BuildingNY:NYStories – Frank Fusaro: The Forum Group

BuildingNY:NYStories – Frank Fusaro: The Forum Group


♪♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪♪>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Henry Street
in Brooklyn. Beach Haven in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Prep where he
wasn’t really good. The Marines, St John’s. I’m
going to be an accountant. Nah then I’m going
to become a sales manager. Nah I’m going to get
married to Carol. Now I got a state
employment business. Not an employment
business. I’ll work the accounting
firms. Nah you know I’ll do a
little community service for a variety of things.
Nah I’ll build a business. Nah I’m going to join the
Columbus club. I’m going to make things
take place at the Columbus club. I’m going to help people
with Cooley’s anemia. I’m going to be involved
with the community. I got Frank Fusaro, thanks
for being here.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Well you
just summed up about six decades of my life in
about thirty seconds but thank you very much.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Six decades
you only look much younger. Even though that we grew
up together.>>>FRANK FUSARO: We did.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: So tell
me about growing up. You were born where in
Brooklyn?>>>FRANK FUSARO: I was born in
Long Island College Hospital.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Now you
see what happened to Long Island College Hospital,
they just closed.>>>FRANK FUSARO: And every
college, every grammar school, high school and
college are all closed- >>>MICHAEL STOLER: I realized
maybe you were the omen. So you’re born over there
and you told me that your father worked at Bonds
clothing.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Yes.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: And
your father passed on when you were only one.>>>FRANK FUSARO: I was less.
I was about nine months old.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Now
tell me about this home that you Grandma owned
this house.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Right.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: On
Henry Street? >>>FRANK FUSARO: Right.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: 505
Henry to be exact.>>>FRANK FUSARO: That’s
correct.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: And in
this house at 505 there was eight families. But five of
them were Fusaros or related.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Related. >>>MICHAEL STOLER: Related
to Fusaros. You told me a very
interesting thing. That many of them really
have achieved great presence. Tell me about some of your
relatives who lived at- >>>FRANK FUSARO: Well you
know, take it back. When you talk about my
father passing. I had to buy my brother
was three and a half four years old and what not. And you think that that
was you know was a sad event obviously for him
but we lived in an apartment house eight build,
eight family in apartments and five of the families,
six of the families are related. So we had no lack of
parental guidance. I had aunts and uncles and
so on and they were all blue collar people, first
generation Italian Americans that come here
their parents had all come from the other side. They all fought in World
War II and with valor. And they raised us and it
was a it was a terrific terrific up bringing,
terrific childhood to have that. And the cousins aunts we
were taught to work hard. We were taught to stand on
our own two feet. Now my cousin James became
an architect. My cousin Frank an air
controller. My brother became a doctor of psychology
has a big practice up in Boston. And my cousin Delia, who I
love tremendously, started, as she was the
one see Italian Americans didn’t send their
daughters to college.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: It was
inappropriate right.>>>FRANK FUSARO: She got a
job at the American Stock Exchange as a typist. OK went to Brooklyn
College at night and became the secretary of
the exchange and the first woman officer in the history of
the American Stock Exchange. So it was s a great period
of my life. It was a great time. Family fun. Cousins.
Just wonderful time.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: You
were born in 1947 and then your mother later on gets
married to the guy who is the union timekeeper
right?>>>FRANK FUSARO: In that
neighborhood. You know everybody worked
on the piers. So he was a longshoreman
and became a timekeeper and so on and it is his
brothers were all involved in the union and so on. He was a tough guy but
probably the most ethical person I ever met in my
life.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: So what
happens later on at about seven or eight years of
age? You move to Donald Trump’s
father’s had found an FHA piece of property on the
wastelands of Gravesend- >>>FRANK FUSARO: Right.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Next to
the Bell Parkway where a little guy by the name of
Mike Stoler also lived.>>>FRANK FUSARO: That’s
right, we go back.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: And the place
was called the Beach Haven.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Right.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Now we
go back to the point that I didn’t know your name
was Frank. It was called D.D.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Well hey
listen I had a little nickname for the old
neighborhood.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Had a
nickname from the old neighborhood. And as we said it
was a good place growing up. It was all we had parks,
you know- >>>FRANK FUSARO: There was
you know there were thirty-one buildings,
sixty families in a building. Everybody had children. So
you had 1,800 apartments. Fred Trump was a real
gentleman. Fred Trump did a lot for
the community. OK. We had a bus that would take us
to the beach in the summertime for free. We had a, he donated a
our community center.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Right which
was one of the parking lots.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Which is
the whole the length and width of a building. OK that he gave up the
revenue from the parking spaces and gave it to the
kids and we had first of all we were in the shadow
of Coney Island. I went to Our Lady of
solace because I couldn’t go to the public school. And that was a trolley
trained and a bus. That’s when I started
commuting, eight years old.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: The
pity was you couldn’t get into Our Lady of Grace.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Our Lady
of Grace wouldn’t take us because that would mean a
fifteen minute walk because they only started
if you didn’t start there in kindergarten they
weren’t going to take you. So we had to go so it was
a trolley train and a bus to Coney Island and Our
Lady of Solace was a block away from Steeplechase. So I had friends in Coney
Island, friends in the neighborhood. It was a
great place to grow up. We had the beach. We always had money we
always worked for a living.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: We all
were.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Could
always make a buck.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: So you
worked in the drugs store. I worked in the bowack.>>>FRANK FUSARO: I worked
in the drug store. I worked at I was a shill
for Milo the mule Faced man, the freak shows on
Coney Island. So it was a great place to
grow up everybody you met you know was a little bit
tainted.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Now
what was interesting was when you were growing up
you didn’t even have to go to the beach we used to go
to going to Brighton six,>>>FRANK FUSARO: Bay six
right.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Bay six
was the. And then once in a while
if you were lucky you’d have a friend who would sneak you
into Brighton Beach privately.>>>FRANK FUSARO: We would
sneak in there all the time.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: We
would sneak into Brighton Beach->>>FRANK FUSARO: And Raven
Hall >>>MICHAEL STOLER: And Raven
hall and all the rest. So tell me the story about the storm and
your mom and you’re Uncle.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Well we
were, I’m eight years at the time my brother is
twelve and we’re in Rhode Island, Westerly Rhode Island
actually Misquamicut beach and tit was hurricane
Carol, my wife’s name. And they predicted it was
going out to sea. It was August of 1954 and
the wind turned and it came full force into where
we were. My mom and my aunt who was
there with my cousin James started getting a little panicky
and walked a block through ankle deep water, sea water, to
my uncle’s bar and grill. My uncle or my step my
great uncle, my mother’s uncle had a bar and grill
in Rhode Island. He had lost a bed and
breakfast on that property in the hurricane of
1938, big hurricane. So we got there because he
had a Studebaker and he had a house in town bout
five miles east. So we got there and they said let’s go you
know, let’s get outta here. He refused to leave his
bar and grill. This guy was as tight as a
drum and his fright is someone’s going to steal
his liquor. So we sat there. Well ten minutes later, we’re
right across from the beach. The water starts coming
in. Now we got no place to go. The car’s underwater can’t
use that we climbed up in the attic and we spent
four hours in that attic. That attic was ripped from
the rest of the bar and grill and we were literally
floating in the in the storm. And the biggest impression
I had and I remember clearly was my mom she was
a rock. Now here’s a woman who is
at this time is a widow with an eight year old and
a twelve year old and you don’t know with every wave
that hit us we’d spin and the place would crack and
so on and she was a rock. She was a rock and they
were come over with her daughter, she started to
panic.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: But
your mother was truly inspirational in your life
there’s no question- >>>FRANK FUSARO: She was
she always smiled. We did not know you know in effect that
we didn’t have a father. OK We had uncles, aunts, cousins and
it was just an incredible thing. And then my mother
remarried and he you know he was tough guy but ethical
honest and treated us nicely.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: So you
go to The Lady of Solace and then you are ready to
go. Where were you gonna go?>>>FRANK FUSARO: I could
have walked to Lincoln- >>>MICHAEL STOLER:
Brooklyn Tech.>>>FRANK FUSARO: I could
have walked to Lincoln. I made Brooklyn
Tech. I was a good test taker. But I had to go to Brooklyn Prep
cause my brother went there. My brother was a class
Valedictorian. He was a captain of the baseball
team, editor of the yearbook OK. I get there it’s four
trains and a fifteen minutes walk through Crown
Heights to get there.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Right
but we had the McDonald train. We were only about a
ten-minute walk.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Well you
had to take the D train to the Brighton local to the Brighton
express to the Franklin Avenue shuttle. OK And if I left school
at three o’clock I got home at five fifteen. And they expected
me to do three hours of homework. Which wasn’t going to
happen.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: And
also work at the drug store and do some
deliveries.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Right
exactly and the pizzeria.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Right
so then you know you’re seventeen years of age. You say to yourself,
because you’re such a good student, I’m going to join
the Marines? I got this picture of you
joining the Marines. But in order to join the
Marines you have to go to mama what happened.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Well I knew I
wanted to go to college eventually. But I had it in my
heart that I graduated last in my class. And after you know,
I was always are you Louis’ brother was the mantra at
Brooklyn Prep. Graduated last, I got this
idea I went down to Floyd Bennet and I took an exam. And
the guys are wow you did well. And he gives me another
exam and he says wow you did well on this.
I said what was the second exam? He says that was a Marine
cadet program. You can become a
pilot. I said sign me up. You know this kind of
thing. But I had to get my
mother’s permission. In those days and this is 1964,
I’m just turning seventeen. OK. And they were talking
about doing away with the draft. Vietnam was not even on
the back page of newspapers. So I go to my mother
because I need her permission and she refused
to sign. And we have big fight and
I said I’ll just wait until I’m eighteen, then I
go on my own. And that was really the turning
point she had no point. She signed. I went down signed up
and it was after I got out of Paris and they tell me you
have to be twenty-one to get in that program.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: So then
you decided that you were not going to spend four
years.>>>FRANK FUSARO: No my
thought at that point. I want to go to
college. So I did my time. It was a reserve program I
did about a year on active duty and then came back
got a job- >>>MICHAEL STOLER: Now why
how’d St. John’s hire you?>>>FRANK FUSARO: I had to
beg my way into St John’s. I had to wear my uniform
and there was a priest at Brooklyn Prep who had taken
a liking to me, he pulled a string and I went there with
my uniform to beg sympathy. OK.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Now but
you said to me you were going to St Johns tat
night during the day you were working for a company
called Arlan.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Yes.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Which
was a predecessor of the people from Bed Bath and
Beyond.>>>FRANK FUSARO: That’s
correct.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: And you
did what? You were in a accounts
payable you did everything.>>>FRANK FUSARO: No no I
was my first promotion was into the mailroom. OK. And you know take my time
in the service was probably the best thing
that ever happened to me because I left there with
a sense of confidence. When you go to the Marine
Corps and it wasn’t terrible I was a kid
seventeen I was the youngest, when I signed up, the youngest
person in the Marine Corps. And one of the younger
sergeants in the Corps but it was a turning point
because it gave me confidence and I think
service taught me some discipline and I always
consider myself a fake Marine because when I By the time I
got out Vietnam was raging. And we never got activated
I became a crew chief in a helicopter squadron so my
life expectancy over there would have been about ten
days. But I was it turned out it
was a blessing but I always had that in my
heart and I have such respect for the military
even till’ today. The guys that really went
over there and you know and serve the country.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: So now
you’re at St John’s and you’re at Arlan’s and you
were doing that full time?>>>FRANK FUSARO: I’m going
to school full time. I’m going to work full
time. They took me off the time
clock and they paid me a salary. I actually went into their
traffic department and working with the traffic
director and the CFO. I traveled with them a
little bit. And you know I loved the job I love
working and the greatest thing about St John’s, now this
is the Brooklyn Center.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: That’s
right. This is before.>>>FRANK FUSARO: My
daughter asked me how I picked my college. I said Jackie subway map
it was one token. And any rate it was
downtown Brooklyn and soon as the classes ended I’d jump
on the train work Saturdays, all day. I’d work till seven,
eight, nine o’clock at night. Loved the job. Loved
the people they loved me and->>>MICHAEL STOLER: How’d you
decide to become an accountant?>>>FRANK FUSARO: Well you know I
went to St John’s School of Business. That was the first major,
accounting, alphabetically->>>MICHAEL STOLER: Right
but I knew you grew up with all the Jews but the
Jews were supposed to be doctors or accountants or
lawyers.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Well yeah
the successful Jews were doctors and lawyers. The not so successful
became accountants. But I became an accountant
and I had by the time I graduated St John’s Vietnam
was probably at its height. The draft was like
everything I was already a veteran; they loved me in
the interviewing process. So I joined Price Waterhouse and
spent almost four years there.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: So at
Price Waterhouse you leave Price Waterhouse to go to
work for one of their clients in the sales
business right?>>>FRANK FUSARO: Right.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: And at
that job- >>>FRANK FUSARO: Well that
was a small importer of automotive sound
equipment. I was an adversary to the
president of the company because we were brought in
that company was purchased by NMS Seeburg, Seeburg
Industry, the old jukebox people, they bought this
company and there was a very acrimonious relationship
between the purchaser and the acquired company which
is my client. We were brought in to keep an eye on the
president to report back to the parent company and it was
a very difficult audit. Audits are conducted on materiality,
everything was material->>>MICHAEL STOLER: But it
was it was a good experience.>>>FRANK FUSARO: It was a
wonderful experience.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: You
spent how many years there?>>>FRANK FUSARO: I spent
about two years there. They I got promoted to you
know national sales manager left they said
Frank do the job and I fell in love with it. I traveled
all of the United States.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: So then
you got married to this woman you met in college
Carol.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Yeah.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: But
Carol had Crohn’s and Colitis>>>FRANK FUSARO: Colitis,
Chron’s and Colitis.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: So you
had to stay close by. And then one day this individual
by the name of Steve Goldstein->>>FRANK FUSARO: Yes
wonderful guy.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: And another
guy by the name Mark Gilbert. Steve worked with you at
Price Waterhouse. Then Steve went to work for a company
called Chris associates.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Right.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: And
this is what 1974?>>>FRANK FUSARO: It’s
1974, 73′-74′ he contacts me, I’m traveling ninety
percent of the time. And this is really causing
a problem at home. OK Carol with the you
know, the colitis and so on. So it was a tough
decision. They, Mark and Steve,
decided they had a little experience in the staffing
business they wanted to start going on their own,
entrepreneurial spirit. And they asked me to join
them. And I said this is nuts. I’ll do this is for six
months and get a real job. And that was forty-one
years ago.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Now I
remember forty one years ago Steve and I used to
take the other train from Sheepshead Bay into
the city when he told me he was going into business
into and he said you know come visit me and my
partners in the office. And I go into the office
and I see D.D.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Yes.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: And I
say D.D what are you doing here.>>>FRANK FUSARO: That’s
Brooklyn. OK. We had known each other
when we were seven, eight, ten years old and then we
go you know we went our own way and then Steve brought you back
into our lives. And you wound up marrying
Paula Sutker who was a dear worked with us for
thirty years as thereabouts wonderful
woman. You never gave me ten
percent of your wedding gifts, which you should
of.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: But you
were there and you even care you were a couple
whole.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Yes I was
at the wedding.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: So
let’s move on so you specialize more at that
time and over the years in the public accounting
realm.>>>FRANK FUSARO: That was
my background as a CPA so I didn’t know anything
about the staffing business but I knew how to
sell and I knew how to I knew if you got in front of
people and developed relationships. It’s
about work ethic. The only thing I made it
successful was work ethic we put in twelve hours a
day thirteen fourteen hours a day for years and
I called all the CPA friends, got very active
in the state society. Became a vice president
and I was on there on their board for many many
years and started programs with them and became very
close with all the senior people in the public
accounting profession and they were great clients
and it was- >>>MICHAEL STOLER: And
they also help you because the accounting firms are
in certain ways the consigliore->>>FRANK FUSARO: To their
clients.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: To their
clients and then you were able to->>>FRANK FUSARO: Make
introductions to their clients.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Now
you’re saying you were working twelve to fourteen
hours a day and I do know that. But you and Steve had this
opportunity during that period of time->>>FRANK FUSARO: Start
with this.>>>MICHAEL STOLER:
OK. To be a little rambunctious>>>FRANK FUSARO: Yes.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: OK. And during that period of
time, I don’t know how, but you made a couple of
T.V. shows. You were on the Today show. You were on the Cup show. You were on the David
Susskind Show and you were on the news 4 show with
Chuck’s Scarborough- >>>FRANK FUSARO: Chuck
Scarborough became a friend.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Now
what were you doing?>>>FRANK FUSARO: We had
little (SP) larson in our hearts and we wanted to
start it with Frank Sinatra doing an event for
a birthday party for governor Carey, Hugh Carey
at the time. So we went to, we put on
tuxedos got a one over the wall and we got em’ to set
up a table for us and that and was our first crashing
event. And we did that for many
many years- >>>MICHAEL STOLER: Right
the production.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Night of
a hundred stars.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Night
of a hundred stars and in the picture of all the
hundred stars they had three unidentified people.>>>FRANK FUSARO: That’s
right.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: So from
that it was an interesting cute thing and I remember
when you lived in Staten Island you used to have
the pictures of you and Steve with a variety of
these people.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Yes.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: So that
was interesting. And they were they were
even going to do a little movie, a life story on the
crash.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Yes CBS
contacted us. We signed a contract with
them and Tisch bought CBS and stopped the two hour
movies and they had- >>>MICHAEL STOLER: John
Ritter was going- >>>FRANK FUSARO: John
Ritter was going to play my part and they had read
a whole story about what we did. It was a fun part of our
lives. And it was a way to you
now to do something larsoness without hurting
anyone.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: No
question. But what happened right
after that is that you met me again on something. And I said to you there’s
an opportunity that you should join the Columbus
Citizen’s foundation. This was a great
organization. You’ve been on the board
for twenty-one years >>>FRANK FUSARO:
Twenty-one years.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: In
addition to being on the board you were the
president, you’re the chairman of the chairman
of the board right now. But the Columbus
Foundation has been an intimate part of your
life.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Yes.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Let’s
talk about that. >>>FRANK FUSARO: Well the
club, the most visible thing we do is run the
Columbus Day parade. And for years and years we
ran this parade and it was a group of people got
together and to promote the parade promote Italian
heritage and Italian pride. I’ve always been proud of
being an Italian but I really didn’t know what it
meant. OK really. And by my involvement with
the Columbus foundation I started working my way
through the process and I eventually, the fellow who
ran the parade with his wife for twenty years just
had argument and walked out and they asked me to
run the parade. I got an opportunity to
put the parade, now that was a great opportunity
for a kid from Brooklyn to put this three hour performance
live in the streets, all this mayhem, police, fire, sanitation
and so on. We got and we brought in I
had the Rockettes come in, we had the Broadway shows->>>MICHAEL STOLER: You also
brought it to T.V.>>>FRANK FUSARO: We
brought it, well it was on Channel 11 and I got
it on NBC. I called up the chairman,
the president, general manager of NBC and told
him I wanted to come and talk to him. We moved
it over to NBC. It was on NBC for about
twelve years and it’s now on ABC, WABC they do a
fabulous job and that started you know us in the
right direction as far as getting that national
coverage and so on and the organization evolved into
a philanthropic organization. We now do 2.25 million per
year in scholarships. I’m very proud of that- >>>MICHAEL STOLER: Right
you are responsible for the Adopt a Scholar
program.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Well I
started I had this idea that we should create a
program and not just people, arbitrarily ask
people for money, but to start a program where you,
we went to a member a friend of the foundation
do this. And you know very simple
concept. OK. I thought it would be
successful. It’s now gone over fifteen
million dollars in donations mostly from the
members who put up either twenty five thousand
dollars for an annual scholarship, four years
and it’s over or a hundred thousand dollars for a
perpetual scholarship. And we have six hundred
kids in the program. And the other thing is
when I became president I said no more, we had every
celebrity Grant Marshall you can imagine Sinatra we had Sophia
Loren and so on so forth. I said we got to stop this
I said we so you know, our first real hero I thought
was Ken Langone who started with nothing and
one wasn’t supposed to go to college and now gave
two 250 million dollars thereabouts to NYU and
from there, Joe Plumeri, Frank Bisignano, Maria
Bartiromo, who has been doing the parade, dear
friend been doing it for fifteen years and every
one of them raised a million dollars plus. And then we had honorees
and so on so that now we’re up to two million two
hundred fifty thousand dollars a year and we’ve done you know
a number of other things. When the College Board
decided to do away with Italian as an offering,
which means that’s that special program and high
schools across the country. And without that program they
won’t hire an Italian teacher and the culture and everybody
won’t have that opportunity. We went to Italy and got
the Italian government to put up two million
dollars, with the Cuomo family, they were very
instrumental and Lou Tallarini who was the
president prior myself and we were the first ones to
step up and add another half a million dollars to
that and negotiate with the college board and
that’s now back in perpetuity. We also raised a million
dollars over a million dollars for the military->>>MICHAEL STOLER: And also you
raised money recently, close to two hundred thousand dollars
for the restoration of St Pat’s.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Yes. Ken called
us up and said we should get involved and you know started
at one hundred thirty thousand, went up to about one hundred
seventy five thousand there.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: You’ve
been always very involved with this genetic disease over
there we have a picture of this nurse who shouldn’t have been
alive because the lifespan of Cooley’s anemia was
like fifteen years now. She’s twenty five she’s a
nurse handling Cooley’s anemia->>>FRANK FUSARO: That’s
correct >>>MICHAEL STOLER: And
pity it’s a picture of a young little child who
didn’t make it. Let’s talk about the
little thing on your- >>>FRANK FUSARO: This is
we were, Lou Tallarini and I, were honored by the
president of Italy actually the secretary of
state came to the United States and we were named
knighted with the title Commendatore which is an
honorary title for the work that we have done you
know for the Italian government in the A.P. program. And that’s always been you
know Italy has contributed more to the world than any
country of its size, art, science, culture, and so
on, that’s a true Italian American and we try to- >>>MICHAEL STOLER: Let’s
talk a little bit about family and then the
company.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Oh >>>MICHAEL STOLER: OK.>>>FRANK FUSARO: I’m blessed
I have an incredible, my son Christopher and my daughter
Jackie, two wonderful children->>>MICHAEL STOLER:
Christopher’s married to? Christopher’s married to
Michelle. They have four girls five
and under.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: Name of
your- >>>FRANK FUSARO: Isabella,
Giana, Sophia and Francesca OK, four girls
five and under. My daughter Jackie has
Alex and Michael Giovanni.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: And
your daughter is like a professor or she- >>>FRANK FUSARO: She was
teaching at NYU. She is married to a professor
at Princeton, Kevin Wayne and they have two boys,
lovely home in Princeton and->>>MICHAEL STOLER: You and
Carol have been married for how many years?>>>FRANK FUSARO: We’re married
forty-three years, wonderful woman. God bless and we’re
married forty-three years and she put up with my
antics for forty-three years. The business itself has
grown tremendously where we have a hundred people
in our shop and temps probably three hundred
people on billing. And it’s been a blessing. It’s been a whole life has
been a blessing. Sometimes I just I think
about it and I say how lucky we are to have grown
up, as kids in Brooklyn, to have grown up and you
know and been blessed that way. Our parents educated us
and sent us out and said you know drop us a line,
let us know how you’re doing.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: But as
you said to me before and which is something that I
try to emphasize on the every one of my life story
shows, that opportunities you have to seek the
opportunity, you have to take the cards and play
the cards.>>>FRANK FUSARO:
It’s. It’s you know->>>MICHAEL STOLER: Tenacity,
adaptability, and versatility.>>>FRANK FUSARO: Right. There’s an old saying that
you know I’m a self-made man. No one’s a self-made man. OK. You have opportunities in
life, people open doors for you, they help you along and you have
to take advantage of that. And it’s work ethic, it’s
discipline that’s more important than anything. You don’t have to be the
brightest candle in a church. But if you’re willing to
work hard- >>>MICHAEL STOLER: Yeah. You
know the kid Brooklyn Prep number one? One the other side.>>>FRANK FUSARO: One the
other side.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: So
thanks for being here today->>>FRANK FUSARO: My
pleasure.>>>MICHAEL STOLER: And
thanks for being a friend for so many years.>>>FRANK FUSARO: My
pleasure. ♪♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪♪

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