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Editorial Staff

Duke_RatliffDuke Ratliff, Editor in Chief
646-274-3538 |
Duke Ratliff, the editor-in-chief of HFN, has reported on the home furnishings industry since 1993. He oversees HFN’s print edition and online coverage of the retail industry, as well as trends in furniture and lighting, mattresses, tabletop, housewares, floor covering and textiles. He enjoys traveling to numerous domestic—and occasionally, international—trade shows. He feels that the perfect combination of a great product and a creative, attention-getting marketing plan is a thing of beauty. He lives in Westchester County, N.Y., with his wife, two children, two dogs, five chickens, two finches, three lizards and a five-foot-long corn snake.
Allison_ZiskoAllison Zisko, Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor
646-274-3537 |
After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.
Andrea_LilloAndrea Lillo, Senior Editor
646-274-3576 |
Andrea Lillo has written about a variety of topics, from beer gardens in Queens to kitchen design trends to residential caves. Having joined Home Furnishings News in 2006, she serves as Fashion Editor. She currently covers area rugs, lighting and housewares categories such as cookware, bakeware and gadgets. Andrea is also responsible for a monthly trends report. In her free time, she volunteers for such organizations as the Taproot Foundation and OpenHouseNewYork. Her interests include dark beer, pops of bright color, a good meal, storage space and a plane ticket to Europe.
David_GillDavid Gill, Senior Editor
646-274-3574 |
David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.
Michael_GambardellaMichael Gambardella, Group Art Director
646-274-3583 |
Michael Gambardella has more than 30 years experience as a graphic designer and art director and has spent almost his entire professional life associated with Home Furnishings News in one incarnation or another. In fact, HFN was a daily newspaper when he first started with the publication. His outside interests include film, theater, music and fine dining.

Advertising Contacts

Seth_MendelsonSeth Mendelson, VP, Group Publisher & Editorial Director
646-274-3507 |
Seth Mendelson is the publisher and editorial director of Macfadden Communications, overseeing multiple titles across many key categories. Seth has been a journalist since graduating from Syracuse University in 1980. He was a sportswriter and newswriter for Gannett Newspapers, before becoming an editor at Mass Market Retailers, Nonfoods Merchandising and Supermarket Business. Also, Seth was previously editor in chief of Retail Merchandiser. He has been quoted in a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and many regional newspapers.
Steven_P_WernerSteve Werner, Associate Publisher/National Sales Manager
847-991-1548 |
Steve Werner has been the Associate Publisher/National Sales Manager for Home Furnishings News for six years and has been in the publishing business for over 25 years. His area of expertise at HFN is in developing effective trade media programs. When not working, Steve likes to spend time with his family and watching sports (Go Chicago Bears!) When asked what he would do if he didn’t work at HFN, Steve says “I’d be on a beach somewhere”

New England/Mid-Atlantic Region

Natalie_FiltserNatalie Filtser, Associate Publisher
646-274-3763 |
Natalie Filtser has been the Associate Publisher of HFN for 3 years handling the East Coast region. She has been in the publishing industry for 17 years with prior experience working for Yellow Pages and Progressive Grocer magazine. Natalie is responsible for generating new business for the magazine as well as retaining existing accounts. She is a devoted mother to her 4 years old son and likes to read and throw parties for friends during her free time from work.

Midwest/West Coast Region

Joseph_SgammatoJoseph Sgammato, Associate Publisher
646-274-3791 |
Joe Sgammato joined HFN as Associate Publisher in 2008 after fifteen years as a sales manager and advertising director for several community newspapers in the tri-state area. Responsible for the Midwest and Western United States as well as Asia, Joe manages some of the company’s largest accounts. He studied advertising, marketing, graphic design and consumer psychology at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY and graduated in 1993 with a B.A. in Communications. Although he is a die-hard Yankee fan, Joe grew up in Boston and now lives in Maine.


Nicole_MontillaNicole Montilla, Manager
646-274-3511 |
Nicole is the most recent addition to HFN starting in January 2013. Immediately after graduating from Michigan State University she gave into her love for traveling and fled to South Korea to teach English and travel around Asia for two years. Afterwards, she moved to New York City wanting to start her career exploring sales and marketing. In her spare time, you will easily find her either reading books, playing word games, or planning her next big trip.