2017: And the winner is...


As you know, the first thing I did after losing Dad was take action on my need for his name to live somewhere forever, thus creating The Peter L. Cardiello Award for Entrepreneurship at Wagner College. [ We explain more about it in this blog post, and if you want to read about some of the stellar winners (including two valedictorians), that's here. ] It's hard to believe that we gave out the SEVENTH award this year and the nominees were SO remarkable that we had to call it a tie and give out TWO! 

This year, we awarded two awards instead of one and I can honestly say that it was one of the most special ceremonies yet. Over the past year, I had the honor of playing a role in one of the recipient's journeys and that evening, I had the honor of meeting his family. When I greeted his Mom, she met me with a hug and the words "thank you for taking care of my son." You can only imagine how hard it was to hold back tears from that moment on... Anyway, without further adieu - the winners of Dad's Award for 2017 are:

AIDAN ALVAREZ

In addition to holding down a full-time course load as a Business major (ranking in the top 5% of his class) and studying for the Series 7 exam, Aidan Alvarez is hard at work on his plans for a company called ARC Security. Moved by both the growing number of school shootings and the number of vets who are having a difficult time readjusting to civilian life back home, Aidan created ARC Security to support our returning vets and prepare them for reentering the civilian workforce. In particular, Arc Security will prepare vets for roles as security guards at public schools to provide a better force against assailants and other threats. In the Spring semester of his senior year, Aidan created an independent study (that he received no credit for) and met with a professor each week to turn this dream into a reality... "What the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve" is alive and well with this one, and we couldn't be more proud.

SEAN WALRATH

According to one of his Business professors, Sean Walrath is referred to by his classmates as "that guy who knows everything." Having been a guest professor in his class twice this year, I can attest to that. He's one of those students who knocks your socks off the moment he opens his mouth. This year, he gave a presentation on his company "Wenotio" at the New York Business Plan competition. In Sean’s own words, Wenotio is “the protector of and hub for ideas, innovation, and creation.” With Wenotio, thinkers will have the protection to share their ideas, makers can find other like-minded people to work on those ideas, and investors can search for the next big thing. [ mic drop ]

Congrats guys, you inspire me more than you know and I am sure that Dad is smiling down on you both.

Cardiello Award for Entrepreneurship at Wagner College


What the Unimatic family is saying…

"The Unimatic changed my life. I somehow found an extra 20 minutes in my morning to perk my coffee and as a result, I’m more grounded, creative, productive and happy. The Unimatic is my daily miracle."

- Greg, family member of Unimatic #41

"It’s the coolest coffee pot in the world."

- Trevor, family member of Unimatic #50

"Thank you so much, I happened to see the program on Netflix called Coffee for All. As you refer to my net coffee pot as a "her" she will be appropriately named "Grace" after my grandmother who gave me my first percolator coffee pot at the age of 18. Now as I brew coffee in the mornings I will think of my grandparents more often."

- Joe, family member of Unimatic #392

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- David, family member of Unimatic #418

Thank you dearest Elisabeth for being the much needed catalyst for change. For sharing your remedy for our home life that has been suspended after much trial and trauma. We laughed, shared, marveled and lingered the table discussing your father’s creation. We spent time together as a family, enjoying the newness of what is usually the mundane. Creating your shared legacy... a cup of coffee. The Unimatic made our house a home... long gone are the quick days of the Keurig or nearest coffee shop. We look forward to spending tomorrow morning with Brunetta.

- Monica, family member of Unimatic #329