08/08/2019 Marketing and Public Relations, Office Culture

TRIO team member named director for Charleston AMA

Woohoo! We’re so proud to share that our PR manager, Stephanie Maples, has been named director of special interest groups for the newly installed 2019 – 2020 board of directors for the Charleston chapter of the American Marketing Association. 

Per the AMA: The 2019–2020 board features both returning and fresh faces, including:

  • President–Katie Biondo
  • President-Elect–Gillian Mechling
  • Immediate Past President–Maggie Mills
  • Secretary–Nick Vlattas
  • Treasurer–Andrew Smilak
  • Director of Membership–Ali Leavitt
  • Director of Marketing and Communications–Callie Hitchcock 
  • Director of  Sponsorship–Brent Duncan
  • Director of Special Interest Groups–Stephanie Maples
  • Director of Special Events–Kathleen Buckley
  • Webmaster–Spencer Willis
  • Director of Programming–TBD 

The selected members will serve on the AMA Charleston board from July 2019 through June 2020. AMA Charleston is known for the learning and networking opportunities it provides to business professionals in the Lowcountry. Veteran board member, Katie Biondo, is bringing a wealth of experience to the table in her new position as incoming President after having served on the chapter’s board for the last 4 years. A new level of energy, ideas, and creativity will be incorporated into the plans for this year as the board seeks to bring the benefits of AMA membership to a wider group of marketing professionals in the Charleston area.

Biondo says, “Through our luncheons, special interest groups, and events, we aim to provide the essential community for marketers, entrepreneurs, and creatives to inspire curiosity and discussion. An AMA Membership is valuable to any professional who strives to build immediate and meaningful connections within the Lowcountry.”

AMA Charleston’s regular learning opportunities include monthly luncheons and “coffee talks” where members and non-members alike can come together to learn and grow professionally. (P.S. Get your tickets for the next one held here at TRIO!) This year the chapter is not only specializing in tech-focused coffee talks but will also be expanding its offerings to include the newly launched hospitality coffee talks which seek to aid in the booming hospitality and tourism industry that is present throughout the Charleston metropolitan area.

Biondo adds, “We at AMA offer training opportunities on a variety of marketing topics for the basic beginner to the savviest seasoned professional. Connecting with other marketers, building your network and gaining leadership perspectives are just some of the benefits of membership with AMA Charleston.” 

More About Stephanie:

Stephanie has made a home for herself in Charleston, South Carolina with her family, including her adorable daughter, Amelie. Her expertise lies in brand strategy, public relations and social media, which she now puts to good use at TRIO as our PR manager. She loves working alongside #TeamTRIO members who care about the Lowcountry and are passionate about helping clients grow their business and thrive in their respective industries.

Stephanie is happy to be living back near the ocean and spends her free time on the beach, at a dog park with her dog, Toby, listening to live music or reliving her Hollywood days in the movie theater.

Jenny Dennis

Jenny Dennis

President & Chief Creative Officer

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