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Charles F. Bongiorno Sr - 1950

charles f. bongiorno sr. building 240 elwood road house

1950: Charles F. Bongiorno Sr.
240 Elwood Road, East Northport, New York 11731

  • My Father here is building his home in East Northport, NY.
  • Built - Designed and constructed by himself
  • Latter along with his father and brother, built other structures in East Northport, NY
Every parent passes on the wisdom of their years to their sons or daughters, whether they want to hear it or not. In this case of running the family business, those pearls are keys to success.

So when Charles Bongiorno turned over the family business to his son, Chuck, what advice did he give the new owner? "Be more patient than your father," Charles Bongiorno says, "My impatience and intolerance to half-hearted work probably drove a lot of people away from the business over the years. For those who understood what work is, I didn't offend them as those who might have just been here for a job."

More Important than words, Chuck Bongiorno spent a lifetime observing his father's hard work transform his business into a success. This work ethic left an indelible impression on him, and today it serves as his inspiration. "But if he had any advice it was about how important your reputation and your word is in this industry, "he says, "if you say to someone you'll get something done, get it done,"