Our Key Leaders
Co-Owner / Lead Programmer
Co-Owner / Project Manager
Sales & Marketing Director
A Brief History of Surf New Media
March 10, 2004
Our Humble Beginnings in Middlebury, Vermont
Surf New Media was founded by John Sokolich (a newspaper reporter) and Tara Dunleavy (a newspaper ad rep) under the name of Fusion Web FX. The name would change, but our focus on newspapers has never waivered.
Award-Winning Web Development is Born
The Arizona Press Club first recognized our newspaper web development. Since then, we have won numerous press association awards including from the Kansas, New England and New York Press Associations.
Growth and Expansion to Naples, Florida
When our offices opened in Naples, our expansion grew. We added staff, increased offerings and started working on projects specifically to help the news industry, including e-edition software and app development.
Marketing is Expanded
In our effort to expand our company, we decided a marketing partner would help. We then partnered with the Miami Dolphins for some national coverage; and more recently with a local high school sponsoring their app.
In an effort to better serve clients, Surf New Media expanded its staff of developers and programmers; including dedicating a project manager to each new client, who co-ordinates site work and launch.
A Re-Focus on Newspapers
After expanding to tourism, real estate and e-commerce, Surf New Media has come full circle back to news and media sites. Our sole priority and focus is now newspaper web development. We have redoubled our efforts to provide quality, affordable and award-winning service to the newspaper and media industry. We continue to expand services and features for our clients.
Press Association Awards
Montana Press Association 2nd Place (Best Social Media Integration - Division 2): 2017
Montana Press Association 1st Place (Best Website - Division 4): 2017
Montana Press Association 2nd Place (Best Website - Division 4): 2016