CHIEF BRANDING DIRECTOR
Maria’s passion for fashion and her social lifestyle has been a great fit in her role as our PR & Branding Director. She has been in the fashion industry for over 15 years. While working in her family’s Italian restaurant near Chicago, Illinois, Maria earned a degree in Fashion Merchandising & Design. After college, she went onto design and merchandise for Hart Schaffner & Marx in Chicago. While at Hart Schaffer & Marx, Maria worked on the lead team in designing mens tailored suits and fabrics for the well-known, American-made brand. Maria left Hart Schaffer & Marx to start a family and is married to Jason. Together they have 3 beautiful children (Maximus 10, Maria Bella 9, & Madonna 8).
While working full time as a mom, she continued her passion for fashion and design and started her own consulting and graphic design business. After living in Chicagoland area her entire life, Maria and Jason decided to move their family to Scottsdale, Arizona. She has since fallen in love with the city and state, and hasn’t looked back.
Maria is also owner and principal at HARNESS + CO. Harness + Co is a consulting firm that brings stories to life through unique design, event production, and content development. They creatively address brand goals and deliver a broad range of results with maximum impact and reach.
When asked why she loves fashion, Maria said, “It is something that comes so naturally to me and my father once told me: ‘If what your doing isn’t making you happy, you are not doing the right thing.’ I think about that every day.”
You can contact Maria at www.HARNESSANDCO.com