About Caryn Angelique Martinez

I began my professional career as a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. I received a degree in Editing and Publishing (the Scholarly Publishing Certificate) through the Graduate Public History Program at Arizona State University in 1988. While I was in grad school, I was the Managing Editor of two academic journals: Aging & Human Development and Omega: Journal of Death and Dying.

After graduation, I founded Expression, a journal of creative writing, illustration, and photography. These were the days before the Internet and easy publicity, and yet I managed to distribute the magazine to forty bookstores in eight states, including the entire Border’s chain, which was just beginning to expand.

In 1997 I founded Angelique & Friends Entertainment, a company that books entertainment booking and promoted events. A&F was one of the very first entertainment agencies on the Internet, and the business quickly expanded from local to regional to national as more and more clients wanted to find and book entertainers on line. I designed the company website and handled all of the search engine marketing and optimization.

I utilized all the new digital methods of marketing, promoting, and branding as they came along in order to promote my company and my entertainers. After I closed the agency in 2008, I became a social media expert, teaching classes, coaching business owners, and administering accounts. My #AskAngel Twitter chat was one of the largest and longest-running in the Twitterverse.

I spent several years helping to launch my husband’s managed IT service, CMIT Solutions of Gilbert and Mesa. Now I am back marketing communications with Clamshell Communications, Clamshell and CMIT collaborate on projects, and Angelique & Friends is open again as well!

I’m involved in several wonderful organizations, including Eliances, (a community of entrepreneurs,) the Chandler Chamber, the Mesa Chamber, and the Phoenix chapter of the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE).