We love each other. No really, we do. We think you should love us, too. Today we are continuing our series that lets you get to know our Army of Awesome. Meet our new Cloud Practice Group Director, Blair Ruth Riley!

1. How was your first day of work at ARPR?

My first day at ARPR was an exciting whirlwind, especially after taking off three weeks in between gigs. I walked to work for the first time ever in Atlanta, and I can’t quite put into words how freeing that felt after years of commuting back and forth from Buckhead (never again!). I started the day with onboarding meetings, getting the lay of the land at Ponce City Market, lunch with the team, and generally getting back into the groove of things. There was exciting energy abuzz in the office, and I felt sure that day that I made the right decision to make ARPR my next home.

2. What is your biggest nonwork-related achievement?

My biggest nonwork-related achievement is running (and finishing!) the Publix Half-Marathon on St. Patty’s day in 2012. I signed up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and trained for five months, raising money in honor of my late grandmother “Mommie Rudy” who lost her battle to Leukemia in 2004 – only a couple months before I graduated high school.

I grew up playing basketball and lacrosse but never ran just to run and have mostly practiced yoga over the last decade. This was a challenge outside of my comfort zone in terms of exercise and in terms of raising money. Once I got into training, I really started to enjoy it, and realized it offered similar meditative benefits like yoga – and I felt so close to my grandmother when my feet were hitting the pavement.

I organized a yoga benefit as part of my fundraising efforts, working with Candler Park Yoga to donate space, calling on one of my favorite teachers to donate her time, and gathering family and friends to donate their money and time to practice. That was a special day.

At the LLS celebration dinner the night before the race, I was specially recognized for the amount of money I raised as a first-time participant. I’m grateful and proud of myself for doing something hard in honor of someone I loved so much, and who left this life way too soon.

3. If you joined the circus, what would your act be?

Unicorn trainer.

4. What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

Get on stage with whatever band is on at The Tabernacle and play my guts out (air guitar of course).

4. Choose/create a movie title that best describes your life.

Cats and Champagne

5. What is your go-to karaoke song?

Juicy, Notorious B.I.G.

6. Dinosaurs or Dragons?

Dinosaurs. My brother and I were obsessed as kids (correction: he was obsessed, and I copied everything he did 🙂 – see photo for evidence.

7. What is one thing that you do every day that you wish was automated?

Giving my cat Ramble her daily medicine for chronic asthma. Giving cats medicine is THE WORST.

8. Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – Over or Under?

Over. I feel really passionate about it and tend to “fix” it at other people’s houses.

9. What is one trend you’d like to see make a comeback?

POGs and White Eyeliner. LOL

10. What is your biggest pet peeve?

When people don’t say “bless you” after a sneeze. Do you want the plague to come back?!

11. Where did you grow up?

Pittsburgh, PA. Thankfully I was raised by two southerners from North Carolina, so I escaped The Burgh without its god-awful accent (sorry, ya’ll…I mean yin’z)

12. What was your childhood nickname?

“Big B” – thanks to my brother, people still call me that.

Blair Ruth leads the ARPR cloud practice. She loves nothing more than building strategic communications plans to help clients tell their unique story to audiences who matter.

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