Holly manages freelance writing, editing and communications projects through her business, H.A.F. Creative. She spent about 10 years in the newspaper business and also two years working in public relations and social media marketing before starting her own business in November 2011. Her work has been published in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, The Post and Courier, Charleston Style & Design, Mount Pleasant Magazine, Lowcountry Parent, AARP Bulletin and more. She also manages public relations for a number of Charleston area nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Holly is the editor of Traveler of Charleston magazine, a quarterly visitor publication, and handles social media for the magazine.
Aside from her work with Charleston AMA, she is also board president for Postpartum Support Charleston. She is a member of the Center for Women, Charleston Femfessionals, Lowcountry Local First and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2011 she was honored as a Forty Under 40 winner by the Charleston Regional Business Journal.
Holly has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and a master of mass communication from the University of South Carolina. She lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband, daughter and three dogs. If she’s not working, she’s probably doing CrossFit.
Andrew Barton believes in building relationships with his clients to create graphic communication tools that will build their business and grow their brand. With a decade of experience, Andrew now runs Andrew Barton Design (link: www.andrewbartondesign.com), focusing on logo/branding, illustration, graphic design for web, print and animated motion videos.
Some of Andrew’s clients include Cooper River Bridge Run, Southeastern Wildlife Expo, St. Andrew’s Park Circle, The Ridley Institute, William Means Real Estate, Artfields Festival and Good to Go Mobile Market.
As a member of the Charleston American Marketing Association, Andrew has created numerous event graphics and a new chapter logo, earning him a Volunteer of the Year award. Andrew is currently serving as president-elect of the Charleston AMA.
Crowson Stone, now a division of Indexx Inc., offers new, completely integrated marketing and printing services for businesses. As a consultant with the Indexx family of companies, Ted brings experience, perspective, knowledge and passion to connect marketing clients with the tools they need to more effectively execute their strategy. Crowson offers digital printing, cross-media campaigns (email, direct mail, microsites, etc.), fulfillment options, and web-to-print capabilities. When not focused on marketing, Ted enjoys outdoor activities (cycling, birding, golf and tennis) and preparing great meals with his wife, Martine.
Whittney joined Holy City Hospitality in 2012 as the Director of Marketing. She is responsible for the marketing, communications and brand development efforts of Holy City Hospitality; proudly representing 39 Rue de Jean, Coast Bar and Grill, Virginia’s on King, Good Food Catering, and The Historic Rice Mill. She directs and oversees media relations, branding, advertising, website development, sponsorships, events, charitable contributions, and more.
Whittney is a graduate of Florida State University and holds a degree in Marketing and Public Relations. Her path to a fast paced and results focused career in marketing became clear at 15 years old while on The Today Show with her High School cheerleading squad. She was intrigued and enthused by the behind the scenes planning and coordination, asking each person with a clip-board and headset what they did, and what their college major was. From that day forth she was fiercely committed to marketing and public relations strategies.
Previous to her current position, Whittney accrued more than 7 years of experience as a Marketing Executive at Village Voice Media. Whittney lead the Dallas and Fort Lauderdale markets in event implementation, branding, and digital strategies. She landed in Charleston in 2012, where she found her home within the Holy City Hospitality team.
Originally from Biloxi, MS, Stephanie graduated from the University of South Alabama with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Accounting. She has worked in public accounting for the past 8 years with an emphasis on tax compliance and advisory services. She works on both individual tax returns as well as various business entity tax returns. Her passion is helping clients with tax planning and maximizing their wealth by minimizing their tax liability.
Along with her work with the Charleston AMA, Stephanie is on the Board of Directors for the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary club and currently serves as the club’s social chair. She is also a member of the Mt. Pleasant Business Association.
Stephanie resides in West Ashley with her husband Nick and their two year old son, Mason. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, boating and cooking. She has a passion for fitness and enjoys running, yoga, and weight lifting.
Nina Rose is the Director of Marketing at Trident United Way. With wide-ranging experience and a master’s degree in communication from the College of Charleston, Nina’s motivating interest in marketing communications stems from her specialty in writing publications, coordinating events, and managing public relations campaigns. Originally from Charlotte, N.C., Nina attended East Carolina University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communication with a double concentration in journalism and public relations. In addition, Nina received a Certificate of Hispanic Studies for proficiency of speaking Spanish in the workplace.
After moving to Charleston, Nina worked for The Reynolds Group, a public relations agency, where she assisted in launching public relations campaigns for the grand openings for several prominent restaurants in the Charleston area including the Cocktail Club, Caviar and Bananas, and the Macintosh .
Nina has been selected as a speaker on the College of Charleston’s Career Center Speaker’s Panel, as a member of the selection committee for the Wonderific Award sponsored by Charleston Magazine and the Coastal Community Foundation Philanthropy Week, and has also been featured in the “Meet” section of Skirt! Magazine. Her passion for giving back to the community drives her involvement with the Charleston Junior League, YAD and Lunch Buddies.
Ronii Bartles, Director of Marketing & Communications & Immediate Past President
Principal/marketing strategist, Bartles & Associates
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Ronii is principal of Bartles amp; Associates and graduated from Shepherd University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in French. After moving to Charleston, she continued her education and obtained her MBA from The Citadel in 2006. Ronii’s specialty is understanding consumers and small business operations and has experience in qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including focus groups, in-home interviews, shop along interviews, dinner discussion groups, ethnography, quantitative telephone interviews and online surveying to name a few. Ronii’s education and professional experience give her a unique approach to marketing strategy and planning, and her consumer behavior experience gives her an edge in understanding consumers, marketing strategies and trends.
Ronii is originally from Martinsburg, W. Va., and is the self-proclaimed Chief Rockstar at Bamp;A and loves beer and WVU football. She is an active volunteer in the Charleston community where she has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for more than 10 years, and won Big Sister of the Year Award in 2008. She sits on the advisory board for both My Sister’s House and The Lowcountry Business Network. In 2010, Ronii was nominated for Marketer of the Year for the Charleston chapter of the American Marketing Association and was a Rising Star Finalist for Most Influential Women in Business by the Charleston Regional Business Journal. In addition, Ronii is a Class of 2011 Forty Under 40 winner for the Charleston Regional Business Journal. As a board member for the Charleston AMA, Ronii has served two years as the director of programming.