Founders Annie Howell and Bryan Hughes formed the Punch Point Group in 2015. Fellow communications executive Elizabeth Hillman Stein came on board in 2016. Today Howell, Hughes and Stein are joined by a multi-talented team that works with individuals, teams, businesses, and organizations that want to communicate effectively to consumers, key collaborators, industry colleagues, employees, boards and to the media. They have worked with many of the leading organizations in the media, entertainment, and nonprofit spaces providing services including media training, messaging and positioning, speech prep, presentation skills training, executive and corporate coaching as well as high level, strategic PR and media relations.


Annie Howell
Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Annie Howell is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Punch Point Group, a strategic communications company specializing in media training, message development, presentation and communications skills training, executive/corporate/"burnout" coaching and strategic Public Relations. As an executive level communications consultant, Howell has over 25 years of experience leading teams that excel in strategic communications, brand launches and awareness building, crisis communications, public relations, talent management, publicity and social media. Prior to launching her own company, Annie has worked for several media companies including Discovery Communications, Crown Media and AMC Networks in addition to two national public affairs agencies. She sits on the board of directors of the Alliance of Women in Media Foundation. More...


Bryan Hughes
Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Bryan E. Hughes is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Punch Point Group. He is a senior corporate communications and public relations professional with 20 years of experience in strategic campaign development and implementation, content promotion, reputation management and partnerships. Today, Bryan provides strategic counsel to a diverse group of clients including corporate leaders, non-profit advocacy organizations and entertainment industry executives. Bryan specializes in communication and media training, message development, and content creation strategies designed to help clients engage key audiences and clearly communicate core values and services. His recent work includes targeted communications and message support for a variety of high-profile issues and projects from the USA Pavilion at the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu South Korea to TEDx Pennsylvania Avenue 2017. More...

Elizabeth Hillman Stein
Managing Director

Elizabeth Stein is senior global communications executive with more than 25 years of experience building brands, executives and talent. Spanning industries from entertainment, media to government affairs and corporate social responsibility and education and technology, Stein has a proven track record of driving business results and creating passionate fans. She has held executive positions at Discovery Communications, Hallmark Channel and National Geographic. More...


Chris Finnegan
Senior Consultant

Chris Finnegan is a senior communications consultant for the The Punch Point Group.  He has spent the past 18 years as a strategic communicator, senior counselor, brand steward, and team builder at one of the world's largest media companies and at two global public relations agencies.  Prior to joining The Punch Point Group, Finnegan spent more than nine years at Discovery Communications, Inc., where he served as communications lead for multiple cable networks and business units across the company's portfolio includingtop-20 network Animal Planet, and Velocity, one of cable's fastest growing networks.

Finnegan came to Discovery in 2007 from Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global public relations agency, where he served as vice president in the healthcare practice of its Washington, D.C. office. From 1999 to 2004, Finnegan worked in the San Francisco office of the worldwide public relations agency, Ketchum.


Pamela Rucker Springs
Senior Consultant

Pamela Rucker Springs is an accomplished communications executive with more than 25 years experience developing and leading impactful communications programs in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Her career spans multiple industries, and includes senior roles at Discovery Communications, AOL, the National Urban League and, most recently, at the General Pharmaceutical Council, Great Britain’s pharmacy regulator, where she led a record-setting stakeholder communications and engagement campaign. Pamela recently returned to the U.S. after spending the past three years in London, England. She and her husband reside in Washington, D.C.

Ali Finer

Ali Finer is a public relations consultant with more than 15 years of experience in helping clients tell their stories. She specializes in media relations and has worked with national, business, regional and trade publications throughout her career in both B2C and B2B.  She has held marketing positions on both the corporate and agency side including Ford Motor Company, MCI, The Discovery Channel and PadillaCRT (a full-service marketing agency). More...


Norma Ardila
Publicity Associate

Norma is a public relations professional with 15+ years of demonstrated strategic ability. For almost 20 years, Norma was part of Discovery Communications’ Latin America/U.S. Hispanic division where she oversaw areas of corporate, consumer and internal communications, talent relations, strategic planning, reputation building as well as project, budget and personnel management. She has a deep knowledge of the U.S. Hispanic as well as the Latin American media landscapes, with extensive experience in the planning and executing of media relations campaigns in said regions as well as other international markets.