ADA — The life of an advertising director can be a hectic one, just as Kenna Roberts is finding out. After serving as interim manager since November for the Ada Evening News, Roberts was officially given the title of advertising director on Jan. 1.

"I've been with the Ada Evening News for seven years," she said, "I started out in the accounting department in November of 1998."

From that department, Roberts worked her way up to advertising assistant, a job which included such tasks as handling layout, sales and collections.

As the director over sales representatives for the newspaper and Eagle marketing, composing and classifieds, Roberts is finding her job is busy, but rewarding. Her daily agenda consists of writing and reviewing both weekly and monthly reports, and keeping her staff motivated.

"I try to keep everyone enthusiastic about selling advertisements," she said. "I also try to help them in any way I can to reach their goals and potential they have with their profession."

Roberts grew up in Schulter, Oklahoma, a small town that sits on highway 75 between Okmulgee and Henryetta. While attending Schulter High School, she became acquainted with future Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman through both sports and social outings.

"I grew up with Troy Aikman," she said. "He was a real good friend of mine, but he wouldn't remember me now I'm sure!"

During her high school days, Roberts enjoyed basketball, even becoming a record holder for the state in 1982.

"I actually held the record in Oklahoma for single points in a game for a year," she said.

Roberts graduated from Schulter High School in 1983 and then went to Central State in Edmond for two years on a basketball scholarship. She then was awarded another basketball scholarship from East Central University, where she majored in business education.

When she's not at the office, Roberts enjoys being outdoors, mainly traveling with her 6-year-old daughter, Kiarra.

"We have a place on Lake Eufaula and we go every chance we get," she said. "We love summertime and being outdoors."

The two have also traveled to exotic destinations such as Jamaica, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.

Roberts is available for meetings with both the clients and community.

"I want to be here for our advertisers and to make sure things are going well with them," she said. "I just want to make myself available, not only for the people here, but for the community."

For more information regarding the advertising department or to set up an account, contact Roberts at (580) 310-7502.