Congratulations to Jessica Potts
MangoMania Queen 2017
Born and raised here in Fort Myers, I am a 6th generation native of Florida and now an official and proud Pine Island resident for over 3 years. After graduating from North Fort Myers High School, I attended and graduated Florida State University. I began my career working with professional sports teams such as Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Basketball Association (NBA). I’ve held a variety of positions that included event management, marketing partnerships and corporate hospitality, exceeding goals and successfully raising funds and expanding awareness for each entity.
After working in the sports industry, I then transitioned into community development and event planning for nationally recognized non-profits and a large healthcare agency where I continuously surpassed goals and objectives thru effective special events, community based programs, and public relations campaigns.
My experience in these industries contribute to the person I am today. Being a high-energy leader, my greatest strengths lie in my drive and passion to cultivate key relationships within the community, create special events and develop and implement successful marketing and public relations campaigns.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from Florida State University and am a graduate of the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2013. I am also the current President of the Southwest Florida Chapter of Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), with a membership base of over 100 members.
My husband and I are heavily involved in the community and support several of our local charities and fundraising events. Some of these include the Bobby Holloway Jr. Memorial Fishing Tournament, Lil Bobbers Fishing Tournament, Beacon of Hope, Mango Mania, Pine Island Elementary, the Pine Island Elementary Fishing Derby, the Holiday House at Tarpon Lodge, Bert’s Redfish Challenge, Southwest Florida Community Foundation and Pine Island Moose. We choose to shop, dine and conduct business here and keep everything we do local within Pine Island.
I am currently the Marketing Director in our family owned business, TowBoatU.S. Charlotte Harbor, located in Bokeelia. Our company has been in business here on the island for over 30 years and is the largest on the water towing service in the Charlotte Harbor area. Our home port is in Bokeelia with ports in Fisherman’s Village and Burnt Store Marina where we provide professional service to our local boaters from Englewood to Sanibel.
Since leaving Lee County, my career has taken me from Tallahassee to Tampa to Los Angeles and in 2009, back home permanently. My parents live in North Fort Myers and my in-laws live here in Bokeelia, so I am happily surrounded by all my family. Our home is also in Bokeelia where we live with our children, Liran and Kamryn, our dogs Tito and Redfish and our newly acquired kitten, Jack.
Thanks to Summer Dooley for her service last year as the MangoMania Queen 2016.