It’s 2008 and Ronii was working for a marketing research firm (she loves analytics!) and the economy crashed. Hard. And fortune 500s and ad agencies started cutting budgets left and right. She got pulled into an impromptu meeting (death by meetings) where she was asked, “You’re the MBA here, what do we do to get through this?” Well, in a ‘thought’ company people are the biggest asset and expense. Rent is second and unless you are filing bankruptcy you can’t get out of that. So, that company decided to let people go and Ronii was NOT one of them. But in the midst of the conversation (that lasted 3 days) Ronii said to the owners, “I have an idea for a company.” And pitched B&A to them. They said that’s brilliant and we’ll be your first client. AND they are still a client to today.
Fast-forward many years and here we are. And now Ronii has impromptu meetings. Oh, the irony. Luckily, those are with our best friends. Little side story - Ronii feel head over heels in love with Jenn at a winery in Italy when she laid her head on Ronii’s lap and said, “Pet by head.” (that's not a typo). So now we spend our days mixing & mingling with creative entrepreneurs.
Ronii Bartles // Small Biz Ops Expert
Ronii is our self-proclaimed Chief Rockstar. She has a whole list of credentials like a fancy pants MBA from The Citadel that will bore you to tears and she loves to go around telling people that she actually is one of the Most Influential Women in Business because the Charleston Regional Business Journal told her so. Obviously, she lives in her own world but she is accomplished (let’s not confuse that with refined) in that she spent a large part of her early career in consumer behavior research and knows shit. She loves beer, college football (Let’s GOOO Mountaineers!), pizza, jeans, and designer high heels. You can find her having wine + sushi with her best girls on any given night.
What’s your favorite:
saying? A party without cake is just a meeting
food? Pepperoni Pizza
drink? Duh! Champagne! Well, wait, Lavender Martinis are pretty fabulous.
Jenn Williams // Business Manager
With two very active boys, Jenn is a working mom always on the go. She has designed her career around her family. She graduated from college with the self-proclaimed Chief Rockstar (above) and has been a roadie ever since B&A was created. Jenn has worked in direct sales and currently works as a licensed Real Estate Transaction Coordinator. So she knows the importance of marketing & branding and brings some fresh ideas to the table. When she’s not running after her adorable little boys or rocking it out as the Business Manager at B&A, she enjoys spending time with friends and indulging in a few cocktails (particularly lavender martinis and champagne) now and again. She is going to fit in well here.
What’s your favorite:
saying? All you need is a little class, a whole lot of sass and a great ass. (Side note from Ronii: do NOT say, 'it is what it is' to Jenn, she will flip out. She hates that saying.)
food? OMG! I love pasta.
drink? Ummm, hello... Champagne, but really I don't discriminate... I love all wine, sparkling or not.
Danni Ginn // Content Manager
Danni is a passionate & creative problem solver. She has never met a problem or obstacle she hasn't been able to fix or provide a solution to. She is also a part of the fancy pants club, graduating from The Citadel with a MBA (although many moons after Ronii). The beginning of her career began in the medical technology industry where she spear headed a rebranding campaign. So she knows some pretty cool shit. When she's not doing all that marketing jazz you can find her at the beach with her toes in the sand, spending time with her adorable fur baby Boo or relaxing with friends.
What's your favorite:
saying? Don't let the pretty face fool you. I am intelligent, outspoken and roll like a boss.
food? chicken 'n dumplings
drink? champagne of course or a nice glass of Rosé