Charlottesville Entrepreneurs and Espresso will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in the i.Lab at UVA. The format of C-E2 will consist of networking over coffee, a pitch from "TQ" Evans with time for Q&A, and lessons learned with Andrea Ayres, Director, Marketing and Communications at Signature Family Wealth Advisors and Founder of Splendora's Gelato.
“TQ” Evans is a Cville transplant from Atlanta, Ga. Raising 3 energetic boys, along with husband Adam, she understands first-hand the body image struggles of motherhood. While working full time as a Director for People Operations in the Healthcare Technology field, she came up with the idea to solve a common everyday problem that many women suffer from, the dreaded “mommy tummy”. She was accepted into Charlottesville’s Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) and throughout the course of the program, learned the fundamental entrepreneurial skills, to help bring her idea to life. TQ’s product is a high-waist compression legging, marketed specifically to new moms. She aspires to have her leggings become a staple item, in the closet of every new mom. "
Andrea Ayres is a Director at Signature Family Wealth Advisors. She is responsible for corporate strategy, marketing, communications, and business development.
Prior to joining Signature, Andrea and her husband started a gelato and espresso cafe called Splendora’s. Before relocating to Charlottesville, she worked in corporate finance at The Bank of New York and as a high yield bond analyst at GE Capital.
Andrea serves as a mentor for upcoming entrepreneurs in the Charlottesville Investment Collaborative. She previously served as the president of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Discovery Museum and as a member of the board of local school organizations. 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 an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband and 3 children.