Ashley Linares

I want to help businesses.  I want to help you. Because I truly love what I do and I care enough to do whatever it takes to get it right, every time.  Before starting my own company, I worked for a public relations and economic development firm, designing for businesses, individuals, and political candidates.  In addition to my MBA, I have a BA in Political Science and Communication Arts and a Web Cognate in Computer-Mediated Communication. What the “CMC cognate” means is that I have a complete understanding of design, implementation, and marketing strategies in new technology.  So I’ve been studying and practicing and working this online + offline + marketing + design + business thing for a while.  I want your business and your marketing to look so polished and professional and inviting that your customers won’t hesitate to say yes.

Who i am?

I’m a 33-year-old entrepreneur, mother, vanilla latte drinking Starbucks addict, and go-getter who is addicted to learning, pleasing, and success.

What i do?

I help businesses.  I help businesses brand, market, grow, solve problems, and run more efficiently – through graphic and website design, communications strategy, marketing and whatever it takes.

Why i do it?

I do this for YOU and your business – which fulfills my need to help and make a real difference – which makes me a better mother, daughter, and human being.

Where i am?

I am firmly rooted in Sweet Home Alabama.  But I have helped businesses from Canada to South America and across the United States.

My History

Skills & Strengths

Website Design

I develop websites through WordPress, the web’s most popular easy-to-use content management system.  I have extensive knowledge in HTML, HTML 5, PHP, and CSS.  I not only design, develop, host, and maintain websites, I help clients with many other web-related marketing campaign, including email campaigns, social media design and integration, and analytics analysis.

Graphic Design

I use the full Adobe suites to design and create branding and marketing pieces your business will be proud to show off.  Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign have been a daily constant in my life for the past 10 years.  I’ve designed it all – from logo creation to business cards and letterhead to flyers and brochures to catalogs and reports to t-shirts and posters to exhibition displays.

Business Development & Management

From the initial concept of a temporary, part-time hobby to the creation of a successful, more-than-full-time, “REAL” business, I founded High Cotton Solutions and haven’t looked back.  Starting, growing, marketing, and managing a business is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  It’s every day.  It’s more than just design.  It’s real.  It’s budgets, expenses, taxes, deadlines, invoicing, prioritizing, communicating, prospects, marketing, networking, training, meetings, late nights…. and it’s all worth it.  That MBA really comes in handy some times!

A Drive to Succeed

Did you catch that part on Business Development and Management?  I know the struggles of your business – personally.

I have the skills, drive, and entrepreneurial passion to do what it takes to do a good job at whatever I do.

Let's talk about the possibilities

How can I help? Whether it is working with your business on a single project, assisting with your ongoing marketing needs, or possibly even joining your team, I want to know your ideas about how we can work together. Let's talk!

Get in touch

You Should Know

Heart of the Valley YMCA Early Childhood Education Centers Board of Managers ( 2016 – Present)
Volunteer member selected to serve on the Board of Managers, helping the YMCA to raise funds and promote and support the First Class Pre-K and Early Childhood Education Centers, providing care and learning opportunities to Madison County children with financial assistance available for those in need. Additionally, provide communications analysis and strategies to YMCA administrative officials to better share the mission of the YMCA education centers and strengthen community support for these efforts.

Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
AUSA Team Redstone, Member (2017 – present)
AUSA Redstone / Huntsville Young Professionals, Member (2017 – present)

Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), Member (2017-present)
Manage client field communications, media opportunities, photography, videography, and social media at AAAA Mission Solutions Summit national conference (2017, 2018)

Leadership Huntsville – Connect Class 20 (2017-2018)
Recognized as an emerging community leader and selected to engage with other young professionals for increased community involvement, personal growth, and professional development with a mindfulness towards “servant leadership”. Opportunity to meet peers from across business sectors and grow personal and professional network. Exposed to exemplary leaders from the major industry and government sectors of Huntsville and Madison County.

Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce – Annual Washington DC Trip (2007-09, 2017-18)
Join regional business executives, lawmakers, and public officials to meet with the Alabama congressional delegation, key members of appropriations and defense-related congressional committees, and key federal agency leaders to advance the critical issues for our community.

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) – Legislative Fly-In Delegate (2016)
Joined biotech executives from across the country in Washington D.C. to advocate for the biotechnology industry and learn about key policy issues being debated on Capitol Hill. Discussed the BIO legislative agenda and biotechnology priorities in Alabama individually with members of the Alabama congressional delegation and their legislative teams, including: Senator Richard Shelby, Senator Jeff Sessions, Representative Martha Roby, Representative Bradley Byrne, Representative Mo Brooks, Representative Mike Rogers, and Representative Gary Palmer.

Semper Fi Community Task Force Marketing Director (2013)
Volunteer with SFCTF, assisting with marketing needs for the Semper Fi Community Task Force and Heroes Week Celebration

Business Network International – Power Referral Partners Chapter (Feb 2012 – Dec 2015)
Original member of core chapter; helped grow chapter to over 20 members; held leadership positions, including Secretary/Treasurer, Events Coordinator, and Visitor Host; weekly networking meetings with other local business owners and sales and marketing professionals; weekly networking and business education along with regular outside training and marketing advice; Two-time Notable Networker Award Recipient (Oct 2012, Feb 2014)

STRATEGY 2014: Social Media Conference (March 2014)
Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Social Media, Blogging, and Online Marketing Strategy Training

Semper Fi Community Task Force Marketing Director (2013)
Volunteer with SFCTF, assisting with marketing needs for the Semper Fi Community Task Force and Heroes Week Celebration

Business Network International – BNI Alabama Assistant Director Consultant (2012-2013)
Selected to be chapter coordinator and BNI Alabama representative within another local BNI Chapter.  Roles included insuring chapter was following BNI rules and procedures, advising chapter leadership, training and assisting members, and conflict resolution.  Extensively trained in network marketing, including BNI Consultant Training Conference in Birmingham, AL.

Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce – Total Resource Campaign Volunteer (2007-2009)
Sold sponsorships for advertising opportunities and Chamber events to benefit economic development in Huntsville and Madison County

Keller Proposal Training – Proposal Writing: The Art of Friendly and Winning Persuasion (2008)
Course focusing on proposal development skills and their real-world business application

Collegiate Accolades
UAH Tennis Team Scholarship (2002-2006), Captain (2004-2006); Scholar Athlete Award (2003-2006); 2006 Distinguished Student of the Year – Department of Communication Arts; 2006 UAH Distinguished Student Leader of the Year; Dean’s List (2004-2006); Compass Orientation Counselor (2003-2005); CCC Freshman Counselor (2004-2005); Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society (2003-2006), President (2004-2006), National Convention Attendee (2004-2006); Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society (2004-2006); Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honors Society (2005-2006); The Poli Sci Club (2003-2004); The Exponent, Student Writer (2003-2004); Alabama Higher Education Day Activist – Montgomery, AL (2004-2006); Volunteer in various political campaigns across the city, state, and country

Computer Skills
PC and Mac; Microsoft Office Suites; Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign; Dreamweaver and Flash; WordPress CMS, HTML, HTML 5, CSS, PHP coding

Tennis, Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, Running, Marathons, Travel, Reading, Photography, Learning Spanish

U.S. Citizen with ability to obtain security clearance