Barbette is a true New Yorker . Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, she resides with her family in Manhattan.
After graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from New York University, Barbette worked in banking before joining the foreign correspondents' office of German publishing giant BURDA Media .
Fluent in German, Barbette specialized in features on art, fashion, and lifestyle. While she researched stories and organized interviews and studio visits, she met many leading artists, fashion designers, photographers, and agents, who helped lead her to the 1987 launch of Barbette Media Services .
Barbette's contacts in the international publishing and entertainment industry — from agents and publicists to editors, authors, photographers, and stylists — are countless . To this day, Barbette takes pride in being clients' “eyes and ears” in America, regularly finding compelling stories and images not found online or through photo agencies .
Although she works on breaking news stories at all hours, Barbette finds time to devote to her love of home restoration and family ski getaways .
Simone’s career began in the fashion industry in her native Germany. An apprenticeship led to her work as a children's clothing designer, then to Niederrhein University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in fashion design and pattern making.
At Niederrhein, Simone fell in love with fashion journalism. After interning at various German magazines, she became a writer for ELLE Plus, where she stayed until she finished college.
Two weeks after graduation, Simone was working in NYC . She became a researcher for Map New York, a writer and co-author of a German travel guide for NYC, and an associate for Visibility PR .
Through her more than a dozen years at Barbette Media Services, Simone's extensive connections and knowledge of the U.S. and German media market have allowed her to balance many BMS responsibilities, from researching complex photo and text features to finding and assigning photographers to breaking news stories .
Simone’s designer sense continues, most vividly through her work as a mixed-media collage artist.
Highly experienced in sales, marketing, and management for popular brands, Veronica serves in many key roles for Barbette Media Services .
Veronica spent more than a dozen years as a product analyst and sales and customer service director at Dansk, the tabletop and giftware company. Her achievements include the consolidation of the sales and customer service functions following Dansk's purchase of fellow product leaders Gorham and Kirk Steiff.
Veronica went on to serve as director of logistics for the Zrike Company, representing Disney, Coca Cola, Tracy Porter, and other brands, plus private labels for such retail leaders as Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and Target.
A graduate of St. John's University Business School, Veronica started her career in product marketing, promoting such wine and Champagne brands as Rodney Strong and Piper Heidsieck .
A NYC native of German heritage, Veronica is an active Schuhplattler dancer for New York's Bavarian Club Edelweiss Westchester .
A photography graduate of NYC's School of Visual Arts, Katya is passionate about spotting and securing unique images .
Katya joined Barbette Media Services in 2011 after more than six years in retail fashion. She has handled a diversity of BMS duties, from office management to retaining photo usage rights .
Katya's work is one of the reasons BMS is regularly the first media operation to bring newsworthy content to the attention of appreciative foreign media outlets . Well educated in digital research, Katya navigates through social and other online media to complete many of her responsibilities .
Raised in a Spanish-speaking household, Katya enjoys many international interests . In addition, she's an avid photographer and artist.
Freshly adopted from a kennel, Fairway started working at BMS as a puppy. His early duties included entertaining the staff and the obligatory barking when the doorbell rang.
Today, Fairway concentrates on bringing calm into the crazy world of media and reminding the humans around him that a nap here and there is important.
Fairway, who is bilingual, is happy he can't be reached by email or phone.