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Kristin Cartwright, 38

Director of Marketing, Development Services, Premier Sotheby's International Realty; The Lutgert Cos.

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Kristin Cartwright was a tough competitor before she even got into her family’s real estate business.

After graduating from the University of Florida, Cartwright competed in the X Games as a wakeboarder, winning fourth place at the San Francisco X Games. She traveled across the country and in Europe as a professional wakeboarder, meeting her husband along the way.

“I always feel like I was a competitive person,” says Cartwright.

But it’s tough to make a living on the road while caring for two small children. “It was a good experience, but ultimately for women it wasn’t a cash cow,” she says.

Cartwright is still active, playing tennis and working out at CrossFit. But she’s juggling her work with The Lutgert Companies, the company that’s run by her father, Naples developer Scott Lutgert.

Cartwright joined Lutgert 12 years ago, so she’s seen firsthand the ups and downs of the real estate economy in Naples. Among other tasks, she’s marketing condos at Mercato, one of the area’s hottest retail developments. “We’re having more fun making more sales,” she says. “We’ve had an amazing summer.”

—Jean Gruss


City of residence: Naples

Years on the Gulf Coast: Native

Alma mater: University of Florida

Best place to network: Anywhere at Mercato!

Coolest business experience: Being able to work with my family and collaborating to build on the legacy they have established in Southwest Florida.

One community group you’re most involved with: Groups with a focus on children including Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples and The Community School of Naples.

The most important business lesson I’ve learned: Integrity is the most important quality to bring to all your business endeavors.

Book you’re reading now: “And the Mountains Echoed,” by Khaled Hosseini

Favorite techno gadget: My iPhone, which allows me to do anything, anywhere and work on the go.

Two people, dead or alive, you’d like to have dinner with: My Poppy McGurren, my grandfather who always had the most amazing stories.  Unfortunately a lot of the ones I have heard about him are from someone else and would love to hear a few first-hand.  I would also love to have dinner with Jesus.

Who would you play you in a movie about your life: Kate Hudson

If I had a magic wand I’d: I would end poverty.



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