A potent blend of journalism and public relations expertise – that’s what you’ll obtain from Ripson Communications. During the past two decades, Ripson Communications has gleaned professional insights that are critical for navigating media’s rough terrain.
Lisa Ripson, principal of Ripson Communications, spent 14 years as a broadcast news producer, including nine years at NBC’s Chicago affiliate, WMAQ-TV. In 2005, she won an Emmy for co-producing the documentary, “The Dells, Oh What a Night,” and received nominations for four other Emmy Awards. Ripson also taught broadcast news at Chicago’s Columbia College and contributed to Today’s Chicago Woman magazine as freelance journalist.
In 2006, Ripson left NBC to become a senior account supervisor with Edelman, the world’s largest independent public relations firm. While at Edelman, Ripson helped to craft and shape messaging for Whirlpool Corporation and Banco Popular. Ripson was also responsible for crafting the communications strategy for USAA.
In 2007, she created Ripson Communications. Today she serves a variety of clients in the real estate, grocery, restaurant, medical and not-for-profit arena. Most recently she has worked with Old St. Patrick’s Church, Lincoln Square restaurant Bistro Campagne, Himmel’s and with Testing Timers, an innovative company who provides specialized standardized testing watches. Ripson also produced a half hour documentary for Animal Planet.
Chris Comes, executive vice president of Ripson Communications, has spent nearly two decades as a seasoned public relations and marketing professional working most recently for Clearwire as the national director of media relations. During his tenure at Clearwire, he oversaw the launches of 4G mobile internet markets across the country, numerous product launches including the popular CLEAR Spot Voyager and was also the director of social media.
Prior to joining Ripson Communications, Comes has worked for a number of telecommunications clients serving as a spokesperson including AT&T, Cingular, AT&T Wireless and Sprint PCS. In 2007, he led a team for the launch of the first generation Apple iPhone for AT&T that included a CNBC live television broadcast on location from Chicago.
His U.S. public relations agency experience includes both Golin/Harris and Fleishman-Hillard