Andy came down to Florida in 1995. While looking to buy a business, he encountered a company named Transworld Business Brokers. He continued his search for a business, but was offered a position at Transworld as an agent. He joined the company and quickly became one of South Florida’s top performers.
What do you enjoy the most about your work? The people. I work with very talented professionals. I am honored that they let me lead. I also love meeting with business owners. Our country is supported by these great entrepreneurs.
You are out in the public arena quite often; who is the most interesting person you have ever met? Marti Forman is one of my heroes. Her absolute dedication to helping others inspires me. For over 20 years she has use her many talents to focus on hunger. After fighting on the front lines of poverty day in and day out, she is still convinced she has (or we as a society have) the ability to end suffering. I am proud to have spent the last ten plus years being a part of her cause and fight to that end.
What program with your organization do you get the most excited about? I am excited we are bring Transworld's business model to the world through our partnership with United Franchise Group. Watching Transworld go from one office on East Commercial Blvd to 40 offices nationwide....wow that's exciting.
Is there a charitable event(s) you really look forward to attending each year? There are so many great ones to choose from. But I really enjoy mine (despite my exhaustion afterwards). Andy's Family Pasta Dinner is in its tenth year and has raised almost $200,000 for Lifenet4Families. How can having over 400 of my friends and family in one room, eating home Cagnetta cooking, get any better!?
What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization? I don't get angry often. I think I have the ability to look at the big picture and get past the minutia of the minute.
What is your greatest challenge at this time? Technology....so many choices and so many promises. Most fall flat.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Surfing down the side of a wave with the whitewater to your right, and clean wall in front of you. Also playing guitars with my girls as they sing.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot? St Augustine. Not sure why, but Ali and I really like the old feel. It's fun to stay downtown and be under the radar for a few days.
What can make you laugh? My daughter's Lauren and Rachel make me laugh. They both are really smart and quick, so we laugh a lot together. I have to admit we sometimes watch Family Guy and South Park together...it's sooo wrong.
What do you still hope to accomplish? I often think about running for public office. I want to help, not sure the system supports leaders who like to get things done.
What is your proudest achievement? I really hope it is yet to come. I enjoyed being AFP's volunteer fundraiser of the year.
What is your fondest childhood memory? Punching a bully in the face....sorry you asked.
Who is your hero? I have many heroes that I model my life after. But my Grandfather Sam stands out. His quiet strength, calm demeanor, absolute honesty and unprejudiced treatment of others shaped me. It doesn't hurt that he raised two great daughters as well.
What’s been the key to the success and growth of Transworld Business Advisors? Every successful business person is indebted to those on the team. I am honored to serve my employees and partners.
What do you have to say to all the young women/men out there ready to take on the future? Don't wait....life is too short and gets more complicated. Strike out on your own early. It's worth it!!!
How do we get our young people more interested in charitable giving and community volunteering? Engage them and trust them with important tasks. Let them lead. I think we are currently raising the greatest generation. They will have to overcome the problems aging baby boomers. Mark my words, they will rise to the occasion.