Ashley Kretzschmar is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Master’s in Business Administration. She resides in Aledo, Texas. She is a top sales and marketing key account representative with 14 years of pharmaceutical experience in biotechnologies. 17 significant wins in 12 years of sales including four President Clubs, four Platinum Performances Awards, top 10% in all six product launches, TLL of the Quarter Award, and Rising Star Award.
She has a significant amount of experience in business development and creating streamlined protocols to help make company processes more efficient and profitable. Her extensive knowledge in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries as well as her degrees in business administration, have made her an important asset to the businesses that she has worked for.
Most recently, Ashley is working as a clinical diagnostic specialist. She worked in the area of a rare disease, specifically hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis (HATTR). In this role, she works with thought leaders, physicians, and the community to improve awareness of the particular disease state of HATTR and the options that are available for the treatment of patients.
In her free time, Ashley is involved in numerous different charities volunteering her time and money in order to improve the lives of others. She is also an ex-athlete playing sports growing up, including hockey. Ashley is also a big family person. She is the mother of two and enjoys spending time with her children and husband when she is not working and volunteering.
How did you get started in your industry?
My parents had some friends come to visit them who were involved in pharmaceutical sales, and that was a career that I was interested in. I had the chance to visit those friends. I brought them back to my house, made them dinner, and asked for an interview.
What do you do in your spare time? What problem are you currently grappling with?
I like to try new things in my spare time and spend time with my kids. I like to challenge myself. Recently I have taken up horseback riding. I do some cycling and a lot of outdoor things. This past weekend I installed calipers on my car. It required taking the wheels off the car. I had never done it before. I just thought I’d see if I could do it.
I am homeschooling my children. That is a unique and challenging thing to do. I have twin 6-year-olds. We have been spending a lot of time reading. I want to make sure they are ready for first grade. They only got half of kindergarten.
What is the toughest decision you’ve had to make in the last few months?
My toughest challenge has been trying to keep things as normal as possible for my family during COVID. I have been providing activities for the kids that are safe with social distancing. I have been helping them to experience some new things that are fun for them. I don’t want to fill their time with iPads and TV. We have been focusing on reading. I teach them swimming lessons. They have been riding bikes. We have been horseback riding. Friends around us have horses and oftentimes they need help with their horses, riding them, feeding them, taking care of them.
What is your most satisfying moment?
Recently I have been doing things with the kids to help others. The kids and I raised $1,000 just a couple months ago for a local food pantry called The Center of Hope in Weatherford. It is not only a food pantry. It also provides financial assistance and helps with counseling, job assistance, food, and clothing for people in need in Parker County. I thought it was really neat that the kids actually helped them go door to door to raise money and we took it to the center where they needed it. It was just something we did on our own. We also went to grocery stores to get food donations. We got monetary donations and food donations.
What business books, articles, journals, people have inspired you?
My grandfather inspired me. He was an orphan and become a member of the South Carolina Coaches Hall of Fame. He was such a hard worker. He worked three jobs.
I have read four James Michener books, and they were like a thousand-page book, one on the history of Europe, one on the history of South Africa, one on the history of the Caribbean, and one on the history of Texas. I think they were inspiring to read because when we learn from our past through history, I think it helps us handle current situations. With some things that are going on right now, if we understand how we got in these types of situations that will help, particularly how different races of people treat each other and how we got here. It is important to do the right thing and to treat all human beings with respect.
What did you learn from your biggest failure?
Failure is a time to learn. Every time we fail, that’s when we have the most growth.
What are some red flags to watch out for in daily life?
Anything that is too good to be true is something to watch out for. Things are typically right, or they are wrong. If it does not feel right, it is probably not right. There are a lot of things going on now COVID and with unemployment and with PPP where people are taking advantage of the system, and I think that is something to watch out for. I think we’re all accountable for our own actions. It’s important that we make choices about what is right versus just taking what you can get. Just because there may be an opportunity to take something from society or from the system right now with COVID, I don’t think that means that we should do that. There are people taking all sorts of money that I think they have no business taking. The PPP money was intended for payroll only. I think that is something to watch out for. If you could do something, that does not mean that you should. It doesn’t mean that it’s ethical or legal. Just because everybody else is doing it doesn’t mean that it is something that we should do. Years from now some of those people are going to be in a world of trouble. Whether they’ll be in trouble or not, they just shouldn’t do it. It’s money that’s meant for payroll. It is not intended for vacations or cars or luxury items. It is meant to protect jobs.
What advice can you share with others?
Build an army of advocates. It is important to surround yourself with people that are good people to have around you, but people from all different walks of life. As our culture continues to change rapidly, everybody is going to need help. Industries are changing. Our culture is changing. People’s priorities are changing. The market, obviously financially, is very unstable. It’s really important to network and have friends and work together. I think that a lot of people isolate themselves within a certain sector, within a certain industry, or within a certain group of people. That a boring, lame way to live. You don’t get to have an impact on others as much that way, but I think there is really an opportunity to uplift each other and work together for the greater good and also to protect yourself. There are so many instances where if you just know who to reach out to, things might be a little different. If it were in sales, you could have more customers and more referrals. If you had a medical problem, instead of sitting in the ER for hours, you could just call your family physician to get help. If you need an attorney, a lot of things can be taken care of differently with relationships and with people working together.
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