Since its launch five years ago, Zapwater Communications has made quite a name for itself in
Clients are equally enthusiastic.
“Zapwater Communications has been the best public relations firm I have ever worked with,” says R.J. Melman, partner at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. “From their creativity to their diligence, the whole staff is top notch. We always feel like David and his staff is there for us, regardless of situation - large or small. Zapwater has been irreplaceable to us for the launch of our new venture, Hub 51.” And Matthew McCahill, general manager of
And this year, after entering some its work in awards competitions for the first time, Zapwater can also claim the endorsement of industry peers, having picked up a Publicity Club of Chicago Silver Trumpet award in the governmental affairs category and two Bulldog Awards for its work in the travel, hospitality and destinations and best response to breaking news categories.
Founder David Zapater is the former group director for public relations at integrated agency Slack Barshinger, and his early focus was on the travel and leisure sector, representing many of the
The firm saw 10 percent growth in 2008, to around $710,000, with new business in both the corporate and lifestyle practices including The Iron Horse Hotel, Gibsons’ Restaurant Group and Halo [For Men]. Highlights included the opening of R.J. and Jerrod Melman’s Hub 51 and the unveiling of the new Hotel Sax, including a two-day, 1,200-person unveiling event in March 2008 after a $30 million renovation.