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Celebrating 30: Photo Blog - Week 12

Lauren Passannante . September 30, 2016

Edison turns 30 this year! Each Friday through year end, we'll be giving you a little blast from the past. True to the Edison Code, this photo blog campaign emphasizes an important fact that here at Edison we are candid -- refreshingly and uncomfortably.

Yesterday was his birthday and tomorrow marks the first day of National Italian-American Heritage Month, an annual designation observed in October. So what better time to feature this next Edisonian!

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Edisonian of the Week: Joseph Giquinto - Then & Now

Q: What brought you to Edison Partners? 

A: In 2008, I was looking for a role in an alternative investment firm and then, what do you know, Edison Partners (which was approximately 12 minutes from my home at the time) was looking to hire a Controller! 

Q: In you opinion, what is the biggest difference between 1986 and now?

A:  In 1986 I was living with my parents without a care in the world. The music was great - there was Madonna and Michael Jackson and can't forget about breakdancing! Now, I have all the worries and stress that come with being married with three young children.  Also, I am noticing these little white hairs in my head.  From what I hear this is temporary….

Q: Speaking of hair, I heard that you know quite a bit about it. Mind sharing a little more about your past career?

A:  Yeah sure, for those who don't know, I actually went to vocational school for two years for cosmetology.  I wanted to be a barber and open up a high end men’s barber shop.  Well, that didn’t last long.

Q: That might not have, but there is always the future. What 3 goals have set for yourself to complete in the future?

A:  I have 3 young boys who mean the world to me.  My 3 three goals are to raise each of them into respectable, loving, hardworking, stand-up men.

Q: Speaking of stand-up men, I think I already know your answer, but if you had the opportunity to interview anyone, who would it be? 

A: Mr. Frank Sinatra (Yup, you got it).  I am a huge fan and had the opportunity to see him perform live 6 times. He lived a very intriguing life, met and hung out with some very interesting people and has traveled all over the world to perform concerts and film movies.

Q: Perfect example of some achievements and contributions made to American culture by a person of Italian heritage as well. Besides music, what else do you love about your Italian heritage? 

A: On a serious note, the tradition of Sunday dinners with the family. Especially love it in Fall while watching football games with the family. My favorite dish would have to be grilled pork chops with all the Italian seasonings and a side of Italian long hots (hot peppers).

Q: If you won the lottery, what would you do with your money?

A: I would love to have an opportunity to invest in and rebuild Atlantic City, NJ. There is, and has been, so much potential there but the powers that be have not been able to get it right since the first hotel-casino opened in 1978. 

There you have it. Happy Birthday and Happy National Italian-American Heritage Month to this guy who appreciates the finer things in life: healthy family, good food and great hair!

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In 1986, Joe knew all about style even at 12-years old, posing for a family photo. On the right, Joey continues to enjoy the 'finer things' at the 2015 CEO Summit in Atlantic City, which he stamped with his classic line of approval - everything was FRESH!

We hope you'll join us on this #EdisonTurns30 campaign. Any and all contributions from our network are most welcome.

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