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April 4, 2012

La Salle University Honors Alumnus Gaetano P. (Guy) Giordano, with its Leadership Award

Gaetano P. (Guy) Giordano was recently honored with the La Salle University Leadership Award, which is given to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the corporate, civic, government, or religious communities that shapes the quality of life in the region. Giordano was presented with the Award at the University’s 20th Annual Charter Dinner on March 24.

Giordano is the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Vincent Giordano Corporation, a multi-generational family business that specializes in the manufacturing of premium deli beef.

In addition to leading the Vincent Giordano Corporation, Giordano expanded his family’s business ventures to include a partnership with the Infranco family at Buona Vita Inc., an Italian specialty product manufacturer; Gaetano P. Giordano Builders, LLC, a residential housing, building and development company; and Safe Pac Pasteurization, LLC which specializes in the pasteurization of ready-to-eat food products.

A resident of Moorestown, N.J., Giordano graduated from La Salle in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting and serves as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Giordano is a founding and current board member at Cornerstone Bank, a member of the Food Industry advisory Board of the Creative Financial Group, and a board member for Variety, The Children’s Charity.

“Guy, by all accounts is a man who has always delivered on what he has promised, both personally and professionally,” said Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., ‘70. “Due to his hard work and business acumen, he took on his family’s business and has grown and expanded it for his future generations, all while providing good quality jobs in the region.”

“He also pays attention to helping others; giving his time and sharing his resources, not only with La Salle, but with various Moorestown community organizations,” said McGinniss.

The Charter Dinner and Leadership Award is held annually to celebrate the founding of La Salle College on March 20, 1863 and pays tribute to the generations of Christian Brothers, laypersons, and clergy whose dedication has made La Salle University the institution it is today.

La Salle Alumna and Board of Trustees member, Judith Reyers Spires, President and Chief Executive Officer of Angelo Gordon Supermarket Holdings served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening, and Julia Walsh, a La Salle senior welcomed the 300 guests in attendance.

In receiving the Leadership Award, Giordano credited La Salle University and the Christian Brothers with helping him gain the knowledge and skills necessary to help run the family business his father started, and to expand and diversify the business. “You know, this Lasallian thing,” said Giordano, “It’s good.”taha