Tony Pullaro is a marketing/PR pro, social media enthusiast and indefatigable foodie. He has been able to blend these ideals into an exciting career having had marketed for Datz Restaurant Group in Tampa and now as the Director of Marketing and Operations of Red Mesa Group in St. Pete.

Born and raised in Tampa by a Cuban-born mother and a Sicilian father, Tony is an indigenous epitome of a true Tampanian. His parents met serendipitously in a car accident circa 1974, oddly enough, in front of a Tampa Bay restaurant. In his eyes, this real-life romantic comedy-drama would foreshadow his amazing story.

At the University of Tampa, he embarked on his initial journey into broadcast journalism. Yet, like many, he changed his course and found his path of purpose when he heard a voice calling him from the world of marketing and PR, and found it to be the ideal creative outlet for his love of aesthetics and media.

Tony’s true calling has enabled him to professionally indulge in many incredible media and celeb experiences. These include scarfing down doughnuts with Ms. Paula Deen; landing the first “Eat Like Jesse” segment on Good Morning America with correspondent, former NFL quarterback and TV Bachelor Jesse Palmer; proudly branding Dr. BBQ The Restaurant around Food Network personality Dr. BBQ, Ray Lampe; and promoting HLN’s Tums Ultimate Tailgate, hosted by NFL pro Coy Wire for the National Championship College Football Playoff of 2017.

In 2020, Tony won an ADDY from his work with the American Advertising Federation Tampa Bay (AAF). Tony holds the seat of AAF President-Elect and will be AAF President in the 2021-2022 year. Be sure to check out the Tampa Tribune’s TBO Seen for “5 Social Media Tips,” a ridiculously good side profile shot on GMA, a photo credit from Food & Wine, and the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s list of 2016 Top 5 Favorite PR/Marketing Professionals, to see where else Tony has been lately.