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VISTAGRAPHICS STAFF

Our employees are experienced, dedicated and loyal, and we are proud that the majority of our staff members have grown along with us.

The average employee tenure is eight years, and most upper management has 15+ years with the company.

Our culture also recognizes the enormous talent of recent grads to seasoned professionals. This is what creates the synergy which leads VistaGraphics.

SALES

RANDY THOMPSON
Chief Executive Officer & Publisher

Randy’s education, a BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration), BS (Bachelor of Science in Distributive Education) and an MBA (Master’s in Business Administration) was early preparation for founding and growing VistaGraphics, Inc., a regional media company. 

After four-and-a-half years in sales and sales management for an international consumer goods company, Randy took the entrepreneurial leap by purchasing the rights to a local market of a national travel magazine in 1985. Literally a one-man operation working from his garage, Randy launched his first independent guide in 1987, the Virginia Beach Visitors Guide. Under Randy’s leadership, VistaGraphics has grown to more than 30 publications in a 5-state area. His leadership has included a balanced business approach with revenue comprised of approximately 30% lifestyle publishing and event marketing, 40% tourism/destination publishing, and 30% digital media. Away from work, Randy enjoys time with his family; 3 children and two grandchildren on the way. Most fall weekends find him cheering on his beloved JMU Dukes football team. He enjoys a round of golf from time to time but mostly loves being on his tractor at his home in the rural Pungo area of Virginia Beach, always building or working on the next home project.
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PAUL BRANNOCK
President & Associate Publisher

Paul Brannock has been a member of the VistaGraphics family for over 30 years and has played a major role in the company’s growth, expansion and product development. He has contributed to every aspect of the company’s daily operations and manages a talented team of sales, circulation, marketing and administrative professionals. 

Upon graduating from Old Dominion University, Paul signed on as a Visitors Guide Account Executive in our Outer Banks market. The then three-year-old Outer Banks Visitors Guide Magazine was still developing and evolving. 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 a drastic increase in the distribution and visibility of the guide throughout the Outer Banks. His pursuits laid a strong foundation for the current team, which has surpassed the million-dollar mark in product sales. Paul’s success in the Outer Banks advanced him to the management level for the hospitality division. In 2000, when the company launched Coastal Virginia Magazine, Paul moved to the lifestyle division and has grown and expanded Coastal Virginia Magazine for the last 2 decades. 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. With his acquired and extensive knowledge of the travel and hospitality industry combined with his dedication to the product line, Paul has greatly contributed to the overall success and stability that VistaGraphics enjoys. Paul is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a BSBA in Business and a Minor in Marketing.
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JAY BELLAMY
Digital Sales Director

Jay Bellamy has over 25 years of sales marketing and management experience. He is extremely proficient in the areas of digital sales, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), SEM (Search Engine Marketing), websites, mobile apps and most recently programmatic advertising. 

Jay Bellamy has been with VistaGraphics/Vista Digital Agency for 25 years. He has served as an Account Executive, Sales Manager, Corporate Trainer and currently as Director of Digital Sales. He is highly proficient in the utilization of numerous digital tactics to aid customers in reaching their desired audience. These include SEO, SEM, website development/design, Programmatic Advertising, mobile solutions, a myriad of video streaming services and Targeted Email Marketing. Jay has experience working with online display dashboards that includes creating and recommending inventory, uploading ads, priority settings and impression levels.   Vista Digital Agency under his leadership was recognized in CIO Review publication as “One of the 10 most promising digital marketing companies” in 2022.   Jay is a graduate of the University of Virginis’s College at Wise with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In his spare time, Jay enjoys fishing , camping,  and all outdoor activities. He is married to his wife, Jackie of 18 years. They have a 15 year old daughter who keeps them busy.
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CHRISTIE BERRY
Account Executive: Coastal Virginia Magazine
FRANK MOORE
Account Executive: Coastal Virginia Magazine

Frank is a dedicated and enthusiastic Account Executive with VistaGraphics, Inc. having 40 years experience in B2B sales, sales management and marketing. He is known for the ability to establish trust quickly with his clients by possessing a high level of personal and professional integrity.

Passionate in building strong client relations, Frank has a high degree of self-motivation with the ability to analyze opportunities for his clients and make good decisions. He thrives in highly competitive markets and is focused on delivering best results for both his clients and the organization. Recently he was named Account Executive of the year. His greatest strengths consist of possessing excellent people skills, providing world class customer service and building long-term relationships. You can count on Frank to deliver what he promises. Outside of work, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife of 38 years and their three dogs. To this day, he plays competitive golf having been a member of the East Tennessee State University golf team while earning his BBA degree.
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ROBERTA PERRY
Account Executive: Coastal Virginia Magazine
EILEEN SPERRY
Account Executive: VisitVirginia.guide, goWilliamsburg

Eileen is Virginia born and raised with more than 20 years of media experience. 

A degree in Journalism quickly translated into a career in media. Specializing in software training, as well as digital and print solutions, Eileen is a familiar name and face to Virginia DMOs and attractions.
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BRITTANY PROCTOR
Account Executive: Virginia Beach
MISSY THOMA
Team Leader: Lynchburg, VA

As a senior account executive and Sales Team Leader for the Lynchburg area , she is passionate about maintaining her clients’ trust and friendship. 

Previously she was an account representative for Lynchburg Living, Lynchburg Business, and Central Virginia Bridal Guide beginning in the fall of 2012 when they were owned by Prototype media. She was made Sales Team Leader for the Lynchburg market and prides herself on the leadership role working closely with new Account Executives. A graduate from Lynchburg College, with a BA in Business, she has spent most of her life in Lynchburg raising her two children. A recent newlywed, she enjoys traveling with her husband. Missy joined the VistaGraphics team in the fall of 2014. 
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CINDY BRYANT
Account Executive: Lynchburg, VA

Cindy is passionate about the Greater Lynchburg Area and prides herself in building lasting relationships with local businesses from every industry, finding their need and then offering a solution to fulfill that need. 

In her downtime with her husband of 32+ years, she enjoys volunteering, time with her furry babies and fishing on the James River. Cindy has had a vast career from Computer Programming at our local hospital to Business Development Specialist in radio for over a decade. She has double A.A.S. degrees and attended Liberty University. 
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JEFF PERKINS
Digital Sales: Lynchburg, VA

Jeff has a well-rounded background in sales which VistaGraphics and Vista Digital Agency has benefitted from highly. 

He was recently promoted to Digital Sales for Lynchburg, VA and the surrounding areas. Jeff has an understanding of the Lynchburg area that is not easily matched. He understands what it takes to find the best solutions for any business. Jeff prides himself on his ability to predict digital trends and has the tools and wherewithal to develop a customized strategy for his clients.
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JEFF WALSTON
Account Executive: Brunswick Islands, Crystal Coast
NEIL BROWN
Account Executive: Delaware Beaches & Ocean CIty

After joining VistaGraphics in 2006, Neil proved his understanding of the Ocean City market and that he knows what it takes to find the best solutions for any business. 

Neil prides himself on his ability to predict the trends of the Ocean City visitor market.
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JEFF DONOHUE
Associate Publisher/Editor: Outer Banks Coastal Life, Wedding Guide to the Outer Banks and Outer Banks Visitors Guide Magazine

Jeff Donohue has been part of the VistaGraphics family for more than 25 years.

During this time, he lead the Outer Banks office to becoming the company’s strongest Visitors Guide Magazine market. He was recently promoted to Associate Publisher & Editor of our Outer Banks publications.
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CHRIS BYRNE
Account Executive: Tennessee Smokies

PRODUCTION

HOLLY WATTERS
Vice President of Production

Holly has been at the helm of VistaGraphics’ production department for 32 years and has successfully built a design team that creates beautiful, quality and creative products.

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in Arts, Holly brings a creative eye and structured leadership principles to ensure impressive design standards with each product. Through the years, Holly has developed an effective and efficient workflow that encompasses members of the sales team, client relations managers and design staff. By fostering strong communication with all parties involved, she successfully meets and exceeds 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. She tasks herself with consistently monitoring our competition and collaborates with members of our management team to ensure that VistaGraphics stays ahead of the curve— especially with regard to technological advances, design techniques and print and press industry standards.
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DAVID UHRIN
Creative Director

As Creative Director, David's artistic influence is seen on the covers of our magazines, in editorial layouts and many advertisements within the publications. 

His photography has grown in the two and a half decades in publishing and enjoys exploring new techniques and artistry, whether it's photographing jewelry, food, fashion, real estate and many more. David obtained his BFA from Kutztown University’s Communication Design program in Pennsylvania, with a focus at Buckinghamshire, England for editorial design. David Uhrin has been a part of the VistaGraphics team for more than 26 years. 
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CHRIS MELIGONIS
Art Director, Lynchburg Publications

With a degree in Mass Communications specializing in Creative Advertising, this background has provided the basis to being the Art Director of the Lynchburg publications. 

His creative work ranges from designing the magazines, branding and production for all Lynchburg titles. Chris has been with VistaGraphics for over 15 years.
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CHRISTINA SINCLAIR
Art Director, Outer Banks Coastal Life, Outer Banks Wedding Guide / Lead Designer

Christina was recently promoted to Art Director over Outer Banks Coastal Life and Outer Banks Wedding Guide magazines.

Christina has lived in the Coastal Virginia area for over 30 years and has been with VistaGraphics since 2015. She loves working with like-minded professionals, designing, producing and managing projects, including all the Outer Banks publications and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Visitor Guide.
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JOSH HARALSON
Lead Designer

Josh graduated from Old Dominion University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts focused in Graphic Design. 

He started as an intern with VistaGraphics before being brought on part time. He started with the company full time as a Sales Collateral artist in 2013 before being promoted to a Lead Designer.
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ROBIN CATHER
Production Manager

Most of Robin's emphasis is on print production and paper acquisition, working very closely with the Art Department and outside vendors to ensure quality publications and timely delivery. 

Robin has been with VistaGraphics for over 20 years. 
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JULIE MATTHEWS
Client Relations Manager
Julie enjoys collaborating on projects and cultivating strong relationships with team members and clients. 
Julie's previous roles have included marketing communications, project management and editorial services. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Eventually Julie relocated to Oregon before deciding to call Coastal Virginia home. Julie came to Vista early in 2022 taking on the role of Client Relations Manager. 
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EDITORIAL / MARKETING / EVENTS

LEONA BAKER
Editor-in-Chief, Coastal Virginia Publications

Leona is a writer, editor, creative, communications professional, food fanatic, news junkie, arts and nature lover, wife, and mother of a college student. 

In her published writing, she has covered a broad range of topics from arts and culture to public policy and politics. She previously served as Senior Editor for Port Folio Weekly, Director of Marketing & Communications for Virginia Wesleyan University, and Senior Copywriter for Spark451, a New York-based marketing agency specializing in higher education.  
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BETH HESTER
Managing Editor of Coastal Virginia Business Magazine

As Managing Editor of Coastal Virginia Business Magazine (CoVa BIZ), she’ll be responsible for helping VistaGraphics grow the magazine, and expand the content and reach of the publication’s digital assets. 

She’s also looking forward to working with Outer Banks Coastal Life, and products devoted to highlighting Coastal Virginia’s many outdoor adventure and tourism opportunities. Beth has been writing for VistaGraphics on various magazines since 2007. 
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MEGAN WILLIAMS
Managing Editor, Lynchburg Publications & Virginia Travel Editor
With a background in communications and marketing, Megan is passionate about telling an authentic story that gets readers excited about the people, places, and experiences that make up this community.
Megan is a Central Virginia native who is quick to tell newcomers where to find the best pizza, beer, and fries in the area (ask her about it sometime).
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JEFF DONOHUE
Assoc. Publisher/Editor: Outer Banks Coastal Life and the Wedding Guide to the Outer Banks
Jeff Donohue has been part of the VistaGraphics family for more than 25 years. 
During this time, he lead the Outer Banks office to becoming the company’s strongest Visitors Guide Magazine market. He was recently promoted to Associate Publisher & Editor of our Outer Banks publications.
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KELSEY THOMAS
Director of Marketing

Kelsey joined the VistaGraphics team in 2021 and manages a wide range of digital products and platforms. 

Her management includes social media, event marketing, web/email marketing, contest facilitation, lifestyle e-newsletters and more. She is also the Editor of our Virginia Beach, Lake Anna, Crystal Coast and Cape Fear Coast Visitors Guides and a contributing writer to Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVa BIZ Magazine. Kelsey graduated from James Madison University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and a Minor in Creative Writing. She can often be found behind the camera at our many events, out and about in the community trying local bites or at a local dance studio where she also teaches children K-12.
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HAYLEY THOMAS
Director Of Events

Hayley studied Hospitality Management at James Madison University, where she found her passion for events. 

She plans and organizes several events throughout the year including our annual WineFest, Wedding Showcase, CoVa Cocktail, and Battle of the Burgers. Hayley started with VistaGraphics in 2022 as our Event Coordinator. 
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WEB / I.T.

JAY BELLAMY
Digital Sales Director

Jay Bellamy has over 25 years of sales marketing and management experience. He is extremely proficient in the areas of digital sales, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), SEM (Search Engine Marketing), websites, mobile apps and most recently programmatic advertising. 

Jay Bellamy has been with VistaGraphics/Vista Digital Agency for 25 years. He has served as an Account Executive, Sales Manager, Corporate Trainer and currently as Director of Digital Sales. He is highly proficient in the utilization of numerous digital tactics to aid customers in reaching their desired audience. These include SEO, SEM, website development/design, Programmatic Advertising, mobile solutions, a myriad of video streaming services and Targeted Email Marketing. Jay has experience working with online display dashboards that includes creating and recommending inventory, uploading ads, priority settings and impression levels.   Vista Digital Agency under his leadership was recognized in CIO Review publication as “One of the 10 most promising digital marketing companies” in 2022.   Jay is a graduate of the University of Virginis’s College at Wise with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In his spare time, Jay enjoys fishing , camping,  and all outdoor activities. He is married to his wife, Jackie of 18 years. They have a 15 year old daughter who keeps them busy.
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CHRIS MURPHY
Web Creative Director

As Web Creative Director, Chris manages the web team, quotes projects, creates web proposals, designs all custom websites for corporate and client use, manages all projects and development schedules in addition to aiding in the development process for all websites.

As Web Creative Director for VistaDigital Agency, Chris leads our creative web team. She is our main front-end web designer and developer, who designs stunning, responsive, user-friendly websites with Level 1 ADA Compliance in mind. Chris oversees web development for all of our clients as well as our corporate VistaGraphics branded websites. She ensures brand consistency across all platforms. Chris also creates and manages all web schedules, ensuring all deadlines are met in a timely manner. Chris has designed, managed and oversees hosting for over 40 client websites, some of which are sites for Virginia DMOs such as the Virginia Beach Hotel Association and the Williamsburg Hotel & Motel Association. In addition to our client sites, Chris has designed and manages 26 different corporate websites that are branded to our various publications, events and branded promotions. For these corporate websites, she is responsible for designing the creative, controlling priority settings based on available inventory and levels contracted.   Chris is a native Texan but has lived in Virginia for over 25 years. She has been a part of the VistaGraphics/VistaDigital team for 25 years. In her spare time, Chris enjoys summers on the James River, camping and hiking with her now grown-up children.
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SHAWN THOMAS
I.T. Administrator

Shawn came on board in 2020 as VistaGraphics I.T. Administrator. In this role, he provides I.T. Support for all company networks, phone and user systems. He has been providing Network Engineering, Administration, and I.T. Support for programs and projects within the defense industry for over 15 years.

Born on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Shawn was raised in Northampton County. Currently he working toward a B.S. in Network Management. In his free time, Shawn enjoys spending time with family, FOOD!, RV’ing, golf, and travel. He is always looking for an adventure outdoors and is a huge sci-fi and horror movie fan. Shawn is a U.S. Army Veteran who served at several stations including Hawaii and Iraq.
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I.J. JAMES
Senior Web Developer

As a senior web developer, I.J. oversees development projects such as the national campaign for PuttPutt.com and all of its franchises, Visitor Guides, and Coastal Virginia Magazine and Lynchburg Living Magazine websites as well.

IJ configures all websites to perform properly by engineering them to be SEO-ready and optimizes them to perform well. She also checks for ADA accessibility,  WCAG and Section 508 Standards, SEO and Google Analytics 4 implementation. IJ joined the Vista family in 2018. 
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BELLA CLEARY
Digital Operations Coordinator

Bella recently joined the VistaGraphics team to facilitate the digital growth footprint of VistaGraphics. 

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ACCOUNTING / ADMINISTRATIVE / DISTRIBUTION / CIRCULATION

DAWN MEEHAN
Director of Accounting