Typically associated with negative connotations, “In the Dog House,” is our team’s Q&A spotlight series designed for you to learn more about our crew. Each month we’ll throw one lucky team member into the “Dog House” and ask them to answer a handful of questions (in return for praise and treats of course!).
In the dog house this week is our newest team member, Ashley Tolusic!
Ashley is our new Director of Business Development and Sales. She brings a new outlook to the Brave Dog tribe by leveraging her sales and creative agency background. Although obsessed with kittens, fancy coffee drinks, and spin classes – we still love her.
Q: Why Brave Dog?
A: At my first creative agency here in Hollywood, I watched my colleague manage and submit our agency’s projects to the Webbys, Promax, W3, and IMA’s just to name a few. From write-ups, asset gathering, to not-so PG language — we wondered, why wasn’t there a company that handled award stuff for agencies!? We were too busy to be bogged down with awards when clients had us working overtime. We’d sometimes laugh ourselves to tears contemplating starting a company doing just that. 2 years and positions later (and 2 blocks over!), I discovered Brave Dog. Award experts? The CEO launched the international Promax? They help clients win Clios? After exploring the website, I knew this was the exact service my colleague and I were looking for — and it was ironically in our backyard the whole time. I claim fate brought me here. And the Starbucks downstairs.
Q: Tell me about the most exciting project that you worked on.
A: After college, I moved to San Francisco to work for the world’s largest internship placement program known as Dream Careers. It’s essentially Study Abroad on steroids: housing, meals, transportations, with a guaranteed internship sprinkled on top. Sounds too good to be true, however, I did the LA program in 2010. #LifeChanging coming from Florida. The highlight working for Dream Careers’ corporate office was initiating the first-ever Nationwide Campus Tour. We visited 35 campuses in 45 days. I lived on a rock-star tour bus with 9 other people for 4 weeks of the mission. Warm showers were “treats.” College bars were our hangouts. We lived like vagabonds, but it was the most successful marketing effort ever implemented. We successfully enrolled over 100 additional students from our campus visits — that’s over 1M in additional revenue.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: Everyone has their personal therapy – yoga, retail, ice cream, massage, pedicure, etc. For me, it’s a 45-minute hell-bent challenge that tests me physically and mentally. Every time it makes me question my purpose for attending. The first 10 minutes are the worst. I can barely breathe. But after I finally hit my stride 15 minutes in, I’m already unclipping from the bike feeling like a unicorn that has just dove into a pool of glitter. YES. GLITTER. Flywheel Sports (indoor cycling class) here in West Hollywood and Larchmont has helped me maintain a new-found work/life balance, but also serves as my personal therapy.
Have a bone to pick with Ashley? She’ll be in the Dog House for quite some time – contact her @ firstname.lastname@example.org.