Q Tell me where you’re from.
A Frank and I both grew up in Dix Hills, Long Island. We first met in high school and clicked right away. We went our separate ways during college, but somehow always found each other over holidays and summer vacations.
We got back together Jenn’s senior year of college, and soon after she graduated we got engaged.
Q What do you do?
A I graduated from The University of Rhode Island with a degree in dental hygiene. I absolutely loved working, but now I just don’t have the time.
And I own a multi-family investment advisory firm.
Q So do you work a lot?
A Yes, even here at Kiawah. In New York I leave the house around 5 am and won’t get home until 11 pm some days.
And even when he’s home he’s in front of the computer, answering phone calls and email.
Q So this is extraordinarily precious, this time at Kiawah?
A Yes. It really is. We make a lot of sacrifices so that we can be here as a family. If we spent summers in New York…
We’d be pulled in so many different directions. Between kid activities, family obligations, and business commitments we spread ourselves so thin. We would never get to spend such quality time as a family as we get to do here.
Q And how did you find Kiawah?
A It’s a hidden treasure. We vacationed here because it was equidistant between Florida and New York. We rented a house on Turtle Beach and fell in love with Kiawah, Jenn and I.
Q And then you decided to buy?
A At first I didn’t want to commit to buying land. We only had two children at the time, and I didn’t want to feel forced into always vacationing in the same place. But then every time we had an opportunity to get away, we found ourselves coming to Kiawah. So we agreed to build! I was pregnant with Marco, our fourth child.
It’s unbelievable all the intricate factors that go into finding a lot. We wanted to be by the beach, but we wanted to be in a cul-de-sac so the kids could play outside. We wanted to be on a golf course. We wanted to be south facing. We wanted to see water, but we didn’t want the water to be adjacent to the lot. Those were our requirements. And we found this lot, and every aspect of it has been perfect for us, and our family.
Q So what things have drawn you to the Island?
A I don’t know where to begin! I love tennis, and Kiawah has the best tennis facilities I have ever seen. Also the wildlife is amazing. We can’t take a bike ride without seeing a deer, an egret, or even an alligator…and on occasion a bobcat! I have to mention the Southern charm and culture that we are exposed to. I love that my children are growing up with that.
The beach—it’s the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. I wake up in the morning and I just can’t wait to get to that beach to run. I feel like I could jog forever. And coming from New York…as soon as we get to Kiawah, our stress is cut in half.
Q And the bike ride you all took this morning…the whole family!
A Yeah, we don’t do that at home. We can, but we just don’t. It’s so easy here. It’s part of the culture.
Just being outdoors is what we love. And obviously the golf here is second to none.
Q And the kids seem to love camp!
A The club camp has been life changing. The camp counselors are phenomenal. They all took a personal interest in each of the children, and our kids adore them, absolutely adore them. They offer tennis and golf, archery, kayaking, boogie boarding, surfing. The Island has so much to offer, and they get to do all of it!
Q And future generations?
A We’re already talking about adding on to the house. Everyone wants to come here to visit us.
I’ve realized that Kiawah comes to represent a family meeting place for a lot of its property owners. It still gets better and better for us—every year we discover something new, another dimension.
That’s what’s so great about it. We have seven people in our family and everybody is different, but Kiawah has a way of satisfying each person’s interests, and at the same time the interests of the family as a whole.