Delivering holiday happiness 365
We believe that holidays are festive, full of special traditions, and help bring people together.
Because every day is a holiday, we created a place where people can find joy and happiness, get inspired and entertained, and deepen social connections and optimism.
Founded in 2013, HOLIDAY CHANNEL is a digital media company developing a cross-platform 365 holiday network to reach audiences anytime, anywhere.
We are a multi-cultural lifestyle brand delivering inspiring, informative and joyful holiday-themed content across entertainment, food & beverage, party planning, decorations, crafts, fashion, travel, news and more.
By leveraging and aggregating data and innovation into a single digital platform, we are creating audience engagement that fosters connectivity, community and conversation.
To be the world’s premier holiday company, bringing the world a portfolio of holiday content, products, entertainment and a great online experience.
We are passionate.
We embrace change.
We are positive.
We have fun.
To spread the power of optimism and holiday spirit through celebration every day.
Meet the team paving the path to the future of a cross-platform network for all things holiday, all in one place, all year round.
Founder & CEO
Reesa Ryder is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Holiday Channel. Reesa brings 30 years of business management and leadership experience in PR, government affairs, event planning, and human resources. She earned an MBA from Chapman University, a BA from UCLA and graduated from Georgetown University’s International Business Executive Program. Her multicultural experience includes traveling to 30+ countries on 5 continents and working for Coca-Cola in Barcelona, Spain. Reesa also holds an accreditation from Public Relations Society of America and a certification for CORO Foundation’s Public Affairs Leadership Program.
Favorite Holiday Movie:Valentine’s Day
Favorite Holiday Food:Thanksgiving Dinner — all of it!
Favorite Holiday Drink:Hot Spiced Cider
Chief Content Officer
Romell Foster-Owens is the Chief Content Officer for Holiday Channel. She is responsible for content strategy, original programming, and the creative teams. She is an Emmy-award winning producer, director and writer for motion pictures and TV. Romell is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including being selected for Robert De Niro’s Tribeca All Access Program in 2004 and Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Master Workshop in 2009. Romell received an MFA from American Film Institute and a BA from San Diego State University.
Favorite Holiday Movie:A Christmas Story
Favorite Holiday Food:Peach Cobbler
Favorite Holiday Drink:Margarita
VP, RETAIL PARTNERSHIPS
Tamilyn Bonney is the Vice President of Retail Partnerships for Holiday Channel. In this role, she leads affiliate sales, retail and partnership marketing. Tamiyn’s professional career in entertainment spans from global retail and partnership marketing to consumer products and digital marketing. She has led major promotions for both film and TV properties for 20th Century Fox, NBC Universal, DreamWorks, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures. Tamilyn has managed licensing and merchandising strategies for mass retail accounts like Walmart, Target, and Amazon. Tamilyn holds MA and BA degrees in Behavioral Science.
Favorite Holiday Movie:Christmas in the City
Favorite Holiday Food:Macaroni & Cheese
Favorite Holiday Drink:Red Velvet Ice Blended Mocha
COMMUNICATIONS & PR DIRECTOR
Mark Berhard is the Communications and Public Relations Director for Holiday Channel. Mark has a 30 year background in strategic communications, PR, and media relations. He has most recently served as Head of Communications for the $25B London Stock Exchange in New York. Previously, Mark held senior corporate communications positions at three Fortune-50 firms (Anthem, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America) and operated a full-service PR agency, where he launched DocuSign and represented the LA Dodgers and LA Lakers. He began his career in government, first as a Congressional aide in Washington, DC and then as the tourism communications director for Southern California. Mark earned an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA in Political Science from UCLA. Past honors include carrying the Olympic Torch and being an elected nominee for the California State Assembly.
Favorite Holiday Movie:Miracle on 34th Street
Favorite Holiday Food:Turkey
Favorite Holiday Drink:Apricot Brandy Punch
Kripa Koshy is the Content Director for Holiday Channel. With more than 10 years of global experience developing and producing multi-platform content, Kripa has led creative teams for premium news shows, docu-series, food reality, lifestyle TV and digital media networks with up to 55 million reach. Kripa has held director, producer, show runner and executive producer positions at AETN’s History Channel, Times Network, CNBC, Ping, and Food Food. Kripa earned an MBA-MFA in Producing for Film and TV from Chapman University, an MA in Broadcast Journalism, and a BA in English Literature.
Favorite Holiday Movie:Home Alone
Favorite Holiday Food:Appam & Chicken Stew
Favorite Holiday Drink:Bailey’s Irish Cream
Business Development Director
Nick Purdom is the Business Development Director for Holiday Channel. Nick has 15+ years of experience in strategic relationship management, sales management and business development. He is a top producer with exceptional results in start-up, growth-phase and highly competitive dental and medical device markets. Nick has held leadership positions with Southern Implants, Straumann and Keystone Dental. Nick received an MBA from Chapman University and a BA from University of Maryland. He is responsible for Holiday Channel’s non-sponsorship business development.
Favorite Holiday Movie:National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Favorite Holiday Food:Eggs La Strada
Favorite Holiday Drink:Eggnog with Bourbon
Social Media Coordinator
Hannah Looper is a Social Media Coordinator for Holiday Channel. She maintains the Holiday Channel’s social media presence through corporate social media accounts. She creates meaningful content including social copy and graphics to increase brand awareness and engagement. As a team lead, she implements and monitors Holiday Channel’s social strategy across multiple platforms. Hannah is a Communications Major at Chapman University.
Favorite Holiday Movie:Elf
Favorite Holiday Food:Candy Corn
Favorite Holiday Drink:Apple Cider
Steven Jaksch is the Finance Director for Holiday Channel. He leads the company’s financial operations, accounting and tax functions. Steven has 17 years of financial expertise at Charles Schwab and Miracle Mile Advisors. A trusted advisor and high performing wealth manager, he has managed $300M in assets. Steven holds a California State insurance license and Series 7, 67, 9 and 10 securities licenses. He earned an MBA from Chapman University, where he graduated with honors and was awarded valedictorian.
Favorite Holiday Movie:A Christmas Story
Favorite Holiday Food:Stuffing
Favorite Holiday Drink:Hot Buttered Rum
Social Media Coordinator
Anna Vogt is a Social Media Coordinator for Holiday Channel. She maintains the Holiday Channel’s social media presence through corporate social media accounts. She develops unique social content to build communities, grow brand awareness and increase user engagement. Anna is a Communications Major at Chapman University.
Favorite Holiday Movie:Polar Express
Favorite Holiday Food:Sweet Potato Pie
Favorite Holiday Drink:Peppermint Hot Chocolate