Sarah Funderburk Weston
Sarah’s responsibilities as Partner/Account Director at SPR Atlanta include multiple account management, client success analysis, team leadership, media training, client consultation, writing, media relations, creating and editing newsletters, video production and editing, client website management, social media and much more. As head of SPR’s Real Estate Division, Sarah focuses primarily on clients in the commercial real estate field, including developers, brokers, financial institutions, lawyers, architects, construction firms and more. Sarah often includes quotes from clients, as well as non clients, in her Real Estate column.
A graduate of Auburn University, Sarah completed two internships before joining SPR – preparing her well to juggle the ever-shifting needs of today’s public relations marketplace. She is a member of the Junior League Atlanta, and she volunteers with the East Atlanta Kids Club, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Open Hand.
Emily’s responsibilities at SPR Atlanta include account management, writing, research, as well as writing press releases, backgrounders, thought leadership and blogs. Emily gained writing and campaign experience through internships with Howard, Merrell & Partners, Clairemont Communications, as a UNC Campus Ambassador for Proctor & Gamble, as well as a small start up music company.
Emily graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with bachelor’s degrees in Journalism (with a Public Relations concentration) and Political Science.
Haley contributes to the SPR Atlanta team by coordinating media relations, social media and content marketing for her clients. She is a member of SPR’s Commercial Real Estate Division. Before joining SPR Atlanta, Haley worked as an Account Coordinator at Trevelino/Keller Communications Group, where she gained experience in writing press releases and media alerts, pitching, monitoring client coverage, reporting on impressions and drafting social media posts.
Haley graduated from Auburn University in August 2014. She majored in Public Relations and minored in Business and Spanish. In her free time, Haley loves to cheer on the Tigers and spend time with family and friends. She has a high-maintenance, one-year-old rescue dog named Rocky, and she regularly volunteers at Atlanta Pet Rescue.
Founder and publisher of The Atlanta 100, as well as president and founder of SPR Atlanta, Chris develops ideas and provides strategic counsel. Before founding SPR Atlanta and The Atlanta 100, he served as creative director, promotions director, reporter and editor at six daily newspapers across the Southeast – winning awards for his reporting, publishing and print advertisement design. He established his own chain of Atlanta neighborhood newspapers in 1994, selling them to developer Tom Cousins in 2002.
A fifth-generation Atlantan, Chris is a graduate of Westminster and the University of Virginia and the creator of Moments on SaportaReport.com, where he also serves as publisher. He serves on various community boards and advisory committees when he’s not riding his bike, running with his dog or visiting with children and family.
Jan is Editorial Director of The 100 Companies, overseeing the editorial process for all the digital content for the members’ eNewsletters and websites. An award-winning writer, Jan is a travel columnist for Moneyinc.com. She was formerly managing editor of Travelgirl magazine and editor and columnist at three newspapers. She is the author of several books and has written more than 1,100 blog posts. Her corporate work includes the writing, editing and production of profiles, eNewsletters, magazines, blogs and books for a variety of clients.
Her travel writing also appears in her Girl on the Go blog and on Belinda Skelton’s Atlanta Living website for her nationally syndicated radio show, where Jan makes guest appearances as a travel expert.
Jan is a native of Atlanta, a graduate of The Westminster Schools and the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.
As The Atlanta 100’s managing editor, Caroline writes and assists in the production of the weekly eNewsletter. Before joining The Atlanta 100, Caroline completed a public relations and marketing internship with The Reynolds Group in Atlanta. In college, she gained writing and publishing experience through internships with Albemarle Magazine, The Scout Guide and Edible Blue Ridge Magazine.
A native of Tampa, Florida, Caroline graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Crowdfunding is already revolutionizing the way people start businesses and fund creative projects, but when it becomes legal to actually purchase a small piece of crowdfunded businesses later this year, the industry is set to explode. Launching in summer 2014, Krowdfund.com aims to be the go-to resource for discovering the best projects happening in the world of crowdfunding. Each weekday, Krowdfund delivers four handpicked campaigns straight to its readers’ inboxes, providing them the need-to-know details and Krowdfund’s own independent analysis of each opportunity. Krowdfund’s staff writers consist of finance professionals currently working in the worlds of venture capital, small business lending, and commercial real estate. Learn more or sign up at Krowdfund.com.
In 2015, Chris noticed his fellow Millennials’ deep struggle with happiness, so he decided to abandon his career to face the crisis head on. Collecting the best advice for happy living, he interviewed Millennials from 31 countries and studied the chief happiness research findings from the past 40 years. After a successful Kickstarter, he published his first book, The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness, in January of 2017, which is now available on Amazon. Chris also speaks and leads meditation workshops.
Having found that cars make him especially happy, Chris reviews the latest models for The Atlanta 100 and Money Under 30.
Haley supports the team in all aspects of SPR’s public relation services including media relations, social media and graphic design content creation, writing, research and client services. Before joining the SPR team, Haley completed an internship at Atlanta-based PR firm, Liz Lapidus where she created and scheduled social media content, media relations and assisted with event execution for clients such as Alton Lane and Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown.
Haley graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and completed an international PR internship in London.
Leah Steinberg works as an editor for The 100 Companies, checking content for the various eNewsletters. Prior to joining The 100 Companies, Leah worked in higher education, non-profit fundraising, public relations and print media.
A Denver native, Leah graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado. She also holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Kansas. In her free time, Leah enjoys hiking, cooking and spending time with her family.
The Atlanta 100 is the flagship of the PR publishing network, The 100 Companies. View the 100 staff here.