STATE COLLEGE — With long time sales manager Amy Ansari set to retire come May, The Centre County Gazette recently added Kelly Stultz to its team to step into the role.
Stultz is a 2007 Penn State grad with a degree in journalism. She brings 13 years of experience working as marketing manager for the Texas Roadhouse, where she ran the gamut of duties, from community events to fundraising to establishing and maintaining businesses partnerships and more.
She also recently worked at a local marketing agency.
“I am so excited to join the CCG team. There is nothing like the sense of community pride in Centre County and I am so honored to have the opportunity to work with local businesses to help grow sales and increase their brand awareness. I look forward to meeting and working with all of our loyal Gazette supporters,” said Stultz.
Ansari said she has been happy helping Stultz transition into her new role.
Ansari is sharing her knowledge after more than 30 years working in marketing and sales. Before joining The Centre County Gazette in 2013, she worked for The Prudential Insurance Company for 11 years and spent eight years at The Centre Daily Times.
She said she will miss both her clients and coworkers at The Gazette.
“The Gazette is made up of a small group of dedicated professionals who care deeply about delivering a great paper,” she said.
“Our community newspaper is alive and well and I want to thank the many local business people who’ve contributed to its success and have been considerate and kind to me.”
As sales manager, Ansari has guided the success of The Gazette, which has grown to be a community staple.
She initially studied music at William Paterson College in New Jersey and returned to complete her undergraduate degree in organizational leadership at Penn State in 2012.
“Amy has been a great advocate for The Centre County Gazette and our community,” said Publisher Bernie Oravec.
“I appreciate all she has done, and will continue to do, to support all the wonderful organizations and events in our county. I wish her the very best as she begins her new adventure.”
For her next adventure, Ansari plans to spend time traveling and getting together with family and friends over the summer.
She also plans to contribute to special projects for The Gazette in the future, so it looks like she won’t be saying good-bye for good.
Ansari said, “I feel great about leaving The Gazette advertising program to Kelly Stultz, who is friendly, capable and will go the distance to help local businesses grow.”
Oravec agreed, saying, “I am very pleased to welcome Kelly as the newest member of The Centre County Gazette team. I am excited for the future of our newspaper and I know Kelly will maintain the same high quality customer service and community support that our business clients have come to expect from our publication.”