Andrea Aker is an expert communicator and business strategist with a reputation for tenacity, perseverance and honesty. She’s willing to take on tough situations and thrives on new challenges – all traits that helped transform Aker Ink® into a leading independent PR practice in Arizona.
Andrea’s creativity and keen business sense have helped Aker Ink clients nationwide break barriers, engage with new audiences and exceed marketing goals. She is also sought after for her diverse copywriting skills – an expert in digital, print and broadcast mediums.
Prior to founding Aker Ink in 2007, Andrea served as the public relations director for a PR and marketing agency in Phoenix. She led successful PR campaigns at the local and national levels for B2B clients, garnering awareness in markets around the country. Before that, Andrea was a writer and producer for KPHO-TV, Phoenix’s CBS affiliate, where she produced top-rated newscasts for the morning and noon shows.
Andrea has 10 years of additional experience as a freelance reporter for business, trade and consumer publications nationwide. She also founded ArizonaOddities.com in 2009, a popular blog exploring the history, culture and quirks of Arizona. Her newsroom experience has provided an invaluable edge when working with the press, and she leverages this savvy to secure prime placements for Aker Ink clients.
Andrea earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Arizona and a Master’s of Mass Communication from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism with a specialization in online media. She graduated from ASU at the top of her class and was inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the National Honor Society of Journalism and Mass Communication, an honor reserved for the top 10 percent of graduates nationally.
Andrea currently sits on the Board of Directors for Social Venture Partners Arizona, a network of philanthropists who take a venture capital approach to funding nonprofits, where she serves on the Executive Committee as Vice Chair of Marketing & Communications. Since 2013, she has helped the organization with the grantor process and provided promotional and planning support for annual events.
Andrea is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Phoenix chapter. She is a former member of the Board of Directors and has volunteered on numerous committees to help advance the association and the profession. Further, Andrea has served on the Board of Directors for Scottsdale Leadership, a nationally recognized leadership and community stewardship program. She graduated from the Scottsdale Leadership core program in 2014 (Class 28).
In 2015, Az Business Magazine recognized Andrea as one of the state’s top business leaders under 40. The Arizona Republic declared her among the Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 in 2016. As well, Andrea’s work has earned accolades from the Phoenix chapter of the American Marketing Association and the Arizona Interactive Marketing Association.
Living by the work-hard-play-hard mantra, Andrea is a triathlete and runner, competing in races around North America. She loves exploring the outdoors, traveling and experiencing new cultures.
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