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Women of Achievement – Ashley Jernigan

Ashley Jernigan
Kyser Property Management and Central Restaurant

Ashley Jernigan came to Montgomery, sight unseen, 15 years ago to attend Alabama State University. Since then, she has fulfilled her goals and made her mark in her profession and the community.

After graduating from ASU with a degree in public relations, she went on to get her MBA from Georgia State University. Jernigan began working at the Capital City Club and went on to become one of its youngest private events directors. She later moved on to manage marketing for Jerry Kyser Builder, Kyser Property Management, and Central Restaurant.

After a decade in the public relations and marketing industry, Jernigan started her own business, JDB Hospitality LLC in 2017. She says she started the public relations and marketing consulting firm, “Because I saw a need to help local businesses in the hospitality industry gain exposure like never before. We are dedicated to helping businesses get in front of the eyes, ears, and mouths of their target markets.”

Helping out her community is also important to Jernigan. She serves on a number of boards including Emerge Montgomery, the Tourism Department’s advisory board, the Montgomery Arts Commission, Central Alabama Community Foundation, and Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama. She was recently featured in Southern Living as a ‘Star of Montgomery.’

Jernigan and her husband are parents to one-year-old daughter, Helena. This busy wife and mother has added even more to her plate, joining Troy University as a faculty trainer teaching personal and professional development. She is also starting a blog that gives tips on excelling personally and professionally.

Jernigan says, “Ever since I stunned my parents by leaving San Francisco to come to Montgomery, I had two goals. One was to make it worth it and graduate. The second was to leave my mark by making this place better than I found it. I saw the progress Montgomery and the state is making to address and confront its brutal past while becoming the tourist destination of the South. My love for this state, issues and all, only makes me want to stay here longer and continue to be of assistance.”



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