Meet Cindy Dobyns
When home recalls memories of wiggling your toes in the powdery sand beaches of St. Petersburg, Florida who can resist? Her parents piled four kids into a Buick Electra and headed south from chilly Chicago to seek fortune in Treasure Island, hoping it would be a lifestyle all would enjoy. Warm and friendly St. Petersburg turned out to be the best place to raise children.
Cindy attended Eckerd College and graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Mass Communications. Though college and careers scattered the siblings, brother Danny, today a cheerful UPS driver, never left his zip code. The family chides him, but they are secretly jealous. Cindy set a goal to return to St. Petersburg some day.
Cindy founded AboveWater Public Relations and Marketing, LLC in Naples, Florida after a whirlwind career in the hospitality industry that took her from Florida to New York and New Jersey to Washington, D.C. One snowy New Year’s Eve, she and her husband Mike vowed to return to Florida. That was more than a decade ago, when both found jobs at hotels in Southwest Florida and two years later, opened AboveWater to essentially keep their own heads above water. The marketing firm has grown to serve clients nationwide from offices in Naples, New Smyrna Beach, and Tampa.
Cindy happily flies to northern cities to meet with news media and clients, but she would never want to live there, now that she calls St. Petersburg home again.