Strategy | Offline Marketing | Digital Marketing | Project Management
Asheville SCORE Volunteer
Certified Yext Partner
Mari was born in Seoul Korea and adopted by an American family at the age of 3. Mari was raised in the "south" (living in 7 different states) which is why she has that crazy southern accent. Life led her to Asheville, NC in her early 20s where she started in retail and eventually landed in legal.
Her corporate experience as a Firm Administrator taught her many business lessons in human resources, operations, finance and management. She learned to budget and allocate resources for 70+ employees and 3 locations, working on everything from business renovations to benefits renovations and mergers and acquisitions. She eventually left corporate and took a 6 month sabbatical living in South Africa with family.
Upon return to the USA, Mari worked with a national nonprofit organization based in New York while living in Boston and also living in Asheville. This experience in fundraising, donor management and event planning rounded out the "marketing" experience and solidified her desire to stay in marketing. The constant traveling solidifed her desire to 'stay put' and return to Asheville.
Almost 15 years later and Mari has worked with a multitude of small businesses and organizations, ranging from local to regional, from startup to established in various marketing capacities. As a professional "generalist", Mari has experience in every aspect of marketing - from stuffing envelopes for events to event management (300+ person conference in DC) to training, to website design and eventually designing marketing strategies to refresh, rebrand or revitalize.
In January 2019, Mari realized her dream of opening a "Client Center" focused brick and mortar on Merrimon Avenue. Why? Because she can't stop thinking about marketing and loves to watch businesses succeed.
A Marketing Enthusiast for Marketing Outpost
A self-proclaimed Asheville enthusiast, I’ve called this vibrant city my home for over 14 years now. My passions are widespread and my appreciation for what the world has to offer is endless. As a creative, I see all things beautiful and make it my mission to know what is new and what is coming.
If I’m not hiking the trails with my two Aussies, you can find us at a new coffeehouse or brewery, connecting with new and familiar faces, mingling with like-minded people, brainstorming ideas and making the most of what life has to offer.
In my free time, I am a blogger and social media influencer for Asheville Date Night Guide. Determined to fulfill my appetite for happiness, blogging allows me to inspire and encourage human connection through creative content and social media following. Giving back to our community is also a top priority for me, therefore, I am excited to announce I will be joining the board members of Asheville Affiliates in 2020. I'm excited to assist them with their mission which is fundraising and bringing awareness to local non-profits by way of planned social events and networking.
My commitment to Marketing Outpost is fierce, passionate and always evolving because I know who I am, what I am capable of and I love every minute of it. I align myself with marketing strategies through producing creative content, learning new skills, storytelling, photography and connecting with an audience. All this, fueled by the desire to help businesses reach their full potential. I strive for success, fluidity and a conscious business relationship with all our clients.