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OUR FOUNDERS

When we started Wired Island more than 20 years ago, our vision was simple. Build a business that would allow us to do the work we love with people and companies we admire. We were lucky enough to have a network that made that easy. Having been on the corporate side for many years, we knew what we didn’t like in the traditional agency and consulting models. So our mission was to develop a better way to engage with and help our clients. That means access to experienced people who understand your business. And who can develop – and implement – the communications and marketing strategies that work best for your needs.”

Mike Sottak
Founder
Mike founded Wired Island in 1998 with Toni Sottak. The vision for the company was – and remains – to make high-quality, senior-level PR consulting services available to technology companies in a flexible, cost-effective way.

His background includes more than 25 years of experience in high-tech marketing, business development, public relations and journalism. He also started a couple of business of his own along the way so has sat in the entrepreneur’s hot seat. Mike has counseled a broad range of industry leaders and start-up companies over the years in both the US and Europe. He has a vast network within various tech industries and his ‘content-first’ mentality is applied to a wide spectrum of communication disciplines that Wired Island offers.

Mike spent ten years on the ‘inside’ at Cadence Design Systems, overseeing the $1 billion firm’s global PR program and helping establish it as one of the world’s premier high-tech companies. Mike also worked at PC Week Magazine and as a journalist at daily newspapers in Boston and Houston, winning several Associated Press awards. He is a graduate of Boston University and did his college internship at the Boston Celtics alongside some guys named Bird, McHale, Parrish and Ainge.

Toni Sottak
Managing Director

Toni Sottak is a high-technology public relations professional with more than 25 years of experience in the technology and travel sectors. She has been with Wired Island since it’s inception in 1998 and serves as the managing director, responsible for all client services.

Prior to Wired Island, Toni sharpened her skills in Silicon Valley, where she worked on both the corporate and agency sides of the communications business, developing and implementing product, corporate and investor communications programs. At Cunningham Communications and TFB/BBDO, her clients included: Cadence Design Systems, Apple Computer, Autodesk and Hewlett-Packard, among others. Her corporate experience included senior-level marketing/communications roles at Pure Software, Pure/Atria and Rational Software, which are now part of IBM. As the Director of Corporate Communications for a $1 billion provider of software development and testing solutions, she was responsible for worldwide public relations and was part of the team that conducted the IPO for Pure Software.

From Silicon Valley, she moved to the Caribbean where she and her husband started Wired Island. The couple has worked with over 100 organizations in both the technology and travel sectors and was spotlighted in a book called Life 2.0 by Rich Karlgaard for finding the “where” of their happiness.

What’s with the name Wired Island?

“We’d like to stay it’s a long story but it really isn’t. After escaping from Silicon Valley during the (last) bubble, we got the business going on a tropical island – really! – and ran it from there for the first 13 years. If you want to hear the rest of the story, drop us a line or wait for the book to come out.”

Wired Island is a specialized PR and digital marketing agency focused on B2B clients in the technology space.

  • With roots in Silicon Valley, we’ve operated long before there was a Facebook or an iPhone

  • supporting companies from around the world with smart, effective communications programs

  • We work with early stage start-ups, to established global leaders, to government entities and trade organizations

Our clients offer innovative products and technologies in the semiconductor, manufacturing, automotive, enterprise and consumer electronics markets that make an impact and are changing our world. We help tell their stories through PR & media relations programs, content development services, digital marketing, social media, SEO/SEM, PPC and closed-loop demand creation programs.

“Our philosophy when it comes to serving our clients is to assemble the best team for the job and focus on results. We’re pretty lean and bureaucracy doesn’t slow us down. We’ve got all stars and expert role players and they’re committed to your success”

OUR TEAM

Ian Taylor
Senior Manager

Based in France, Ian Taylor is an experienced senior manager within the communications and media industry, Ian has held UK and US directorships in sector-leading companies since 1998. He is previously a founder and COO of a London-based media communications business. His experience incorporates strategic development, client services, and marketing strategy.

Ian’s experience with developing integrated marketing programs includes complex branded media offerings aimed at creating awareness, branding, and repositioning. Among the companies he has worked closely with include: BBC, Colgate, Eurostar, French Connection, Pernod Ricard, Samsung Mobile, Universal, Virgin Group (including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Galactic and Virgin Limited Edition).

Ian’s experience and linguistic skills enable him to easily and effectively work on the international level. He speaks fluent French, has a good knowledge of German and basic Spanish, as well as his native English, and has handled work for clients in Europe, Asia, the US and the Middle East.

Deb Giusti
Digital Design & Web

Deb has been involved with various aspects of Internet marketing for the past 20 years and brings this expertise to Wired Island clients. She has overseen all e-marketing and Web design projects at Wired Island for the past ten years, creating award-winning and optimized websites for more than 50 clients in various technology, tourism, hospitality, real estate, retail, and government sectors. Debbie has a wide range of creative and technical skills to assist businesses with eye-catching designs as well as highly effective marketing programs using the web, email, blogs, social networks and other media.

Prior to joining Wired Island, she was a project manager at AppNet, a single-source e-business solutions firm in Washington, D.C. where she worked for several nonprofit international organizations including; CARE, International Committee of the Red Cross, Pew Center for Climate Control, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She also developed corporate Web sites for DNA New Media Group, an interactive ad agency based in San Francisco. She worked for a non-profit multimedia events company known as the Interactive Media Festival, a three-day interactive art gallery, and competition that was held in Los Angeles during the summers of 1994 and 1995. Deborah holds a BA in Art, with an emphasis in Multimedia Studies, from San Francisco State University and is a member of IWA.

Chris De Sa
SEO/SEM Specialist

We like to call Chris, Professor Google, because he is always educating us on the changing dynamics of Google search. Needless to say, Chris spends a good portion of his day in front of a computer screen making sure the websites and e-marketing projects he’s working on get the attention they deserve. Over the past 12 years, Chris has developed a specialization in on-line marketing and communications. He is able to dig deep into the code, analytics and search algorithms needed to improve the performance and visibility of websites and other on-line marketing initiatives. Whether the goals are increasing sales, improving retention rates or getting leads, Chris knows how the web works and how to leverage the medium to get results.

Chris enjoys keeping up with the ever-changing landscape of the online world and uses this knowledge to help businesses succeed and grow. Chris works as part of the Wired Island team but also runs his own web-marketing company called Epicwave Communications from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Chris studied Avionics Technology and Electronics Engineering at SAIT Polytechnic which led him into career in RF Communications specializing in two-way radio and cellular communications. When not staring at a computer screen, Chris likes to spend time with his family outdoors camping, fishing and racing motocross.

Barbara Tuck
Technology Writer
Barbara has been a technology journalist in the semiconductor space for the past 30 years. She held numerous positions at PennWell Publishing and Hearst Magazines where she earned a reputation as an informed and fair journalist who was never afraid to ask the tough questions. At Wired Island, she helps our clients deliver compelling, well-rounded stories that inform and educate as well as get the client’s key messages across. Having held senior reporting positions at both Electronic Products Magazine and Computer Design, she wrote often about the tradeoffs in ASIC, FPGA, SoC and IP design technologies and the design tools and methodologies needed to optimize the silicon.

Dori Jones
PR, Media Relations, Research

Dori Jones has been in the high tech PR business for the last 25 years, with a particular focus on the semiconductor manufacturing, semiconductor equipment and materials, and disk drive industries. She began her PR career at Mathews & Clark Communications, where she developed and executed strategic communications programs for clients such as Quantum, GaSonics International, Semiconductor Equipment & Materials International (SEMI), International Disk Equipment & Materials Association (IDEMA) and the U.S. Display Consortium (USDC). She worked as an account director at MCA High Tech PR and The Hoffman Agency where she furthered her specialization in the semiconductor space.

In addition to her high-tech PR experience, Dori is passionate about tea and even opened and manages her own shop: Dori’s Tea Cottage & Café near Yosemite. Between tea and semiconductors, it is safe to say Dori has wide range of interests and experiences and draws upon all them when working with clients.

WHAT WE KNOW

We are communications professional’s first and technology enthusiasts second. Our focus and expertise lies in communications however, we have developed a good working knowledge of key industries because of our client work. Core markets we have served include: