QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: Gaby Garcia, GDB + Partners

In between her early-morning and late-night workout sessions, she

dreams of typing on her sweat-proof laptop for client Nike. But Gaby

Garcia, partner and head of media relations at GDB + Partners, isn't

just a gym and public relations powerhouse - she's pretty smooth on the

dance floor, too. Just don't e-mail her any sensitive information.



Describe the company you work for: GDB + Partners is a 10-person firm

based in Coral Gables, FL. We are best known for our work in the

entertainment, technology and real estate sectors, and specialize in

helping clients from other places figure out how to do business in South

Florida.



Tell us something amusing/interesting/embarrassing about your company:

We have to be the worst PR firm anywhere at telling our own story. Many

people think we are an accounting firm. (Or worse!)



What is your greatest achievement? Working with three friends to launch

a new firm in a very competitive market (following a nasty stint with a

global firm that has since left this market).



What was your best pitch/best stunt? Pitching a client to a reporter

from InStyle while on a dance floor. It worked, and the reporter and I

have become good friends.



What was your biggest screw-up? Clicking "reply" when I meant to click

"forward."



What's the most daring thing you've ever done? I told a senior level PR

manager (a new boss) that his plan for the firm would fail. It did.



If you could work for one company or on one account, what would it be?

Nike, because they are truly brilliant in their positioning and choice

of memorable themes and images for their campaigns.



What time do you get up? Either 6AM or 7AM. It depends on whether I'm

working out in the morning or in the evening.



What invention would make your job easier? A sweat-proof laptop.



What do you wish you hadn't said to the media? "Call me at any time of

the day."



Who would you most like to work with? I'd love to work with Ari

Fleischer.



Name one thing about your past people would be surprised to learn: How

about something about my present: I'm incredibly shy. It still takes

years off of my life to stand in front of strangers and present.



What is the secret of your success? I keep the bullshit to a minimum.



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