Yesterday was the official book launch and signing of A Helluva Ride: How a father-son family business overcame crisis to achieve the American dream.
To say that I am honored by the tremendous outpouring of support would be an understatement. It certainly takes a village, and I am grateful to all those who helped make it happen.
There were so many familiar faces among the crowd and so many great memories.
A Helluva Ride is a story about my father just as much as it is a story about business. In fact, I played audio of an interview with Pat before beginning my talk.
I have to admit, it made me emotional. It was humbling to have so many people who knew me and my father, the great Pat Armentano, under one roof, and to hear his voice together.
I can not thank my family enough for being in attendance, as well. My daughter, Christina, my son, Christopher, and my partner Paula were all there, which made it even more special.
I took questions from the audience, including past and present business associates, and shared everything from my philosophy on working with family to the personal and community benefits of philanthropic efforts.
It was an honor to be introduced by Lindsey Stansfield, our director of marketing at Paraco. I was delighted that among our guests were Yonkers mayor Mike Spano, Debbie Nigro, and Joe Simone of Simone Development companies, as well as Dr. Traci Alexander, the director of development for the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon.
Thank you to everyone who is joining me on this wild ride. Yesterday was a day I will not soon forget.
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