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Jennifer Owens Appleby, 1985 B.A. Graphic Design

Jennifer Appleby is president and chief creative officer of Wray Ward, an independently owned creative marketing communications firm based in Charlotte, N.C. She is the agency owner, making Wray Ward one of the largest woman-owned businesses in the region. Ms. Appleby’s strategic direction has helped Wray Ward become Charlotte’s largest marketing communications firm, with a client portfolio that includes Moen Faucets, Belgard Hardscapes, BRITAX, Crescent Communities, Dal-Tile, Glen Raven and its Sunbrella® fabrics brand, Kincaid, TUUCI, VELUX America, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and WIX Filters. She has been recognized professionally for her business leadership, community service and creativity with the Charlotte Business Woman of the Year Award from Queens University’s McColl School of Business and the Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business Achievement and 40 Under 40 Awards. Ms. Appleby is a graduate of Penn State’s graphic design program, and she lives in Charlotte with her husband and two daughters.