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.
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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.
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.
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 two children.
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?”)
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.
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.
Nick Wiinikka is Senior 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 Director of Pro-Artist Relations 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.
Annika is an animal and word lover. She has a big goofy dog that she loves exploring with. She has been the Online Editor at KPG since April, 2017.
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Is this the part where we say super important things about ourselves? Like: I did a play once. It was called Rip Van Winkle. I was 10. I forgot my first line and it was embarrassing. Seriously, I remember it like it was yesterday. I froze on stage. My teacher, Mrs. Kline, whispered it to me from behind the orange velvet curtain. And then I got going; it all came back to me and the play was a hit. Sometimes, when I forget what to say in my real life, or it feels like I’m sleeping through it, I wait for Mrs. Kline’s voice to wake me up. And she does. Psst! Don’t forget to tell them! Oh yeah: I am grateful for many things in my life, traveling, writing, acting, fatherhood and being part of KPG.
Brooke Burgess comes from a background of make-up artistry, wardrobe styling and costuming. She brings her retail sales experience and her passion for the make-up community to her role at KPG as Sales Assistant. She enjoys hanging out with her husband Jack, testing new bread and cookie recipes, petting dogs and practicing yoga.
Adam Thomas is KPG’s Information Technology Manager. Adam brings more than 10 years of experience in the industry as an IT professional and recently started his own consulting business. When Adam is not working you’ll typically find him out on an adventure with his girlfriend Liz. Adam’s hobbies include driving through the mountains, forging trails, late-night gaming and grillin’ for his friends and family.
Jason Eshuis joined KPG in 2018. He enjoys traveling with the company and meeting everyone who contributes to the movies he loves. His dog Bree is by his side most days, or under his desk. Jason is a musician and an outdoor adventure junky. When he isn’t at work Jason spends time with his two kids, and enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Maria Pérez can’t seem to stay away from Key Publishing Group. She worked here years ago and recently returned the beginning of this year. In her free time she is a coffee and whiskey connoisseur and likes traveling (having been to Australia, Italy, London, Nigeria, Mexico and Canada thus far). If she had to pick a favorite place it would be the beach, although after living in Australia for a year the Pacific Northwest’s beach is just too cold. She also really enjoys time with family and friends.