Vicki was born and raised on the West side of Pensacola. She has always loved the West side of Pensacola especially Perdido Key where she spent a lot of time with her family on the beach or on the water. She has enjoyed a 40 year career in title research. Vicki’s passions include family and faith. She and her husband Mike met on the golf course 28 years ago. They have one son, named Cody. Other than family, faith, and a little politics, her passion is golf. She and Mike spend as much time as they can when not working, trying to master the game.
Besides being an entrepreneur for 40 years, Vicki cares deeply about our community and she will do whatever she can to help it grow and continue to be a healthy place to live. She started her career in politics as a volunteer and served her first official capacity as the Governor appointed, Senate confirmed Consumer Member to the Florida Department of Health Board of Dentistry. She now serves as the District 1 Board member to the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority.
What inspired you or led you to your current career/owning your business?
My step father was a petroleum geologist and I spent a couple summers running title for him in the courthouse. I enjoyed the hunt so I decided on an education as a paralegal in Real Estate and I’ve been running title now for 40 years.
How long have you lived or worked in the Pensacola area?
I was born in Pen Haven in 1958. I moved away a few times, but I love Pensacola, so I’m staying here.
Who is the most interesting person/business owner you’ve met here in Pensacola? Who would you like to see nominated as a Face of Pensacola?
Quint Studer is a very interesting man to me. He is so diversified in his business. He owns a baseball team. He’s a public speaker. He speaks at seminars and develops real estate. He has done so much for Pensacola and I enjoy following him. I always wonder what he’s going to do next. The last building he refurbished (Old SunTrust Bank Building) was where I got my first job out of college with a law firm on the top floor.
I would like to know more about many but a few would be Father Michael Hoffman – I have seen him pastor right out on Palafox Street. Jim Reeves is always a favorite for something like this, because he too is so diverse and politically savvy – he always tells me “I can be for you or against you – whichever works better for you” LOL. I also think Lois Benson would be a good one to interview. She and her daughter Holly have done and continue to do a LOT for our community.
What advice would you give a crowd of people? (Or someone starting their own business?)
Your integrity is your business. If you don’t have integrity, or lose it, you’re done. People can’t believe in what you tell them if you don’t have it.
What current/former local business makes you the most nostalgic about (or what is most iconic in) Pensacola?
The Flora-Bama. I grew up on the West side of Pensacola, in Perdido Key. The Flora-Bama was always great. My parents went when I was a kid. I remember my older step brother went there and as I got older. I just wanted to go and see it. As I grew up, and when we had Cody, they had like 4 events throughout the year. They give so much to this community. You can’t imagine how much money they give to this community.
When my son played sports, they sponsored everything. Not only that, they allowed us parents to man their parking lot as Perdido Bay Sports Association as a parent/coach and gave us half the money. It was amazing. People would come in and out all day, with about 300 parking spaces. They pretty much payed for a lot of kids with that money. They’re amazing, charitable people.
They even have church on Sunday for vacationers. I remember one year my husband took us on vacation during Easter and I had to find a church for us to go to on Easter Sunday. Having a church right on our beach is foresight I can live with!
Where do you see yourself (and your career/business) in 5 or 10 years?
Retired! Of course I’ll probably always work a little but I look forward to my son taking over the business one day, settling down and having me some grand-babies. I want them to be able to drop off the kids and go. My mother helped me with my son quite a bit when he was growing up. I want to be available to do the same.
What is your favorite restaurant in Pensacola, and what do you love there? (What is your favorite dish, and where do you get it?)
I like to eat, that’s a tough one. I’ve always been a fan of McGuire’s steaks. They just have some really good steaks. I also love Italian. My Italian place is now V Paul’s and the veal there is great. My favorite used to be Graci, just over the border, but they closed down. Fisherman’s Corner is also really good.
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
Scotland, to play some golf. I would take my husband and play the old course.
What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
Pretty Woman! What woman doesn’t love being saved by a Prince! I don’t remember my first movie but I remember the theater. It was Navy Point Theater. My mom would drop us off with a quarter. With a quarter you could get a ticket, popcorn and a coke. I still like going to the theater. Now we go to the Wharf. In the winter no one is there and you have the whole theater to yourself.
What is something on your bucket list?
Skydiving. My husband wouldn’t join me as he doesn’t enjoy heights but I love flying.
What is your favorite thing or something unique about Pensacola?
The whole island of Perdido used to be a bombing range. Back when I was a kid, you could ride on the beaches on dune buggies. Now, we’re very protective of all of the environment here and the wildlife. My husband and I are actually avid bird watchers. There are 5 different waterways to enjoy here! I love Perdido!
Choosing anyone, with whom would you love to have lunch? Where in Pensacola would you have lunch?
If I could choose a relative, I would choose my daddy. I would love to dance with him again. He was a great dancer and taught me to dance on his feet. Non-relative, I would say Ronald Reagan. I thought he was the best president ever. He was diverse and very impressive – he said I don’t have to agree with you 100% – I can live with 80% and that is my motto. I have studied him a lot.
What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
I really don’t have a favorite type of music. I like all music, except I don’t do heavy metal or rap. But, I love country music, like Garth Brooks. My husband and I fell in love over a Garth Brooks song. I like pop music, so I love Bruno Mars. I got my son really into music. I used to sing to him in the cradle and he remembers those songs today like Que Sera Sera by Doris Day!
I really love music. I’ve probably been to about 100 concerts. The one I went to the most was probably Michael Jackson. I saw a lot Elton John concerts too. Now that I think about it, I would definitely go see Taylor Swift if I was given the chance
(Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know I used to be a petroleum land man. I spent many years doing that. I worked from Georgia to Mississippi. I stayed so long at the Holiday in at Tuscaloosa, they gave me a key to the kitchen. I joined a softball team up there. I’ve played softball my whole life, from age 7 to 37. I even coached softball for 12 years. I still hear “Coach Vicki” often when I’m out in a crowd. Some of my political friends still call me “Coach Vicki”.
What words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Warmth, love, and God.
If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
Richard Gere. I’ve probably seen Pretty Woman 100 times
If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose?
Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A chef for sure. My husband hides his wallet in the oven for a reason!
To learn more about Vicki and her accomplishments, as well as her campaign to be re-elected for ECUA District 1 and her work, check out her websites!
Adress: 14508 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507 3050 Concho Blvd., Pensacola, Florida 32507
Phone: (850) 466-3077 (850) 466-3077
Be sure to check out what our other nominees have to say!