PPR Strategies


Helping Economic Development, Workforce Development, and Tourism-Based Organizations Thrive

Every community has a characteristic sense of place. At PPR Strategies, we add the polish and make it shine. For nearly two decades, the PPR Strategies team has helped economic development, workforce development, and tourism organizations discover their potential, attract new investment, and elevate their identities.

Over the years, PPR Strategies has grown from a one-person operation to a talented team of professionals in the Mid-Atlantic. We’re strategists, writers, and media mavens, but we’re also consumers, adventurers, and devoted citizens. Reimagining places is our passion.

Meet the Team Behind PPR Strategies

Sandy Dubay

CEO and Founder

Sandy Dubay, CEcD (formerly Sandy Sponaugle) is the CEO and Founder of PPR Strategies (previously Platinum PR). As PPR Strategies’ fearless leader, she brings over 20 years of marketing savvy …

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Sophie Smith

Managing Director

Sophie loves helping small-town economies reach their fullest potential. As the Managing Director at PPR Strategies, she leads projects, multitasks like a champ …

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Hanna Turner

Director of Client Relations

Hanna enjoys tapping into the uniqueness of our clients, helping them to expand and thrive. She has worked in municipal government communications, economic development, …

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Mia Vaccaro

Public Relations Specialist

Since she was a child, Mia has been in love with creative writing and storytelling. As an adult, Mia has transformed her creative outlet into a way to uniquely tell the stories of her clients … Read More

Hannah Clawson

Senior Content Writer

Content makes the world go around and Hannah is more than happy to help it spin! 

As Senior Content Writer, she meticulously crafts all written pieces for PPR’s clientele.

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Kayla Sherry

Social Media Coordinator

Kayla, as the Gen Z stereotypes claim, is obsessed with all things social media. Growing up during the early stages of today’s most-used digital platforms has allowed her to become immersed…

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Caleigh Bernota

Communications Specialist

Caleigh is a senior at Stevenson University working towards a degree in Business Communications with Graphic Design and Fashion Merchandising minors.

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Larry Twele


With over 25 years of service in state and local economic development agencies, Lawrence has experience in economic development strategy, legislative policy, entrepreneurship, and community development.

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2020 Annual Report

See all of the highlights and celebrations from 2020.

Let’s reimagine places together; join our team.

Marketing Intern

PPR Strategies is seeking an energetic, self-motivated, and hard-working individual for the position of Marketing Intern. If you’re a strong writer who wants to build a career in marketing, content writing and PR, this is the opportunity for you!

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We’re an inclusive workplace. People of all genders and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.