Our Company

Based in Kingston, Ontario and Syracuse, NY, StayBillety is the international online home sharing platform serving groups and organizations, connecting like-minded guests and hosts.

With StayBillety, guests traveling for concerts, commencements or competitions connect with enterprising hosts who share their common interests.

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THE TEAM

BARBARA JONES – FOUNDER/CEO
Barbara Jones has produced and supported consumer-facing media products for over 30 years, both multi-lingual and multi-platform.  Her executive roles include positions at The Travel Channel (helped to launch travelchannel.com),  The Weather Channel/Weather.com (headed International Online including the launch of Spanish & Portuguese versions of weather.com), Western Broadcast Sales, Power Broadcasting, and Alliance Atlantis.  She helmed her own company, SailorJones Media, for over 15 years. Barbara holds a BAA (Radio/Television Arts) from Ryerson University and an MSc (Radio/Television/Film) from Syracuse University where she is a professor of practice in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

KRIS BURNETT, MARKETING & AFFILIATE PARTNERSHIPS

Kris Burnett serves as marketing and affiliate partnership advisor for StayBillety. She brings more than 20 years’ experience as a writer/editor for print, broadcast and digital media. Additionally, As a marketing and advertising campaign consultant she’s worked hand-in-hand with clients to develop materials that promote their companies and events on a global scale. During her two decades as a media professional, Kris has contributed content to numerous consumer and trade news agencies and publications. She’s covered a wide variety of industries ranging from travel and hospitality, to technology, sports, general lifestyle, financial, bridal/fashion and food. 

JOHN GAROFALO, TECHNICAL LEAD

John Garofalo graduated Queen’s University with a Masters of Engineering and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering. Introduced to StayBillety through the Queen’s InnovationXL program, John joined the StayBillety team in July 2018.  He founded his own design and development firm, JIC Design, in 2004 and began his web development career primarily focusing on creating a shared student information system for school boards across the Province of Ontario still being used today. Over the last 5 years John has grown his firm in to a development powerhouse teaming up with large creative agencies across Canada and New Zealand as their development team working with brands such as Canadian Tire, Pita Pit, John Freida, and Big Rock Brewery.

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE STAYBILLETY 'STABLE'

Kim Macintyre - TECH TEAM (Project Manager)

Marc Rogall - TECH TEAM (UI/UX Designer)

Brianna Beahen - TECH TEAM (Graphic Designer/Front End Developer)

Gianna Whitver - MARKETING CONSULTANT

 

ADVISORS INCLUDE:

  • Sean Branagan –Entrepreneur, Educator, Startup Coach & Founder – Syracuse, NY

  • Rick Burton - Former CMO US Olympic Committee; NCAA committee member

  • Linda Dickerson-Hartsock – Executive Director, Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars @Syracuse University

  • Beth Egan - Marketing & communications, advertising industry veteran and professor

  • Les Magyar - ReThink Social/Infinity Sales Solutions; sales advisor InnovationXL (Queen's U) & Velocity (U of Waterloo)

  • Jeff Rubin - Founder/CEO/President SIDEARM Sports

  • Scott Runté – CEO and Entrepreneur in Residence, LaunchLab; CEO Warren Capital

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Accountants:   MNP (Kingston, ON); Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa (Syracuse, NY)    

Legal:  Daniel Schmidt (Kitchener, ON),  Michael Bean (Kitchener, ON)