Welcome Julia Scavicchio to PBPMedia

Please join us in welcoming former Editorial Summer Intern Julia Scavicchio to the PBPMedia team. [Read more…]

Traditions lunch with Ed Satell

One of the many great things about working at PBP is the inclusive and engaging environment.

PBP employees have the opportunity to attend shows at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre, mentor Cook-Wissahickon students, participate in the Annual Family Picnic, and more.

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Interns learned about PBP’s history from its Founder and CEO, Ed Satell. (From l-r): Chris, Kal, Emily, Ashley, Julia, Meredith, Ed, and Alex.

One of the best opportunities new hires have is an experience called Traditions.

Traditions is a several-week-long orientation program in which new employees get to know one another, explore their own  individual strengths and how to enhance them, learn about the history of the company, and meet with top PBP employees and leaders.

PBP’s summer interns partake in the same company activities as full-time employees, including Traditions.  During a recent Traditions, the interns had a lunchtime Q&A with Ed Satell, PBP’s Founder and CEO.

Ed encouraged the interns to “create their own realities,” much the way he did when he started PBP.  Ed explained his own professional journey and how PBP came to be what it is today. The interns had the opportunity to ask questions about the company and general advice for young people starting out.

By telling his own story, Ed made the interns feel as though they could also turn their dreams into realities.  It is truly a wonderful feeling to work for a company in which everyone, from interns all the way up to the CEO, are made to feel like integral parts of the organization.

Traditions is just one of many important events that make PBP such a great place to work.

Meet PBP’s 2014 Interns!

intern group

(L-R) Chris Mathewson, Kal McCloskey, Meredith Veit, Julia Scavicchio–Ashley Zawistowski, Emily Arons, Alex Geosits

Please welcome the current batch of PBP interns—Traditions class of 2014!

We’re trying to rile up our media game, so get to know us! Follow us on Twitter at @PBPInterns for fun videos, office events, and down-time entertainment.

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Julia Scavicchio, a ’14 Franklin and Marshall College alum from Marcus Hook, PA, will be spending her summer on West side (Best side) in the Editorial department. She studied English and Sociology, coxed for F&M’s rowing team, and wrote for The College Reporter. She enjoys exploring new restaurants, playing video games, and writing fiction.

  • Favorite quote: “Brevity is the soul of wit.” –The Phantom Tollbooth

Ashley Zawistowski, ’14 University of Delaware alum from Neptune, NJ, will also be working on West side in the Editorial department. She studied English and Sociology, was a resident assistant, and played intramural volleyball at UD. She loves relaxing on the beach, and can’t get enough of reality TV.

  • Favorite quote: “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emily Arons comes from Guilford, CT, and looks forward to graduating from Bryn Mawr College in December ‘14. She works on the East side as a marketing intern in Audio Conferences. She is a Psychology major who thoroughly enjoys everything outdoors, taking road trips, and listening to country music.

  • Favorite quote: “So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” –Marilyn Monroe

Chris Mathewson, a rising senior at Franklin and Marshall College, comes from Garnet Valley, PA. Throughout the summer, he will be working on the West side in the Product Marketing department. He studies Business, and is a pitcher on F&M’s baseball team. He likes to play sports and hang out with his friends when he has spare time.

  • Favorite quote: “The ability to focus dead on, to sense what lies ahead, is the key to a successful life.” –Anonymous.

Meredith Veit, a rising senior at George Washington University, comes from Warrington, PA.  She will spend her summer on the East side as an Executive Education intern. She created her own specialized major, Communicating Public Culture, and is an e-board member for GW. She rocks the guitar, and likes to craft her own jewelry.

  • Favorite quote: “By seeing that nothingness is the fundamental reality, and you see it’s your reality, then how can anything contaminate you? Nothingness is really like the nothingness of space, which contains the whole universe.” –Alan Watts

Alex Geosits, from Media, PA, is a rising senior at Gettysburg College. He is working as a Progressive Gifts and Incentives intern on East side—where the most fun is had. His major is Organization and Management Studies, and minors in Business and Economics. He is also a member of the football team, and the Philanthropy Chair of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. In his spare time, Alex enjoys fishing and yodeling.

  • Favorite quote: “Live with no regrets.” –Anonymous

Kal McCloskey, from Pittsburgh, PA, is a rising senior at Widener University who is working on the East side as a PBP Media intern. He studies International Business and Marketing, is an indoor and outdoor track and field athlete, a Pi Sigma Epsilon brother, and Treasurer of the Italian Club. He enjoys the thrill of extreme sports, such as downhill mountain-biking and sky-diving.

  • Favorite quote: “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” –Mahatma Ghandi


Keep in touch with @PBPInterns and look out for what’s coming up next!

Blog: Our trip with the mentees

Twitter video: Welcome to the office

Two IT techs hired full time

Sam Strauch

Sam Strauch

Melissa Commodore

Melissa Commodore

Two familiar faces in IT have made the transition and are now full time PBP employees.

Please officially welcome Melissa Commodore and Sam Strauch to the IT team.

Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Melissa now lives in the South Philadelphia area. She attended King’s College in Wilkes Barre, studying computer information systems.

Her  interests include reading and participating in nightly events with her church.  Melissa’s signature color is purple!

Sam grew up in Wisconsin and attended Haverford College where he graduated in 2012.  He currently enjoys living in the East Falls area of Philadelphia.

His hobbies include reading, playing board games, and “general code/computer” stuff.

Sam surprised us by sharing a secret about himself …

“I hunt dragons.  It’s not something I’ve told many people before, up to this point. It’s the kind of thing one keeps to themselves. Yet every night I take out my crossbow and rocket-powered hang glider and take to the skies.”

Welcome Audra Lombardo to Editorial

Audra joined PBP on May 15.

Audra joined PBP on May 15.

Please help us welcome Audra Lombardo to PBP’s Editorial team.

Audra joins us after a stint at Hibu Custom Websites, in Gulph Mills, where she was a content writer and SEO specialists, working one-on-one with customers to create their desired customized business websites.

Prior to that, Audra worked for News Headquarters, part of the online reputation management firm, producing news stories, blog posts and many other types of content at a prodigious rate of 10 to 14 stories a day!

Audra is a 2010 graduate of Eastern University in St. Davids, with a BA in English & Creative Writing. She is also a fan of the Belle of Amherst, whose work she likes to quote.

Her first day on the job was Monday, May 5.  Audra is eager to learn more about about PBP’s fast-read/reader focused style.