The Skift Team on stage at Skift Global Forum 2021

Leadership

Rafat Ali

Rafat Ali

Founder and CEO

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Rafat Ali

Founder and CEO

Indo-Brit-American. New Yorker. Global Soul. Mostly, my life is about travel, building businesses, media, daddyhood and such. Previously founded paidContent, sold to Guardian in 2008.

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Jason Clampet

Jason Clampet

Chief Product Officer

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Jason Clampet

Chief Product Officer

Likes editing a bit more than traveling but loves fish tacos from Baja California and Japanese curry in Tokyo more than both of those. Loves building products and telling stories that help people do their jobs a little bit better.

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Carolyn Kremins

Carolyn Kremins

President

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Carolyn Kremins

President

Carolyn has led world-class brands (Conde Nast Traveler, Brides, Epicurious, Elle) and launched start-ups (Maxim, Cookie, The Week) to great success. Her wanderlust has taken her to all seven continents. As President of Skift she has found the perfect home, combining her love for building brands with her twin passions for media and travel. But her shining success, above all else, is her family.

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Michael Cunniff

Michael Cunniff

CFO

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Michael Cunniff

CFO

Michael is a 25-year finance executive who hails from NY but now calls California home. Outside of work you can find him spending time with family, travelling, volunteering or sipping a glass of cabernet.

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Tom Lowry

Tom Lowry

Editor-in-Chief

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Tom Lowry

Editor-in-Chief

Oversees a newsroom of dogged reporters. Loves kick-ass stories, clever headlines and turning data into art. A Pennsylvania native, he enjoys B&W photography, editorial cartoons and sometimes Philly sports teams. Previously worked at CNBC, BusinessWeek and USA Today.

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Haixia Wang

Haixia Wang

VP of Research

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Haixia Wang

VP of Research

A sociologist/researcher by heart, Haixia loves to dig into the whys and figure out solutions for everything. Previously worked at eMarketer and Gartner. One of Haixia’s favorite things on weekends is city hikes with her family in Manhattan.

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Dennis Schaal

Dennis Schaal

Executive Editor/Founding Editor

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Dennis Schaal

Executive Editor/Founding Editor

Skift employee #1, after the founder and co-founder, Executive Editor/Founding Editor Dennis Schaal helps lead news coverage and analyzes online travel in his reporting. He likes receiving sensitive documents in the mail and breaking news. Dennis has written for many publications, such as USA Today.

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Editorial

Sean O'Neill

Sean O'Neill

Senior Travel Tech Editor

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Sean O'Neill

Senior Travel Tech Editor

Sean O’Neill is our first travel tech editor, focusing on business-to-business tech (not consumer tech). He was previously editor-in-chief of Tnooz and an expat in London. He now lives in the Philadelphia area. Please stop him before he begins another home improvement project.

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Matthew Parsons

Matthew Parsons

Corporate Travel Editor

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Matthew Parsons

Corporate Travel Editor

Matthew covers the corporate travel sector, with his eye on the intersections of procurement, technology and culture. He was previously editor of Buying Business Travel, overseeing its transition to BTN Europe before becoming a Skifter. He lives in London with his young family, but as a self-confessed Francophile loves to hop across the channel for a taste of the good life.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma

Global Tourism Reporter

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Global Tourism Reporter

Lily is Skift's global tourism reporter. Prior to that, she wrote travel stories focused on culture and sustainability for BBC, CNN, and Travel + Leisure, and others. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Côte d’Ivoire, she calls herself a serial expat and loves to debate the power of tourism to tip the scales of imbalance in the world. Lily splits her time between the Dominican Republic and the eastern U.S.

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Cameron Sperance

Cameron Sperance

Hospitality Reporter

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Cameron Sperance

Hospitality Reporter

Cameron is Skift’s Boston-based hospitality reporter. A Memphis native, he’s never dropped his use of y’all. He previously covered commercial real estate and is a fan of indie bookshops, his dog, and hosting dinner parties.

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Edward Russell

Edward Russell

Airlines Reporter

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Edward Russell

Airlines Reporter

Edward is Skift's Washington, D.C.-based airlines reporter. He's covered the industry from the American-US Airways combo to the depths of the coronavirus pandemic. He enjoys bikes, trains and runs with his dog, Heathrow.

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Madhu Unnikrishnan

Madhu Unnikrishnan

Editor, Airline Weekly

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Madhu Unnikrishnan

Editor, Airline Weekly

Madhu is the San Francisco-based editor of Skift Airline Weekly. He previously covered airlines for Aviation Week & Space Technology and Aviation Daily, and he worked in corporate communications for two airlines. He loves typewriters and fountain pens, bicycles, and running trails.

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Brian Sumers

Brian Sumers

Editor-At-Large

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Brian Sumers

Editor-At-Large

Brian is the Los Angeles-based airline business editor-at-large for Skift. He loves baseball, travel and the American West.

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Miguel Neves

Miguel Neves

Editor-in-Chief, EventMB

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Miguel Neves

Editor-in-Chief, EventMB

Miguel has a Portuguese soul. He built his career in the UK and is now raising a young family in rural Denmark. He is passionate about the events industry and considers himself a curious creator and caring curator of computerized content and a conscious connector of charismatic characters.

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Alan Woinski

Alan Woinski

Editor, Daily Lodging Report

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Alan Woinski

Editor, Daily Lodging Report

Alan is the founder of the Daily Lodging Report, now owned by Skift, and remains editor. He also founded the Gaming Industry Daily Report and Gaming Industry Weekly Report which remains under the ownership of Gaming USA Corporation, owned by Alan and his wife Kim. Alan and Kim recently moved from Bergen County, NJ to Southwest, Florida and are loving the SWFL lifestyle. Both Alan and Kim recently became grandparents for the first time to a beautiful baby girl.

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Kim Woinski

Kim Woinski

Writer, Daily Lodging Report

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Kim Woinski

Writer, Daily Lodging Report

Kim is Vice President of Gaming USA Corporation, the previous owner of the Daily Lodging Report, now owned by Skift. Kim is the primary writer of the Daily Lodging Report – North America. Kim moved to Southwest Florida in July of 2020 and recently became a first time grandmother to baby Susie.

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Rashaad Jorden

Rashaad Jorden

Editorial Assistant

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Rashaad Jorden

Editorial Assistant

Rashaad covers tour operators and travel advisors. Before finding his way to Skift, he bounced around the U.S., France, Japan and UK. He greatly misses the all-you-can-eat Vegetarian curry at his favorite restaurant in Japan. He is also adept at running half-marathons and, despite living in New Jersey, rues the fact he doesn't spend enough time on the Jersey Shore.

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Research

Seth Borko

Seth Borko

Senior Research Analyst

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Seth Borko

Senior Research Analyst

Seth is the kind of person who actually enjoys crunching numbers in Excel. He has experience in financial analysis, corporate strategy, economics, and capital markets. He is passionate about travel and loves how it always provides him with new perspectives. In his free time, Seth likes to obsessively theorize over how Game of Thrones will end.

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Wouter Geerts

Wouter Geerts

Senior Research Analyst

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Wouter Geerts

Senior Research Analyst

London-based Skifter. Research focus in hospitality and tech. Tries to apply his research skills to becoming a craft beer connoisseur but failing miserably.

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Varsha Arora

Varsha Arora

Senior Research Analyst

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Varsha Arora

Senior Research Analyst

Varsha is the first India-based Skifter. Prior to Skift, she was working as a consultant with Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) and worked in the Revenue and Network strategy department of two airlines. A traveler by heart, she has a collection of 30+ souvenirs from all over the world. A yoga enthusiast who is also extremely fond of cooking and eating. Often compared with Monica, from Friends, for her obsessive cleaning and organizing habits.

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Sales

Pamela Firestone

Pamela Firestone

VP, Head of Sales

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Pamela Firestone

VP, Head of Sales

NJ native, NYC careerist, and ongoing relocation fantasist. Enjoys a business challenge and leading teams to success. Prior to Skift worked for legacy brands In Style, WWD, and Departures.

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Dani Wagstaff

Dani Wagstaff

Director of Emerging Brands

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Dani Wagstaff

Director of Emerging Brands

Originally from Massachusetts, Dani currently resides in the Upper East Side. When not searching for the best bowl of ramen, you can find her cheering on the Pats, planning her next trip around the world, or trying (unsuccessfully) to be a yogi. B.S. Cornell/M.A. Georgetown

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Deborah Knudsen

Deborah Knudsen

Executive Director, Sales

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Deborah Knudsen

Executive Director, Sales

First and foremost, Deb is having the time of her life watching and learning about the world through the eyes of her amazing 11-year-old twin boys. Deb went to college to be a teacher but has spent most of her career in the media world and feels like she’s gone full circle by coming to Skift. A Jersey girl at heart, she lives with her boys and husband/best friend in Montclair, New Jersey.

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Lisa Weier Parilla

Lisa Weier Parilla

Director, Business Development

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Lisa Weier Parilla

Director, Business Development

Brand builder, revenue developer and all-around collaborator. Equal parts art aficionado and wilderness lover. Wife and Mother of two. Minnesota native who now calls California home but will never lose the NY state of mind.

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Kate Irwin

Kate Irwin

Commercial Director, Europe + Middle East

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Kate Irwin

Commercial Director, Europe + Middle East

London based Skifter. Big fan of travel tech and innovation. Exploring the world one destination at a time with her family in tow.

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Angie Kimmel

Angie Kimmel

Director of Sales, EventMB

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Angie Kimmel

Director of Sales, EventMB

Angie has been connecting her travel industry customers with meeting and event planners for over 20 years. Loving the travel industry, she is often found on a beach, cruise or Disney with her family. Wife and mother of two, she spends her weekends as a “dance mom”, styling her friends in Cabi fashions, or “high fiving” her friends on her Peloton. She resides in St. Louis, her hometown, where she loves cheering on the STL Cardinals.

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Anne Duffy

Anne Duffy

Subscription Sales Director

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Anne Duffy

Subscription Sales Director

Anne is a Long Island native, currently calling Manhattan 'home'. She enjoys long romantic walks with her dog, Shelby, and spends most of her free time looking for flights anywhere she'll get a tan.

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Lindsay Bashan

Lindsay Bashan

Account Executive, Subscription Sales

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Lindsay Bashan

Account Executive, Subscription Sales

Lindsay is our Subscriptions Sales Account Executive hailing from South Florida. She merged her career with her love of traveling when she joined Skift as our Account Manager, eventually building her way to subscription sales. Find her in Central Park or at NYC's latest art exhibit in her free time.

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Jennifer Kedzierski

Jennifer Kedzierski

Sales Coordinator

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Jennifer Kedzierski

Sales Coordinator

Jennifer is Midwest expat with Polish roots currently enjoying what East Village has to offer. As an avid sports fan she is often found shouting at TVs with unwavering, and questionably blinded, support. She’s always been an explorer, recently returning from an around the world trip (go to Budapest!), and has found her home at Skift where she is excited to continue living the Skift brand.

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SkiftX

Katherine Townsend

Katherine Townsend

VP, SkiftX

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Katherine Townsend

VP, SkiftX

Miami native living in Brooklyn, Kat is a cycling enthusiast, cat palace architect, and pizza aficionado. Buy me a puppy.

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Jeremy Kressmann

Jeremy Kressmann

Research Editor

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Jeremy Kressmann

Research Editor

Jeremy helps oversee editorial and research efforts for Skift's sponsored content partners. This former New Yorker now lives in LA, where he spends most of his free time hiking, camping and enjoying the great outdoors.

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Alison McCarthy

Alison McCarthy

Editor, SkiftX

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Alison McCarthy

Editor, SkiftX

Native New Yorker with time spent in Boston and Los Angeles, Alison comes to Skift with over seven years of experience working in digital media. She loves exploring museums, making Spotify playlists and is always looking for book recommendations.

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Anna Zawislak

Anna Zawislak

Content & Event Producer, SkiftX

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Anna Zawislak

Content & Event Producer, SkiftX

Anna was born and raised in Connecticut with a passion for travel. She loves cooking and creating new recipes but most of all her dog.

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Lena Elhibir

Lena Elhibir

Project Manager Digital & Events, SkiftX

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Lena Elhibir

Project Manager Digital & Events, SkiftX

London-based Lena manages the digital and events projects for Skift’s partners and sponsors. She’s previously led projects for governments, travel brands and major banks, and considers herself every part the global citizen. She loves weekend city breaks, specialty coffee, and social impact.

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Lisa Jade Hutchings

Lisa Jade Hutchings

Branded Content Writer

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Lisa Jade Hutchings

Branded Content Writer

Some say her experience and skill set is as colorful as her personality. Lisa Jade inspires new possibilities by telling human and brand stories. Born and bred in Johannesburg, South Africa, she is the Branded Content Writer for EventMB. Her greatest inspirations come from creative expression, everyday people and authentic connection.

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Events

Regina Yuen

Regina Yuen

Director of Events

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Regina Yuen

Director of Events

A native New Yorker. She talks fast and moves even faster. Her pride and joy is putting on a seamless event. When she's not planning events, you can find her looking for the next destination to explore and RUNNING! Her goal is to eventually run all 6 Abbott World Marathon Majors.

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Brian Quinn

Brian Quinn

Events Editorial Director

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Brian Quinn

Events Editorial Director

Over the last 15 years, Brian has created, curated and produced hundreds of events and experiences across tech, business, media, food, music and design. Originally from upstate New York, he studied jazz performance at The New School in NYC. He lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn.

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Marketing

Hailey Smith

Hailey Smith

Senior Marketing Manager

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Hailey Smith

Senior Marketing Manager

A native-Baltimorean turned Gamecock, Hailey loves all things culture and travel. At work, you can find her diving into the latest marketing trends, writing up a storm, and analyzing as much data as she can get her hands on. Outside the office, she spends her time perusing record stores, catching last-minute flights and concerts, and endlessly searching for the best Chipotle-style restaurant.

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Amy Dame

Amy Dame

Marketing Associate, Events

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Amy Dame

Marketing Associate, Events

Amy was born and raised in London, UK and has 4 years of experience working in tech marketing and PR. She enjoys everything about marketing from campaigns to events. Besides, work, she enjoys doing yoga, eating all kinds of sweets and is a bit of a book nerd.

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Technology

Mike Linden

Mike Linden

Engineering Manager

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Mike Linden

Engineering Manager

A Minneapolis native, Mike is a software engineer and a professional guitarist with a degree from Berklee College of Music. In his free time he enjoys going for walks with his family.

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Rachel Bronstein

Rachel Bronstein

Developer

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Rachel Bronstein

Developer

Rachel hails from Boston but calls herself a New Yorker. When not doing back-end development, she sings jazz and gospel music, scouts gluten-free eats, adds to her formidable collection of lipsticks, and pets as many dogs as possible.

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Design

Matt Heidkamp

Matt Heidkamp

Head of Creative Strategy

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Matt Heidkamp

Head of Creative Strategy

Matt helps Skift's sponsors tell their stories in smart, creative ways. He lives in NJ and has a secret, music-producing alter ego.

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Joanna Gonzalez

Joanna Gonzalez

Junior Designer

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Joanna Gonzalez

Junior Designer

Joanna was born, raised and still living in Brooklyn, NY. Besides designing, she enjoys movies, taking ridiculously long walks/ hikes, drinking matcha green tea, lighting incense, and letting her dog, Loki, know how cute he is.

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Beatrice Tagliaferri

Beatrice Tagliaferri

Designer

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Beatrice Tagliaferri

Designer

Spain-based Skifter, 100% Italian. Bea, for friends, is the graphic designer behind Skift's events brand, EventMB, and recently became part of Skift’s creative team. Not only a huge pizza lover but equally passionate about design in all its forms, wilderness, and animals. When not at her computer, she is probably traveling somewhere new, crafting something by hand or taking pics with her analog camera.

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Operations

Linda Teoendino

Linda Tependino

Head of HR

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Linda Tependino

Head of HR

With 25+ years of HR leadership experience in media and mission-driven organizations, she has focused on helping small companies scale while keeping their unique culture. Linda has experience working throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Home, however, has always been New York. She is a volunteer community mediator in NYC and loves listening to people tell their stories.

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Mariana Ruiz

Mariana Ruiz

HR Generalist

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Mariana Ruiz

HR Generalist

Mariana is an HR enthusiast with a broad background in hospitality and finance, focusing on  the full employee life-cycle, DEI and engagement. Originally from Peru, you can find her looking for the best Peruvian eats in NYC, running at Astoria park or adding to her plant collection.

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Ernest Capasso

Ernest Capasso

Staff Accountant

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Ernest Capasso

Staff Accountant

Ernest is a George Mason University alumni. Each year during March Madness I hope to see another Final 4 run out of the Mason Patriots. When I'm not watching New York sports teams you can find me with friends or family or at an ice rink/baseball field pretending like I’m still a serious athlete.

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