Growing up outside of Buffalo, New York, it was always a dream of mine to live in sunny Florida. Well, that dream came true and I love the Perdido Key/Pensacola area. I was introduced to this area during Hurricane Ivan while I was working in the disaster program legal department for the federal government. I personally hired and coordinated over 200 lawyers, paralegals, and legal assistants throughout the 50 offices in four states. During that time, I was fortunate enough to come over to Perdido Key, listen to music at the Silver Moon and eat a very early breakfast at the Waffle House. I was hooked. In 2008, we purchased the souvenir stores on Perdido Key and in 2010 we started The Sports Bar of Perdido Key. Most recently, we moved the Sports Bar from the Villagio to the old Panama Macs building – giving us almost double the space. My daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie, have been a tremendous help in our businesses and have taken on more responsibility so that I can put my time and efforts into something I love – helping support our beautiful piece of paradise. I have truly enjoyed my past 4 years on the Board and I feel my background, local businesses and true love of the area is an asset to the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce.