Ed Faruolo

1) DESCRIBE YOUR CONNECTION TO THE COMMUNITY.

Currently I serve as President of the Miford Education Foundation. I plan to use that position to extend our reach to the business community as well as our civic leaders to increase the impact of our important organization. I grew up in Milford, have traveled
and or done business in almost every continent and I can affirm that Milford is the type of town I would want to move to! The fact that I was born here is a blessing. I have led marketing for 3 Fortune 500 companies and now provide strategic consulting and training services through my own company, VitaLincs. I push my clients to “Be Vital and Grow With Your Customers.” The mantra of #BeVital is also a driving force of the Milford Education Foundation.

2) DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL CONNECTION TO THE MILFORD PUBLIC SCHOOL  SYSTEM:

My wife Carol served on the Milford Board of Education for over 10 years. The sacrifice of time and effort was immense but important since she helped influence some very positive changes while our 3 children were still… well… children. They are now grown, all products of the Milford public school system and doing amazingly well. Carol’s dedication was an inspiration to me to give back — I stumbled upon Milford Education Foundation through a mutual friend. Decided to help them one afternoon and got hooked.

3) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEF EVENT/EXPERIENCE?

The Thank You breakfast for the Chair-ity Auction. There you hear about all the Mini Grant recipients and the amazing work these teachers do for their students with just a little bit of extra money from the grant. Each day we are bombarded with messages of negativity. Hearing these teachers speak from their heart, and seeing the range of students that benefit is humbling to say the least. You leave inspired that there are so many people doing great things that go unnoticed. But they are creating ripples that can turn into tidal waves — in a good way. So that is what we do — help create those ripples!

4) WHY DID YOU JOIN THE MEF BOARD?

As a marketer I am always attracted to the “disruptors” — those that challenge the status quo. those that do well by doing good. On top of that, I remember not being a very enthused student. I preferred to sit in the back of the class and hoped I was invisible. But college woke me up! Fast forward to today — I do some workshops for kids focused on presentations skills. I pull out those kids who try to be invisible – and I’m amazed by what they are capable of. So, I guess I want to make the invisible visible.

The overlooked to be noticed, and engaged. I want to help create some ripples!