The Brightest Minds in Magazine Media Celebrated at the Folio: 100

Recognizing magazine media’s thought leaders, trendsetters and newsmakers.  

William Jackson, MBA, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

William Jackson, MBA, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

Congrats to our very own William Jackson, MBA, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

The Grand Ballroom of The Yale Club in Manhattan was packed with some of magazine media’s brightest minds on Thursday to celebrate Folio:’s list of the top 100 innovators, entrepreneurial thinkers, and industry-disruptors from over the past year.

The annual list, which is comprised of the best thought-leaders from the industry, recognizes honorees for the tangible impact they’ve had in their jobs, on their companies and brands, or on the industry at large. Representing every sector of magazine media, including consumer, b2b, regional, enthusiast, and association, the honorees set a theme of thanking their hard working teams and bosses who allowed them to execute their ideas.

This year, the list includes C-level visionaries, such as Condé Nast’s first chief data officer, Karthic Bala, who has worked diligently to strengthen the 109-year-old company’s focus on data and analytics, and founder and chief business officer of InFluential Magazine William Jackson, who created a portfolio of award-winning publications that reach millions readers every issue.

William Jackson, MBA, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

William Jackson, MBA, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

“We’re doing really exciting things and taking an iconic publishing company and really transforming it for this new digital age that we’re all learning how to understand,” said C-suite honoree, Alec Casey, who serves as CMO of Trusted Media Brands.

Also on the list were senior executives, including the new SVP and publisher of one of the highest profiting magazines in the industry, Cece Ryan; Yankee Magazine’s VP and publisher Brook Holmberg, who successfully transformed a regional publication into a national brand; and Meredith’s VP of brand licensing, Steven Grune, who oversees of all of Meredith’s licensing activities, spanning more than 60 partnerships.

Doug Olson, president of Meredith Magazines and one of the executive honorees, said in his acceptance speech, “We had a really good year last year, but I promise you, the best is yet to come.”

The strategists on the list are those who have worked over the past year to grow their brands and companies through new revenue streams and with innovative ideas. Included in this category are Adam Krefman, senior director of festivals and activations at Pitchfork, who has taken the Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago to new heights year-over-year by maxing out every inch of Union Park; Joann Kropp, Informa Engage’s VP of global data solutions, who is a visionary in the audience monetization space; and Bustle Digital Group’s Kate Robinson, who, as the SVP of content distribution and partnerships, has brought video to the forefront of her division.

“I want to thank Hearst, who always lets us try new things and take risks,” said strategist honoree Patrick Varone, who is the VP of audience development at Best Products.

And to round out the list are the industry creators who work to reach the hearts and minds of millions of readers around the country and the world. From video producers like David Popp at the enthusiast video magazine MR Video Plus, to the newly appointed, digital-minded editor-in-chief of a major women’s lifestyle and fashion magazine Cosmo, Jessica Pels, these creators know what it takes to stay competitive in the crowded media space.

Congratulations once again to all of the honorees in year’s class of the Folio: 100! Read all about the 100 honorees here.

William Jackson is a 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

We extend hearty congratulations to our Founder & Chief Business Officer, Mr. William Jackson, MBA who was feted a 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree on Thursday, December 6th.

The Grand Ballroom of The Yale Club in Manhattan was packed with some of magazine media’s brightest minds to celebrate Folio:’s list of the top 100 innovators, entrepreneurial thinkers, and industry-disruptors from over the past year.

The annual list, which is comprised of the best thought-leaders from the industry, and recognizes them for the tangible impact they’ve had in their jobs, on their companies and brands, or on the industry at large. Representing every sector of magazine media, including consumer, b2b, regional, enthusiast, and association, the honorees set a theme of thanking their hard working teams and bosses who allowed them to execute their ideas.

Leonardo D’Almagro Receives 2017 Best of Georgetown Award

Georgetown Award Program Honors the Achievement

We are elated to announce our Business Consultant and Jewelry Designer, Leonardo D’Almagro, has been selected for the 2017 Best of Georgetown Award in the Jewelry Designer category by the Georgetown Award Program.

Each year, the Georgetown Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Georgetown area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Georgetown Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Georgetown Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Georgetown Award Program

The Georgetown Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Georgetown area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Georgetown Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

Congratulations Leonardo this is OUTSTANDING NEWS!  We wish you continued success!

Leonardo D'Almagro

Leonardo D’Almagro

About Leonardo D’Almagro

Leonardo D’Almagro is a new face in the jewelry world, but he has hit the ground running.  He has already received several major accolades.

In 2016 he was the only U.S. Hispanic jewelry designer selected to present a line at Vicenzaoro and Vincenza Dubai. Held in Italy, they are the most important international jewelry trade shows in the world. His collection marked the first time that a Hispanic designer from the U.S. was invited to present a jewelry line at these prestigious events.

Leonardo did not skip Paris Fashion Week 2016 where his line was used to accessorize Binzario Couture.

The Miss Mexico Organization has chosen him as an official designer. His jewelry will be used by the official Miss Mexico and Mr. Mexico in all of their pageants at all international events. Miss Mexico, Ana Girault, who represented her country recently at Miss Universe very often, wears Leonardo’s designs.

Leonardo received recognition by the 2015-2016 Daytime Emmy Awards as a Fashion Editor for his contributions to “Superlatina with Gabriela Natale.” Many celebrities have accessorized their elegant styles with the Leonardo D’Almagro Jewelry Line. These well-known figures include the aforementioned Gabriela Natale, who wore his jewelry when she received her first Emmy.

Reality TV celebrities LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra from “The Real Housewives of Dallas” frequently wear Leonardo’s jewelry. Two other fans of Leonardo’s jewelry are American TV host Hillary Kennedy and celebrity fashion stylist and TV host Jeannette Chivvis.

Miss Venezuela International, Amal Nemer, wore his jewelry during the Miss International contest, where she won the title of Miss South America International 2016.

For more information about Leonardo and his stunning jewelry collection, visit his official website at www.leonardodalmagro.com.

Austin Texas Designer is Semifinalist on HSN’s National Competition, “Project American Dreams”

HSN’s national competition, Project American Dreams, is looking for the next big American consumer product created by Latinos.  Project American Dreams is a business competition that discovers, mentors and fast-tracks Latino entrepreneurs to launch their products on HSN.

Leonardo D’Almagro, an Austin, TX jewelry designer, is one of the 23 semifinalists selected by HSN (out of thousands of entries) to proceed to the finals.  All semifinalists will be mentored directly by Lili Gil Valletta (HSN Project American Dreams Partner & Mentor, Creator of Dreamers Ventures) & Bob Circosta (HSN American Dreams Partner & Mentor, Dreamers Ventures Partner).

It’s very important to thank HSN, USBank, and the mentors (Lilli Gil Valletta & Bob Circosta) for creating and supporting this opportunity for Latino entrepreneurs to be discovered and to receive mentoring to launch their products on HSN.

Leonardo D'Almagro

Leonardo D’Almagro

About Leonardo D’Almagro:

Leonardo D’Almagro was the only Hispanic U.S. jewelry designer selected in 2016 to present a jewelry line at Vicenzaoro in Italy; it was the first time ever that a Hispanic designer from the USA launched a new brand In Vicenzaoro.  Vicenzaoro and Vincenza Dubai are the most important international jewelry trade shows in the world.

Leonardo created his timeless jewelry line in using the best gems and material to provide high quality, handcrafted, feminine pieces.  Prior to the official launch of Leonardo’s jewelry line in February 2016, national TV host Gabriela Natale wore his jewelry to the ceremony where she received an Emmy award.  USA reality-TV celebrities, like LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra from “The Real Housewives of Dallas”, frequently wear Leonardo’s jewelry line… as do American TV host, Hillary Kennedy, and celebrity fashion stylist and TV host, Jeanette Chivvis.  The Leonardo D’Almagro jewelry line was presented during Paris Fashion Week as accessories for Binzario Couture.  Miss Venezuela International, Amal Nemer wore his jewelry during the Miss International contest, where she won the title of Miss South America International 2016.

CEO and designer, Leonardo D’Almagro, who hails from Venezuela, is also a fashion editor and contributed as a Harper’s Bazaar Style Ambassador.  He is based in Austin, Texas and speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish, and is frequently featured in fashion segments for national and international networks (TV Host-Producer) such as Univision, MSN.com USA Hispanic market, MSN Latino Latin American (LATAM), MSN Brazil, and Telemundo.  Leonardo is a member of the Fashion Group International and is certified by Jewelers of America as a Management Professional. Leonardo D’Almagro has been selected by The Miss Mexico Organization as one of their exclusive designers. Leonardo D’Almagro received recognition by the 2015-2016 Daytime Emmy Awards (The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) as a Fashion Editor for his contributions to the TV show, “SuperLatina with Gaby Natale”.

PR & Media Inquiries from Mexico: please contact StudioRM7.

Other Inquiries: please contact pr@leonardodalmagro.com.

Great Fan Fare & Shocking News At Saks

Saks Fifth Avenue knows how to throw a party. Last night’s Fashion’s Night Out was a testament to the store’s iconic status in this town, which is why I was shocked to learn that the store is closing. Not moving. CLOSING. On December 31st, the Austin Saks will be locking its doors for the last

This Dynamic Duo (Leah Schoeb and William Jackson) are proof that a signature look goes a long way. Originally from NYC, Leah found Austin’s “laid back” style a bit of an adjustment. One thing William knows for sure: Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir Cologne ($60-$110) puts you in the zone. ”Every man should wear it. There is NOT another fragrance.” There you have it.  read more!

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Strutting their stuff: A stylish start to a fashionable week

By: Laura Villagren Johnson
It’s barely August, yet the party circuit is revving into high gear with the start of Austin Fashion Week. Beginning this week, a slew of fundraisers and soirees are slated at venues throughout Austin alongside the AFW’s signature events. On Wednesday, three ladies — each from different sectors of Austin style — kicked it all off with A Fashionable Fete at Estilo on 2nd Street. read more!

3rd Annual PAPI Party Attended by William Jackson

By: Kelly Voelkel
This May the big daddy of the Austin Art Scene, Chip Becker, hosted one of the best parties of the season! The 3rd Annual PAPI Party was held on the mezzanine of the beautiful Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum over looking the sunning rotunda. Guests imbibed the Texas theme cocktails and dined on delicious cowboy inspired food by Rosemary’s Catering. Texas Swing music filled the air, performed by the amazing Will Taylor and Strings Attached. The MODstudio was happy to be part of such a delightful occasion. read more!

Tess About Town: At the Races

For the month of May, Tess presented a fun day at the races — it’s a Derby Day fashion event! Our models walked a festive lineup of dresses – from summer frocks to trendy little cocktail numbers! We paired this fashion excitement with custom Derby hats and fascinators from Milli Starr for dynamite on the track!  read more!

She’s So InFluential

By: The MOD Studio
Always the superstar, she now has something else to celebrate as April 5th, 2012 is going to be proclaimed Ava Arenella Day. She is beautiful, her voice smooth & sultry and her performance style sets a cool, Jazz-y mood on stage. And this month, she is InFluential Magazine’s cover girl. Ava Arenella is unstoppable!

If you don’t know who she is, you really should. If you do, then you are not surprised that she has exploded in the Austin music scene in the past few years. Read more about her here in the latest issue of InFluential Magazine.