This week's Meet the Roger CPA Review Team Q&A Series is with Ashley Barnhart, Senior Marketing Coordinator. Learn more about what inspires Ashley every day, what her favorite part about her job is, and what should travel back in time to do if she had the chance.
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A Q&A with Ashley Barnhart, Senior Marketing Coordinator at Roger CPA Review
What do you do at Roger CPA Review?
I act as project manager for our various company campaigns, from email correspondence and CPA Exam webcasts to special promotions and new product roll outs! I oversee each campaign and work with our entire marketing team to make sure everything is accomplished by the deadline. I also get to work on other various projects across departments on a regular basis. In addition, I create many of our marketing materials, such as printed pieces, presentations, and advertisements.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Roger CPA Review?
I couldn’t have handpicked a better bunch of colleagues! Everyone at Roger CPA Review is passionate, intelligent, and hardworking. It is nice to be surrounded by a group of people who are so ambitious and driven on a daily basis, and it’s exciting to see our company grow rapidly as we put our brain power together and make magic happen! I could not ask for a better work environment.
How does your current position influence what you’re passionate about?
Some people are creative; others, more analytical. I find myself somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. I love that my position allows me to use both my creative and logical skills within the same projects!
Who has impacted you most in your life and how?
I moved frequently as a young child and was often the “new kid” in class. During one particular move, I was sick all throughout the school year, missing a lot of days of class. Many teachers put in this situation would likely get annoyed by all of the absences and write the kid off. My teacher was not typical, and actually came to visit me at my home on several occasions to bring my schoolwork and ensure that I did not fall behind. She was also the first person (aside from my parents) to encourage my natural writing skills. Had she not pushed me to develop my writing, I would not have pursued the journalistic work I have done and would not be as strong of a writer today. Written communication is such an important skill to have, for any position (and for the CPA Exam ;) ), so I am thankful that my teacher pushed me like she did. Also, my cat Gus inspires me daily.
If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would it be and why?
Throughout high school, my dentist suggested (multiple times) that I get my wisdom teeth removed. Highly against painful procedures, I declined (multiple times). When my wisdom teeth began to emerge in college, I was forced to have them removed right before sophomore year. I had to miss work because of it and really wish I would have gotten it over with when I was a carefree high school student.
If you could offer one piece of career (or life) advice to recent college graduates, what would it be?
The sooner you stop comparing yourself to others, the better your life will be. It doesn’t matter if your friends land their dream job or have more success than you; your time is coming, as long as you concentrate on YOU!
What is your favorite quote or mantra?
“Open different doors – you may find a ‘you’ that you never knew was yours. Anything can happen.” – Bert from Mary Poppins
How do you plan to enjoy the fall season?
Definitely the obvious – drinking pumpkin spice lattes whilst wearing sweaters and boots as the fall leaves crunch beneath me ;) . Other than that, I will be taking a trip to one of my favorite places – Disney World!
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