Connect Creative Bolsters PR and Creative Services Team with Multiple New Hires
Connect Media, a commercial real estate news, events, and creative services agency, announced today that it expanded its team with six new public relations and client services professionals. The new additions have joined to work with CRE companies as part of Connect CREative’s integrated marketing and public relations division, as well as its events division.
“The rapid growth of our marketing and PR agency within Connect Media was achieved during a pandemic when CRE companies needed guidance and advice about how to create, craft and tell their brand story,” said Daniel Ceniceros, Connect Media’s CEO. “During a time of uncertainty, our team of public relations and marketing experts provided clear and actionable strategies that resulted in millions of impressions. The growth of our events team is supported by the emergence of live events we see on the horizon.”
Sherry Sklar joined as a Public Relations & Communications Account Executive. She has more than 35 years of communications and marketing experience, and has provided marketing, public relations, sales and investor relations services to clients in commercial real estate and finance. She also is a published author having written articles, speeches and corporate communications for companies and consumer publications. Sherry also worked on the editorial staff of Mirabella Magazine for News Corp earlier in her career.
Sofia Nadji works as Social Media Manager, Public Relations Coordinator, and Real Estate News Broadcaster at Connect Media. Prior to joining connect Sofia worked in entertainment PR at DreamWorks Animation. Every week, Sofia discusses and highlights the top 3 stories in real estate news and promotes it across all Connect CRE socials in addition to writing press releases and coordinating media opportunities for clients.
Megan Hartung is the Director of Client Services & Events at Connect and brings more than 10 years’ experience in commercial real estate client relations, logistics and event coordination. She works with her clients to put together holistic approaches to content, marketing, and digital campaigns, and integrates both live and webcast events to help align industry leaders with their brands and provide overall visibility.
Erik Hamilton, the newest member of the team, joined as Content Director. He is a former staff writer with the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Business Journal, having spent the past 12 years working in the public relations arena focusing primarily on commercial real estate. Erik comes to Connect Media from Lee & Associates, where he was the National Director of Corporate Communications.
Sammy Elfatrany brings over a decade of experience in Web Development and Branding for corporations, Nonprofits, and NGOs across the globe to Connect Media. As an owner of a boutique design agency, he has had the opportunity to work in many industries, applying brand principles across a range of print and digital platforms.
Jeremiah Peapealalo joins Connect as a Web & Graphic Designer. He started with a small start-up company called Real Capital Markets in Jan 2001. While with RCM, he developed institutional real estate products and procedures, managing its multimedia department that was responsible for thousands of projects over a 20-year span for CBRE, JLL, Cushman Wakefield and more.
Top row, from left: Sherry Sklar, Sammy Elfatrany, Megan Hartung. Bottom row, from left: Erik Hamilton, Sofia Nadji, Jeremiah Peapealalo.
Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces.
Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications.
Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).
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