Who is Ernestine Sclafani?
Ernestine Sclafani was born in 1962, in Long Island, New York, USA, and is a publicist, the Vice-President of the international public relations firm, Weber Shandwick, but better recognized for being the wife of television personality Skip Bayless, who is best known for his appearances in the TV show “First Take”.
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The Net Worth of Ernestine Sclafani
How rich is Ernestine Sclafani? As of mid-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through a successful career in public relations. Her association with Bayless has also increased her potential wealth significantly, as he has an estimated net worth to be over $13 million. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
There is very little information available about Ernestine’s childhood and family. It is known that she grew up in Long Island, and attended high school there. After matriculating, she enrolled at Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) where she took up a two year course. The college has three campuses and two satellite centers, having begun in 1959, created through the efforts of founder and former College President Albert Ammerman.
After completing her education, she started working with BALL Watch Company, which is a Switzerland-based company, founded in America with links to the country’s railroad industry. The brand was later bought by Asia Commercial Holdings Ltd based in Hong Kong. There are no details about her beginnings with the company but it is known that she worked her way up to eventually become the Director of Public Relations, which also meant that she oversaw most of the public image efforts of the company.
After leaving Ball in 2000, Sclafani was then hired by the public relations firm Weber Shandwick, having been offered a vice-presidential position there. The company was formed in 2001 through the merger of Weber Group, Shandwick International, and BSMG, and is known for acquiring large corporate accounts such as the insurance company Cigna and Coca-Cola. However, due to economic problems after the September 11 attacks and a poor anti-smoking campaign, the company went through a lot of lay-offs.
— Weber Shandwick (@WeberShandwick) October 5, 2018
Nevertheless, Ernestine remained in one of the key positions in the company and helped them rise out of their stupor, working with Microsoft to provide non-consumer PR. They’ve also worked for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in a contract worth $3.1 million. One of the company’s latest projects is working with the Egyptian Intelligence service to improve Egypt’s image in the US. The company is also responsible for creating a social media crisis simulator called Firebell, having expanded their reach to digital marketing, increasing their employee count to 300 and also acquiring the Sweden based agency called Prime. They will serve as a global agency for recording at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
Husband – Skip Bayless
Skip began his career as a sports columnist and author, earning fame through his writings and coverage of various popular sports teams. This eventually led him to begin working on television, which would bring him to the network ESPN2, gaining popularity as he began serving as a commentator for the show “First Take”, alongside Stephen A. Smith. The show featured the two along with several guests as they discuss the latest topics in sports, usually debated by the hosts and guests with a moderator in between. They also provide sports news of the day along with other notable sporting moments.
Skip later left the show and moved to Fox Sports 1, debuting in a new show alongside Shannon Sharpe entitled “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed”. The sports talk show follows a format similar to the previous show he worked in, and it quickly became a strong competitor for morning sports programs thanks to his presence; while it managed to overtake “Sportscenter”, it still lags behind “First Take” in terms of overall viewership. However, his presence in the show is responsible for a 45% increase in viewership.
Personal Life and Social Media
While very little is known about Ernestine’s romantic endeavors before Bayless, it is known that Skip was first married to his high school sweetheart, though that ended in divorce. He also mentioned being in other long term relationships, but things didn’t work out as he tended to prioritize his work above everything else. He was surprised that when the two started dating, Ernestine mirrored his stance when it came to putting their respective careers first. The two then quickly clicked romantically, as they shared the same interests.
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Despite their busy work lives, they managed to maintain a good relationship – both identify with being workaholic. She mentioned that he has a lot of good qualities and the two maintained a strong long-distance relationship leading to them marrying. They often spend time together during the weekends, watching sports matches and films. They also manage to keep a lot of details about their relationship secret, despite all the fame surrounding them. Since their marriage, there have been no negative rumors surrounding their relationship, one of the reasons being due to their lack of a presence in any of the major social media websites, such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.