Hi! Shelly Aristizabal here, the founder of Neapolitan Consultants. Just thought it would be fun to share how I decided to name my company Neapolitan Consultants....
The first time I visited Naples Florida I was in the 7th Grade and my family made that long drive from Greenfield Indiana to visit my grandparents, Harold & Betty Holton, for Christmas. My grandparents had been spending winters in Naples for as long as I can remember.
The beautiful palm trees, the hibiscus flowers and the ginormous bright blue sky were the very first objects to capture my attention... I was enamored by the beauty all around me...
Proudly my grandpa took us for our first visit to the beach!! I will never forget the feeling of awe and joy as I was mesmerized by the experience. The sound of the gentle waves truly spoke to my soul and I was never the same Shelly after that moment! My soul knew (and knows) this is exactly where I need to be : )
My next visit to Naples was a permanent one. It was several years after that young girl fell in love with the beach, just two days after High School graduation, I happily declined my acceptance to Indiana University and packed up my little green Chevette and - with big dreams in my heart - I drove to my new home; Naples Florida!
I love Naples! I'm raising my four children here, I've owned several businesses here (I built a very large network - 31,000+ people - that started with 8 of my closest friends in Naples and expanded around the world). Those connections have allowed me the opportunity to work with some incredible people and travel extensively for pleasure and for business.
So, about a year ago, while on a trip to Switzerland & Italy (a wonderful trip consulting one of my clients on whether he should partner with a Swiss Spa franchise in Indianapolis) I felt my Soul speak to me again. My Soul was actually, calling me home.
Yes, I live in Naples, but I was traveling every other week for business (my ex-husband & I share parenting one week on, one week off). There I was, sipping a lovely Swiss Rose wine, I had just enjoyed a fabulous spa treatment, and I was reflecting on all the incredible blessings I have in my life... When I had this, epiphany: I should be building my business in Naples!
My kids are growing up so fast (my youngest, Emma, will be off to college in 5.5 years)! I don't want to miss out on anything! Also, where there is growth, there is opportunity - Naples is booming again and many businesses will need to revamp their brand, messaging and marketing efforts. I can do that! And, on a personal note, it's not so easy to meet and date any wonderful guys if I'm traveling all the time....
The name was easy. I am a Neapolitan with almost 30 years of Neapolitan connections. I love, love, love people and business in Naples so Neapolitan Consultants was created!
Oh, and I like the ice cream too!