A lifelong entrepreneur, Anne has been immersed in business and marketing endeavors her entire career. As a divemaster in the Cayman Islands right out of college, she was a pioneer in the underwater video business in the late '80's and videotaped families on their scuba trips. She was known as, "Video Annie" and was featured on the cover of Skin Diver Magazine with her video equipment. She then went on to create, "Video Fish Book" where she spent a month filming the common fish of the Caribbean, and cataloged and edited the footage into a 60 minute encyclopedia of fish that she called, "Video Fish Book." This was sold across dive shops and aquariums in the Cayman Islands and the USA. It was narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Anne is a self taught photographer, and later, she took her images of the Cayman Islands and created a postcard and photo-souvenir business. She sold over a million postcards, distributed to over 25 hotels & stores, and grew her line to include: playing cards, books, reusable shopping bags, mousepads, magnets and car stickers. She sourced products domestically and internationally, and attended industry trade shows on a regular basis. This business ran from late 1999 until the pandemic shut the island down in 2020. She managed this from Charlottesville, VA.
AFP Photography, LLC 1999-2020While simultaneously running the Cayman product development and distribution she became immersed in additional marketing roles:
Marketing Director (2009-2011): Downtown Athletic Store, Charlottesville, VA
Marketing Manager (2008/2012): Energizer Personna Division, Verona, VA
Advertising Sales & Marketing Representative (2013-2020): radio & digital advertising
In June 2020, during the pandemic, she left her sales roles and launched Anne Flinn Advertising, LLC, based in Charlottesville, VA
Cayman Islands product line, "AFP Photography, LLC" 1999 - 2020 The Pandemic shut the island down and Anne decided it was time to close the souvenir distribution down. Anne created and sold the products featured here for 20 years. She was working on sourcing shopping bags using recycled plastic bottles, and branded Klean Kanteen products in 2020.
In addition to product development, Anne loves nothing more that a big party! She excels at on-site live promotions and knows how to get people to show up for clients! Anne has worked with national brands, small local companies, and all size companies in-between. She has a deep understanding of customer behavior and how to create buzz and excitement for brands.
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