About Ashley

About Ashley

A Little Bit More About Ashley

Ashley Ellen Wood

Ashley Ellen Wood was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1986. At the age of three Ashley moved to Tallahassee, Florida where she spent the rest of her childhood growing up. From a young age, Ashley was very outgoing and enjoyed participating in a number of different sports, organizations and group activities. Over the years, Ashley became very engaged in gymnastics, cheer leading, karate, softball, and art lessons.

Ashley attended Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee and at that time believed that she would pursue a career in healthcare. In addition to several AP courses, over the course of Ashley’s high school career, she participated in the following:

  • Anchor Club (Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald House, Christmas Party Board – Secret Gift Exchange Between Female/Male Members)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • The Honor Society
  • Little Red Riding Hoods/Elected Chair of Promotional Activities for Football Events – Senior Year
  • Homecoming Court Elect/Homecoming Court Involvement – Powder Puff Football Game Player
  • Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Intern (Diabetes Center, Labor and Delivery and Emergency Room Units)

After graduating from High School with honors, Ashley later went on to attend the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando. While attending UCF, Ashley discovered her passion for Marketing and Communications while participating in Junior Achievements, a program that focused on outreach to local public schools. Ashley decided to major in Interdisciplinary Studies, as it would allow her to have three  concentrations (versus two) – with her three concentrations being Marketing, Mass Communications and Health. During Ashley’s last semester at UCF, she interned at the University of Central Florida Arena as a marketing and event coordinator. During her time at the arena, Ashley was able to promote headlining tours such as T.I., Cobra Starship, Fall Out Boy, and the Harlem Global Trotters. Ashley was also apart of the group that spear headed the “Light Up UCF” Christmas initiative and “Movie at the Arena Nights”. During her time at UCF, Ashley was also involved in the following:

  • Communications Club
  • Sales Club
  • Red Carpet Monday Networking

Upon graduation from UCF, Ashley began work for the digital marketing agency in Orlando, Brand Advance.  During her time at Brand Advance, Ashley worked as a project manager for accounts such GreenUp Orlando, GroupTable, and Caribbean Mist. After her acceptance into a nationally recognized Master’s program (Integrated Marketing Communications) at Florida State University, Ashley returned to Tallahassee. Immediately she began work at the Proctor Dealerships – where she became the head of the Reputation Management Program – focusing on online initiatives. After a year in that position, Ashley moved onto the Proctor Holding sister company – Compass Marketing and Consulting, a full service creative agency. At Compass, Ashley is fully involved in new client acquisition, media relations, project management and creative campaign development. Ashley is still very involved in the community and in addition to being a full time student and employee, is also involved in the following:

  • Junior League (Tallahassee Chapter)
  • Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce (Access Tallahassee/Leads Group Alternate)
  • The Network of Young Professionals
  • Supporter of the American Cancer Society – Fundraiser for Strides/Relay for Life
  • Supporter of the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Foundation for Juvenile Diabetes – Fundraiser for Tee off for Tots
  • Supporter of the Leon County Humane Society (Worker for Pet Adoption Events)
  • Supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend – Fundraiser for the Annual Poker Tournament/Alliance – Champagne Bash

Over the years Ashley has continued to learn and grow both on a personal level and as a professional marketer. Her passion lies within project management, media relations and client services. On Ashley’s off time she enjoys challenging herself through supplemental learning materials, volunteerism, shopping, wine tasting, travel, and spending time with friends, family and her boyfriend.

Quick Facts 

  • Ashley was born in Ohio but grew up in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Ashley went to the University of Central Florida where she interned at the UCF Arena
  • Ashley later went on to receive a Master’s at Florida State University in Integrated Marketing Communications (specializing in project management)
  • Ashley has worked for large organizations and agencies alike
  • Ashley loves networking and is involved in organizations such as Junior League, Access Tallahassee and the Network of Young Professionals
  • Ashley donates an hour of her time daily to learning and is currently focusing on learning Spanish
  • Favorite Foods: Chinese, Italian Subs and Anything Chocolate
  • For fun Ashley enjoys shopping, traveling, spin and being with friends and family

Comments From Others 

“Ashley has always brought an energetic perspective to the various projects we’ve worked on together. She is always willing to go above and beyond whatever I have asked and has provided me with refreshing viewpoints I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. The excitement she brings to every project shines through the finished product. Thank you for your efficiency and sense of fun; I look forward to continuing our professional relationship.”

- Lindsay Link, Financial Service Officer, Florida Commerce Credit Union

“Ashley is an awesome person to work with, a self starter that you can count on to get the job done. Her ability to solve problems and project manage are very admirable. Ashley’s networking skills are second to none. On several occasions, we have resourced help or farmed prospects from partners/clients/contacts she has met and kept a relationship with. Her attitude in the workplace is always positive – even in tough times!

- David Donaldson, Operations Manager, Compass Marketing and Consulting

“Ashley is a very driven and talented individual. I had the pleasure of working with Ashley at Brand Advance and noticed very quickly how she truly is a team player. She pitches in when needed and is always on top of her game – whether it is blog writing, account management, sales, driving new leads, or project management in web-based initiatives.  Ashley’s enthusiasm shines through in her work and creative ideas. If anyone has the chance to work with Ashley – they’re lucky!”

Jacqueline Jimenez, Contract Marketing Specialist, Brand Advance LLC

“Intelligent, driven, and successful are the words I can describe about Ashley. She is a great communicator and a pleasure to work with. During my first semester at the University of Central Florida, Ashley offered me advice on how to enhance my studying habits at a university level as well as, to establish my career through my time at school. Ashley saved my academic career by guiding me to stay focus. If her positive attributes had helped me out through my career achievements, I know she can deliver the same credentials to your company.”

Justin Miller, Student, University of Central Florida