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Berk Communications is an award-winning boutique public relations firm with deep expertise in consumer lifestyle, food and beverage, travel, sports and entertainment. Our team is a true blend of strategists with specialties in every arena from large consumer brands and tourist destinations to Michelin-starred restaurants, high profile events, premier personalities and celebrity-backed ventures. Whatever your business goals, you can be sure that Berk Communications has the breadth and scope to create and execute a full-service strategy to help you achieve them.


Our Capabilities.

  • Insights & Strategy
  • Event Planning & Activation
  • Data & Analytics
  • Brand Reputation
  • Social Media Management
  • Celebrity Engagement
  • Influencer Communications
  • Media Relations
  • Consumer Awareness
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Press Highlights.

Talent & Personalities.

Adoree' Jackson

Tennessee Titans (NFL)

Alex Rodriguez

Media Personality (ESPN, Fox, CNBC)

Colleen Quigley

Team USA Olympic Steeplechaser

CC Sabathia

New York Yankees (MLB)

Danny Green

Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)

Dez Bryant

Free Agent (NFL)

Jaire Alexander

Green Bay Packers (NFL)

Jay Ajayi

Free Agent (NFL)

Jérôme Boateng

Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Josh Hart

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)

Justin Pugh

Arizona Cardinals (NFL)

Justise Winslow

Miami Heat (NBA)

Kelley Brooke

Bethpage Golf Group

Kyrie Irving

Brooklyn Nets (NBA)

Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL)

Luke Willson

Oakland Raiders (NFL)

Marshall Newhouse

New Orleans Saints (NFL)

Meek Mill

Hip-Hop Artist & Criminal Justice Reform Advocate

Michael Rubin

Philadelphia 76ers co-owner and Fanatics executive chairman

Melvin Ingram

Los Angeles Chargers (NFL)

Robinson Canó

New York Mets (MLB)

Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United (EPL)

Rudy Gay

San Antonio Spurs (NBA)

Skylar Diggins-Smith

Dallas Stars (WNBA)

Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams (NFL)

Van Jones

REFORM Alliance CEO and CNN Commentator

Willie Cauley-Stein

Golden State Warriors (NBA)

Testimonials.

"At Rossopomodoro, we love working with Berk Communications. The food & beverage team handles all of our public relations and social media needs. The team is responsive, organized and works very closely with us. They are experts in media relations, keeping us in the news and executing journalist events. The team is always thinking ahead, strategically and creatively coming up with new promotions for Rossopomodoro on a constant basis. We cannot wait to continue our relationship with the firm further."

Simone Falco | Owner & Executive Chef of Rossopomodoro West Village, President & CEO of Rossopomodoro at Eataly USA

"I have known Ron Berkowitz for years and I trust him and his team implicitly. They have played a vital role in my success and are a talented group. I am proud to work with them."

Alex Rodriguez

"Berk Communications has been a core pillar of success for our business since we expanded into the sports industry. They have innovated alongside us and we look forward to continuing to build together."

Michael Yormark President & Chief of Branding and Strategy at Roc Nation

"When your destination has such a unique offering as Israel has, you need a team that understands how to manage all the moving pieces, and is able to identify opportunities and overcome challenges. For the past year, our PR agency has been more than just a connection to key media contacts, it has been a strategic and creative partner in helping us present Israel as a premier travel experience."

Uri Steinberg Israel Tourism Commissioner for North America

Ron Berkowitz

CEO and Founder

From powerhouse personalities and companies like Jay Z, Alex Rodriguez, Kevin Durant, Roc Nation Sports and Bacardi to leaders in hospitality such as Tao, 1OAK, Brother Jimmy’s and even the island of St. Maarten, Ron Berkowitz has worked with some of the top brands and celebrities in the world over the last nearly two decades. What started as an entrepreneurial dream with one employee and a desk in 1999 has turned into a formidable player in the PR world specializing in hospitality, celebrity, travel, nightlife, spirits and events. Ron’s philosophy of fostering relationships with both brand owners and members of the media has resulted in long lasting clients and strong media relationships that deliver real results for those clients. His impressive roster of lifestyle and celebrity clients ranges from personalities in music, film, television and sports to five−star resorts and some of New York City’s hottest restaurants and nightclubs, not to mention A− list red carpet events. Berk Communications is now one of the most sought after partners in the space.

Marisa Carstens

Senior Vice President

Marisa Carstens joined Berk Communications in 2016 with 16 years of experience in consumer and corporate communications.  A New York native, Marisa has spent her years in public relations taking well-known and not so well-known brands and getting them the visibility and coverage they want through creative and strategic programming.  Her career path has taken her to notable agencies including Text100 and Harrison & Shriftman and to American Express where she oversaw external communications for travel and lifestyle services.  Marisa has had the luck to work with amazing clients throughout her career including British Airways, Johnson & Johnson, TLC (The Learning Channel), W Hotels, JW Marriott, Blackberry, MTV and more. At Berk Communications, she oversees the food & beverage, travel & lifestyle teams. In her spare time she can be found building Lego towers with her son or reading a great novel.

Melanie Wadden

Vice President, Sports & Entertainment

Melanie Wadden joined Berk Communications in 2017 with a wealth of experience in sports and entertainment communications. She has experience across the league, team, agency, and union sides of the industry and has worked with some of the biggest personalities in sports including numerous league campions, Pro Bowl selections, All-Stars, and Olympians. Her career path has taken her to the Washington Redskins, NFL Players Association, National Basketball Association (NBA), Octagon, and Select Sports Group. Most recently at Select Sports Group, Melanie directed and developed strategic communications for the firm while shaping and rebuilding client reputations through targeted and creative media placements, publicity opportunities, brand collaborations, philanthropic endeavors, and social strategy. Since leaving her home state of Virginia, Melanie has lived in New York, San Francisco, and Houston. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s from Georgetown University. At Berk Communications, Melanie oversees the sports and entertainment team in conjunction with President Ron Berkowitz. In her spare time, she enjoys indulging in Bachelor marathons and teaching her petite golden-doodle new tricks with her fiancé.

Matt Frappier

Vice President

Matthew joins BERK Communications from DKC where he led national media outreach on behalf of clients including Delta Air Lines, BMW and Moet Hennessy.

Prior to DKC, Matthew was a Vice President in Edelman New York’s Brand Earned Media Practice where he leads media relations campaigns on behalf of clients across the network. Some of his successes include the launch of Dove’s Real Beauty Productions with Shonda Rhimes, the debut of two new brands – AptotheCARE Essentials and Love, Beauty and Planet with Unilever, The Vaseline Healing Project with Viola Davis and helping raise the profile of the Heineken House at events including, Coachella, the US Open and ULTRA.  In addition to these, Matthew has worked extensively across the Edelman Brand US network where he oversaw programs on behalf of iconic brands including Bacardi, The Empire State Building, KFC, Chobani, Porsche and Netflix.

Prior to Edelman Matthew held roles at Harrison  & Shriftman, Zeno Group and The Magrino Agency where he managed a variety of hospitality, spirts and lifestyle clients including GREY GOOSE Vodka, The Fontainebleau Miami Beach, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Facundo Rum, One & Only Resorts and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Originally from Watertown CT, Matthew resides in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and when he isn’t seeking out NYC’s best burger he is honing his skills so that he can someday be an OK tennis player

Matt Mirandi

Senior Director

Matt Mirandi joined Berk Communications in 2018 with an extensive background in content marketing and communications strategy. He has spent years leading comprehensive content, thought leadership and public relations campaigns for Fortune 50 companies, advocacy groups and startups alike. He’s passionate about building authentic reporter relationships and a student of the Internet who uses pop culture to tap traditional and new media formats to help advance client stories and enhance the impact they have on desired audiences. Matt has led media relations strategies for brands as diverse as GE, Credit Suisse, Pfizer, ExxonMobil, Target, The Home Depot, Dell, The Motion Picture Association of America, the TED Conferences, InterContinental Hotels Group, Liberty United, Solar Impulse, The Happiest Baby Company, Knewton, Credit Sesame, and BillShrink (acquired by MasterCard) among many others and the experiences have made him adept at successfully crafting compelling strategies for any industry or beat. Always eager to pursue great stories, Matt has contributed pieces for publications such as Fast Company on topics ranging from marketing to Internet culture. In his spare time, you can find Matt stand-up paddle boarding, enjoying a craft beer, or sketching out a song you might hear on the radio one day. Matt received an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College.

Brenda Fuster

Senior Director, Travel & Hospitality

Brenda has nearly a decade of experience in public relations covering a diverse set of clients in travel, lifestyle and hospitality. Having lived in more than six different countries and speaking four languages, she has first-hand experience understanding cultures and their intricacies.

Prior to joining Berk Communications, Brenda was an Account Director at SweeneyVesty where she was responsible for drafting strategic communications proposals for potential new clients and leading multiple accounts in the agency’s tourism and economic development division including Ireland’s flag carrier Aer Lingus and New Zealand’s regional economic development agency (WREDA). Before that, Brenda cultivated her media relations and event management skills by working with the Jamaica Tourist Board, Hilton Hotels, Air France and Hotels.com at Finn Partners.

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Brenda is fluent in Spanish and English. Thanks to the four years she lived in Switzerland, she’s also familiar with Italian and French.

Didier Morais

Senior Director, Lifestyle  

Didier Morais joined Berk Communications in 2017 with experience in sports, entertainment and technology communications. At Berk, Didier currently leads clients that span the sports, spirits, travel and consumer lifestyle verticals. Prior to joining the company, he worked at Edelman and Text100, where he successfully spearheaded and executed media relations campaigns for many prominent brands, including MTV, VH1, Samsung Techwin, Schick, Heinz and IBM Watson. Before working in public relations, Didier spent three years as a sports reporter, covering the Boston Red Sox for New England Sports Network (NESN), the Miami Heat for the Miami Herald and high school sports for the Houston Chronicle. He also graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out in Washington Heights, watching Power and eating his traditional Colombian cuisine.

Clark Williams

Director, Sports & Entertainment

Clark Williams joined Berk Communications in 2015 and is currently a Director of Sports & Entertainment, leading PR and publicity efforts for Berk’s roster of athletes. Previously, Clark held positions at IMG, the Oakland A’s, Major League Baseball, the New York Mets and the Kansas City Chiefs. His day-to-day efforts focus on athlete brand building, creative strategy, media relations and publicity efforts. A Texan-born, Missouri-educated New Yorker with two stints in California, Clark has been all over. Fun fact, he is the least-athletic person to ever be featured in Sports Illustrated.

Andrew Matthews

Account Supervisor

Andrew is a native of New Jersey – born and raised in North Jersey. He studied Communication with a concentration in Public Relations at Montclair State University.  Driven with a passion to succeed in the industry, he proceeded to intern anywhere he possibly could during his duration of college to gain valuable experience.  Falling in love with a PR firm in New York City, he eventually was offered a position immediately following graduation, where he gained vast experience in the wine/spirits, beauty, lifestyle, events and hospitality categories.

He brings to Berk Communications a track record of proven results; a deep commitment to meeting clients’ needs as well as a reputation for helping to build credibility with all clients. With relationships cross industry, Andrew prides himself on his success in his young career. In his spare time Andrew likes to travel, indulge at new restaurants and be active outdoors with friends

Laura Kepus

Account Supervisor

Originally hailing from Richmond, VA, Laura has over five years PR experience working with a variety of fashion and lifestyle brands, from sports, fitness, streetwear and everything in between. Prior to joining Berk in 2019, Laura previously held roles at TURNER and Factory PR where she worked with ’47, Bombas, CorePower Yoga, Eastpak and Native, among others. Laura has strong media relationships in multiple categories, deep experience working on influencer programs and is a skilled strategist for her team and clients.

 

A die hard sports fan, she loves soccer the most and hopes to stop befriending Arsenal and Chelsea fans (come on you Spurs!). When not working, she’s a full-on dog mom to her adorable French Bulldog puppy, Lucho. With half her family in Sicily, she’s semi-fluent in Italian and travels back to the motherland as much as possible.