Biography - July 2007
Prior to my graduation from De La Salle, I had been convinced by my
parents to go to college and get an engineering degree. This was
based upon their observation that I enjoyed building stuff. So I
went to URI on the 4.5 year plan and got my degree in Civil
When I graduated, jobs were few and far between in New England and so I
worked as a carpenter for six months then moved to Chicago. When I
moved, I had a motorcycle and $450.00 in my pocket. My fiancée
already had a job working as a nurse in a large hospital, so it made sense
for me to try my luck out there.
After a couple of months, I found a job with a small engineering firm
where I learned my profession from a very fine man who trusted me to
tackle the difficult projects and make independent decisions. I also
got married in 1976 to my wife Janet Morasso. Janet got her Masters
in Nursing Degree while we lived in Chicago. I became a Registered
Professional Engineer in 1981.
My wife and I moved several times in Chicago and finally settled in
Ingleside, IL. In 1981, we moved into the house we currently live
in. My first son Brian was born in 1982 and my second son Scott was
born in 1985.
I had opened a branch engineering office and became the company's first
vice president when my boss and I had a disagreement on the direction of
the company. I left the firm in 1984 and was luck enough to become
he City Engineer for the City of Des Plaines. De Plaines is on the
north border of O'Hare Airport and was a city of 55,000 people at the
In 1985 and 1986, the City experienced the worst flooding in its
history with hundreds of millions of dollars of property damages.
From that time on a majority of my effort was centered on developing plans
and working with state and local government agencies to implement
protection measures. These plans are still being implemented today.
In 1988, I joined a small engineering consulting firm of about 12
people. that year I also successfully obtained my Master Degree in
Science of Management. I became a 33% owner of the company in
We adopted a slow-growth policy of adding one to two key individuals
per year and keeping them. We added different capabilities as we
grew and now we have over 40 engineers and a total of 80 people working
On the family side, my son Brian graduated from Bradley University with
a degree in accounting and is living and working in Chicago. My son
Scott graduated as valedictorian of his high school and is currently
attending the University of Pittsburg majoring in "changing his
mind" about what course of study he wants to take.
My wife and I have had a good life living in Chicago. We have
made many friends and I have enjoyed the experience of living in one area
for an extended time compared to moving as much as we did when I was a
child. HAVE A GREAT REUNION!