Key Publishing Group is your portal to the make-up industry. The company was founded in 1996 by Emmy Award-winning make-up artist Michael Key with the vision to educate, connect and inspire artists and make-up lovers around the world. We attract a wide audience, from aspiring artists to industry leaders. Between our magazine, our show and our digital presence, we’ve established ourselves as the industry’s go-to source for complete information about practical make-up effects and beauty make-up.
With four websites and a social media presence on the major channels, it’s easier than ever for make-up artists—aspiring and professional—to find us. Our websites provide valuable, exclusive content. Makeupmag.com features breaking industry news, a database of international make-up schools and the Make-Up Artist Shop, which stocks issues of Make-Up Artist magazine, exclusive apparel and more. IMATS.net gives IMATS show-goers all the information they need on all our events, from buying tickets to previewing classes. Makeup411.com is famous for its Beauty Breakdowns, which reveal what products artists used to create celebrity looks; the site also offers a cosmetics database and advice from industry experts.
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Who We Are
Michael Key is an Emmy Award-winning make-up artist whose credits include much of the Star Trek franchise (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager), plus Jingle All the Way, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Coneheads. He started Make-Up Artist in 1996 and the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) in 1997 to connect make-up artists worldwide, providing them with resources, networking opportunities and inspiration. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar.
Scott Jones is the sales director for IMATS and Make-Up Artist magazine. In addition he oversees the IMATS events team. He has a degree in marketing and communication and a history in sales and management, ranging from pharmaceuticals to building stone. In his spare time, he enjoys backpacking, drinking wine and hanging out with his wife and adult children.
Director of Sales
Heather Wisner has put her English degree to use as a writer and editor for publications including SF Weekly, Portland Monthly, The Oregonian and Dance Magazine. She speaks passable Spanish and loves arts and culture, wine, hot sauce and people who read. In her free time, she soaks up the scenery with her best guy and her dog. Send her your story ideas, news tips and Battle of the Brushes entries.
Leslie Marois is the art director for Make-Up Artist magazine and IMATS. Raised in the small industrial city of River Rouge, just outside Detroit, she explored the punk-rock music scene and abandoned city that would inspire her creative career. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts before relocating to Oregon. Now living in Portland, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son.
Prior to joining KPG in 2012, Larlyn Fitzpatrick operated her own accounting and bookkeeping business while volunteering at her children’s schools on the Board of Directors and as an auction co-chair. She also worked with successful entrepreneurs in the life insurance and real estate development businesses. She enjoys family trips to the Oregon and Washington coasts and to her native Hawaii. E aloha kekahi i kekahi! (This does not mean “Where is my Mai Tai?”)
Jeremy Ross has been supporting technology infrastructure in various capacities since 1996. He oversees the systems that keep the magazine and events running smoothly. This includes supporting the company network, working with vendors and maintaining the Web properties associated with KPG. When he’s not behind a computer screen, you’ll find him behind a guitar, making popcorn or at the bottom of a wrestling match with his three children.
Amanda Bressel is the Make-Up Artist magazine Pro Artist Relations Manager. Her background is in marketing and sales. As the Pro Artist Relations manager, she coordinates special events and benefits for Pro-Card holders. She attended college on a music scholarship, which inspired her to follow a different path and leave music as her passion. She enjoys travel and new adventures, but most of all, helping others.
Misty Faler joined Key Publishing Group in May of 2012. She is the customer service manager for IMATS and Make-Up Artist magazine. She has worked in banking, as an executive assistant and in customer service. While not working, she enjoys playing volleyball, running her Airbnb and spending time with her two children.
Dawn-Marie Gordon was an accountant for 25 years in the construction and manufacturing industries before she arrived at Key Publishing Group. Now, as IMATS operations manager, she keeps the shows running smoothly. She loves the outdoors, laughing, watching movies and dancing. And expensive tequila.
Chelsea Grubbs is responsible for whipping KPG’s websites into shape, loading pretty pictures and crafting compelling Web articles. She has a BFA in English and is a professional writer with a background in copywriting, online retail and social media branding. An Iowa native (Go Hawks!), she moved to Portland for the outdoor adventures. When she isn’t hiking, you can find her in a yoga studio, on a dance floor or holed up in a coffee shop with a good book.
Sue Hall is the first person you’ll see at Key Publishing Group. She keeps the office supplied and organized. She spends most of her day answering inquiries about Make-Up Artist magazine Pro Cards and IMATS. She has a long history in customer service, from restaurant management to training and human resources. She enjoys spending leisure time with her family, cooking, gardening, walking her dog and going to car shows with her husband.
Looking for a change after 20 years in banking, Debbi Johnson joined KPG in February 2013 as bookkeeper extraordinaire. Even though she has her sights set on ruling the world, QuickBooks is currently keeping her occupied. Outside of work, she keeps busy with friends, family and trying to perfect the perfect vodka-based cocktail. Newest summer discovery: hiking with a thermos of watermelon vodka and lemonade sippers. Favorite saying: Don’t be a hater, be an appreciater.
Grace Mahar is KPG’s online sales coordinator. She oversees all online sales and manages the school directory as well as handling all shipping logistics for both Make-Up Artist magazine and IMATS. She thrives on multitasking and has more than 20 years’ experience in sales and customer service. When she is not working, she enjoys skating and is a member of the Storm City Roller Girls derby league in Clark County.
Jennifer McDonald is KPG’s veteran employee. Since 2006, she has dabbled in just about every aspect of the company. With 20 years of customer service experience, she enjoys helping others. She is Make-Up Artist magazine’s subscriptions manager as well as the IMATS registration manager. She recently celebrated her 40th IMATS show in London 2015. Her passions are her horses, traveling, classic cars and spending time with family and friends.
Heidi is the Sales Manager for IMATS and Make-Up Artist magazine. She has more than 15 years’ experience in event management, trade show sales and production, and was the entertainment buyer for one of Portland Metro’s largest family events. When not at work, she enjoys traveling to sunny places, skiing, hiking, wine-tasting with friends and spending time with her dogs, Oscar and Riley.
Cory Patterson is a graphic designer for KPG. When he’s away from work, you can find him involved with music somehow. Whether it’s recording songs in his home studio, playing on worship teams at churches around southwest Washington or simply walking down the street in his neighborhood with headphones on, creative arts has been his passion since he was a child and has proven to be a centerpiece throughout his life, spanning many different outlets.
Cori Stoddard has a journalism degree from the University of Oregon and more than 20 years’ TV and film experience. She has been a newscast director, a production assistant and an extra. Her extensive movie and pop-culture knowledge came in handy when she and her husband ran Portland Movie Tours. She writes for and edits Make-Up Artist magazine. Away from work, she explores parks and yard sales with her family and contemplates DIY home projects.
Nick Wiinikka is a graphic designer for IMATS and Make-Up Artist magazine. With a mechanical engineering education, along with 3-D design and illustration experience, he brings a diverse skill set to the KPG team. When he’s not spending time with his beautiful wife, he takes time to have fun with his large extended family. He enjoys fishing, astronomy, crafting puns and dominating at Yahtzee.
Kayla Woods is the Executive Assistant to Michael Key. She has both a BA and a BS from the University of Arizona. She is involved with the American Red Cross and Washougal Boosters Club. She enjoys painting, drinking wine and eating cheese, usually simultaneously. She also enjoys curling up with a good book. Most of the time she can be found spending time with her husband and two kids in the great outdoors, hiking and fishing.