Maine Magazine co-founder departs



Susan Grisanti. Photo by Troy Bennett

After 10 years as the face of Maine Media Collective, co-creator and editor-in-chief Susan Grisanti has left the company. Her partner and publisher Kevin Thomas announced the news Friday.

“The years have flown by so quickly,” said Thomas, in a release. “When Susan Grisanti and I started the business we knew there was great potential for our idea and instead of listening to the naysayers, we went to work to create a magazine—and organization—we are both very proud of. As with all milestones however, some are marked with change and my partner Susan has moved on to pursue other opportunities.”

Rebecca Falzano, former managing editor of Maine Home+Design and editor at large at Maine Magazine, will assume the role of editor-in-chief at Maine Media Collective on Monday. The Portland-based Collective, which includes The Old Port Magazine, art galleries and a brand agency, has revenues exceeding $6 million and plans for a new office space in the Old Port.

Urban Eye obtained an email Grisanti sent on Thursday in which she announced her departure: “I have had the richest, fullest experiences doing this good work, and now the time has come for me to begin a new chapter. And so, I am working towards an amicable split of my business partnership.”

Grisanti did not return calls or emails seeking comment. Thomas indicated that the break was cordial, and details if she will maintain a share of the company are to be determined. The Los Angeles native officially left the company last Friday, Thomas confirmed.

Whether the move has anything to do with the recent hiring of Andrea King as the company’s Chief Operating Officer, is unknown. Grisanti was a visible presence in the glossy’s pages, a vibrant personality at the Collective’s Kennebunkport Festival and set the tone for events around town.

“We have built something that will go on for years to come, and for this I am filled with pride and contentment,” Grisanti wrote. “The teams who produce Maine Home+Design, Maine & Old Port magazines are second to none! I wish them well, and will look forward to reading their excellent coverage of Maine, a place we all love so much.”


Kathleen Pierce

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