Immersed in the worlds of art, culture, wine and cuisine, Ashley Teplin utilizes her expertise in public relations, media production, photography, painting, and even the kitchen to build brands, create networks and strengthen relationships among her clients. Ashley was born to forge creative connections. She holds a fine arts degree from UCLA, along with a culinary arts degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY, and spent two years producing trailers, tv spots and reels for top networks and film production companies like Fox, HBO and Miramax.
Immediately following her culinary graduation, Ashley left to Napa for a personal exploration combining her culinary passions and marketing sensibilities. Within months she was recruited to the work for Pamela Hunter of Studio-707, the former owner of Pamela Hunter Public Relations. Pamela led her public relations firm with passion and discipline as it grew to become one of the largest in the region, ultimately serving a broad range of international clients and maintaining offices in San Francisco, New York, and Napa Valley. Pam and her colleagues pioneered an approach to public relations that is today’s standard.
Ashley was mentored exclusively by Pamela Hunter for 2.5 years at Studio-707 and worked with assorted restaurants, wineries and hotels including the opening of Bocanova in Jack London Square, the opening of Bardessono in Yountville and Paul Martin’s American Bistro in Roseville. Winery clients Ashley has worked with include Krupp Brothers Winery, Stagecoach Vineyard, Bounty Hunter, Meteor Vineyard, Quintessa, Bonny’s Vineyard, Meyer Family Cellars and Quixote Winery.
Today, Ashley uses her extraordinarily skill set to gain exposure and create virtual and real world publicity for her diverse client set. From public relations, website rebranding and initializing social networking campaigns integrating Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Vertical Response to planning, photographing and hosting designer events, Ashley’s end goal is to create a true circle of influence among clients, media and her community.
When she isn’t knee deep in strategic thinking and networking, Ashley divides her time among her passions for painting, photography and volunteering. She has worked with a variety of non-profits, including Tools for Peace; Wine, Women and Shoes; The Napa Valley Vine Trail; di Rosa Preserve; Taste of a Nation; and Share Our Strength. In those rare moments of spare time, when she’s not working or organizing fundraisers, you can find Ashley on the patio at Angèle in Napa indulging in bubbles and French fries with dijon- c’est manifique!
Linked-In reference from the late Pamela Hunter, “After 43 years in in journalism then public relations and marketing, I can think of only two people I was delighted to see every single day we worked together. Ashley Teplin is one. If more people had her philosophy and approach, problems would be solved quickly, creatively and with pleasure. She is smart, inventive and delightful. In terms of integrity, she is off the charts. Indeed, I defy her next employer or client to find her equal in this regard.” March 17, 2010