Month: November 2014


Meet the NASHvantage Team

Just like Belmont PRSSA sang at #PRSSANC in Washington, D.C., NASHvantage is ready to meet all of y’all this March! The NASHvantage team is experienced, motivated and ready to conquer the task of introducing you to the many career opportunities in Nashville.

Our goal as a team of directors is to be absolutely sure NASHvantage is more than worth the time and effort it takes to get to this city of advantages. We will bring in local industry experts and focus on connecting you with PRSSA students and PR professionals.

Expect to learn about the facets of the entertainment industry, broaden your network and fall in love with Nashville. You will leave refreshed and proud to be a public relations young professional.

So who is NASHvantage?

Makenzie Albracht, Regional Conference Director


Favorite baked treat: Chocolate chip cookies.
Favorite TV show: Law and Order: SVU
Favorite aspect of Nashville: Love Circle, one of Nashville’s best skyline views.

Makenzie is currently interning at Ramsey Solutions in the public relations department and has held several event-planning internships. As Regional Conference Director, Makenzie is arranging the PR firm tour — where you will visit the best of Nashville PR firms. With the incredible mix of diverse professionals in town, the speaker line up will be sure to excite and inspire you.

Makenzie hopes to ensure all attendees leave NASHvantage with invigorating PRSSA and PRSA connections, public relations knowledge and a new appreciation for the industry. We are the future, so join us as we establish our advantages as uniquely talented young PR professionals.


Mary Anna Davis, Director of Logistics


Favorite baked good: Red velvet cake with cream cheese icing.
Favorite TV show: Mad Men.
Favorite aspect of Nashville: The 12 South Neighborhood, especially Frothy Monkey.

Mary Anna is currently a Lead Planner for Music City Events, an event planning company in Nashville. In her position, Mary Anna is responsible for setting up and executing many details of each event. We’d say she is extremely qualified to be the Director of Logistics for NASHvantage.

Did you know Nashville is a city of rising culinary excellence? Part of Mary Anna’s job is to make sure NASHvantage serves food that makes you drool. She guarantees it will not only  be delicious, but also very Nashville. Mary Anna is also ensuring you get to experience NASHvantage in one of Belmont University’s newest, and one of Mary Anna’s favorite buildings on campus — the Wedgewood Academic Center.


Arielle Schrader, Director of Promotions and Creative


Favorite baked treat: Warm peanut butter cookies.
Favorite TV show: The Office.
Favorite aspect of Nashville: Jeni’s Ice Cream and Las Paletas.

This semester Arielle is living in New York City and interning with the Hearst Magazines public relations department — Nashville cannot wait to have her back in January. As the Immediate Past President and former Public Relations Director of Belmont PRSSA as well as a current member of the PRSSA Integrated Media Subcommittee, we know she is more than capable of succeeding as our Director of Promotions and Creative.

Arielle wants you to feel connected to NASHvantage. To us, NASHvantage is more than a PRSSA Regional Conference — it’s an experience. Arielle will make sure you always know as much as we do. She is aiming to keep the NASHvantage Facebook and Twitter accounts active, send out NASHvantage News regularly and ensure our website is updated and easy to use. Of course she will also help to create killer videos and graphics.


Nicole Smart, Director of Finance

Favorite baked treat: Pumpkin bread.
Favorite TV show: Big Bang Theory.
Favorite aspect of Nashville: The Ryman Auditorium.

As a Dave Ramsey fan and follower for years, Nicole is more than ready to take on the role of Director of Finance. When she is not playing the role of Belmont PRSSA member, Nicole is chasing stories as a photojournalist — which means she knows amazing people. She keeps a meticulous budget so Director of Finance is the perfect role for a someone like Nicole.

Nicole knows the knowledge shared by our fellow Nashvillians will motivate, inspire and amaze you. So she will use her connections as a photojournalist and years following Dave Ramsey to ensure NASHvantage has the funds to have some fun this March.


Aryn Van Dyke, Director of Hospitality

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Favorite baked treat: Any cake with her dad’s homemade frosting.
Favorite TV show: Parenthood.
Favorite aspect of Nashville: The local coffee shop scene.

Aryn has a knack for the hospitality and tourism industry. This summer she interned with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation where she worked on various events and talked with tourists from all over the world. It’s safe to say Aryn knows a lot about Nashville hospitality.

Did you know that hospitality and tourism is the second largest industry in Nashville behind healthcare? Aryn knows a ton about Nashville and wants to share all of her inside secrets with attendees of NASHvantage. There is always something to do here in Music City.  She will be working with local hotels, restaurants, and vendors to make your visit to Nashville a great one.

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