Andrea Ayres

Director, Marketing and Communications

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Andrea Ayres is a Director at Signature.  She is responsible for all manner of engagement of Signature with clients, prospects and professional partners. She oversees marketing, communications, and business development and assists the CEO on special projects.

Prior to joining Signature, Andrea and her husband started a retail gelato and espresso cafe called Splendora’s. They grew the business from a start-up and sold it to a local entrepreneur after 6 successful years. It continues to be a fixture on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

Andrea’s corporate experience includes serving Chicago-based clients of The Bank of New York as a member of the corporate finance team and as a high yield bond analyst for an internal $850MM fund at GE Capital.

Andrea is an active volunteer serving as a mentor for upcoming entrepreneurs in the Charlottesville Investment Collaborative. She is a Director of ReadyKids and a member of the Philanthropy Advisers for the Center for Non-Profit Excellence. Previously, she served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Discovery Museum.  She frequently participates in entrepreneurship panels and discussions at UVA and in the Charlottesville community.

Andrea graduated from Bates College with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Japanese and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business.

Andrea lives in Charlottesville with her husband and 3 children.