Richard Braun and Sandra Klemuk
Richard moved to Southampton in the early 70s and immediately called it home. During those early years, he worked at a variety of jobs and developed a number of his own businesses. In addition to working as an offshore commercial lobsterman, operating a fish market, working in local restaurant kitchens, starting a clam bake catering company, Richard also owned a sports fishing marina in Hampton Bays and opened a restaurant and jazz club in Southampton Village. Following his marriage to Sandra in 1982, Richard worked in Manhattan selling office furnishings and systems to some of the largest legal, pharmaceutical and accounting firms in the City. The Hamptons remained home, however, with most Friday nights spent heading east on the LIE. After the birth of their daughter, Sarah, in 1987, Richard and Sandra soon chose to move back to Southampton full time to raise their family, enjoy their sailboat and get back to the place they loved most. After a few years of Real Estate sales and managing an office in Water Mill, Richard drew on his college education in Business and Marketing and sales background and began publishing The Hampton Homeowner’s Guide, an annual resource listing trades and services available throughout the East End. The magazine was ultimately sold, but during the five years it was published, Braun Marketing was born. Building on years of sales and his personal experience as a business owner in the Hamptons, Richard has helped numerous nonprofit and commercial clients achieve their sales and fund raising goals in this unique, second home market.
Sandra, born and raised in Southampton before it was even called “The Hamptons”, has a deep understanding of and love for the east end. She grew up in a family, like many others, that worked extremely hard all season when the “summer colony” was in residence and spent the rest of the year enjoying the quieter side of life, waiting for the summer craziness to roll around again. Her early work experience included the usual assortment of jobs that any local kid had catering to the summer crowds. A degree in Art and Art History combined with her years of working alongside Richard in his entrepreneurial pursuits made Sandra’s transition into Manhattan where she worked representing commercial illustrators to ad agencies and magazines a natural fit. Although she loved her job in advertising, moving back to Southampton with a new baby made perfect sense. With the birth of a second daughter, Margaret, in 1990, a roomier, family friendly sailboat, lots of friends and activities, life was good. As the girls grew, Sandra spent more time working with Richard on the magazine and developing Braun Marketing.
Both girls are now grown with lives and careers of their own. Sandra and Richard work together providing Design, Printing, and Direct Mail Marketing services to a growing list of satisfied nonprofit, business and fraternal organizations. A thorough understanding of the East End’s unique business environment and the ability to target local as well as second home residents make Braun Marketing the best choice for reaching the elusive Hamptons’ market.