Monster Mini Golf Founders
Originally from Providence Rhode Island, Christina Vitagliano’s primary background is in marketing and promotions, with extensive experience in operational management. Christina began working at age 16 in retail sales for Underground Camera, headquartered in Foxboro Massachusetts, now known as Ritz Camera Company. As the company grew, franchised and expanded to over 60 stores, Christina became the youngest district manager in the company’s history. After 8 years with the same company she realized that middle management was not want she wanted out of life.
Shortly thereafter Christina was recruited by a multi-level entertainment complex in Providence to become their Director of Marketing. Over the next decade, Christina’s marketing and promotional ideas became well known throughout the industry. In 1995, after almost a decade of being in the fast-paced entertainment and marketing field, she left the business to marry Patrick Vitagliano.
Patrick was the founder of a sound/lighting/theatrical production company. Through the years he built an impressive client base in the music industry, providing sound & lighting production to venues ranging from nightclubs to large arenas. In addition, Patrick has worked with numerous Broadway theater productions and large concert tours.
Meanwhile, Christina was working on a new creation and in 1998 opened an antique auction house in Connecticut where she and Patrick resided. Within 4 years she became one of the largest and most reputable auction houses in the area, and while very successful, the auction business required grueling hours, a full-time staff of experts and a rigorous international travel schedule. In 2003 Christina made a life decision to sell the business.
With a newly acquired taste for self-employment and the experience of owning a complicated business, Christina set out to create a business that was as popular and unique as the auction business, without a lot of the burdens that went along with it. A business that was simple, largely self-serve, required very few employees, didn’t consume your entire life, fun, and at the same time yielded high profit margins. Within a year, Monster Mini Golf was born.