The new face of Viera has small-town roots

Nina Salvaggio is the new community communications specialist for The Viera Company.

When Nina Salvaggio first set eyes on Viera it was an instant déjà vu.

Raised in the small town of Beaver, W.Va., she noticed some shared characteristics with the close-knit community of her youth, as well as some differences. Salvaggio is the new community communications specialist for The Viera Company, a brand new position added as the town continues to grow.

"When we were kids we rode our bikes all over the little town, maybe stop in a store to get a soda together. Everybody knew each other's names. And when the street lights came on, we knew it was time to head home or one of the shop owners would be calling our parents to let us know we were on our way. Everybody watched out for each other's safety. That's the sense that I get in Viera. It's got a small-town feel," Salvaggio said.

"However, we didn't have the amenities that Viera has, and all the great shopping, and the excellent schools. You really get the best of everything here."

Salvaggio earned a bachelor of arts degree in Public Relations with a specialization in Crisis Communication from the University of West Florida. She then worked for the City of Jacksonville where she served as the communications outreach coordinator for the Jacksonville Small & Emerging Business Program.

As she moved to Jacksonville, her parents moved to Baytree in Viera, and she now lives with them. Her goal is to ultimately find a place of her own in Viera. She enjoys an active lifestyle, with running, biking and swimming among her favorite pursuits, as well as nature walks with her large black Labrador retriever Humphrey.

You'll likely see Salvaggio at community events like groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings and homeowners association meetings as well as signature events of The Viera Company held through the year.

The choice of Salvaggio for the position was as much for personability as for professionalism, said Eva Rey, director of Community Management for The Viera Company.

"Nina is enthusiastic about this opportunity and brings with her many new ideas and unique approaches to community communications," Rey said. "She has a very calm, professional demeanor. We thought she would be the perfect representative for Viera." VV

For more information or to reach Salvaggio, call 321-242-1200, ext. 4556 or email Nina.Salvaggio@duda.com