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Steve HaweeliPresident Wordhampton Public Relations
Steve Haweeli, Founder and President of WordHampton Public Relations, is one of Long Island’s most successful and recognizable agency principals. His award-winning firm, representing signature hospitality, health care, real estate and lifestyle businesses, is ranked by PR industry bible Jack O’Dwyer’s Newsletter as one of the country’s top 100 independent PR firms in the U.S.
He is an ambassador for the region and is often sought for views by national, NY metro and local media on restaurant and hospitality business, social media and Hamptons lifestyle subjects. In May 2012, Haweeli was awarded the prestigious “Jack Rettaliata Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island for his contributions to the PR landscape on Long Island. Long Island Business News acknowledged him in the Fifty or so Around 50 Class of 2010 business leaders; and in June of 2012 he was recognized for his industry contributions at the Long Island Hospitality Ball as one of three honorees. In January of 2017 he was named President of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce.
WordHampton’s 20th anniversary, 2012, was an iconic year for Haweeli and his team. Two new divisions of the company were launched, Long Island Restaurant & Hospitality Group – LIRHG – and Metro Restaurant Marketing – MRM. LIHRG is a business-to-consumer operation that unites key brand assets under Haweeli’s aegis, including Long Island Restaurant News, Hamptons Restaurant Week and Long Island Restaurant Week – a 2008 Big Apple Award winning promotion for Marketing Consumer Services, Travel and Tourism/Hospitality from the Public Relations Society of America’s New York Chapter. MRM is dedicated to marketing restaurants throughout the five boroughs of New York City and beyond. WordHampton celebrates 25 years of client success in 2017.
The company continues to be a driving force behind the success of its clients across all sectors by building brand reputations through creative and strategic thinking, traditional media relations, digital marketing and most importantly, client partnering. The firm’s prosperity has been acknowledged with multiple MarCom and Fair Media Council Folio Awards, a PRSA Big Apple award, a PRSA Bronze Anvil award, among others. Haweeli credits these accolades to the team’s commitment to learning the developing media landscape, as well as a determined attitude toward results.
Haweeli can often be found rooting for the Yankees or Islanders, fishing for stripers in pristine East End waters or with a paintbrush in hand – his other love is art. As an artist, he creates vibrant contemporary abstract works in oil and acrylic. His works have been shown throughout the Hamptons at venues including Guild Hall and Karyn Mannix Contemporary, as well as venues in Manhattan.
A graduate of Hamilton College, he resides in East Hampton.
Level of Media Interview Experience: Advanced