Ashley Burton has been promoted to public relations manager at inferno. Burton joined the agency in 2005 and most recently served as a public relations account executive.
(Photo: Dennis Copeland)
Hometown: Bedford, Ind.
Education: I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Indiana University.
Work Experience: Before joining inferno in 2005, I worked in the Memphis office of McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations LLC.
Family: Fiancé, Zach; two cats, Rocket and Gertie
Favorite quote: “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin
Last book read: “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
Favorite music: Florence + The Machine, The Civil Wars and classic ’80s/’90s
Favorite movie: “My Girl”
Sports team: Indiana Hoosiers
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I’m an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Harrah’s Hope Lodge, and I also enjoy reading, running and following fashion.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could sing.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My parents and my two grandmothers, who are intelligent, fiercely independent and above all else, kind.
Why did you pursue a career in public relations? Public relations allowed me to combine my passion for writing and planning with relationship building. Through my position at inferno and personal volunteer efforts, I have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing people I otherwise wouldn’t get to meet. I also love the fact that every day is different.
What are your goals as public relations manager? To continue to help our clients succeed, as well as expand inferno’s reach both within Memphis and in other markets, and strengthen relationships with our clients and media contacts.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? I find it very rewarding each time I’m able to fulfill a client’s needs, whether it’s securing earned media coverage or providing guidance on an internal communications initiative.
What do you most enjoy about your work at inferno? I truly enjoy working alongside (and learning from) my coworkers, who are a tremendously talented group of professionals, and working with our clients, who allow us to become true strategic partners in their business.
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