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WORK HISTORY

Nov. 2014 – Present

Marketing Manager

University of Georgia

I currently work for the Small Business Development Center, a Public Service and Outreach unit of UGA. At the UGA SBDC, I help manage the development, implementation, and assessment of marketing activities. I assists with management of both print and digital marketing initiatives, brand reputation and consistency, and the flow of organizational messaging to both internal and external audiences. I also manage and maintain the statewide website and UX. In addition, I work with faculty and professional staff in determining and meeting their requirements for communicating with clients, prospects, stakeholders and partners.

Mar. 2011 – Present

Creative Director

Blu Mountain Expressions

Blu Mountain Expressions is an inherently inquisitive bunch, invigorated by ideas and provoked by possibility. Marketing and graphic design is what they do. BME serves businesses throughout the Greater Atlanta/North Georgia area. Their seasoned professionals create modern, creative, high-impact designs for a wide variety of clients that range from small business, start-ups, and non-profits.

As Creative Director I manage day to day operations including invoicing, accounting, marketing, website development, client relations, and more. Furthermore, I also have a client list that I manage and create projects for ranging in a wide variety of marketing and design areas. My primary duty is marketing/design consulting for small businesses to help get their business off the ground and/or provide tools/resources and a strategy for a small business to grow as the digital world demands.

Jun. 2016 – Present

Freelance Designer

GO Sports Unlimited

At GO Kickball, I assist in the creation of social media images, t-shirt designs, logos, and help bring business initiatives to life via design.

Sept. 2012 – Nov. 2014

Marketing Coordinator

Harry Norman, REALTORS

As a Marketing Coordinator, I maintained and enhanced 65+ residential real estate agents’ marketing, public relations, branding, and digital efforts. I assisted the agents with design and innovative marketing materials that vary from print to digital. I also managed the Forsyth/Lake Lanier Office’s social media presences and was responsible for their optimization and visibility on the web. I lead several monthly hands-on workshops to help the agents better understand and use their HNR provided resources. While at the Forsyth/Lake Lanier Office, I increased their social followers by over 1,200% within a 2-year time frame, as well as increased their audience reach from by 4,000%. I also started HNR’s Real Estate Guide, which was published monthly in both digital and print. The publication averaged 17,250 print distribution and 2,000+ only views monthly. I also led the coordination of many charity events such as: 2 Red Cross Blood Drives, a Community Wide Yardsale, a Chili Cook-Off, and 2 Benefit Horse Shows.

Oct. 2010 – Jun. 2012

Web/Graphic Design Assistant

Augusta University

I worked for AU’s Office of Public Relations assisting the graphic designer and web designer. I helped develop and maintain departmental web pages for Augusta University. Along with my website duties, I took on high volumes of graphic design projects which require me to design according to specific design specifications, put the design through the approval phase, make revisions recommended, get final approval, and send the design to the printer print ready. Some of the projects I worked on range from brochures, to flyers, posters, certificates, invitations, newsletters, handbook covers, campus maps, and more.

May 2006 – Jan. 2009

Graphic Designer

Xtrem Printgraphics

I worked as a designer and created mainly t-shirt designs, but occasionally worked on a few logos. I became swift in Macromedia Freehand and Streamline. I know how to separate designs as well and punch embroidery designs. I am very knowledgeable in the silk screening and promotional product process.

EDUCATION

2017

M.A. Mass Communications (Emerging Media)

University of Georgia

The Emerging Media Master’s Program is designed to help graduate students understanding the use emerging media and how new technology fits into business. The program also teaches user experience, content development, project management graphic design, website development, social media listening and analytics, and ways to strategically managing emerging media to further career goals.

2012

B.A. Communications (Public Relations | Art)

Augusta University

Served as Vice President of Lambda Alliance for ten months, and as President for two months. Serve as a Media Chair for a local club rugby team, Augusta Furies.

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Marketing Skills

User Experience

Inbound Marketing

Market Research

Marketing Strategy

Design Skills

Adobe Creative Suite

WordPress

HTML

SEO

Branding & Identity

TESTIMONIALS

Sea Stachura

Communications & Social Media Strategist at MOSAIC Technologies Group

Ashley’s graphic design skills capture what audiences of varying ages, needs and purposes are looking for: grabbing attention when needed or servicing the content when that’s more appropriate. I turn to Ashley on a regular basis for assistance in graphic and web design (WordPress, SEO, site optimization), and she is always available. She goes above and beyond, commits only to what she is able to and consistently delivers. Ashley is funny, ambitious and hard working. My former student is as much a resource to me as I am to her. That is her own doing.

Patsy Alston

VP of Communications and Operations at JLL

Ashley is not only skilled in the area of design but she has a good working knowledge and understanding of what a brand is and how it should work. She is detail oriented, quick to learn and has exactly the right attitude for supporting company growth. On top of all this, she also understands technology. I was thrilled to have her on our team!

David R. Sanders

REALTOR at Harry Norman, REALTORS

Ashley is a quick and creative marketing expert skilled in graphic and web design and has a strong understanding of social media. An often overheard quote regarding her abilities as a Marketing Coordinator is “Ashley can do more in one day than XYZ did in a week.

Tunisia Williams

Director, University Relations at Augusta State University

Ashley has been an asset to our office. Her skills and abilities in updating departmental webpages and creating posters and flyers for campus events are outstanding. Ashley is a very talented young lady.

Laura Garner

Owner, Augusta Medical Billing

Ashley with Blu Mountain Expressions is a professional, personable and very talented graphic designer with a wide array of skills and products. Ashley’s work speaks for itself and she it timely as well as above average in talent and creativity. I would recommend Ashley for any graphic design project and feel confident that anyone would be more than satisfied with her results.