Andrea brings three decades of experience in public relations and marketing to her accounts. She founded the firm in 1982 to offer mid-sized clients the kinds of marketing advantages that enable large corporations to gain a competitive edge. Since its inception, Andrea has handled local and national accounts ranging from insurance products to publicity for an astronaut.
Before starting her own firm, Andrea worked at a large advertising firm heading up the PR Department. Among the accounts she handled were Advest, Union Trust, 7-UP, the Farley Company and the Connecticut State Lottery.
Prior to that, she was an internal marketing consultant for The Travelers Companies. One of her programs, marketing financial services to women, was responsible for a 95% increase in business in this market segment.
In 2005, Andrea was named the outstanding Connecticut Woman Business Owner of the Year by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She was also honored by The Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce, when she was named the 1998 Small Business Leader of the year.
Andrea is a contributing author to the 2012 book Media Magnetism – How to Attract the Favorable Publicity You Want and Deserve. Andrea is an adjunct professor in the public relations department of Quinnipiac University’s School of Communication. She is an active public speaker and has presented programs for the American Waterworks Association, the Connecticut Bankers Association, the Connecticut Association for Home Care & Hospice, the Connecticut Bar, the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, University of Connecticut MBA program and Hartford College for Women, Greater Bridgeport and Waterbury Foundations and Progressive Business Conferences.
She has an MBA in marketing from the University of Connecticut and her bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in public relations and public communications from Boston University.
Email – AObston@aomc.com