I started working in restaurants when I was 10. After graduating from the University of South Florida (USF) in business management, I became the first female to work in the kitchen at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City in 2001. I moved on to being assistant manager at various locations and then transitioned to corporate.
Outside of work, I serve on the board of directors for the USF Foundation and the Florida Aquarium, as well as the Humane Society Advisory Council. My favorite job is being a mom to Amelia. My wonderful husband, Beau, supports everything I do.
My Local Knowledge
For a client or business meal, I prefer the Columbia in Ybor right across from my office. My go-to order is the “1905” Salad with turkey, no Swiss and the Shrimp “Al Ajillo” appetizer all day long.
My favorite place for a night out with friends is Bernini. It’s always had that big-city feel to it.
My Tampa hidden gems are Grand Cathedral Cigars and The Attic at Rock Brothers. Grand Cathedral is so unassuming and relaxed, and it has such a great selection. The Attic is a very intimate, laid-back setting for cocktails and live music.
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