Meet the Public Relations Team: Ashley Martin

This week we spotlight Ashley Martin, RCG senior account manager and indispensable member of our team.

1. How did you get started at RCG?

I was working at a marketing firm in Orlando but looking for a change and excited about the possibility of moving back to Hampton Roads. What drew me to RCG was the fact that we’re locally focused. I previously dealt with national and international clients, but I prefer to be involved and build relationships in my community. The fact that community involvement is strongly encouraged here is also a huge plus.

My first two clients were the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation and Cintas Corporation, which I continue to represent today. It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly eight years.

2. What has been one of the most rewarding moments about being an account manager at RCG?

Receiving “Top 40 Under 40” recognition from Inside Business last year was extremely rewarding. The last few years have been busy with my board involvement and volunteer work. I don’t do either for recognition, but it was an incredible honor to be among some of our area’s top young leaders, many of whom have become friends through my community involvement. It was also a great feeling to be surrounded by my bosses, colleagues and family when I received the award.

3. Tell us about one of the biggest lessons you have learned throughout your years at RCG.

Just when you think it’s going to be a quiet day…never mind, it’s never a quiet day in the world of PR! Things change constantly, which is what I like most about this field. There’s never a dull moment.

4. What is your life like outside of work?

I live in Chesapeake with my husband, Joe, and son, Owen, who will turn three this weekend. Come December, we’ll welcome another baby boy! We like to stay very busy so life is chaotic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We love to spend time with family and are lucky to have both sets of grandparents living nearby.

5. If you weren’t in public relations, you would be:

I’ve always wanted to be a backup singer for a rock band. But realistically, I think public relations is the perfect field for my personality and skill set. I feel lucky to have a job that I truly enjoy.

6. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

When I was five, my parents sold their house and bought a Volkswagen Camper Bus. We spent the summer traveling all over the U.S, visiting family and friends and seeing all the major national parks. I don’t remember many details of the trip, but I’m grateful for the experience, which instilled a love of travel. I look forward to many trips with my own family when my sons are older.