Steelhead Communications, LLC, arose in 1999 when Chris Santella and Doug Levin—old grad school chums—surfaced in Portland, Oregon, and combined their diverse talents and good looks to form a writing services company.

Chris Santella has worked in marketing communications since 1985. Before forming Steelhead Communications, Chris worked as a copywriter for several advertising agencies, served as associate creative director for West Group (now part of Thomson Reuters), and led marketing efforts for Summation Legal Technologies. The author of fifteen published books, Chris is best known as the writer of the "Fifty Places" book series, which now includes ten titles.

Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die will be developed into a television series for World Fishing Network in 2014. Chris's writing has appeared in the New York Times, Trout, Atlantic Salmon Journal, Gray's Sporting Journal, American Lawyer, Travel and Leisure, Golf, San Jose Mercury News and Fly Rod & Reel, among many other publications. He is a founding member of theAposition.com, a network of golf and travel writing. Chris is also a member of Portland-based Catch & Release, a four-piece rock band. He holds an M.B.A. from Yale University, and a B.A. in English from Middlebury College.


A more modest and less accomplished man than his energetic, sleep-deprived business partner, Doug Levin has written marketing, media, and advocacy materials for clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, from non-profits to leading trade associations. His signed and ghostwritten work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, PAC Professional, and many others. Prior to founding Steelhead Communications, Doug served as senior writer at The Direct Impact Company, now the grassroots arm of Burson-Marsteller. Doug's industry specialties include technology, government affairs, and specialty chemicals. Doug received his Ph.D. in English from Yale University and his B.A., also in English, from University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, and his short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and magazines.

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