RED BANK, NJ: Ce la Vi, a charming French café in Red Bank, was the site of a pop-up party on Friday hosted by Andrea Plaza, LLC, a local PR and marketing consulting business, dubbed the “A Team.”

Over cups of cappuccino, crepes and incredible cakes created by Cupcake Magician, Red Bank, and Ye Olde Pie Shoppe, Little Silver, guests helped the A Team’s founder Andrea Plaza mark the second year of her business.

Plaza is a publicist and marketing phenom for a number of nonprofits and businesses in the greater Red Bank area, including the YMCA, Girl Scouts and United Teletech Financial Credit Union.  She also helped put the Red Bank Classic 5K on the map, managing the publicity for the new event and garnering tremendous media attention. 

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Plaza, of Little Silver, thanked clients, friends, colleagues and members of the A Team gathered at the pop-up party for their support.  “My business is built on a personal belief that we are all here to make a difference, to help others and to lift each other higher.  I am truly grateful for everyone’s support and for the opportunity to elevate my clients’ brands and share their good work with the community,” she said.

“The A Team is an invaluable partner,” said Laurie Goganzer, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County.  “Andrea and her team have played an instrumental role in supporting our communications initiatives, including news about our recent merger.”

Eileen Higgins, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, credited the A Team with helping to increase the organization’s public profile and to build awareness of its community impact in both Monmouth and Ocean counties.  “Andrea has an extensive network and she genuinely cares about making the community a better place.  She is a great advocate of the Girls Scouts and we’re so happy to partner with her,” Higgins said.   

Plaza began her career as a journalist at the Fort Worth Star Telegram in Texas after a year-long training program with Capital Cities Communications that included three stints, the first at the Daily Register in Shrewsbury, where she met her husband, Rick Dill.  The pair eventually married in Texas and relocated to the Jersey Shore in 1987.   

After 10 years as a news correspondent for the Asbury Park Press, she shifted into the arena of marketing and communications.  Prior to launching the PR business, she served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Development at The Community YMCA and as manager of Corporate Communications for New Jersey Resources, parent company of New Jersey Natural Gas.

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