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Summit Media Group co-founders Sharon Aschaiek and Cary Stein, and their network of associates, have the combined writing, editing, web design and photography skills to tackle a wide variety of communications projects.

A thriving curiosity is what has driven Sharon to successfully write about health care, travel, education, employment trends and social issues. She approaches each assignment with the goal of teasing out the most interesting and human elements, making for truly compelling stories. She has been writing feature stories and profiles for Canadian newspapers, magazines and digital publications since 1992.

While working as a special sections editor at The Toronto Sun, Sharon edited and wrote for up to eight supplements a month, including the Sun's weekly employment and education guide, Career Connection. Today, she applies her skills to an eclectic mix of projects, including profiling high-end travel destinations, developing ad copy for auto dealership websites and editing career resource books.

Sharon 's educational background includes a communications and sociology degree from York University , followed by post-graduate journalism studies at Humber College .

What Sharon brings to Summit Media Group is an affinity for writing competently on many subjects, strong editing skills, and a zeal for crafting creative communications solutions. Her range of services accommodate newspapers and magazines in need of original features and news stories, organizations requiring targeted web content and effective marketing copy, and individuals with specialized editorial needs.

The digital half of this dynamic partnership is Cary Stein, a web designer with an extensive and multifaceted history in the information technology industry.

Long before the Internet and e-mail became household names, Cary was venturing into the uncharted territory of the digital revolution that was to come. His early fascination with all things technological, and his interest in the growing opportunities presented by the IT industry, propelled him to train as a computer programmer, and later, to achieve industry certification.

Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, his first foray into IT was to launch and run a successful network consulting firm, AXXIS Technologies. In addition to devising highly tailored network solutions for several medium and large-sized companies, he also oversaw all aspects of the business, including sales, implementation, training and support.

His later endeavours in the IT sector allowed him to further develop his hardware and software expertise, to hone his troubleshooting, diagnostics and field support skills, and to become adept at developing tailored IT solutions for hundreds of companies and organizations. In his role as software trainer at ADP, the leading international provider of IT tools to the auto insurance industry, Cary created customized teaching tools that he used to effectively train thousands of customers on a variety of computer-related applications.

As the digital visionary of Summit Media Group, Cary has put his flair for interactive, comprehensive and visually pleasing graphics into high gear. With his competencies in Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash, HTML, Java Script and e-commerce, and his passion for exploring the edges of innovation in web design, Cary is well-equipped to help entrepreneurs, companies and organizations promote their ideas and vision through an original and compelling Internet presence.

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Provocative profile garners Sharon Aschaiek
award nomination

TORONTO, June 1, 2005: A compelling newspaper story about a Toronto doctor who photographs his home-care deprived senior patients to raise awareness about our ailing health-care system has earned writer Sharon Aschaiek a nomination for a Kenneth R. Wilson Award.

Aschaiek's story, called A passionate eye on the forgotten: Physician's photos zoom in on elderly homecare, was nominated for a Best Profile of a Person award. The story published on the cover of the Nov. 15, 2004 edition of the National Review of Medicine, a biweekly national publication for doctors about industry trends and medical issues.

Issued by the Canadian Business Press, the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards recognize excellence in business journalism and graphic design. The Canadian Business Press is a not-for-profit association that represents the interests of more than 150 Canadian business, professional and farming publications. This year marked the 51st anniversary of the annual awards.

To read the award-nominated story, click here.

Communications solutions that can move mountains

TORONTO, Oct. 18: Like the greatest of climbing expeditions, the trek to the top of the business world can be a long and arduous challenge. In your quest for success, Summit Media Group is well equipped to be the Sherpa that helps you reach your summit. Our customized communications solutions will help you secure a foothold in the rocky terrain of today’s business landscape.

Whether you’re interested in enhancing your publication with current, compelling feature stories, raising your business profile with an engaging, interactive website, or invigorating your corporate PR strategy with fresh web content and effective marketing copy, Summit Media Group can help. Made up of a dynamic network of experienced associates, our mandate is to collaborate with you to develop tailored communications solutions that fulfil your specific business requirements.

Like life itself, is a work in progress; as we continue to grow and evolve, so, too, will our website. We invite you to visit our website often to find out about our most current projects, our newest services and more.

Sharon Aschaiek and Cary Stein
Summit Media Group
Tel: 416-544-9612 / Fax: 416-544-0788

Sharon is a valued contributor to Career Connection and other Toronto Sun special sections. She’s a skilled writer who can grasp many subjects, and her copy is always clean and interesting to read. Her professionalism and ability to consistently meet deadlines have been greatly appreciated.

Diane Janes - Special Sections Editor
The Toronto Sun

Sharon copy edited my 185-page career guide, Street Smarts for Job Seekers. She was very easy to work with, and was able to help me with my book on my budget. Her thoroughness and attention to detail were invaluable in helping me publish.

Jemimah St. Hilaire - Author
Street Smarts for Job Seekers:
A Down-to-Earth Guide for People Making Life Changes in Turbulent Times

As a contributor to Engineering Dimensions, Sharon writes authoritatively about the engineering profession in Ontario. Her feature stories are well researched, well written, informative, and consistent with our editorial style. I can rely on Sharon to get the story, get it right, and get it in on time. Sharon is also conscientious and keeps me abreast of progress. She has an admirable work ethic.

Joan Bailey - Editor
Engineering Dimensions

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