Serving on the Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) Board of Directors is a unique way for members of the organization to give back and help steer the future direction of AFCI. The individuals serving represent diverse backgrounds and have significant experience in the arts and crafts industry. Today we introduce you to Ashley Smith.
AFCI: Your experience in the industry over the past 20-plus years makes you a perfect representative of AFCI. Tell us some more about your current role.
ASHLEY: I am the Senior Manager of Education at Missouri Star Quilt Company, a large ecommerce and brick-and-mortar retailer, serving the quilting community all over the world. Education is paramount to everything we do. I oversee our educational initiatives to ensure that our customers have access to channels of learning throughout their creative journey.
AFCI: You are reaching your third year of membership with the Association. What initially drew you to join?
ASHLEY: There are so many benefits that the Association provides for me, personally, and for our business. What drew me to the Association were the networking opportunities. I am able to network with adjacent industries that create occasions for learning and strengthening our business and industry.
AFCI: What do you hope to achieve by serving on the AFCI Board?
ASHLEY: As a board member, I aim to support and guide the Association in creating true value for the members. I want to be an advocate for my fellow members by ensuring that all programs and benefits make sense to the individual member segments, while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
AFCI: What would you say to someone who is interested in joining the Association?
ASHLEY: AFCI is a strong organization comprised of a variety of member segments, which presents as a wonderful networking opportunity. The Association strives to produce programming and events that truly benefit all members.