Four stunning paintings by Caravaggio, currently on loan at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, were the backdrop to the fourth annual Achievement Awards handed out by Italian Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli.
This year’s awardees included Ron Della Chiesa (Art, Culture & Entertainment), Vlado Dukcevich (Business), Tino D’Agostino (Education), Joseph A. Milano (Solidarity), Carlo Brugnara (Science & Technology) and Francesca Gino (Giovane Promessa). Among the guests, famous singer Tony Bennett, a good friend of Ron Della Chiesa.Ron Della Chiesa is a Boston area radio personality. Born in 1938 in Quincy, Massachusetts, he was taken by his father to jazz and Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts in the early 1950s, and developed an ear for both genres. His commentaries on WGBH-FM radio for the Boston Symphony are broadcast on Friday afternoons. These broadcasts as well as his commentary at the Sunday Tanglewood Festival in the summertime are informed by his lifelong attendance of the orchestra, dating back to conductors Charles Münch and Erich Leinsdorf. He recently published the autobiographical “Radio My Way“.
Vlado Dukcevich was born in 1939 in Croatia, and he and his family migrated to Trieste Italy, immediately after World War II. He grew up in Trieste and completed his masters in pharmacy at the age of 24. Vlado ended up never working one day in a pharmacy but instead followed his family’s footsteps into the charcuterie business. At the age of 27, Vlado became the production manager of his family’s prosciutto factory, which at the time was the biggest in Italy.
In the mid-1970s, Vlado moved to the United States, where he started with 12 people in Pascoag, Rhode Island. The company — Daniele, Inc. — boasts three facilities and is currently constructing a new $60 million factory that will be completed in autumn 2014.Tino D’Agostino was born in Salerno and graduated from the Salerno Conservatory summa cum laude in 1987. Twenty years ago he arrived in the United States with a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Now Arlington High School director of instrumental music, his ensembles have won many awards and honors, including first place in the Berklee High School Jazz Festival, Overall Grand Championship of the Bahamas Cruise Festival, Pirandello Lyceum Award, Teacher of the Year Award, and performances by invitation at the Massachusetts Music Educators Conference and the Boston State House Festa Della Repubblica. (Click here to read our exclusive interview with Tino D’Agostino)
Born and raised in Boston’s historic North End, Joseph A. Milano has traveled the world representing the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Yet, as president and CEO of the Union Oyster House, “America’s Oldest Restaurant,” Milano works tirelessly on behalf of countless non-profit and cultural institutions in his hometown. As the president and CEO of the Union Oyster House, a National Historic Landmark, Milano has accomplished the difficult task of not only operating a successful restaurant business but in branding the Union Oyster House as a “must-see” destination on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail. The Union Oyster House has been featured in dozens of print articles and television pieces – both nationally and internationally – and it has been said that no visit to Boston is complete without a stop at the historic eatery.Dr. Carlo Brugnara, is Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Hematology Laboratory at Children’s Hospital Boston. He received his MD from the University of Verona, Italy in 1979. In 1982 he joined as a postdoctoral fellow the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Tosteson in the Department of Physiology at Harvard Medical School. He trained in Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston from 1986 to 1990, and holds board certifications in both specialties.
In 1992, he joined the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Children’s Hospital as Director of the Hematology laboratory. Dr. Brugnara’s basic research interests are focused on transport of ions across cell membrane. His studies have identified the role of specific transport proteins and identified new therapeutic approaches for sickle cell anemia.
Francesca Gino began her studies at the University of Trento in Business Economics. She came to Boston as a visiting fellow at Harvard University where she later returned for her Post Doctorate. In Italy she attended the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa where she obtained her Master and Ph. D in Economics and Management. In 2004 she returned to the United States and she held the position of Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior both at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg PA, at the University of North Carolina and for a semester in London in 2012 at the London Business School. She is currently a Professor of Business Administration, Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at the Harvard Business School after 4 years as an Associate Professor. Her studies and writings have covered a wide range of topics, in particular the capability of judgment and decisions making processes; as well as the social, ethical and creative influences entailed in such processes. (Click here to read our exclusive interview with Francesca Gino)