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Our Team

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George Arzt on LinkedIn

George Arzt, President

George Arzt has been actively involved in the politics and public affairs of New York City and the nation for decades as a journalist, television news producer, mayoral press secretary, and public relations consultant. Mr. Arzt has held senior positions in print and broadcast media, government and public relations. Prior to entering public relations, Mr. …

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Brian Krapf on LinkedIn

Brian Krapf, Executive Vice President

Brian Krapf is former Director of Publications and Special Projects for the Center for the Study of the Presidency, a non-partisan, non-profit educational corporation dedicated to the study of the American Presidency. During his tenure he served as Managing Editor of the Center’s quarterly publication, Presidential Studies Quarterly. He has been with George Arzt Communications, …

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Jane Crotty on LinkedIn

Jane R. Crotty, Senior Vice President

Jane R. Crotty was Director of Communications and Economic Development at Baruch College and was a key facilitator in the approval process for Baruch’s new $280 million academic building.  Prior to Baruch, as the Former Chair of Community Board 6 in Manhattan and Former Executive Director of the 23rd Street Association, Jane was instrumental in …

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Bob Liff, Senior Vice President

Bob Liff is a former White House advance staffer for President Jimmy Carter who went on to become a key political reporter and columnist in New York City for New York Newsday and the Daily News, assigned primarily to City Hall and his native Brooklyn. His extensive work covering economic development, land use disputes, politics, …

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Maria Capotorto on LinkedIn

Maria Stewart, Managing Director of Social Media & Online Marketing

Maria Stewart started the social media division at George Arzt Communication, Inc. (GAC). She has also worked closely with many clients to implement effective public affairs for special events. Maria develops social media marketing strategies for clients who want to network and/or market their companies online. She is a certified social media strategist who adapts …

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Maya Gelfand on LinkedIn

Maya Gelfand, Senior Executive Assistant to the President & Lobbying Compliance Officer

Maya Gelfand administers GAC lobbying compliance, closely monitoring the ever-evolving New York City and State lobbying laws and reporting requirements. Since joining the firm more than 10 years ago, she has been administrative assistant to GAC President, George Arzt. In addition to her administrative tasks, Maya has worked with other account executives to organize and …

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Shawna Baratta on LinkedIn

Shawna Lewis, Office Manager

Shawna Lewis came to George Arzt Communications, Inc. (GAC) after spending 5 years at Ovation Travel Group where she was an Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In her current position, she is in charge of maintaining the office and supporting the GAC executive staff with …

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