Newsmaker: Gene Tommasi
Residence: Mt. Lebanon
Family: wife, Cyndi; daughter, Elizabeth, 21; son, Nicholas, 17.
Noteworthy: Tommasi recently was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Pittsburgh Association of Manufacturers Representatives (PAMR) for his service and commitment to The Education Partnership and Young Life. The Education Partnership provides school supplies to 16,000 students throughout western Pennsylvania; Young Life is a faith-based organization that encourages social networking among students of all ages and faiths.
Occupation: Executive Vice President of Retail Operations at Giant Eagle.
Education: Earned economics degree from Allegheny College in Meadville in 1982.
Background: Tommasi has worked 22 years with Giant Eagle. As a member of the executive leadership team, he helps determine the company’s overall strategy.
Quote: “Giant Eagle is just a wonderful company because they want us to do this, they want us to give back to the community. It’s important. I truly believe in giving time back to the community and trying to help the kids. … The Education Partnership gives supplies to kids that can’t afford to buy lunches, and Young Life is a place for kids to come, relax, be themselves and be loved.”