STC Direct’s featured team shout out is here! This month, we want to highlight an incredible member of our team who is coming upon his one-year anniversary with the company! Zachary Fedele joined the team as an Account Manager in October of last year and in the months since, Fedele has become an invaluable member of the team.
Born and raised in New York, Fedele found quite the adventure in his move down to Philly. “I lived in New York for most of my life,” says Fedele, “so it was very interesting to learn all of the Philly slang when I began working here.”
Fedele remembers his childhood as a supported one. The businessman showed an inclination to the competitive nature of the industry from a young age, even when he couldn’t see it himself. “I would say the support system I had in my early life was the biggest influence for me,” says Fedele, “I was raised by a single mother who gave birth to me while she was in college. If I didn’t have the support of my mom, grandparents, extended family, and family friends, I would certainly be a different person than I am today.”
“In high school, I ran track and rowed,” says Fedele, “When I own my own business, I want to buy my own boat and get back on the water. I was a very competitive person growing up. The expectations and discipline of a high-level environment did often discourage me as a teenager. However, I have carried this competitive mindset into my adult life, and I am able to thrive with a more mature and developed mindset.”
Fedele may have been fostering the competitive edge since his early childhood, but the concept of working in this industry wasn’t sparked until his later years. “Growing up, I was fascinated with trains,” says Fedele, “I still have a fondness of those memories, and I always thought about becoming a conductor. I had more of an admiration for the conductors I met as people than the actual job itself. I had no idea I would end up in this field. The main thing I knew was that I have always been good at interacting with other people and being kind. In hindsight, this type of job is perfect for my personality.
After graduating from high school, Zachary Fedele went on to attend Villanova University to study criminology. Facing the financial burdens of adulthood, Fedele traded in his law school plans for a career as an entrepreneur. “I wanted to make sure I had the finances to support myself and my family,” says Fedele, “I also wanted to make sure that I was confident in my path and gained the right work experience. Going to Villanova was the best decision I could’ve made. I formed many lasting relationships and had amazing educational and social experiences.”
“When I went in to be interviewed at STC Direct and I heard all of the banter in the back, I immediately thought that the business had the team environment that I was looking for, and lucky for me, it did. The office is filled with positive energy, motivation, and a competitive undertone. Everyone pushes you to be a better version of yourself, which is an aspect that I highly admire. I also admire Justin for fostering this sort of environment and leading us in such a strong and fearless way.”
In the next five years, Zachary Fedele sees himself holding the title of CEO and opening his own business in his home state of New York. “I see a bright future for myself in this industry,” says Fedele, “I am an extremely quick learner and can pick up pretty much anything within a few days. I also enjoy giving back and helping those who need it. I’ve learned that I can be a leader if I put my mind to it and that I’m a person that people will follow and look to for advice. I never thought I would fill that role growing up, but things definitely change.”
When he is not crushing it in the STC Direct office, Zachary Fedele can be found further sharpening his competitive edge in the world of competitive E-Sports!