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 connected entertainers with clients and promoted events. A&F was one of the very first entertainment agencies on the Internet, and as a growing number of people wanted to find and book entertainers on line, the business expanded quickly from local to regional to national. I designed the company website and handled all of the search engine marketing and optimization.

In order to promote my company and my entertainers, I utilized all the new digital methods of marketing, promoting, and branding. 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 and cybersecurity service, CMIT Solutions of Gilbert and Mesa, before returning to marketing communications. Clamshell Communications and CMIT of Gilbert-Mesa work together to provide a wide variety of services to our customers.

I’m involved in several wonderful organizations, including Eliances (a community of entrepreneurs,) the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, and the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.