Our team

Read on to meet our team. And then give us a call to connect, because we promise that we’re even more fun in person than on paper. 
 

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laura early

co-founder, chief marketing officer

A born entrepreneur with a striking knack for cultivating strong relationships, Laura is thrilled to call Pittsburgh home. During the last 15+ years, she’s made an indelible mark on our city in advertising, publishing and marketing. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Laura has a passion for spotting what’s innovative, fresh and fun while helping her clients raise their visibility and make lasting connections with each other. She also has extensive experience applying her marketing talents to local charities – over the years she has directed numerous successful fundraising events in Pittsburgh, garnering public support for research into Autism and cancer. Most recently, she was a member of the 2016 Class of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest, which sponsors research into cystic fibrosis. When she’s not promoting the movers and shakers of Pittsburgh, Laura can be found in one of the city's many hot spots or doing outdoor yoga in Mt. Washington’s Grandview Park, with the spectacular view of our city as her backdrop.

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sara lynn ruth

CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF creative OFFICER

During a car ride with her father, Sara spotted a billboard that caught her attention and pronounced, "That's what I want to do when I grow up." Since that day, she has channeled her energies into design and hasn’t looked back.  After graduating from Kutztown University, she held in-house marketing and graphic design positions for several marquee brands in Pittsburgh. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s gift for fusing art with commerce, Sara approaches each new assignment with equal parts innovation and a commitment to helping her clients drive their business goals. Born and raised in South-Central, PA, she has happily made her home in Pittsburgh for the last decade. In addition to raising funds for cystic fibrosis research as a member of the 2015 Class of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest, Sara currently serves as the 2017 Chair of the Heinz History Center’s History Uncorked event, which draws over 1,500 young professionals. Among her favorite spots in the city is the West End Overlook, where she recharges her creative batteries and takes in Pittsburgh’s visual splendor. 

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dena koklanaris

content director

Immersed in books, music and plays from the time she was a child, Dena always wanted to work with words. Her lifelong passion for communicating drew her to the worlds of public relations and marketing; in New York City she spent over a decade working at PR agencies both large and small, including boutique firms and global companies. Throughout her career, she has developed content and directed programming for a range of diverse clients. From forging partnerships between brands and spokespeople to writing copy and coordinating multi-city events, Dena brings talent and expertise to helping her clients tell their stories. A Pittsburgh area native with an immense love for outdoor concerts, spicy food and the beach, Dena is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Penn State, and currently serves as an admissions interviewer for the University’s honors college. To date, she’s traveled to over 25 countries and is proud to return to the abundance of creativity and culture found here in Pittsburgh.

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sarah marie wilderman

social media director
project + events manager

Growing up in a close-knit Italian-American family, Sarah has been forging connections since childhood. Her fascination with meeting new people and sharing what makes them unique drives her work in social media. Early in her marketing career for Pittsburgh-based restaurants, she discovered social media’s ability to connect people across generations, languages, and time zones. Years later, while launching a Pittsburgh-based streetwear brand, she applied social media tools to introduce her products to lovers of hip hop and rap, and quickly found herself interacting with music producers, talent managers and rappers in cities across the country. Drawing inspiration from cultural trailblazers such as local film producer and documentarian Rick Sebak, Sarah is passionate about learning the latest developments in social media to help her clients grow their brands and engage with their audiences. A longtime resident of Mt. Washington, Sarah can often be found taking in the view from her neighborhood’s perch atop the city, or strolling the banks of Pittsburgh’s renowned three rivers.  

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