Jul 7, 2014

Team Profile: Tori Petry

What is your name?

Tori Petry

Do you have any nicknames?

Tori is short for my real name, Victoria. If that’s not short enough, some friends call me Tor, and my family calls me Tors.

Tori Petry

When is your birthday?

May 1st

Hometown / Where have you lived?

I grew up in Ocala, moved to Gainesville for college for 4 years, and now I’m back! I also lived in Florence, Italy for a short bit while I studied abroad.

What do you do at NetSource Technologies, and how long have you worked here?

I started here the week after I graduated from UF in the beginning of May. I work in social media marketing for both our company platforms and client platforms, and I also do a good bit of blogging and writing for those outlets as well.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Engaging with customers of our company and our clients’ companies online. I love writing and creating content that goes beyond just a blog post and actually creates interaction with customers.

What piece of technology could you not live without?

My iPhone. I am an addict. Mostly to Twitter — but you’d expect nothing less from the social media girl, right?

What do you like to do on the weekends?

Every Saturday morning I host a motorsports radio show on NBC’s Florida Sports Talk Radio. Most Saturdays, I also work as the pit reporter for the station’s live “turn-by-turn” race broadcasts from local tracks around the area. Sometimes my weekends also involve filming for the local lifestyle TV show I host, ” My Ocala TV,” and always church on Sundays.

Do you have any hobbies?

Sports and broadcasting are my passions, so I’m usually spending every free moment I have doing that! I also really love watching sports and reading about sports as well as wakeboarding at the lake. I’d say my biggest “hobby” though, is traveling — internationally or stateside. “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” — my favorite quote.

What are your top three moments in your life so far?

1) As an intern at ESPN, I wrote an article in my free time and despite the fact that I was working in production, I pitched it to espnW, and they ended up publishing it on their home page. 2) Graduating Summa Cum Laude and in the top 10 in my class at the University of Florida 3)Covering the Daytona 500 from the media center.

What is your favorite color?

Mint green.

What is your favorite food / drink?

Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Red Lobster and sweet tea.

What is your favorite musician or type of music?

Country music for sure! I also have always loved Taylor Swift — I don’t care what anyone says! Though I will admit, she is no longer country.

What is your favorite sport? Do you have a favorite team?

Definitely racing! My favorites are NASCAR and sprint cars, but I love pretty much anything with a motor. I really just think sports in general are awesome and I’ll watch almost all of it. A few more of my favorites are baseball — it’s my life goal to visit every MLB stadium — and of course, Gator sports. SEC!

What are your favorite TV shows?

I’m not much of a TV show person, but I do watch every single episode of the new 24 Live Another Day. And I’ll occasionally watch Duck Dynasty and Swamp People.

What are your favorite movies?

My all-time favorite is Hairspray — I love the songs and the characters and the bright colors! Enchanted and 27 Dresses have to be up there too. Seemingly contradictory to the musicals and chick flicks, I also love the Marvel franchise (Captain America is the best Avenger) and pretty much any sports movie. Rush and Days of Thunder are two that come to mind.

What are your favorite books / magazines?

I love the book Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (which I recently heard is getting a movie!). I’m also into the typical pop culture book series like the Hunger Games and Divergent series and — surprise — sports biography books.

What are your favorite websites or blogs?

Twitter of course. I also frequent most sports news websites — USA Today has some of my favorite beat coverage. I’m also a sucker for longform journalism of any kind.

Twitter or Facebook? (and why)

It really depends on what you’re using it for, but personally, I prefer Twitter. I like how I am in control of who is in my timeline and that it’s shown in real time and not decided for me by an algorithm. I think it lends itself better to content-sharing, especially for sports, which is mostly what I use it for. Plus, people tend to be more of themselves on Twitter, whereas Facebook is more for sharing select moments in life (although some people don’t seem to understand that concept!).

Tell us about your family!

I am the oldest of the 3 kids in my family and I have a younger sister and a younger brother, both of which I’m very close with, along with my parents. We live on the lake, so a lot of times you can find the whole family out on the boat!

Do you have any pets?

We have two family dogs, Dusty the Golden Retriever and Sheila the Australian Shepherd. However, I want nothing more in life than my own kitten. Soon!

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Is everywhere an appropriate answer? I absolutely love to travel. I collect license plates from every state that I’ve visited, so I’d like to finish my collection and see as many countries as possible. Some top ones on my list are Monaco, Greece, and returning to Italy.

If you could choose to have any superpower, what would it be?

Being in multiple places at once. It always seems like there’s too much to get done and not enough time to do it!

How do you think technology and/or web design will change in the next 10-20 years?

I think paper media is dying and eventually things will all go digital (even if you go kicking and screaming), which means your company’s online presence is vitally important if you want to stay afloat.

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