For our final Women in History month spotlight, we are interviewing Angelo Seghetti, Lead Recruiter at NextGen and his mother, Tina! Tina has worked in the staffing industry for 6 years and was one of the reasons Angelo found himself at NextGen. They have a wonderful relationship that we want to share with you. Not only do we have strong women at NextGen, but also strong men! Read below to understand how a mother’s role shaped one of our very successful NextGeners.
Q: Angelo and Tina, tell me about your relationship.
Angelo: I grew up in a working-class family. My mom is a workaholic; she has been my whole life which helped me understand work ethic at a young age. I knew she was working hard because of me and my brother, Tony. I never wanted that effort to go to waste. I want to make both my parents proud and show them their hard work paid off. My mom is my best friend. I’ve never been embarrassed or afraid to tell her anything. As a kid, I didn’t have the threat of being grounded over my head, which helped me feel comfortable to come to her with anything.
Tina: Angelo and I are very close. I taught both my kids they don’t get anything in life that they don’t work hard for and it doesn’t come easy! I always told Angelo, “Don’t lie to me. If you lie you lose my trust. Tell me the truth and we will always be okay.” My kids were never a problem. They always came to me with any issue. I made sure growing up they learned their manners, treated elders with respect, and had responsibility. They grew up knowing those from the start, and I made sure to reinforce them along the way.
Q: Angelo, did you know you wanted to enter the world of recruiting and be in a similar field as your mother?
Angelo: No, not really. Ever since I was young, my dad was an entrepreneur, so the sales mentality was something I saw growing up. Everyone always told me to go into sales. I started selling cars in high school, and when I graduated from college, I started looking for sales jobs. My mom kept telling I’d be great as a recruiter. She worked (still does) in the staffing industry and told me she knew I could be better than anyone at her company. I had a mutual friend who introduced me to Blake Stone, National Account Director at NextGen, and the rest is history. When I told my mom about the job she said, “I told you, you will be great!” She was always in my ear telling me I would do well as a recruiter.
Q: Tina, based on what Angelo said it seems like you always knew the career path Angelo would take.
Tina: When he started recruiting, I thought it was great! I think anyone who wants to get into sales should always begin in recruiting because it opens a lot of doors and opportunity. Angelo is very determined and persistent. I knew he had the potential to be up there with the best at my company from what I saw daily. Even as a kid, at six years old, Angelo helped sell Labradors I raised. I gave Tony and Angelo each a Lab to take care of and to sell on their own. Angelo did it effortlessly, he would talk to people, and he would sell those puppies! Then he started selling cars, and I knew the transition to recruiting would be perfect for him.
Q: Tina, what makes you proud of Angelo?
That is a hard question to answer because I am so proud of everything he does! He sets goals and doesn’t stop until he meets them plus he’s a good person. He never gave me any trouble; he had a good head on his shoulders. He really is my rock.
Q: Angelo, how does your mom inspire you?
Now that I am an adult, I can see how life is fleeting. My mom showed me what it was to sacrifice for the ones you love. I saw what my parents did and didn’t do to shape my brother and me. There was never a moment they did not sacrifice for us like working multiple jobs when it was hard and inconvenient. My mom had unconditional love. She made sure I had as much opportunity as possible to be great. It was good for me to see the struggle because now I understand it. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my mom; she is my rock. She always supports me and is in my corner. She gave me everything she had, and now I want to give back. I want her to be proud because I can’t thank her enough.
Q: Tina, do you have any advice for women raising sons?
All I can say is to encourage them, even if they fail. Your children need to fall to get back up. Also, be there for them and take an interest in your child’s life. You need to sacrifice for them and be there for them every step of the way.
Q: Angelo, any last words you want to say about your relationship with your mom?
I think the way you treat your mom is an excellent indicator of who you are, other factors can play a part of course, but if you had a great support system like I did it’s important. There is truth behind the “mommas’ boy” saying. My mom was the first person I was close enough to, to share my big life moments. From the second I was born, even before that, my mom was the person doing the most for me. I treat her with respect and kindness because of all she has done. I say I love you and I don’t ever take her for granted.