Punch Media is a full-service boutique agency specializing in public relations, marketing, media management, events, consulting, and brand development.
We are a collective of proactive media savvy professionals who deliver measurable results in a timely fashion. We offer more than two decades of media, branding, consulting, writing, and TV and print advertising experience in both the corporate arena as well as small- to mid-range business development.
James Zeleniak – Founder & CEO
James – an admitted media junkie – is a seasoned journalist, editor, writer, and consultant who has edited Where Magazine in Philadelphia and Baltimore, as well as written extensively on the Philadelphia region, the culinary arts, real estate, trends, culture, music, nightlife, fitness, and more for a multitude of publications including Philadelphia Style and City Paper. Zeleniak has spent the last decade spearheading communication strategies regionally and nationally for clients of PUNCH Media and mentoring his growing team. As a principal partner in PUNCH Media, Zeleniak parlays his years of inside-industry experience and dynamic creativity into compelling campaigns that achieve desired results for a diverse client base. For the last five years Zeleniak has chaired the PR Committee for No Kid Hungry’s Taste of the Nation event and is also a Board Member for The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation. In his free time, James can be found exploring his love for combat sports, nutrition, cooking and entertaining for family and friends.
Alicia Crawford-Zeleniak – Director of Operations & Communications Specialist
Alicia Crawford-Zeleniak has enjoyed life on both sides of the fence and knows that each is equally green. She is a marketing communications professional with experience on both the client and agency sides of business. She has extensive knowledge of marketing communications, brand identity and advertising, as well as multi-media project management and production. Her forte is in translating corporate/client strategy into brand-building opportunities to generate revenue. She has worked as talent in TV and radio spots, and has managed broadcast campaigns from concept to production to post-production. More recently, Crawford-Zeleniak managed national branding and acquisition advertising as Director, Marketing Communications at Comcast.
Kylie Flett – Director of PR & Strategy
Following two long-term stints at other agencies, Flett recently rejoined the PUNCH Media team which is where she first launched her career and cultivated her love for PR. She is highly respected amongst Philadelphia’s press and business communities, particularly from a food and beverage perspective. Flett is a tenacious and seasoned pro — who like James, shares a must-win attitude for PUNCH Media’s clients. She has extensive experience in developing brand strategies for clients such as Henry A Davidsen – Master Tailors + Image Consultants, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Philadelphia Distilling and Bluecoat American Dry Gin. Flett holds a masters degree in Professional and Business Communications from Philadelphia’s La Salle University and hails from Adelaide, South Australia. Flett is a board member for Morris Animal Refuge and sits on the committee for their Annual Fur Ball Event. She is a proud owner of a rescued pug mix named Lucy-Furr, is an enthusiastic at-home cook, former bartender and retired lacrosse player/coach.
Emily Marmion – Sr. Account Executive
Emily Marmion knows a thing or two about PUNCH Media, having collaborated with James, Kylie, and the team on various projects and clients over the last three years. Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and double majored in English and Communications. Emily’s talents run the gamut of developing pitches, garnering press for clients, social media marketing, managing interns, and more. Following the core ethos of PUNCH Media, Emily has extensive experience in hospitality and has a keen interest in craft beer.
Tobias Fischer – PR Account Executive
Tobi holds a Master’s Degree in International Public Relations from Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, located in the city from which he hails. He has very strong interests in public- and media-relations, as well as influencer collaborations and event production. Before coming to the United States, he garnered press for clients like BMW, HP and SanDisk Germany and produced events for one of Europe’s biggest TV stations. Tobi’s love affair with Philadelphia and its culinary offerings began in 2016, when he started working as PR Manager for Philly’s Christmas Village. When he’s not at the office, you can find the German native taking photos, “gramming” or playing European Team Handball.
Eleanor King – Account Coordinator
Eleanor graduated Penn State excelling in a double major of Public Relations and Women’s Studies, as well as a minor in Political Science. Prior to joining PUNCH Media, Eleanor managed social media accounts for a French children’s clothing line as well as several restaurants, in addition to a notable Center City bookshop. Eleanor is an extravert with unending positive energy that she brings to the PUNCH Media team daily. In her off time, Eleanor is a member of the a cappella group The Graduates. She also enjoys taking long walks through the city with her rescue dog Phoebe. Eleanor loves life in Philadelphia and is working her way through the city’s top culinary offerings, as well as its cultural offerings.
Carolyn Brandt – Graphic Design
Carolyn has worked as a designer for various creative teams in Philadelphia and New York including a Mediterranean specialty food producer. She is passionate about branding, illustration, photography, and great food packaging. She is also an alumna of Tyler School of Art (Temple University) where she received her BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design with a minor in art history. As a student, she traveled to Rome where she sampled gelato and studied Italian Renaissance art. You can find her admiring plants, indulging in wine/cheeses, and experimenting with cyanotypes in her free time.
Carmella Martonick – Graphic Design
Carmella Martonick studied both public relations and advertising at Philadelphia’s Temple University. Carmella has a keen eye for all things aesthetic, which really comes across in her work. Additional super-powers include mad hula hoop skills, overseeing retail graphic design projects and assisting in brand identity development. In addition to pulling off winning design, Carmella’s other interests are in fashion, bands and having fun with friends.
Alissa Marinello – PR Intern
Alissa is an advertising visionary with a natural ability to see the beauty in everything and highlight what makes a brand outstand the rest. She will be graduating from Temple University this fall with a BA in Advertising, and a focus on copywriting. She mastered the art of persuasion over her many years in the service industry with a variety of roles such as café waitress, bartender, and assistant manager extending from Atlantic City, NJ to Center City, Philadelphia. With a reaching curiosity for all the ways she can utilize her writing talents and advertising knowledge, and for the love of music and entertainment, she also interns at 102.9 MGK where she edits podcasts and matches music for their morning radio show. If she finds herself with free time, look for her in a dim lit bar enjoying live music, musing over passionately crafted phrases at a poetry reading, or chasing down the best place to marvel before a sunset.
Kira Capello – PR Intern
A degree, a band, a handful of internships: Kira has a hand in many pots across the city. When she’s not focusing on finishing her BA in Public Relations from Temple University, Kira is the Public Relations Intern here at PUNCH, also moonlighting as the Board Intern for Philly nonprofit The Professional Women’s Roundtable, and as a content contributor for Imperfect Fifth, a Kansas City-based music publication. She spends her days dashing between classes, PUNCH, a cappella rehearsal, and work at a Center City restaurant, with nights spent playing bars and house shows with her band Humilitarian or hanging out at one of many Center City and Fishtown nightlife haunts. A fan of all things Philly culture, Kira’s interests lie in food&bev blogging and local music journalism, rooted in years of experience working in the coffee, restaurant, and retail industries.