Edward Pettinella ’73 has had successful careers in the auto industry, banking and real estate. As CEO and president of Home Properties, Inc., he leads the operation, development and rehabilitation of apartment communities all along the East Coast. The vital theories he explored and hands-on skills he learned at Geneseo in the classroom and as class president, he says, were invaluable.
“It was a tremendous foundation,” he says, “… from a book standpoint and what I learned interfacing with other students, honing negotiating skills and trying to sell my points of view to fellow students. That all played a critical role for me in jobs through the decades ... I not only got a tremendous education, but I also had fun. It was a complete package for me.
”For what Geneseo has given him, Pettinella made a $1 million gift commitment to Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo.
“It came from my heart. I stepped up because Geneseo needs it,” Pettinella says. “Gifts from alumni enhance the institution in myriad ways.”