The Louisiana Restaurant Association is pleased to announce the selection of Ashley Wethey Counce as its Communications and Sponsorships Manager. In her new role, Counce will manage the LRA’s communications platforms and oversee its media relationships and corporate sponsorship activities.
“Ashley will be instrumental to the LRA team as we evolve the way in which we connect to our members,” said Wendy Waren, VP of Communications. “Her experience will help us transform our communication methods in the next decade as we work to engage restaurateurs of all ages.”
Since her graduation from Louisiana State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, Counce has spent more than a decade in the public relations industry as a Media Relations Manager for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Counce is particularly versed in crisis communication, having coordinated the agency’s communications efforts following major hurricanes, the BP oil spill and unprecedented flooding in 2019. In her former role, Counce also specialized in social media management and was responsible for the exponential growth of the agency’s online presence.
Outside of her position at LDWF, she has served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, coordinating its annual fundraiser.
She is eager to shift her professional focus towards Louisiana’s restaurant and hospitality industry, serving LRA members’ communications needs and spearheading its sponsorship initiatives.
“Who wouldn’t want to be part of Louisiana’s restaurant industry, no matter the way, shape or form?” questioned Counce. “Food is a way of life here in Louisiana, and our restaurants are an expression of our heritage, identity and culinary talents. I look forward to serving Louisiana’s restaurant industry, one of the greatest economic drivers and employers in the state.”