Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, Rita has lived in Florida for the past 17 years, 16 of those in Boca Raton. She received a bachelor’s degree in Communications as well as a master’s degree in Marketing & Advertising. With more than 25 years of experience in advertising and graphic design, she worked as Creative Director at Mancini Enterprises Information Technology, where she acquired experience in online marketing, web design and development. She is currently the Director of Marketing at the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach, where she’s been for 13 years and was voted by her peers Employee of the Year in 2007. She served on the Board of the Florida Festivals and Events Association, where she’s also the Marketing Committee Chair. Rita is an active member of the Florida Federation of Fairs, the Discover The Palm Beaches Sales & Marketing Advisory Council, as well as a Board Member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County. She enjoys riding her Harley, the beach, golfing, and reading. Rita currently resides in Boca Raton with her husband Chris.