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Steve Haweeli


Steve Haweeli, founder and president of WordHampton Public Relations, is one of Long Island's most successful and recognizable agency principals. 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. His award-winning firm 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.

In the fall of 2012, Haweeli's team created and launched a new division of WordHampton called Metro Restaurant Marketing dedicated to publicizing and marketing restaurants in the five boroughs of New York - and beyond. While WordHampton always had restaurant clients in New York during its now 22-year history, Metro serves to deepen that commitment with a dedicated staff working out of its Third Avenue office.

Haweeli leads both teams that are acknowledged regularly for campaigns that build brand reputations, and most recently for its foray into social media nabbing several Fair Media Council Folio Awards from 2010 - 2013. This is a direct result of Haweeli being an early adopter of social media to deliver business value using Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. Media, industry and learning institutions look to his expert insights regularly for panels and interviews. He is a member of the prestigious Public Relations Society of America's Counselors Academy, and teaches restaurant PR and social media once a semester at the Institute for Culinary Education on 23rd Street.

When not rooting for the Yankees, fishing for stripers, or tweeting his over 3,000 followers, he can be found with paintbrush in hand. In 2007, Haweeli found his calling as an artist creating vibrant contemporary abstract works in oil and acrylic. His works have been shown in the Hamptons, New York City and Chicago, have been sold at the NYC Affordable Art Show and may be found in several private collections.

A graduate of Hamilton College, he resides in New York City and East Hampton.

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