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John C. Zaher

 

John C. Zaher
Founder/President/CEO

email johnzaher@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 107
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John Zaher earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, then worked for the Republican National Committee and as a staff member on Rick Lazio’s campaign for U.S. Congress. In 1993, John joined Congressman Lazio’s staff as a Special Assistant.

In August 1994, he joined TCI Cable of Brookhaven (later Cablevision of Brookhaven) as its Community Affairs Manager and later as Franchise/Government Relations Manager, earning numerous honors from the New York Cable Television Association for public service programs.

John graduated from Touro Law Center’s evening Juris Doctorate program cum laude. His graduating paper, “Exploring Councilmanic Districts for Long Island’s Towns,” was published by the Suffolk Law Journal. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 1999. John served as Press Secretary in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office beginning in 1999 and for the Nassau County Executive in 2001.

In addition to his law degree, John holds a Master’s in Political Science/Public Policy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in December 2000. He teaches Political Science and History at Suffolk and Nassau Community Colleges.

John formed The Public Relations and Marketing Group in January 2002. The firm provides integrated services to attorneys and other professionals, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, retailers, restaurants, destinations, other corporations and political candidates. The firm launched PR4Lawyers, a division of the company, in 2012.

 

Brad Swezey

 

Brad Swezey
Senior Account Executive

email brad@theprmg.com
phone 321-613-8476

Brad Swezey is a veteran Air Force officer from West Islip, New York. He has experience at the local, national and international levels in public relations and marketing.

He has served in a variety of positions inside and outside of the federal government, including positions at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Space Command, the National Guard Bureau, the President of the United States Air Force Wing, and the Air Force’s (Now Space Force) premier space launch wing at Cape Canaveral and Patrick Air Force Base, where he was the Director of Public Affairs for this organization of more than 14,000 people and an annual economic impact of $1.18 billion. He also served as the General Manager of BLilley Productions, where he was responsible for the operations of some of the largest air shows in the country (400,000+ attendees), including Ft. Lauderdale, and Melbourne, Florida, and Ocean City, Maryland.

After leaving government service, he has been helping small businesses integrate their marketing and public relations for maximum results since 2013.

Brad graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with academic honors in 2002, attended Georgetown University Law Center, and holds a Master’s of Science degree from Air University.

In addition to his work, Brad has served as an appointee to the Governor of Florida’s Cape Canaveral Hospital board, the Executive Director of the National Guard Association of Colorado, and the Executive Director of the Air, Sea and Space Foundation.

He also has written a regular column on small business marketing for one of the largest newspapers in Florida, Florida Today.


Courtney Baldwin

 

Courtney Baldwin
Account Executive

email courtney@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 115

Courtney Baldwin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing with a minor in Multimedia at Siena College. Additionally, she concentrated on Business Communications and Digital Marketing. She previously interned at a PR/Marketing company on Long Island where she obtained experience in managing social media, creating content, writing blog posts/ press releases and more.


Brian Kotkin

 

Alicia Gonzalez
Assistant Account Executive

email alicia@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 109

Alicia Gonzalez earned her Master’s Degree in Public Relations at Hofstra University. She specializes in digital content marketing and management. Alicia operated her own brand’s social media pages and also interned for a social media marketing company based in Huntington. She previously interned as a media relations assistant at a PR agency in Manhattan, with a focus on law and finance clients. To follow, she also created the first social media campaign for the EMS FDNY Help Fund.


Brian Kotkin

 

Josceline Schmidt
Executive Assistant

email Josceline@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 116

Josceline Schmidt was born and raised on eastern Long Island. She has a love for creativity, being active, and experiencing new things. After graduating from Riverhead High School, she received a License in Cosmetology and obtained a Certificate in Biblical Studies at Piedmont International University. Prior to joining PRMG, she worked at a local marketing firm where she was able to learn about  social media, creating content, research, and more. Realizing her passion for marketing, she decided to expand her horizons and move forward in a marketing career.


Brian Kotkin

 

Brian Kotkin
Assistant Account Executive and Legal Content Writer

email brian@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 101

Brian Kotkin is a native Long Islander who loves his family and his pets. He graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Political Studies, and received a J.D. from the Maurice A. Deane Law School at Hofstra University. He is formally admitted to the New York State Bar, and is the founder of Legally Literate LLC, a startup dedicated to helping regular people understand the law. He has also been involved in numerous political campaigns, and remains deeply involved in his community.


Hank Russell

 

Hank Russell
Public Relations Director

email hrussell@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 112
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Hank Russell earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University. He has more than 15 years’ experience as a writer, editor and proofreader. His first job was sports editor of The Long-Islander. In 1991, he was named Suffolk County Wrestling Coaches Association Newspaperman of the Year.

He joined Volt Information Sciences as a proofreader in 1993. In July 1994, he earned Volt’s “Catch of the Month” award. He spent the first three years as a proofreader and two years as a trafficker. He also spent another year as a proofreader and copy editor for Wilen Business Media.

Between 2000 and 2006, Hank worked for a series of magazines as an assistant, associate and managing editor. He has also freelanced for numerous scientific and medical imaging magazines, and, in 2008, was a contributing writer and poetry editor for The North Atlantic Review. Before joining PRMG, Hank was a political reporter for Suffolk Life.

Laura Larson

 

Laura Gottfried
Creative Director

email laura@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 103
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As a graduate of Farmingdale State College, Laura Larson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications. Highly skilled in the Adobe Creative Suite, she has been designing professionally since 2005. Laura produces much of our web design, print advertising and brand identity graphics. She is also experienced with TV graphics and storyboarding. Additionally, Laura holds her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Dowling College.


Francine Tongol

 

Francine Tongol
Graphic Designer

email Francine@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 116

Formerly an intern, Francine Tongol joined PRMG through a school-sponsored Corporate Raiders program. After several months of experience, she is now employed as the company’s Marketing Assistant. Her responsibilities encompass several aspects of programming, including updates to email blasts, e-newsletters, and websites, using HTML, CSS, and WordPress.


Christopher Cataldo

 

Christopher Cataldo
Video Production Coordinator

email Christopher@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 106

Christopher Cataldo has a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Production from SUNY Cortland. As a photographer, videographer and editor, he has worked in studio, corporate and small business environments. His experience in wedding videography helps to bring a high-quality, cinematic feel to his work while being under the pressure of run-and-gun, fast-paced shooting. He creates all of our in-house video and photo content that runs on TV as well as all of our social media platforms


Terence Dollard
Video Production Consultant

Terence Dollard is a ten-year veteran of television production. In that time, he has worked in all phases of production and in many genres. Terence has produced and directed a dramatic feature, numerous commercials, music videos, documentaries and an awards show.

Combining real-world experience with a strong visual style, Terence offers clients variety, professionalism and quality in their video projects.

In 2000, Terence earned his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Television Production, and his Master’s thesis, “Set List,” an hour-long dramatic feature, won the Graduate Production Award from Brooklyn College.

Since joining PRMG, Terence has concentrated on documentaries, commercials, and satisfying the needs of PRMG’s clients.

Hannah Perez

 

Hannah Perez
Web Development Director

email hannah@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 111
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As a graduate of Stony Brook University’s Computer Science program, Hannah Perez is a skilled website designer and developer specializing in HTML, CSS, PHP, WordPress and Drupal. Being detail-oriented, she ensures each website is programmed using the latest industry standards with attention to responsive layout and optimization for search engines.


Jane Sferrazza

 

Jane Sferrazza
Web Development Consultant

email jane@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 111

Jane Sferrazza is a web developer and educator. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from NYIT and has been a computer instructor for MLI, Hunter Business School, and CUNY. She has also been designing websites as a freelancer since 2004 with expertise in PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Java, and SEO. Aside from building websites and teaching she has time to volunteer for the American Red Cross from time to time since 2009.


Steve Gerbino
Web Development Consultant

Steve Gerbino graduated with a degree in business administration from Nassau Community College and a degree in Computer Programming and Information Systems from Farmingdale State College. He is experienced in web development, Linux server administration, networking, database administration, IT, and content management software.

 

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