VP of Ciao St Louis, Michael J Cross, interviews world renowned mezzo-soprano Benedetta Orsi and Conductor of the Winter Opera St. Louis Darwin Aquino. Darwin is also the Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Missouri-St Louis and is a composer and violinist. Benedetta and Darwin are a beautiful couple. Their love story began here in St Louis when both were involved in the production of Carmen at the Winter Opera St Louis.
Michael J Cross, VP of Ciao St Louis, interviews Vince Valenza, owner of Blues City Deli, Joey Valenza, owner of Melo’s Pizzeria, and his brother Vinnie Valenza. The Valenza’s have been in the food business for years. Two years ago, Joey decided to open up his own pizzeria next to his dad’s blues bar. It has one of the most authentic Italian pizza in the St Louis metropolitan area using 00 flour imported directly from Napoli and fresh mozzarella cheese.
Michael J Cross, VP of Ciao St Louis, interviews Dr. Michael Sherberg, Professor of Italian and Head of the Department of Romance Languages at Washington University in St Louis. Dr. Sherberg has been influential at Washington University’s Italian program for the past 33 years.
VP of Ciao St Louis, Michael J Cross, interviews Anthony Bartlett, founder and president of St Louis Transplants.
Anthony has been assisting Italians who are new to the St Louis area. Returning from Washington DC in 2003, Bartlett is a St. Louis native who founded St. Louis Transplants as a unique talent attraction and retention service in 2010. Prior to 2010, Bartlett earned a BA from Georgetown University and worked extensively in non-theatrical film distribution, investments and independent film financing fields – serving as key St. Louis liaison throughout. He has been featured in numerous media outlets including: St. Louis NPR affiliate KWMU, 9 Network Stay Tuned, St. Louis Business Journal, KTRS-550 AM, St. Louis Magazine, STLToday.com, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, KSDK-TV, KMOV Great Day St. Louis and Fox2Now in the morning. Recognized thought leader in personal relocation for the 21st Century, Bartlett’s work is considered key to the growth and sustainability of St. Louis as a world-class city.
Giovanna Leopardi con Sara Di Benedetto, il Co-Founder and CEO presso Loliettoo
Sara. Una donna coraggiosa. Mamma e viaggiatrice. Una nuova vita a Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. La grande passione per la natura e per le cose buone e genuine. La consapevolezza delle difficoltà di approvvigionamento di oli vegetali integri, e dei rischi di miscelazione con oli secondari. Il legame con il programma di Dottorato internazionale in Agrobiodiversità. Le collaborazioni con i piccoli coltivatori nei paesi in via di sviluppo strette durante le esplorazioni sul campo. E una forte e irresistibile voglia di cambiamento e positività. Con questi ingredienti nasce Loliettoo® di cui Sara è CEO & cofondatrice. Una Start Up innovativa della Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa, che guida e controlla l’intera filiera di produzione – dalla terra all’olio – con il valore aggiunto di un radicato approccio scientifico.
Check out our newest interview with Betsy Cohen, Executive Director of the St. Louis Mosaic Project. Betsy speaks about how the St Louis Mosaic Project has helped the Italian born community in St Louis.
Michael J Cross, VP of Ciao St Louis interviews Betsy Cohen, Executive Director of the St Louis Mosaic Project and the World Trade Center of St Louis. The St Louis Mosaic Project is a regional initiative within the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the World Trade Center St. Louis. The St. Louis Mosaic Project was launched in 2012 in response to an economic impact report, outlining St. Louis to be lagging in immigrant growth as well as highlighting the economic benefits of increasing its foreign-born population. The Mosaic Project is a regional initiative that is professionally managed by St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center St. Louis and a 27-member committee.
Betsy speaks about how the St Louis Mosaic Project helps the Italian born community in St Louis.
Michael J Cross (VP of Ciao St Louis) and Giovanna Leopardi (Board Member) interview Giorgio Bucci, entrepeneur and owner of Arteco. Giorgio comes from Faenza, in Emilia-Romagna. He has lived in St Louis for several years and has several businesses in the St Louis metropolitan area as well as throughout the world. The interview is both in Italian and English.
Giorgio Bucci is an affirmed executive in the Security Industry and directs the Board of Directors in multiple corporations across the globe.
Mr. Bucci became President of Arteco Global network of Companies at an early stage, developing the Company structure and securing revenues streams worldwide. Arteco is now a recognized leader in Video Event Management Software and Motion Control Technologies.
Mr. Bucci is also Chairman of the Board of the largest, fastest growing Security and Networking equipment distributor in Italy, Compass Distribution. As a Business International Specialist, Mr. Bucci has started the process to internationalize the company opening branches in other countries of Europe.
In late 2013, Mr. Bucci was inducted into the YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), St. Louis Chapter. Prior to Arteco, Mr. Bucci worked as a Senior Consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, both in Europe and the United States.
Mr. Bucci holds an MBA degree with a major in Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bologna in Italy.