Dr. A.J. Otjen lives in Laurel, Montana. She was hired to be a marketing professor for Montana State University-Billings where she received tenure in 2009.
She was born in Enid, Oklahoma in 1957. She graduated from Ada High School in Ada, Oklahoma which was her mother’s home.
She earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia in Marketing, an MBA from the University of Colorado and a Doctorate from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, primarily in Economics.
She worked for 25 years in the marketing fields of real estate and agriculture and technology, but primarily for Sprint Corporation where she retired in her forties as a marketing Vice President for the wireless division.
She has lived in Missouri, Oklahoma, Nevada and Colorado. She traveled to Japan to promote American Potatoes in the eighties.
As the adviser of the American Indian Business Leaders, her students have won four national championships and two national runners up for the Small Business Plan Competition of the Year.
As the professor of Integrated Marketing Communications, her students have won 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze American Advertising Federation Awards, including for the Yellowstone and Carbon County Domestic Violence Prevention Campaign.
Along with Dr. Sarah Keller, she won the 2007 university wide Walter and Charlotte Pippinger Award for Excellence in Teaching and Innovation.