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 – PR Associate
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 two 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.
Isabella Abiuso – PR Account Coordinator
A lover of food, booze and fashion, Isabella is constantly consuming media on the newest trends in the industries. A recent graduate from Temple University, Isabella studied public relations, business and event planning. Isabella also studied abroad in Rome, earned her scuba certification and completed several internships during her time in undergrad. Her favorite internship was at an ice cream company managing social media and pitching new products. While ice cream sampling may not be on her weekly to-do list at PUNCH Media, Isabella is diving in head first to promote PUNCH’s clients to local and national outlets.
Mitch Smith – PR Assistant & Social Media Contributor
Mitch Smith is a Senior at Temple University studying Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Mitch spent a semester studying in Tokyo, Japan, completed several digital marketing internships, and will be graduating a year early. Growing up in the Adirondacks of Upstate, New York, Mitch chose to switch things up for college by attending school in the city. His free time is spent exploring all that Philadelphia has to offer, including everything from coffee shops and museums to restaurants and bars.
Blake Pertl – Jr. Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator
Blake Pertl is a senior studying Interactive Design and Development at Philadelphia University with a minor in Marketing. Blake has a broad skill palette with experience in both the graphic design and web design fields. When he gets a break away from work and school, Blake can be found cheering on his favorite sports teams, or outside taking part in his loves of cycling, hiking, and soccer.
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.
Mackenzie Mills – PR Intern
Mackenzie Mills is a junior at Villanova University studying political science with minors in business, marketing, and Chinese. Originally from Northern California, she is still adjusting to the slight difference in climate but loves her new favorite Mainline spot—Qdoba at happy hour. Mackenzie has experience working on multiple successful political campaigns as well as representing the industry leader in greek life apparel on her campus, and her special skills include being an expert in online shopping and curating the best Spotify playlists.