“I was influenced to become a finance major by my father,” she continued. “When I was a teenager, we’d read the Wall Street Journal together and we would have discussions about what we read.”
After high school, she enrolled as a student in the College of Business Administration where she joined the national business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, and served as a member of the Associated Students board with now-San Diego major, Kevin Faulkner. Former SDSU faculty member, state senator Marty Block, was their faculty advisor.
It was also during her time at SDSU that Naviaux chose to broaden her horizons by studying aboard. She studied international business and art history in London twice and she visited Germany for two summers to study the German language.
When an imported gift company she started with another SDSU business student became a victim of the recession of the early 90’s, she went abroad again, this time to Spain to become fluent in the language. After she successfully achieved fluency in Spanish, she returned to the U.S. to work in her family business for a number of years. When her husband was transferred to Florida, Naviaux was able to fulfill a promise she had made to herself when she was 14 which was to complete her MBA (University of West Florida, class of 1998).