|LEADING LADY: NANNETTE STAROPOLI|
Owner/Chief Marketing Strategist, MARKIT Group
Nannette Staropoli’s 10-year-old marketing and public relations services firm was founded in Pittsburgh and relocated to Naples nine years ago. The statuesque brunette, who was a single mother at 20 and finished college while daughter Fallon was a baby, has what she calls a contagious passion for philanthropy.
Her signature “nonprofit marketing” has resulted in clients donating millions of dollars in goods, underwriting and sponsorships while creating good buzz for their businesses. Personally, Staropoli has created marketing programs for the Annual Senior Collection Drive, Suited for Success, Craving Fashion and more.
She is a Make-A-Wish Foundation Executive Council member and Wish Granter; has chaired events benefiting Friends of Foster Children of Collier County, Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples and PACE Center for Girls; and was Fan Favorite and Top Fundraiser for the local Red Cross chapter’s Starstruck event in 2013.
Sports authority: I am an avid tennis player. I’m on five teams and compete in tournaments. I’m also a golfer (18 handicap; I was a 13, but work gets in the way), and runner. I just trained for the Naples Daily News half marathon.
Style essentials: I’m a fan of great basics: black slacks, crisp white blouses, tailored clothing and last but not least, great accessories—shoes and bags.
Most-prized possession: My Aunt Rosemary’s brass teacher’s bell.
Guilty pleasures: Designer shoes and purses, and coconut soufflé.
Dog tale: I love my Chihuahua Bailey. I am a huge dog fan! We are a pet-friendly company.