Mission: I will be supportive and caring to my friends, loved ones, and self.
Highly organized and outgoing professional with years of experience in marketing, project management, event planning, leadership, graphic design, web design and development, social network marketing, sales, grant writing, and editing. Sincerity, dedication, creativity, charisma, talent, and experience contribute to ongoing success.
I was born in December, 1970 and enjoyed being a part of the community in Newark, NJ until age 21 when I completed my BA in Fine Art at Montclair State University (MSU). I met the love of my life, Trina Messano in an MSU art class in 1989.
In 1992, I then moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida as an Art Education graduate student. Trina and I were married in 1995, and have since been residents of New Port Richey in Pasco County, Florida, about a fourty-five minute drive north from Tampa.
Trina has many years of retail and management experience started Doggie Cakes, a dog cookie and baking business with me in 2007. Our six cats, three dogs, and bird were inspirational. In May, 2008 We opened a dog bakery and boutique in historic downtown New Port Richey, FL. In November, 2009 we converted to an online business with retail and wholesale divisions. We also participate in sales events and festivals in local towns. We’re now at five cats, five dogs, and a bird.
We are lucky to live on over an acre of wooded property in New Port Richey, Florida. We both enjoy all of the animals that come to visit: deer, owls, hawks, coyotes, snakes, turtles, insects, and an occasional small gator. Behind our home are hundreds of acres of preserved wetlands. We are both avid gardeners, and the property is very Florida landscape friendly as, home to many native plants and also drought tolerant species. If you have an interest in gardening also, join us on Facebook at our Central West Florida – Plant and Seed Traders group.
My father, Andrew Longo, and I developed and sell Witty Windows® – bumper sticker holders. Witty Windows® are manufactured and assembled in the USA using clear, heavyweight UV resistant vinyl. Safe and clearly visible from inside your vehicle, Witty Windows® become your bumper sticker holder displaying vinyl bumper stickers or special messages on paper up to 12″ long and 3 1/4″ wide.
In December 2010 I left my position of sixteen years as Assistant Director of Marketing/Communications at the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center on the USF Tampa campus. My role was included: management, graphic and web design, publication writing/editing, marketing, new media, data management, event coordination, fund-raising/grant writing, exhibition management, technology support, and other areas.
I have simultaneously worked with other groups and individuals as a consultant or employee and have extensive work experience in many retail, professional, and scholarly areas. One of my most rewarding collaborations was as Co-Director of Service Learning; Fordham University, School of Business, Bronx, NY from August 2005 to May 2010. During this time, 17,516 student volunteer hours were served at non-profits in the community. Students earned one free college credit providing they met the course requirements.
In December 2010 I began working as a Media Sales Consultant for Panache Vue’ Magazine. As a graphic designer, I was also able to develop ads for clients. This led to additional work with Panache as a part-time designer once they expanded to two publications. I developed and manage their website http://www.PanacheVue.com and manage their social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.
Early in 2011 I brought my graphic/web design company Celestial Studios into full swing, and completed a lot of projects. I initiated the company in January 2000, but until recently had only worked on it as a side business. The recent projects, including the Tampa Bay Think Tank website are visible in my portfolio.
Panache introduced me to my first social media management clients, and it’s been a rapid progression via word-of-mouth to gaining new clients weekly. Contact me, if you would like training, consultation, or management of your social media presence.
Thank you for viewing this website and biography. Looking forward to more business and fun in the coming months. Hope you can be a part of it.