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Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor—CFP®, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Hometown & Current City: West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Advice for incoming Stonehill students
Don’t sit around and wait for things to happen for you – go and seize opportunities for yourself.
Even in high school, Anthony Florio, ’98, was driven toward success, seeking every opportunity to get involved with school activities. So he wanted a college experience that would help him channel his motivation and strengths toward a business career. And Stonehill, with its small classes and a campus that “felt more like a community,” seemed like the platform he needed to chart his career path.
“I wanted a school that focused on creating a better person, not strictly business,” says Anthony. “At Stonehill, you’re more than a number – they care about the development of the whole person.”
Anthony quickly immersed himself in campus life, filling his schedule with diverse coursework, part-time work, internships and co-curricular activities. “I was always busy – I took advantage of every opportunity I could find,” says Anthony. “I only slept two or three hours a night, but that’s my personality.”
Anthony says that Stonehill’s greatest strength is professors who, in addition to being “good people,” encourage excellence and connect students with opportunities that match their strengths. He credits Economics Professor Hossein Kazemi with helping him to understand the big picture of economics with a challenging curriculum.
“He taught us like his graduate classes,” says Anthony. “He didn’t treat us like kids – he talked to us like normal people.” Anthony says the relationships with his professors – including Business Administration Associate Professor Debra Salvucci, who connected him with a Merrill Lynch internship leading to his now 14-year career at the firm – are strong bonds he maintains today. He adds that lessons learned in their classrooms showed him there is more to finance than understanding balance sheets.
“The Catholic foundation of a business education at Stonehill shows you how to look beyond just numbers,” he says. “It helps you make better, more ethical decisions and see how your choices affect others.”
Anthony also maintains ties to the college as a member of the Business Visiting Committee, by contributing to student scholarships and by hiring Stonehill students as Merrill Lynch interns. “Staying connected helps me to pass along opportunities to current students,” says Anthony. “If I can make a positive impact, I want to be involved.”