Randy Thompson started VistaGraphics, Inc. in 1985. Today the company has grown into a full-service publishing firm. As the current publisher of more than 33 titles, VistaGraphics, Inc. continues to flourish, thanks to Randy’s understanding that the key to success is dedication and strong leadership. His more than twenty-five years of business experience has taught him that to thrive in the competitive market place, a company must remain flexible and adaptable.
It’s this same concept, combined with his competitive drive that continually encourages the expansion and growth of VistaGraphics. Randy is dedicated to adapting and diversifying the company’s products and titles on a regular basis by launching new hospitality publications, lifestyle magazines and interactive media efforts.
Today, Randy is just as enthusiastic and excited about the changing face of business as he was back in 1985.
Randy is a graduate of James Madison University with an MBA and a BBA in Business Administration.
Paul Brannock has been a member of the VistaGraphics family for more than 20 years and has played a major role in the company's growth, expansion and product development.
Upon graduating from Old Dominion University, Paul signed on as a Visitors Guide Account Executive in our Outer Banks market. Paul's dedication to excellence, combined with his commitment to quality, helped him foster relationships with advertisers, community leaders and hospitality officials that resulted in an increase in the distribution and visibility of the guide throughout the Outer Banks.
By 2000, when the company launched Hampton Roads Magazine, Paul moved to the lifestyle division and has grown and expanded Hampton Roads Magazine for the last decade.
And now as Vice President of Sales and Distribution, Paul contributes to every aspect of the company's daily operations and manages a talented team of sales, circulation, marketing and administrative professionals.
Paul is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a BSBA in Business and a Minor in Marketing.
Jay Bellamy has been a member of the VistaGraphics family for 12 years and has successfully moved up through the ranks to become one of the company's main decision makers.
As Sales Manager for Visitors Guide magazines and Virginia Wine Lover Magazine and as the company's Corporate Trainer, Jay is charged with hiring, training and overseeing all members of the sales team. He sets goals and quotas for each publication and tirelessly works to ensure, foster and support their success.
Currently managing a sales team of 12, Jay is dedicated to helping members of his team defy their personal expectations and face challenges head-on. The dedication and drive for success that Jay exudes is contagious and translates to his staff. He is hands-on with clients and continually works to implement effective advertising methods that will meet their needs.
It is this same determination that enables him to identify new opportunities for our company's growth. He has been instrumental in developing new products, identifying new markets and scoping out burgeoning talent.
During his tenure, Jay has played a fundamental role in revitalizing and growing one of our largest marketsóthe Outer Banksóby providing personalized attention to his clients, emphasizing quality and building relationships.
Jay is a graduate of University of Virginia's College at Wise and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Holly Watters has been at the helm of VistaGraphics production department for nearly 25 years and has successfully built a production and design team that creates beautiful, quality and creative products.
Holly continues to develop the VistaGraphics production department and improve the quality of our publications. Through the years, she has developed an effective and efficient production process that encompasses members of the sales team, the traffic department and printing staff. By fostering strong communication with all parties involved and managing the workflow of more than a dozen employees, she successfully meets and exceeds all of her deadlines while preserving the integrity of the design and the client's brand.
Holly views every title and each client as "most important" and enthusiastically works to exceed goals and expectations. She works with her team of designers to skillfully blend various styles resulting in high quality publications that stand apart from the competition.
Holly is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in Arts.
Angela Blue joined Vista Graphics in 2010 as the assistant editor, and within less than a year, she was promoted to associate and web editor. By 2016 Angela was promoted to Editor In Chief of the company's lifestyle publishing arm to oversee the editorial content for Coastal Virginia Magazine-formerly Hampton Roads Magazine and its ancillary consumer publications, including Coastal Virginia Bride and Coastal Virginia Dish.
She also manages the internship program, reviewing future possible candidates and assigning tasks to current interns, allowing them to gain experience in the magazine industry. Angela is originally from Chase City, VA and moved to Hampton Roads to attend ODU where she obtained a BA in English with an emphasis in Journalism.
David Uhrin has been with a part of the VistaGraphics team since fall of 1996.
In 2001 he took on the role as Art Director for Hampton Roads Magazine now known as Coastal Virginia Magazine, and in 2008 additionally for Virginia Wine Lover. By 2011 he was named Creative Director of VistaGraphics. His newest title involves him once again with the Visitor Guide publications as well as the lifestyle publications he has grown to love over the past 10 years.
David's artistic influence is seen on the covers of the magazines to the editorial layouts and many advertisements within the publications. He has also become familiar behind the lens, as his photos can be seen on the pages of nearly all the publications VistaGraphics publishes.
David obtained his BFA from Kutztown University's Communication Design program in Pennsylvania, with a focus semester at Buckinghamshire, England for editorial design.
Jim Pile has worked for VistaGraphics since 1985. He is responsible for creating sets and taking both editorial and advertising photographs. His work takes him to all markets as needed to take necessary photographs.
Originally, Jim worked in all film formats, from 35mm to 8x10 view cameras. Today, he shoots exclusively with a digital Nikon system. He has worked in Photoshop since version 2, enhancing images or creating special effects.
Jim is also a creative copy writer and has even taught a course in Advertising at Hampton University. He began his career in still photography in 1980, and at the same time served as Partner and Creative Director at an advertising agency, Fisher-Pile Advertising in Newport News until 1992.
Jim has a B.A. Degree from Gettysburg College, an M.Div. from Drew University, and an M.S. in Communications from Syracuse University.
Chris Murphy began her career with VistaGraphics in 1994. Throughout the years she has worn several hats such as Art Director and Lead Designer. By 2009 she made the transition into the web department as the Web Creative Director. Chris came to this position with over 15 years of experience in design, brand development, magazine publishing, web design and project management.
As Web Creative Director, Chris quotes special web-related projects and designs all client-based websites taking into consideration current and upcoming web design trends. She also designs all company owned websites while at the same time maintaining her other digital and web related project updates.
She leads brainstorming sessions with team members to conceptualize ideas, assign projects to staff and ensures all projects are on track.
Chris is a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design.
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Caleb Whitehead is a graduate from ECPI University with a Bachelor of Science in Web Development. He also attended Paul D. Camp Community College where he obtained an A.S. in Business Management.
Caleb has developed mobile applications for iPhone and Android using Cordova/Phonegap and Ionic Framework for both in-house and client-base use.
His other duties include assisting the Site Administrator with maintaining over 70 workstations, printers and various other hardware.
Lisa joined VistaGraphics, Inc in 2015 as our first Marketing Director. In her role, she works with events, sales, digital and social media. Lisa brings 15 years experience in marketing, sales and communications. She began her career with Verizon Wireless and more recently spent time in the non-profit world. Lisa is a native to Coastal Virginia and lives in the city she loves most - Virginia Beach. She is a proud alum of Old Dominion University.
Kathryn Kelly joined the Vista Graphics Team in 2012 as the Digital Marketing Specialist. †She brings to the team 16 years experience in writing, traditional marketing and experience in the digital marketing field.†
A native of Virginia Beach, Kathryn's desire to be challenged and her natural curiosity have allowed her to tackle the digital marketing field and enjoy the fast pace of the industry. She is pushed to solve problems, whether that's learning a new tool or figuring out how to get the most out the digital age and the endless possibilities that it can offer our clients.
Robin Cather works closely with the Publisher, Art Director, Creative Director, Sales Team and Vendors to ensure on-time delivery of a quality product. She also secures cost-effective resources (paper, printing/production, shipping) for all magazines and special projects.
Robin has worked in the magazine industry for 20 years and has former experience in editorial, art and accounting allowing her to utilize her knowledge of the magazine production process from start to finish. She has been with VistaGraphics for 10 years starting as a Traffic Manager and moving to Production Manager in 2003.
Robin is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a BSBA in Finance.
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Brittany joined the VistaGraphics, Inc. team in 2014 as an Assistant Account Executive. She is now one of the two Client Relations Managers who work alongside the Account Executives and Graphic Artists in order to successfully ensure production, submission and approval of all advertisements for a variety of markets. Brittany was born and raised in Virginia Beach and attended Old Dominion University where she studied Business and Marketing.
Kip Ruposky joined the VistaGraphics family in 2000 as a Distribution Specialist in our Northern Virginia market and was quickly promoted to Account Executive and then Distribution Manager. His extraordinary organizational skills and sincere emphasis on customer service left a lasting impression. Kip's approach to distributors is to treat them as the customers that they are. His consistent service has earned him the respect of all our clients and distributors and has afforded him valued relationships along the way.
As Distribution Manager, Kip is charged with the overall disbursement and delivery of more than 30 VistaGraphics titles that span a five-state region and manages a ten person distribution staff. Based out of our corporate headquarters, he ensures the successful placement and delivery of more than a million and a half magazines each year.
Michael Saks has been working with e-commerce and digital marketing for over fifteen years. As the SEO Analyst for Vistagraphics, he has been successful in generating an increase of over 50% in web traffic for Coastal Virginia Magazine and Wine Lover Magazine. He has also helped both magazines to place in the Google page 1 position for hundreds of keywords. He has a strong grasp of digital marketing and has used these skills in multiple industries. He has received his MBA in E-commerce from Regent University, as well as an undergraduate degree from The University of Maryland. This breadth of experience coupled with his education, is an asset to any online program.