In his short time with the company, Dominic DiGeronimo has become one of the top Account Managers at Leo Direct. The twenty-three-year-old entrepreneur brings unbreakable drive and contagious positivity with him into the office each day. The entire Leo Direct team reaps the benefits of his kind of leadership. Born and raised in Hudson, Ohio, DiGeronimo is a multiple-time SEC Rugby Champion, college graduate, and dedicated entrepreneur. This month, we sat down with him to discuss the road that brought him to us and where he’s going from here.
Was this the dream career?
“No, growing up, I planned to become a history teacher and a coach for the school’s rugby club. My favorite era to study growing up was the American Civil War, so being able to share and spread information on it would have been great for me.”
What natural disadvantages has life thrown your way?
“Growing up, I was a slow reader and needed to be on an Individualized Education Program. I had an IEP until I graduated high school. In college, I did not need to use my IEP, and all of the extra help in reading when I was a kid has helped me become who I am today.”
How did your life unfold post-high school?
“Right after I graduated from high school, I began my time as a student at The University of Kentucky. While attending the University of Kentucky, I was a student-athlete playing for the men’s rugby club. In the four and a half years I was in school and played, I was the team President, Vice-Captain, and named an All-Star. By the time I had graduated with a degree in secondary social studies and a minor in history, we had won multiple SEC Rugby championships and made several runs in the national playoffs. Being a student-athlete taught me several key skills to stay successful including time management, accountability, teamwork, being goal-oriented, and having a student mentality. I know because of sports that hard work pays off.”
Wow, that is impressive. Would you consider yourself to be competitive?
“I would say that I am a pretty competitive person. I grew up playing football and lacrosse, then later switched to rugby. Also, being the oldest of three other siblings, we all were competitive with one another. I think that my competitive drive comes from sports. There’s nothing like it the thrill of winning a match with your teammates after a hard-fought win. On the other hand, losing on a last-second kick would put me in tears. So because of playing sports and continuing to play, I keep my competitive drive up.”
What have you found to be most challenging in this career?
“Attitude. It can be hard to stay motivated on slow days. Whenever I catch myself in a bad mood, I make sure to go outside and get some fresh air. It helps me get my attitude in check, and I can re-focus on my goals for the day.
What is your favorite thing about working in the business industry?
“My favorite thing about working in the business industry is that every day is a new day. By that, I mean it doesn’t matter how well or poor you did the day before because only today matters.”
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
“I am a big fan of the film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and in the film, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Jordan Belfort, says ‘pick up the phone and start dialing.’ There is more to that scene, but that is the main quote from it. I tell myself this every day before I work, even if I’m not dialing a phone like Jordan, pitching is pitching, and our industry relies on it.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
“In my first house with my wife, and hopefully, a couple of pets. I would like to have a new car as well as cut my college student loan debt in half.”
What business advice would you give to people hoping to start a career?
“It can be very intimidating doing this job, so my advice would be to make sure you have a great mindset going into the workday and be relaxed and have fun. The more fun you have, the better you will do.”
What important lesson have you been taught in your life?
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Dominic DiGeronimo is a walking example of what can come from hard work. Whether he was grinding in the library earning his degree, pushing his team past the limits of success on the rugby field, or tightening his tie before stepping foot into the Leo Direct office, DiGeronimo brings 100%- every day.