Our team is dedicated to producing measurable results for our clients.

With more than 30 years of experience, we are committed to constant learning with an emphasis on strategies that produce revenue. We are accountable and we are self-motivated. Our motto: Work hard. Laugh hard.

Our Team

Steve Haweeli

Founder & President

Steve Haweeli founded WordHampton Public Relations in 1992. An ambassador for the region, Haweeli is often sought for views by national, NY metro and local media on restaurant and hospitality business, social media and Hamptons lifestyle subjects. Long Island Business News acknowledged him in the Fifty or so Around 50 Class of 2010 business leaders. In May 2012, Haweeli was awarded the prestigious "Jack Rettaliata Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island and in June of 2012 he was recognized for his industry contributions at the Long Island Hospitality Ball as one of three honorees. In 2012, Haweeli and his team launched two new divisions of the company, Long Island Restaurant & Hospitality Group and Metro Restaurant Marketing. Haweeli has been involved with the local community in various ways over the years and is a longtime Board member and former president of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce. Haweeli can often be found rooting for the Yankees or Islanders, fishing for stripers in pristine East End waters or with paintbrush in hand – his other love is art. As an artist, he creates vibrant contemporary abstract works in oil and acrylic. His works have been shown throughout the Hamptons and New York City as well as numerous private collections.

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Nicole Castillo

Executive Vice President & Partner

Nicole Castillo has been an integral part of the company over the last 25 years. An expert in both media and client relations, she continues to garner positive publicity for major events, food and beverage products, and lifestyle and hospitality services. Castillo has a roster of several award winning campaigns which includes two Public Relations Society of America's New York Chapter Big Apple Awards. Since her first day at WordHampton she has been stimulating company growth through new initiatives and business development. In 2013, Castillo was honored as one of the future leaders of Long Island at the Long Island Business News 40 Under 40 Awards. She also gives back to the local community in which she grew up. A lifelong East End resident, Castillo has worked with several local charities on various fundraising events. As well, she sits on the board of Citizens for Access Rights, a local non-for-profit group created to protect public beach access on the East End.

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Ashley Fresa

Account Executive

7 Years with
WordHampton Public Relations

Long Island Business News 30 under 30 Award Winner

PRPLI 2018 Rising Star Recipient

Client and Media Strategist

Instagram Queen

Long Island Restaurant Week

Digital Media Strategist

Lifelong East End Resident

Go Yankees!

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Ben Karlin

Account Coordinator

Supporting Client Strategist

Long Island Restaurant News Editor

Long Island Restaurant Week Contributor

Digital Media Facilitator

Lifelong East End Resident

Oldest Triplet

Tennis Fanatic

Jennifer Haagen

Office Manager

BS Business Administration & Marketing

MBA Finance, Corporate Accounting & International Business

20+ Years Financial Business Consulting

10+ Years Financial Analyst

Wildlife Rescue Volunteer




We Believe

Diversity, equity and inclusivity are more than words for us - they’re the guiding principles which direct us as we continue to build WordHampton Public Relations. Our culture is designed to prevent discrimination against anyone regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, disability, citizenship or any other aspect that makes one unique.

Nicole Castillo Marissa Jacobs Ashley Fresa Hannah Polauf Jennifer Haagen Brittni Svanberg Jocelin Leon