Andiela St. Victor (Andi) dreamed of being an actress, but a conversation with her mother changed her thinking and led her to us. After Andi graduated from the Art Institute of Miami she focused her job search on theater, dance and fashion design without success. Six months later her mother said, “You better find a job. No one unemployed lives in my house, I heard that Ocean Reef Club is hiring.” Rosanna Beauvil has been happily employed in the Club’s housekeeping department for more than 20 years and knew her daughter’s creativity and many talents would be discovered here. Andi followed her mother’s advice. Her first assignment in 2012 was at the Fitness Center’s main desk where her bright smile and engaging personality endeared her to Members. She has since received two promotions. She still fills in at the busy desk when needed, but is also gym supervisor and the buyer for all exercise clothing.
Luis Bracamonte, Director of Fitness and Wellness, says, “Andi is one of the most hardworking associates I have known. She takes on operational tasks with enthusiasm and assumes full responsibility. She has a strong desire to succeed.”
Andi says, “I graduated from college in 2010 and expected instant gratification in finding the right job. Now I know that certain things take time and effort. I love what I do.” She has learned how to buy for Members. She goes to trade shows and searches the internet for brands that will appeal to ORC women. She finds out what women like to wear. She says, “I have to consider different ages, body types and personalities. Comfort is very important. What does a woman want to show off or hide? I know when to put merchandise on sale. If our buyers don’t see what they want, they won’t buy so I’ll put the item on sale in three or four weeks. I keep up with fashion trends. I know that today’s exercise apparel is suitable for wearing outside the gym. It’s called Lifestyle and women find that casual pieces take them everywhere.”
Andi is a first generation American. Her mother emigrated from Haiti by herself over 30 years ago because she experienced being taken out of school at a young age. Education for women was considered worthless. Rosanna hoped to have daughters someday who could seek education to meet their needs and desires. Andi and her older sister have both graduated from college. Her sister is now pursuing a degree in respiratory treatment.
Andi says, “My mother is a strong woman. She raised us to believe that we can do anything. She is what motivates me and the reason for my drive. I respect and admire her for the life she gave us.”