09 Apr UNC Chapel Hill Alumnus Reflects on Sports Shaping His Career
It all started on the lacrosse field according to Garden City native Peter Dell’Olio. He was a captain for Garden City High School lacrosse team during one of those years when there were plenty of good players but no superstars. It was a year expected to be average; no fanfare to encourage shooting for anything more than status quo. The team decided collectively that they would have to push and encourage each other through blood, sweat and tears if they were going to be better than the underdog. Through sheer force of will and determination the lacrosse team finished the season undefeated. An ideological ripple started that would follow the teens through adulthood: set your bar above other’s expectations, surround yourself with disciplined, ambitious people and put your nose to the grindstone.
Dell’Olio went on to study at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a NCAA Division 1 lacrosse player and an All-ACC honor roll student. As a freshman, he was surrounded by only superstars, who, by all accounts should have produced exemplary results – the team had its worst season in years. The lesson learned years earlier was fortified – neither success nor failure are definite; gifts (innate or earned) would always require dedication, perseverance and a cohesive team. After graduating with a degree in journalism and mass communication Peter worked for a Long Island gold coast lifestyle magazine and eventually landed in the financial sector as an analyst of mortgage backed securities. He stayed in the investment banking industry for ten years but the inner athlete in him longed for a challenging environment that would foster his drive and ingenuity.
In 2015, Dell’Olio was introduced to Eli Zimmer, a partner at Daigle & Travers. Acquainted with Peter’s reputed work ethic and meticulous attention to detail, Zimmer offered him a position with his insurance firm. They began working together but it wasn’t until March 2017 that Dell’Olio became a producer full time. He said that working in insurance has allowed him to use the strategizing skills he learned on the field, tackling each client’s unique situation and developing customized solutions. The job is never boring – each day brings with it new clients with distinctive requirements. “I like meeting new people,” he said “and I like working as a team, be that with my colleagues at Daigle & Travers or my clients.”
As he looks ahead, he sees more opportunities to use those skills instilled in him through his athletic involvement: at work with clients, in the industry through his BNI membership and at home with his family. One day he hopes to pass along all that he has learned to the next generation – perhaps by coaching his daughters’ sports teams.
Peter Dell’Olio is a part of the Daigle & Travers team of Fairfield County, a group of insurance experts offering 34 years of expertise and extensive knowledge of personal and business insurance programs. For more information, you can visit daigletravers.com or call Peter at 203-655-6974.