“A moth flew up my nose on TV. That’s my claim to fame.”
I am referring to my America’s Funniest Animals blooper when a bug took a detour while I was anchoring a newscast on CBS. That moment taught me early on to take my job seriously but not to take myself too seriously.
I still live and work that way after leaving TV news for a variety of other communication positions. I’ve worked as the press secretary for the governor of Wyoming. Then, as a publicist and media spokesman for Six Flags in Denver. Then, after 16 years in charge of marketing, advertising, branding, social media and special events at CoBiz Financial, the company was sold and my partner and I had to make a life changing decision: continue working and living in the mountains with those snowy winters or work for ourselves at the beach?
We chose the beach.
My partner for over a decade, Nick Martoni, has spent years in the hospitality industry. Coming from a large Italian family is part of who he is. He loves to cook and makes a mean lasagna. When not entertaining, he has also spent many years in sales and sales management working in the wedding industry helping brides and grooms plan their perfect day with beautiful linens. He has also spent many years in the beer, wine, spirits and hospitality industries. He is originally from Detroit but spent the last 12 years in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Now he has decided to move to the beach and work for himself and build a business and a brand he can be proud of.
Nick and I have lived in St. Pete for just over a year now and we know we made the right decision. We love the excitement of the downtown experience while still being less than seven miles from some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. After years of being inland, we are taking advantage of being so close to the beach. Most weekends we are out jet skiing, trying new restaurants, visiting new towns and meeting new people. We love to travel and try new things. One of our biggest passions is jumping off mountains (ask us more about this when you see us)!
The Gotcha Covered St. Pete Experience
I love to problem solve. I pride myself in finding cool, fun, fashion forward solutions for windows that someone might otherwise think was a lost cause. St. Pete is full of beautiful custom homes and tons of fixer-uppers that just need a personal touch for a beautiful updated look.
If you are in the market for custom window treatments, give us a call at
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Gotcha Covered St. Pete has shades, shutters, blinds and draperies for every style and every budget and we look forward to helping you find the perfect window treatments for your home and workplace!