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in the Mix Magazine Staff & Contributing Writers

don billings - publisher and editor-in-chief "in the mix" magazine and imi agency president and ceo

Don Billings is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of in the Mix magazine. He is also President, CEO and founding partner of iMi Agency, positions he has held for the past 23 years.


mike raven - managing editor - in the mix magazineMike Raven is the Managing Editor of in the Mix magazine. He has over 20 years of experience in distributor management in Florida with Southern Wine and Spirits, Premier Beverage Company and was the CEO of Lion Wines and Spirits. | 770-655-9451

celeste dinos - associate editor of in the mix magazine and vp operations of imi agencyCeleste Dinos is an Associate Editor of in the Mix magazine and a Partner at iMi Agency. While working in the hospitality industry, her travels have allowed her to visit many vineyards and distilleries around the world which has left her with the invaluable ability to say “thank you” in ten different languages.

Helen Billings - associate editor and writer for in the mix magazine

Helen Benefield Billings is a travel and hospitality industry writer and has been with in the Mix since its inception in 2004. Her childhood on Sea Island, GA, spent literally steps from the grounds of the 5-Star Cloister hotel, instilled in her the strong belief that creating happy customers and inspiring brand loyalty lies in the attention to small details coupled with warm, attentive service.

christine neal - copy editor for in the mix magazine

Christine Neal is the proofreader and copyeditor of the in the Mix print magazine. Her copyediting skills have been honed by working in the legal field, through her education and experience in archaeology and historic preservation, and by her authoring a book on historic cemetery care, which was published in 2003.

tony abou-ganim - the modern mixologist - in the mix magazineTony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist, is an accomplished bar chef and consultant who has created several original cocktail recipes authored The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails (Agate Surrey)


Ned Barker is a hotel industry veteran and principal of Grill Ventures Consulting, Inc.

Ned Barker is a hotel industry veteran and principal of Grill Ventures Consulting, Inc. Specializing in F&B, GVC works with both hotel and restaurant companies. GVC’s work ranges from full concept development to operations/marketing review & analysis, to special one-off project assignments.

adam billings - in the mix staff writer

Adam Billings is the Director of Creative, Technology and Innovation at iMi Agency, a full service marketing agency in the hospitality industry. He has been with iMi for 8 years and manages adult beverage programs for chain restaurant, hotel and concession clients.

edward korry - johnson and wales university professorEdward Korry is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Beverage & Dining Service Department in the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. Edward carries many certifications as well as being an executive member of the board of directors for Society of Wine Educators; and an executive board member of the US Bartenders Guild Master Accreditation program.