Partner, Gravina Smith Matte & Arnold, Fort Myers
Gravina Smith Matte & Arnold is a 10-employee marketing and public relations firm founded in 1983. The company did PR/marketing work for the state’s 10th university (Florida Gulf Coast University), helped secure funding for the six-laning of I-75 and led fundraisers that “support scholarships and job training for hundreds of underprivileged, motivated students in Immokalee.” Matte worked three jobs “at all times” to put herself through college.
|EDUCATION||University of South Florida (BA)|
|ADMIRES||Michael Watkins is the third-generation owner of the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. He has grown up helping to manage the property and welcome visitors in a profoundly authentic, unassuming way.|
|Sabbatical Topic||I’ve always been fascinated by the tenets of Buddhism; a yearlong sabbatical of related travel and in-depth exploration would be fascinating.|
|READING||The Swamp, by Michael Grunwald; A Promised Land, by Barack Obama|