Board of Directors 2018 – 2019

Angela Brutsche

Angela Brutsche

President

Angela Brutsche oversees initiatives that promote Texas REALTORS® and private property rights in her role as Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the Texas Association of REALTORS®. Prior to serving Texas REALTORS®, Angela worked at the Texas General Land Office where she advanced the adoption of benefits among the 1.7 million military veterans in Texas as Deputy Director of the Texas Veterans Land Board. Her admiration of the real estate community was ignited during her 12-year tenure at the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Angela is a volunteer leader of the American Marketing Association, where she advocates on behalf of more than 70 professional chapters as president of the AMA Professional Chapters Council.

Connie Johns

Connie Johns

Immediate Past President

Connie is the owner and president of Sir Speedy Printing and Marketing Services on Far West Boulevard in Austin. Sir Speedy is the largest franchised printing and marketing support company in the world. She has owned this location since 1993.

In addition to overseeing all aspects of the business, Connie places a special emphasis on sales, marketing and customer service.

Prior to opening Sir Speedy, Connie worked in marketing and administrative positions in healthcare organizations including the University of Nebraska Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Health Care from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.

Susan Andrus

Susan Andrus

Treasurer

Susan is a marketing professional with 15 years experience developing, implementing, and measuring global, multichannel content strategies and digital marketing campaigns for established and new products and services, while increasing client satisfaction and retention. She studied marketing at the University of Texas in Austin, McCombs School of Business and has served on the Board of Directors for the Austin AMA since 2010. Susan is passionate about mentoring and coaching future leaders, including students at both McCombs and Texas State, and young professionals through the Austin AMA.

Michelle Vrudhula

Michelle Vrudhula

President Elect

Michelle Vrudhula is the Vice President of Marketing for Customer Research International (CRI). CRI is market research for the marketing world. We know how to find the answers for your marketing questions. Michelle is one of the principals of the company, and after 15 years uses her expertise in market research to find the best market research strategy for their clients. This will be Michelle’s third term on the board, after being Treasurer and Vice President of Membership. CRI is proud to be the Market Research sponsor for the Austin chapter of the AMA.

Heather Dunn

Heather Dunn

Secretary

Heather is a strategic and results-oriented marketing leader with 15 years of experience in integrated program management, content strategy, channel partnerships, team leadership & problem-solving from start-ups to Fortune 100s. She develops and executes multichannel marketing programs, content strategies, and sales tools to generate demand, aligning marketing and communications with business goals. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Journalism and Marketing degree. As an analytical creative, she believes in the art and science of marketing. Heather is a previous member of the Houston AMA and has been involved with the Austin AMA for three years; 2018 will be her second year as a Board Member.

Karen Smith, Ph.D.

Karen Smith, Ph.D.

VP, Collegiate Relations

Dr. Karen H. Smith is Professor of Marketing at Texas State University-San Marcos. With BBA MS degrees in Economics from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin, her experience is in banking, consumer research, and higher education. She teaches classes in consumer behavior and marketing for social change. Her research interests focus on consumer wellness. She has published on topics such as anti-tobacco advertising, nutrition labeling, and privacy/security of online social networks. Her research has been published in The Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Consumer Behaviour, and Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. She is also faculty advisor for the student chapter of the American Marketing Association at Texas State University. As VP of Collegiate Relations for Austin AMA, Karen is strengthening partnerships between students and the professional world through events, internships, and job shadowing.

Kristen James

Kristen James

VP, Programming

Kristen is Product Marketing Manager at HomeAway, bringing experience from both the agency and client sides, having spent time as Digital Strategist at Pierpont Communications and as the Marketing Communications Manager for software company Accruent. Over the years, she's supported a broad portfolio of clients—from successfully running widespread digital campaigns and launching new products and service lines to elevating awareness through thought leadership. She's helped many organizations turn their vision into reality by developing an overall strategy and building a strong digital presence. Kristen received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from The University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing her MBA at Texas State University.

Ashley Edwards

Ashley Edwards

VP, Sponsorship

An experienced, goal-driven and hardworking Marketing Communications and Global Events professional, Ashley is committed to producing successful programs. With a passion for global events and marketing, she strives to create the best experience for users and attendees. Her strong attention to detail, time management and creative problem solving skills equips her for any challenge thrown at her. Her specialties include: Project Management, Strategic Thinking, Program Management, Event Management, Customer Service, Collaborating, Sponsor Management, Measurements and Metrics, Contract Negotiation, Venue Selection, Budget Management, Vendor Management, Hospitality.

Peggy Smith

Peggy Smith

Director, Marketing Meetups

As a business development manager, I find the professionals our clients need to bring their ideas to life. I offer flexible solutions that allow our clients to work with us and our talent in whatever way works best for them. These solutions include: Contract Staffing, Contract-to-Hire and Direct Hire.