Our Team

Andrew Vogel

Partner and Chief Operating Officer

 

Andrew's passion for story telling started in journalism, where he was an award-winning sports feature writer and columnist for a daily newspaper in Wooster, Ohio.

 

In addition to writing and editing, he has experience in graphic design and project management. He joined the Ripples team in 2022 and has immensely enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with authors during the challenging and sometimes exhausting—but incredibly fulfilling—journey to see their book come to life. 

AV headshot
liptak

Jaye Liptak

Copy Editor

 

Jaye has collaborated on book projects with a number of Ripples authors. She has written long- and short-form copy for advertising agencies, corporate clients, press headlines, professional speeches for conferences and award shows, wedding toasts, song and poetry parodies, and everything else in between. Most of all, she is passionate about supporting fellow writers in creating their most concise, error-free, reader-friendly material. 

 

She has tackled everything from the light editing of one-sentence headlines to the heavy editing, story structuring, and co-writing of 200+ page manuscripts.  Jaye is passionate about language, people, October baseball, good food, great comedy, and terrible puns.

 

Burtch Hunter

Chief Designer

 

Burtch has designed over 150 titles in nearly every genre, including many coffee-table books, a dozen recipe books, and several national bestsellers. “My philosophy is to create a contemporary yet classic look that will never appear dated,” he said. “A book should be a product that is not only striking and attractive to the buyer in the bookstore, but also something the reader is proud to display on their table at home. It should be both beautiful and easy to read.”

 

In 2009, he received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Cover Design by the Independent Book Publishers Association.

hunter_burtch
DMFHeadshot

Dorothy Miller-Farleo

Publishing Advisor

 

Dorothy Miller-Farleo started with Ripples Media working on Jeff's first book in 2019. With a passion for print it was a great fit to expand into publishing. DMF supports Ripples Media as a publishing advisor and is Chief of Staff at Dragon Army.

 

Jeff Hilimire

Founder and Chief Strategist

 

Jeff founded Ripples Media in 2021. After publishing his first book, The 5-Day Turnaround, in 2019 and being completely turned off by the entire process of working with a traditional publisher, like a true entrepreneur, he decided to start his own publishing company.

 

He founded Ripples out of a belief that traditional publishers are too "old school" and the most successful book promotion plans are accomplished through personal branding, a variety of media channels, and a community of other supportive authors. 

 

author-jeff-hilimire-profile@3x

Rachelle Kuramoto

Advisor and Strategist

 

Rachelle co-founded Ripples with Jeff Hilimire and now serves as an Advisor. Her invigorating day job is as the VP of Content for Panoramic Ventures.

 

She’s been fortunate to have built a whole career out of content strategy, writing, editing, and connecting with people through their stories. And if you can’t find her, she’s probably curled up in a corner with a book.

 

RK Headshot

Andrew Vogel

AV headshot

Partner and Chief Operating Officer

Andrew's passion for story telling started in journalism, where he was an award-winning sports feature writer and columnist for a daily newspaper in Wooster, Ohio.

In addition to writing and editing, he has experience in graphic design and project management. He joined the Ripples team in 2022 and has immensely enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with authors during the challenging and sometimes exhausting—but incredibly fulfilling—journey to see their book come to life. 

Jaye Liptak

liptak

Copy Editor

Jaye has collaborated on book projects with a number of Ripples authors. She has written long- and short-form copy for advertising agencies, corporate clients, press headlines, professional speeches for conferences and award shows, wedding toasts, song and poetry parodies, and everything else in between. Most of all, she is passionate about supporting fellow writers in creating their most concise, error-free, reader-friendly material. 

She has tackled everything from the light editing of one-sentence headlines to the heavy editing, story structuring, and co-writing of 200+ page manuscripts.  Jaye is passionate about language, people, October baseball, good food, great comedy, and terrible puns.

Rachelle Kuramoto

RK Headshot

Advisor and Strategist

Rachelle co-founded Ripples with Jeff Hilimire and now serves as an Advisor. Her invigorating day job is as the VP of Content for Panoramic Ventures.

She’s been fortunate to have built a whole career out of content strategy, writing, editing, and connecting with people through their stories. And if you can’t find her, she’s probably curled up in a corner with a book.

Dorothy Miller-Farleo

DMFHeadshot

Publishing Advisor

DMF started with Ripples Media working on Jeff's first book in 2019. With a passion for print it was a great fit to expand into publishing. DMF supports Ripples Media as a publishing advisor and is Chief of Staff at Dragon Army.

Jeff Hilimire

author-jeff-hilimire-profile@3x

Founder 

Jeff founded Ripples Media in 2021. After publishing his first book, The 5-Day Turnaround, in 2019 and being completely turned off by the entire process of working with a traditional publisher, like a true entrepreneur, he decided to start his own publishing company.

He founded Ripples out of a belief that traditional publishers are too "old school" and the most successful book promotion plans are accomplished through personal branding, a variety of media channels, and a community of other supportive authors. 

Burtch Hunter

hunter_burtch

Chief Designer

Burtch has designed over 150 titles in nearly every genre, including many coffee-table books, a dozen recipe books, and several national bestsellers. “My philosophy is to create a contemporary yet classic look that will never appear dated,” he said. “A book should be a product that is not only striking and attractive to the buyer in the bookstore, but also something the reader is proud to display on their table at home. It should be both beautiful and easy to read.”

In 2009, he received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Cover Design by the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Let’s Chat

Most people have great ideas to share.
We believe there is a better way to get them into the world.