Jeff Pangaro ’04 and his family will never forget the events of April 15, 2013. The Boston Marathon was meant to be an exciting day for racers and supporters alike, but it ended in turmoil and confusion. “My wife and three sons were waiting for me in the bleachers at the finish line. It was a traumatic day and we are very fortunate that we were ok.” Jeff’s competitive spirit and passion for life has inspired and propelled his company, Pangaro Wealth Management, to success.
Jeff graduated Sacred Heart University in 2004 with a double major in Business and Finance. A Fairfield native, Jeff worked at People’s United Bank while commuting to SHU. “My parents thought there was a lot of value in me working while going to school and doing it on my own. It provided a tremendous amount of structure.” Jeff chose Sacred Heart for its convenience and the flexibility offered to commuters. “I toured SHU, met with an advisor, and I felt it was a great opportunity for me to start learning where I wanted to go in life. I knew finance was interesting to me but I did not know what I wanted to do with it. I read something by Dr. Lucjan Orlowski and I got a chance to talk with him and I was so impressed.”
As a commuter student, Jeff had a unique college experience. “The school did a great job of combining the on-campus activities with the commuters. There were a lot of commuters who added a great deal of value to the work force while attending school.” During these years, Jeff learned the importance of balance and time management, and this has directly impacted the success of Pangaro Wealth Management. “I’ve been in financial services for over fifteen years and a little over three years ago, I decided to take all of that experience and start my own business. I always had aspirations of owning my own company and so far, it has been wonderful.”
Building a business from the ground up was coupled with Jeff’s determination to begin competing in marathons and triathlons. Pairing the two at the same time seemed like a no brainer. “In order for me to be effective, I need to have a structured day. I plan my day hour by hour and training forces you to be regimented, so it was easy to apply that mentality to both my business and competing.” This led Jeff to not only the Boston Marathon, but countless other races, including the 2012 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. “There’s a close group of people who do the sport and we build relationships and rely on one another. It is a huge part of my life.”
Jeff reflects on his time at SHU fondly: “I believe SHU has a fantastic community and adult learning program. I think the overall structure of the university and the constant willingness to help is instilled in all of us in the work force.” Jeff still keeps in touch with fellow alumni and encourages others to attend SHU. “As business owners, we want to be tied to our alma mater. They are doing a great job with alumni and building those relationships. I’m proud that I went there and I am sure other alumni feel the same way.”