All About Her

Mother’s Day was created for us to celebrate how we feel about our moms, but what does the day mean to them? We asked several successful South Florida professionals just that.

Tiffany Taylor

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AT INTERNATIONAL ASSETS MANAGEMENT IN PEMBROKE PINES

“Mother’s Day is about reflecting on how lucky I am to be a mom and experience the true meaning of unconditional love.”

Corin Angel

MARKETING MANAGER AT GULFSTREAM PARK IN HALLANDALE BEACH

“Mother’s Day is about celebrating the women in your life that nurture you, support you, teach you, empower you, and make you feel good about yourself…no matter what. It’s about honoring the women that are like comfort food for your soul…they will make you laugh until you cry (or pee!) and fill you with love as they stand by your side and cry with you through your toughest moments.”

Alexis Knapp

PRINCIPAL, ROCKAWAY PR IN HOLLYWOOD

“Mother’s Day is a simple hallmark holiday, but it gives me the opportunity to reset and reflect on what being a mom means. I’m reminded that being a mom is about balance; finding one-on-one time for me and my daughter while still finding time to be the ‘me’ outside of my role as a mom and a ‘mom boss.’ It helps me reprioritize what’s important and gives me refreshed energy to push myself to do my best, and be my best, for my daughter.”

Dondi Hopkins

THE HOPKINS TEAM AT COLDWELL BANKER IN PLANTATION

“For me, Mother’s Day is not about the flowers and the cards. It’s about appreciating my mom and remembering my mom’s mom and enjoying my family. I’d much rather be with all the kids around me, laughing and enjoying what’s going on in their lives than anything else. Family is everything to me. Every year we spend the day together with three generations having fun just being together. Our men honor us by doing all the cooking so we have a cookout.”

Kelly Alvarez Vitale

PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC PHILANTHROPY IN FORT LAUDERDALE

“Having been inducted into the fiercest club in the world two years ago, I have a newfound respect for moms. Mothers are warriors. We demand so much of them—more than any other group of people out there. We are to be everything to all people, especially our children. So this Mother’s Day it’s all about honoring a tribe of women that make the world go round. And hopefully, it’s a day of rest. Take it. Own it. Make it your own. I promise we deserve it.”

Kim Zaffere

COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR AND BRAND AMBASSADOR, GOOD SPIRITS FIFTH & FED IN VICTORIA PARK

“I immediately think of my wedding day. My husband Frank and I exchanged vows and then our girls (my daughter Taylor and stepdaughter Asia) recited vows to us. This moment defined my future and how my role as a mother evolved. That will remain a constant reminder of our commitment to each other as a family.”

Gigi Giusti

SALES DIRECTOR, GALLERIA LOFTS IN FORT LAUDERDALE

“Mother’s Day is all about spending  time with my family. I love taking this day to stop and appreciate the women in my life that have made me who I am today. I especially take this day to create new memories with the absolute love of my life, my daughter Sofia Rose.”

Jacqueline Grantham

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS/ IRIE WEEKEND MANAGEMENT COMPANY IN MIAMI

“To me, Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to treat all of the moms (and dads who play the dual role) in my life extra-special. My mom, grandmother, godmother, mother-in-law, aunts and moms who are friends are such superheroes that I love letting them know just how much I appreciate and learn from them everyday.”

Kelly Eppy

REGIONAL CATERING SALES MANAGER, COVELLI ENTERPRISES IN POMPANO

“I am a new mother, with my oldest only 2 1/2, so most of my Mother’s Day memories center around my own mother. Growing up, we always made the day completely about her, which as all mothers know isn’t the case on the other 364 days of the year. Whether it was her favorite breakfast, a special trip or her favorite flowers, we made sure every aspect of the day was tailored just for her.”

Biana Murnane

EXECUTIVE VP AND CFO OF BRIGHTSTAR CREDIT UNION (WITH BRANCHES IN DAVIE, PEMBROKE PINES, SUNRISE, AND OTHER LOCATIONS)

“Mother’s Day is all about spending quality time with my children and reflecting on the great moments we have shared so far together. My children are my greatest gift and have made me the woman I am today.”

Marissa Wharton

EXECUTIVE TEAM, THE DAL MAR GROUP IN FORT LAUDERDALE

“Mothers Day is an opportunity to celebrate my daughter and me. Every day with her is a new experience and chance to strengthen the bond between us, but on Mother’s Day it’s all about the moment of being able to recognize the holiday. I also enjoy my seeing my daughter recognize the privilege and responsibility only a mother can experience. This will prove valuable to her when she approaches this in her own life as a mother someday.”

Peggy Fucci

CEO OF ONEWORLD PROPERTIES

“On Mother’s Day my favorite way to spend the day is to have all my three kids together (which takes planning when one is in college) just simply enjoying the day, hopefully by the water somewhere. Their presence and energy fills my soul with all I need.

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