JACK HOUVOURAS PRESIDENT
Jack Houvouras is a 1988 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Marshall University where he served as editor of the student newspaper The Parthenon. After graduating he founded HQ Publishing Co. and released the company's first magazine - the Huntington Quarterly. In the following years he oversaw the addition of numerous other magazines and specialty publications to the HQ Publishing Co. family. He is a 1993 graduate of the Leadership West Virginia program. In 1994 he was named the "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" by the West Virginia Small Business Administration. Outside of work he served as the West Virginia Special Olympics Summer Games Director, was a Junior Achievement instructor and Co-President of the MU School of Journalism Alumni Association. His specialties are writing, editing, design and new business development.
SUZANNA STEPHENS ART DIRECTOR
Suzanna Stephens came to HQ Publishing with over 20 years of experience in the graphic design field. Upon graduating summa cum laude from Marshall University with a BFA in graphic design, she began a freelance business that brought great variety and skill refinement. Her client list includes hospitals, universities, non-profits, government agencies, and international design competitions. She is co-owner of the American Graphic Design and Advertising Awards. She writes as well as designs and has edited or co-edited seven books of design collections published by HarperCollins Publishers. Of all the work she’s done—books, brochures, corporate identity standards, fund-raising campaigns, logos, magazines, stationery, signage, t-shirts and website content—print design remains her first love.
KATIE SIGLER GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Katie Sigler is a 2012 graduate of Shawnee State University with a BFA in graphic design and a minor in art history. While attending Shawnee, Katie managed four locally owned tanning salons. After graduating, she started designing advertisements for multiple newspapers across three different states: Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. At HQ Publishing Co., Katie does editorial and advertisement design. She also enjoys designing logos, business cards, promotional signs, and birthday and wedding invitations. In her spare time, she is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer at Crossfit Countdown in Ashland, Kentucky.
JAMES E. CASTO
Retired newspaperman James E. Casto has written freelance articles for a long list of national, state and local magazines and newspapers and is the author of a number of books on local and regional history. He was a reporter and editor at The Herald-Dispatch for more than 40 years before his retirement in 2004. A native of Huntington and a Marshall University graduate, he's active in community affairs and, costumed as Collis P. Huntington, regularly appears at civic clubs, schools and other groups in a first-person program that offers a glimpse of the famed rail tycoon's life and times. On his retirement from The Herald-Dispatch, Marshall presented him its John Marshall Medal of Civic Responsibility in recognition of his services to the university and the community. He's been inducted as a member of the Huntington Wall of Fame. The Cabell County Library has named its local history room in his honor, and the West Virginia Library Association has honored him with its Literary Achievement Award.
RALPH J. TURNER, Ph.D.
Ralph J. Turner, Ph.D., is professor emeritus at the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., where he taught for 32 years. He also taught at Ohio University and Florida A&M University. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Marshall University and his Ph.D. from Ohio University. He also studied graphic design at Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology. He has done considerable writing, editing and design for numerous publications in several states. On his retirement from Marshall, he received the university's Distinguished Service Award. He also received a lifetime membership from the West Virginia Press Association in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to journalism education, West Virginia newspapers and the West Virginia Press Association. Before becoming a university professor, Dr. Turner worked as a reporter for newspapers in Wayne County, Huntington and Charleston, W.Va., including serving as editor of the Wayne County News.
CARTER TAYLOR SEATON
Carter Taylor Seaton graduated from Marshall University in 1982 with a Regent's BA degree in English and Business. As a marketing professional in West Virginia and Georgia, she has over thirty years of writing experience. ForeWord Magazine named her first novel, Father’s Troubles, as a Book of the Year finalist in 2003. A contributor to the West Virginia Encyclopedia and to several regional magazines, her article on the back-to-the-land artisans and performers in West Virginia was featured in Appalachian Heritage and won a Denny C. Plattner Award in 2007. Additionally, her award winning ceramic sculptures have been exhibited regionally and nationally and were selected for the WV Juried Exhibition in 2003, 2007, and 2009. She exhibits at Tamarack and received a West Virginia Artist Fellowship in 2008 from the WV Division of Culture and History.
Rick Lee has worked as a professional photographer in West Virginia for more than 20 years. He received his Associate of Photography degree from Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C., where he was named "Chowan College Photography Student of the Year." Lee's artistic photography exhibitions have included the West Virginia Juried Exhibition, the Parkersburg Art Center Juried Photography Exhibit and the Huntington Museum of Art 280 Exhibition: Works on Walls. The majority of his work comes from the top advertising agencies in the region, serving industrial, financial, medical and high-technology businesses. His clientele includes Toyota, AEP, Charleston Area Medical Center, Union Carbide, Dow Chemical, Verizon, Columbia Gas, Weirton Steel and Marshall University. Lee's work has been published in Sports Illustrated, West Virginia Executive, West Virginia It's You, Southern Accents, Huntington Quarterly, Marshall Magazine, St. Mary's Today, The West Virginia Lawyer, Wonderful West Virginia and Southern Living.
Reece Booth has been a professional wedding and portrait photographer for the past 11 years. He began as a "serious hobbyist" while attending Marshall University in 1985, but the professional bug did not bite until some years later. In 1999 Reece began working for a busy wedding studio in Cincinnati, where he received training in the technical and business aspects of wedding photography. After working there for four years he opened his own business. Reece recently moved back to the Huntington area, focusing his business on weddings and high school senior portraits. He has been working for HQ Publishing for the past year. His work has been published in Sports Illustrated, Huntington Quarterly, St. Mary's Today, Marshall Magazine and The West Virginia Lawyer.