Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee is a 12-year advertising industry veteran and a mom of two. Prior to Rank & Style, she was a leader on Facebook’s retail team where she helped brands connect with their consumers, so consumers in turn could make easier and confident purchasing decisions. As a busy working mom, 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 the new List column in this issue and her vision is for Rank & Style to give people back the time that they waste digging through the 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 of 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.
After finishing her master’s degree at the University of Texas, Lori Duran has had a diverse career. Currently she 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 the volunteers and helping on the Oral History Committee. She also actively participates in the Andrew Carruthers chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Lori Duran loves writing articles for Society Texas magazine, recently authored the book, Austin’s Travis Heights Neighborhood, and in 2019 she is working on her second book, The University of Texas at Austin: The First One Hundred Years.
Whether finding the best restaurant in Venice overlooking the canals or taking a private tour of the Queen’s art collection at Buckingham, our cultural enthusiast and arbiter Jake Gaines, a native Texan, is on the go. Our very own James Bond on the social scene, he will gladly wield his saber to pop open a bottle of Champagne before advancing into a masked ball. His motto? Bring your passport and tuxedo since one never knows what can happen. He’s a handy extra man at a dinner party and is known for his disappearing tablecloth trick. When in doubt, he recommends everyone into the pool for a midnight game of Marco Polo.
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. Giardinelli himself is involved with several philanthropies and loves sharing how Texans so generously and passionately give back to the community they love. He weaves in interesting social commentary that showcases the many who work tirelessly to raise awareness of important issues in the state.
Our Marketplace arts section contributor Patricia Ruiz-Healy holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Latin American Studies, from UT, Austin, and a Master of Arts in Art History from UTSA. She is the author of the recently published book, Mathias Goeritz, the subject of her PH. D. dissertation and of several exhibition catalogues essays. The owner and director of Ruiz-Healy Art, founded in 2004, has curated 99 exhibitions and published 37 exhibitions catalogues. The gallery specializes in contemporary art of Latino and Latin American artists. She has commissioned accomplished writers like Dan Cameron, John Phillip Santos, and other scholars, to write essays for the gallery artist’s catalogue exhibits. As an art historian herself, she sees the importance of documentation and of furthering scholarship.
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, a lifestyle blog where she plans to share her passions, experiences, tips and sneak peeks inside her life hoping to share large doses of inspiration.
Our stylish contributor Tori Johnson, who contributes to our Admire feature in this issue is the owner of sTORIbook Public Relations and is 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.
Our digital director at the helm of SocietyTexas.com and all of our associated social media platforms, Eleanora Morrison has been a writer, blogger and editor for bRILLIANT, The Society Diaries, and additional local and regional print / digital publications, covering events, fashion, culture, weddings and travel. Morrison is the Editor in Chief & Creative Director of ELEANORA, a women’s-centric multimedia storytelling platform, and is Co-Founder and CEO of S.H.E Media, its parent digital media company. Morrison is passionate about cultivating community on social media, and invites you to connect with her and join the conversation @eleanoramorrison.
Our 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.”
Founder and CEO Lesa Rossick, of Market Ambassador based in Austin, loves to build brands and empower entrepreneurs to 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 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.
Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural trainer and modern manners expert. In addition to her accreditation in intercultural management from the Hofstede Centre, she serves as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie on Nat Geo People. 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 Airw
WILLIAM JACK SIBLEY
William Jack Sibley is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter who also manages three South Texas family ranches when not communing with the mountain gorillas in Uganda or ferrying up the Mekong River in Laos. Inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2015, Sibley serves on the TIL Executive Council, Board of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, Board of the Texas Historical Foundation. and Board of GEAA (Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance). In this issue he takes us back to the ‘70s when flying was glamorous in the feature The Art of Flying. His third novel, Here We Go Loop De Loop is coming your way soon. Photography by Josh Huskin.
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, 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.
Jonathan Spindel is a native Austinite with a global appetite for arts and culture. When he’s not searching the world for the best trends to share with our readers, he can be found at local art galleries, music venues, and hip happenings around the capital city. He reports on all that makes us proud to be part of Texas society and is inspired by the unique individuals and organizations he engages as our Associate Editor, highlighting the happenings that bring the best to, and make the most of, our great state.
ROSE BETTY WILLIAMS
Wherever there is a wonderful party, there is usually Associate Editor social chronicler Rose Betty Williams. This month she writes about her five-star adventure in Burgundy, France. 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.