The Exceptionals: Ashlea Harris

The Exceptionals: Ashlea Harris

Ashlea Harris doesn’t walk into her job at TeleNet Marketing — she runs.

As vice president of program management and operations, Harris likes the fast-paced work environment of helping businesses by implementing targeted marketing campaigns.

“I appreciate the opportunity to be involved in the marketing strategies of the largest corporations in the country,” she said.

Harris also is on the board of Northeast Georgia Red Cross, volunteered for the Extreme Home Makeover build in Madison and assisted the local Delta Gamma chapter (of which she is an alumna) during recruitment.

She wants to make Athens a safe and prosperous place for her 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter.

Harris graduated from Clemson University with a marketing degree and obtained her master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Georgia.

Her father influenced her to maintain a strong work ethic, which she wants to pass along to her “amazing” coworkers at TeleNet, she said.

“I have a drive to succeed at whatever I do. The desire to do well and never be mediocre is important to me,” Harris said

About Harris

Age: 32

Profession/place of work: Vice president, program management and operations at TeleNet Marketing Solutions

College background: Clemson University (bachelor of science in marketing); University of Georgia (master’s in Mass Communication, specialized in advertising)

Family: Bryan Harris, Husband; Hannon Harris, son, 4; Kyle Grace Harris, daughter, 2.

First paying job: Beyond a lot of babysitting jobs, Cox radio was my first paying job in Jacksonville, Fla. I was a summer intern in the marketing and promotions department and helped to organize the remotes for the talent and sponsors.

Childhood ambition: To either be a teacher or take over my dad’s accounting firm

Inspiration: Being a mother has inspired me. Raising children has been the most challenging, yet rewarding role.

Community involvement: I’m a member of the board for the Northeast Georgia Red Cross. I recently volunteered at the Extreme Home Makeover Build in Madison, and will be assisting our local Delta Gamma chapter during recruitment. My husband and I are involved with Mercy Health Center and attend Classic City Community Church.

Greatest concern for community: Ensuring that Athens is a place where my children can thrive. My hope is that my children, as well as all other children in the community, have a safe environment to live and schools that prepare them for the life they have ahead of them.

Favorite books: The Emily Giffin series. “Developing the Leader Within You,” by John C. Maxwell

Favorite pastimes: Going to the beach, spending time with family and shopping

Favorite movie: “Remember the Titans”

Favorite musical groups: Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker