Sayles & Winnikoff co-principal Alan Winnikoff shares in the strategic direction and overall management of the company. He was previously one of the founding executives of Sony Wonder, the family entertainment division of Sony Music. He has also held executive PR and marketing positions at the cable news channel MSNBC and at IDG Books, the publishers of the “For Dummies” series. Other companies and properties with which he has been associated include Paramount Television, MTV Home Video, Disney Television and “Sesame Street.” Alan serves on the Board of Directors of Global Arts Corps, an international non-profit theatre and film company dedicated to using the power of the arts as a catalyst for change in post-conflict societies.
Sayles & Winnikoff co-principal Carina Sayles shares in the strategic direction and overall management of the company. Sayles has held executive positions at the PR firms Goodman Media International and Pryor & Associates and in-house positions as manager of media relations for the CBS Television Network and as manager of advertising, publicity and promotion at Walt Disney’s Buena Vista Television. She is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Maxwell Steinberg Award for her TV series campaigns. Sayles’ expertise also extends to high profile licensing and publishing companies as well as non-profits.
GEENA PANDOLFI, SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Senior Account Executive Geena Pandolfi manages the Sayles & Winnikoff account team and also heads the social media team. Geena graduated from Farmingdale State College with a B.A. in Professional Communications in 2013, and then graduated from Hofstra University with an M.A. in Public Relations in 2015. Geena has experience as an Account Executive at TJ Sacks & Associates where she worked on healthcare and children’s products accounts. She also has worked with several non-profits, running their PR efforts. Geena joined the S&W team in 2015.
ASHLEY READ, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Ashley Read joined the S&W team in 2015 as an Account Executive specializing in traditional public relations and social media. Ashley graduated from Hofstra University’s Honors College in 2014 with a B.A. in Public Relations and minor in Economics. She began her career in the media relations field for clients in the healthcare, beauty, consumer products and lifestyle spaces with Lippe Taylor and ShopPR. Previously to that, she was a publicity intern with Rodale’s Active Living Group.
MICHAEL DELEO, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Mike Deleo first worked at Sayles & Winnikoff as an intern the summer before his senior year at The University of Pittsburgh. The following April, Mike graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communications and worked as a Sales Associate at HMP Communications, a healthcare communications and education company in Malvern, Pennsylvania. After spending a year at HMP, Mike returned to Sayles & Winnikoff in May of 2014 as an Account Associate. Mike has since been promoted to Account Executive.
THEOKO RODRIGUEZ, ASSOCIATE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Associate Account Executive Theoko Rodriguez joined the S&W team in 2015. She is an integral part of both the media relations team and the social media team and has an expertise in crafting marketing and promotional partnerships. Prior to S&W, Theoko worked with various non-profits and her favorite, music festivals. Theoko is an alumna of Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Theatre-Arts.