Paul Furiga is chief storyteller, founder and CEO of WordWrite Communications. Two decades in journalism shaped Paul’s storytelling skills. His storyteller’s curiosity about the “why” behind every organization’s story and his desire to share those stories led Paul to found WordWrite and to share the best of what Pittsburgh has to offer in the Pittsburgh 100.
When Paul isn’t the man in charge at the 100, he serves on the boards of the Rivers Club and the River City Brass. Chances are if you live in Pittsburgh, you’re one degree from knowing Paul. When away from the office, Paul calls the North Hills home. He enjoys food, Pittsburgh sports and enjoying the local cultural scene with his family.
A storyteller since he learned how to speak — though he’ll tell you he much prefers to write — Dan produces a range of content as WordWrite Communications’ brand journalist. Not the least of his duties is filling the role of The Pittsburgh 100’s editor. Dan comes from a background in news journalism, but he began his career covering high school sports, scrambling to meet deadlines from cramped press boxes in rural Pennsylvania. After spending nearly 10 years in a newsroom, he joined WordWrite in the summer of 2018.
“As a native Pittsburgher, Dan didn’t grow up near country roads, but he’s still a proud graduate of West Virginia University. Today, he loves both the great outdoors and finding new things to do in the city, especially trying new restaurants.
Jeremy is a former journalist who now puts his storytelling skills to work as partner and vice president of media strategies at WordWrite Communications and brings these storytelling skills to the Pittsburgh 100. Outside of the 100, Jeremy is a man of the South Hills, serving as a member of the Mt. Lebanon Community Foundation Board of Directors and Mt. Lebanon Hockey Association Executive Board.
When it’s not hockey season, Jeremy spends his time running around the South Hills taking his kids from practice to practice in tandem with his wife. He always makes time to sample the finest that the South Hills – and Pittsburgh – has to offer.
Hollie once dreamed of becoming a television journalist and spent her first couple of years in college focusing on broadcast. She became enamored with public relations and still works with journalists every day, doing exactly what she loves as vice president, client relations at WordWrite Communications. A Pittsburgh transplant, this 40 Under 40 Honoree would fool you with her knowledge of the city.
When she’s not chasing her kiddos on the ball field with husband Mike, Hollie is scouring the city for the best vintage goods, breweries and the next thing to cross off her bucket list. The latest? Sky diving – and she plans to do it again.
Born and raised a meticulous planner, writer and problem solver, Erin was destined for a career in public relations from the start. Erin serves as account supervisor at WordWrite Communications, where upon beginning her work at the agency, she moved from Rochester directly to Pittsburgh.
Now back home after two years in the Steel City and working remotely, Erin offers a unique viewpoint to Pittsburgh 100 readers as both a tourist and business traveler, in the city for week-long stints. Count on Erin to know the best places for downtown lunch, who has the best hotel rooms and tips and tricks for travelers.
Whether she’s working on a client project or volunteering with a local non-profit, Robin Rectenwald is a firm believer in the power of PR. An Account Supervisor at WordWrite Communications, Robin brings her prowess of the written word to her stories at the Pittsburgh 100. Reporting about community happenings, local nonprofits and the best bites around the city, Robin knows where to go for a quintessential Pittsburgh outing.
In her spare time, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and as membership secretary for Duquesne University’s Young Alumni Council. You can find her around the city out and about, whether it be at a live show, sports game or kayaking.
Account executive at WordWrite Communications, Louis is the office’s resident social media expert, media relations specialist and pop culture junkie. A tried and true Yinzer, he enjoys exploring Pittsburgh and all it has to offer. If you’re in search of where to go for a great Instagram post or where to get the best pierogi, Louis is your guy.
When not at the office, you can catch him getting an iced coffee (no matter the weather), playing video games and walking (read: carrying) his rescue Pitbull terrier around Dormont.
Serving as WordWrite’s resident digital and inbound marketing specialist, Noah is responsible for managing social advertising and executing inbound marketing strategies. Don’t let that fool you – Noah knows his way around the city and lets his expertise shine through his extensive knowledge of local music festivals, the food and bar scene and local sporting facilities.
When away from the office, Noah enjoys watching sports, seeing live music and traveling around the country, but don’t worry – no city tops Pittsburgh.
Serving as chief financial officer for WordWrite, Brenda serves as keen eye for the Pittsburgh 100 team as copy editor. With a career that spans from the biggest names in American business to nonprofits, Brenda has a deep knowledge of both public relations and Pittsburgh.
When not offering her practiced eye for proofreading and editing purposes at the Pittsburgh 100, she resides in the North Hills. Brenda enjoys getting to know the people behind the counter at your favorite café or restaurant.