In a job that I love

The roads are finally shedding some icy layers, the sun has come out and brought temperatures above zero and again, this isn’t an article written by GINCC Executive Director, Kori. What’s going on?

I can’t explain the weather, but I can explain that Kori has presented me with the opportunity to write an introductory column to help you learn a little about my job at the chamber and some things about me.

In a few months, I will be celebrating a one-year work anniversary at the chamber. I began working at the GINCC in April, 2013 as the marketing and communications coordinator.

Not only did the job offer come at a perfect time in my life, but the position directly aligned with my degree in electronic journalism and communications. In today’s job market, I find it seems rare to be in a job position that utilizes all your collegiate skills, and for that reason, I am so grateful to be here.

I attended college at Northern Michigan University and graduated with my bachelor’s of science in December 2011. When I began college, I originally focused on television broadcasting, news casting, and newswriting.

I spent the first two years of my college career building upon these skills, and also produced two video projects for the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The second half of my college career was spent honing my journalistic and public relation skills – hard news writing, public speaking, speech writing, writing for newspapers and magazines and fictional short story writing.

Now, when I was six years old, we had to write daily journal entries as part of the curriculum. Our teachers would read them too, and from that time on, my first grade teacher flat-out said, “Ashley is going to be a writer one day.”

Her insight proved to be correct. During the second half of college, I realized I did not want to pursue the television industry anymore.

I wanted to write and share stories and information in a way that I could also be engaged with the public, because I love meeting and talking with people.

After that, I began seeking public relations and communication as my desired field.

Jump forward to 2014 and here I am at the chamber, able to create weekly informational e-mails chamber and community members receive, pen Business of the Month articles for our Chamber Chatter newsletter and now articles for the Mining Journal; use my other passion, photography, for events and our website, meet people and much more.

In addition to building a career here, my husband, 4-year-old son and I purchased our first home last October in Ishpeming, so I can truly say I work, live and play here in the West End.

Since purchasing our home, we have adopted a Maine Coon kitten, Presley, from UPAWS, and next week, we will be bringing home a Springer Spaniel/Clumber Spaniel puppy to complete our family.

As a resident of this community, I’d like to take a moment to remind everyone to get out and enjoy some upcoming events this month:

– Feb. 12 -Negaunee Irontown Association Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m., Old Bank Building, Negaunee

– Feb. 13 -Bell Hospital Auxiliary Fundraiser Devon’s Fudge, 7a.m. to 5 p.m., clinic entrance

– Feb. 15 Annual Night of Music 7 p.m., W.C. Peterson Auditorium, Ishpeming

– Feb. 22 -Smokehouse Glenn Business After Hours, Country Village, Ishpeming.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of these activities and I look forward to meeting more of you this year.

As always, feel free to stop by the Chamber, check us out on Facebook to stay updated, or visit our website at

Editor’s note: Ashley Geist is the Communications and Marketing Coordinator of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce.