About us

GTB Communications LLC consists of a team of seasoned professionals. We have had substantial experience in writing, editing, public relations and management of social media and we would be glad to help you with those needs. (See our ‘services’ page for more information.)

We know that the main problem in getting your message out is not simply finding someone to help but finding someone intelligent enough to understand your needs, creative enough to problem solve and see solutions you can’t see yourself, and diligent enough to get the job done.

One other thing: As you can see, we are a diverse team (unlike too many of the communications firms out there). We value the diverse ideas and viewpoints that each member of our team brings to the table, because we understand that the world out there you are trying to reach is a diverse one.

Find out more about our team below.

Denise Sherman has been a reporter, correspondent or freelance writer for several Triangle publications, including the News & Observer, Eastern Wake News, the Independent Weekly and the Triangle Business Journal. She also has experience in the broadcast field as an assignment editor at WLFL in Raleigh.

In media and public relations, Denise’s experience includes time spent as a publicist and marketing specialist with Wordsmith Press, where she published and marketed a children’s picture book, conducting a marketing campaign that resulted in 20  appearances and three newspaper articles. She also was deputy director of public affairs for the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, a position in which she wrote press releases and speeches, served as spokeswoman to TV, radio and print reporters and arranged media interviews with sources in the department.

Maya Spikes, social media strategist, has contributed her writing and marketing skills to various organizations for more than 10 years. She began her career freelance writing articles for newspapers including The Charlotte Observer. She then served as a reporter for the Independent Tribune in Concord, N.C. During her years at the Tribune, Maya won a North Carolina Press Association Award for general news reporting.

Maya earned a B.A. degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Journalism from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She has now enjoyed living, working and volunteering in Raleigh for more than 10 years.

Dan Holly, managing partner, has served in various aspects of the communications field his entire career. He has more than 25 years experience as a reporter, columnist and editor at newspapers, including the Newark Star-Ledger, Miami Herald, Detroit Free Press and The Raleigh News & Observer.

He also has substantial experience in government and politics, including press secretary to then-Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy and field coordinator in the re-election campaign of former president Bill Clinton.

Dan got his B.A. from Harvard, graduating cum laude, and his M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He is married to Judith and has two daughters, Ariana and Alexis.

Todd Silberman, as a newspaper reporter, helped bring attention to critical issues, from child poverty in one of North Carolina’s poorest cities to school resegregation in one of its wealthiest to a dropout crisis across the state. His coverage helped focus debate and change policy. As communications and research director for North Carolina New Schools, one of the state’s leading education nonprofits, Todd found and told compelling stories from the perspective of educators and students, with a clear message aimed at business leaders, policy makers and donors. He helped the organization get strong, positive coverage on the front page, the editorial page and the op-ed page.

Todd is a respected and accomplished writing professional, with recognized expertise in research and communicating compelling information that commands reader interest. He has a proven track record of authoritative content creation based on investigation, fact finding, analysis and engaging narrative.