesting historical stories of social changes. This has been her life-long passion. Duran serves on the board of directors for the Austin History Center Association where she is involved coordinating volunteers and helping the Oral History Committee. She also writes articles for Society Texas and other publications, and recently authored the book, Austin’s Travis Heights Neighborhood. She is currently finishing her second book, The University of Texas at Austin: The First One Hundred Years.
Certified professional life coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night, and author of the book Being In The Room (available at Amazon.com), Associate Publisher and Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli is a man of many interests. He loves sharing how Texans so generously and passionately give back to the community they love. Giardinelli weaves interesting social commentary that showcases those who work tirelessly to raise awareness of important issues in the state and beyond.
Our newest editorial assistant is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Human Development with a focus on childhood development. Originally from Fort Worth, she loves all things fashion and art. While still in high school, she started her own art business, where she created and sold her own artwork. In this issue, Greve contributes to our Exhibit column with her recommendations of the best-curated happenings in the state.
ANA BRIBIESCA HOFF
Writer and enthusiast of all things beauty, fashion, travel and healthy living-related, our Glow beauty contributor Ana Bribiesca Hoff is currently working in the higher education non-profit sector and in launching AnaBribs.com. In this new lifestyle blog, she plans to share her passions, experiences, tips and sneak peeks inside her life, while hoping to share large doses of inspiration.
Tori Johnson, who contributes to our luxe gift feature in this issue, is the founder of sTORIbook Public Relations and a fashion and lifestyle blogger of ThesTORIbook.com. She is also a successful commercial and editorial stylist. Johnson has been voted San Antonio Fashion Blogger of the Year and has worked with a bevy of top names including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Lancôme, Armani Exchange, and many more.
Mallory Miller, who was the production assistant on our cover story, Queen Bee, is a graduate of The University of Texas and former Brilliant magazine intern. She spent close to a decade in New York, spanning the PR, hospitality, and publishing industries with numerous roles overseeing partnerships, marketing, and events at Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Teen Vogue, and Brides. Mallory returned to Austin in 2018 to be closer to family after battling a benign brain tumor that was successfully removed. Because of this experience, Mallory has a passion for wellness and balanced living. A self-described former Diet-Coked out PR chick, she now craves green juice and matcha. She loves yoga and running, re-purposing her grandmother’s frocks from the 60s, travel, and champagne…at any hour. Join her adventures at @malmeezy
Creative Director and digital media personality Eleanora Morrison is a native of San Antonio. She has over a decade of experience as a print and digital editor, and became a digital creator in 2015. ELEANORA, her award-winning independent digital media platform entertains, empowers and unites its community through larger-than-life storytelling and inspired creative content, connecting with audiences throughout Texas and beyond. Follow along on social media @eleanoramorrison and discover more at EleanoraMorrison.com.
Our Associate Editor Leanne Raesener was formerly the city editor for both Brilliant and The Society Diaries magazines. Although, a fifth-generation Texan who was raised in Austin, she spent most of her career in Manhattan, before we were fortunate to have her back in the Lone Star State. After working at Goldman Sachs in Charitable Giving for many years, it only deepened her interest in philanthropy. She supports many charities but holds most near and dear to her heart, her brother Jack Frederick Raesener’s Scholarship Fund, Ballet Austin, and NYU FACES. Her love of life, generosity, creative style, and wordsmithing are a winning combination.
Jay Remer, Canada’s Etiquette Guy, catered his first dinner party at the age of 14 and hasn’t looked back since. Raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Remer emigrated to Saint Andrews, NB, Canada where he owns and operates The Windsor House, an 18th Century inn. A proud graduate of the Protocol School of Washington, Remer now speaks, writes and teaches civility. His book, The Six Pillars of Civility, is scheduled for release in 2020.
Our talented and terrifically connected Associate Editor Jennifer Roosth is a Houston-based writer who never ceases to be amazed by the wonderfully generous spirit of the Houston philanthropic community. “It’s nice to live in a city where so many are excited about giving back,” she says, “In the process, they throw some mighty fine parties.”
A makeup artist by trade, Tonya Riner’s client list is packed with the who’s who in fashion, sports, and entertainment, including Kate Upton, Heidi Klum, Elle McPherson, and Simone Biles. She has spent the last 25 years as a beauty industry insider, working from fashion shoots to runways; however, she still enjoys private commissions to work with her clients one-on-one. She loves being able to “connect with extraordinary people, from all walks of life.” Follow her at @tonya.riner. Photo by Jenny Antill.
Founder and CEO Lesa Rossick of Austin based Market Ambassador, loves to build brands and empower entrepreneurs of large corporations in their digital marketing presence. In addition to website development and content marketing, she dines at the hottest new restaurants to find Top 20 experiences for her Keep Austin Eatin’™ blog, contributes to our Savor column, and supports Society Texas with her digital media talents. Outside of business, Rossick’s biggest passion is working alongside her husband Bill in their philanthropy efforts.
Summar Salah styles style icon Lynn Wyatt in this issue’s cover feature shoot, Queen Bee. She brings the world of fashion to her hometown of Houston and has 20 years of experience working as a fashion stylist with top commercial, editorial, and print clients. Salah’s client list includes Adidas, Mercedes Benz, Visa, Reliant, Toyota, Russell Athletics, Procter & Gamble, Southern Living Magazine, People Magazine, and Weddings in Houston, to name a few.
Our new Drive section contributor is Michael Satterfield, an award-winning journalist, traveler, photographer, and lifelong automotive enthusiast who has been featured in Forbes, Hot Rod Magazine, A-Cars, Easy Riders, and many other publications. He founded popular men’s lifestyle site TheGentlemanRacer.com as a blog in 2002, which has grown to become an online and print magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month.
Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural trainer and modern manners expert. She is the resident etiquette expert on two popular lifestyle shows: ABC Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend and CBS Austin’s We Are Austin. Her Amazon #1 best-selling book on International Business, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, now in its third printing, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. She’s a winner of the British Airways International Trade Award at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards. Photo by Korey Howell.
A partner at Gangway Advertising, Dallas-based Cynthia Smoot, creates buzz for some of the city’s hottest brands through interactive social media strategies and public relations for the firm’s lifestyle clients. She is the go-to resource for what’s happening and who you need to know in Dallas. Through her popular lifestyle blog, OhSoCynthia.com readers get the latest scoop and inside information on fashion, food, philanthropy, events, and celebrity and reality TV news. Smoot describes her blog as “a love letter to the city of Dallas” and enjoys taking readers along for the ride as she experiences all that the city has to offer.
ROSE BETTY WILLIAMS
Wherever there is a wonderful party, there is usually Associate Editor social chronicler Rose Betty Williams. This month she writes about a wedding in Nevis and the Helping Hand Crystal Ball. She also leads symposia, plans events, serves on boards, and supports organizations from OperaAmerica to the Helping Hand Home for Children and facilitates networking for project and product development. Williams is a longtime Austin resident, freelance writer, and photographer with a passion for fine art, music, wine, books, tennis, food, and life…and a deep love for her family and community.