Antonette Favia is Vice President at Villa Park Electrical Supply Co., Inc. Having grown
up in her family business she, along with several siblings, has a lifetime of experience in
knowing what it takes to keep a Small Family Business going through the many
economic changes and challenges throughout the years. The friendly, knowledgeable
staff at Villa Park Electrical Supply has been helping many (electricians, builders,
warehouse and property managers, municipalities, hospitals, restaurants, business
owners and the general public)) by supplying lighting and an array of electrical
materials needed for renovation and for new construction. Founded by Michael Favia
Sr, and Italian Immigrant, 2023 is a special year for The Favia Family as it marks the 50 th
Anniversary of our company.
Antonette has been able to put the B.S. Business Administration / B.S. Urban Studies
she earned at Elmhurst University to good use. Over the years, she has participated in
and/or has been on the Board of various local Chamber of Commerce Groups,
Women’s Networking Groups, and in several groups under the umbrella of the Electric
Association of Chicago.
When she’s not at Villa Park Electrical Supply, Antonette is an avid photographer, having
studied at Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography School in Ravenswood. She
currently specializes in taking headshot photos for social media and business use.
Antonette loves the city, music, travel; she divides her time between The Headshot
Room (her Photography Studio in Addison, IL) and spending time in the city near her
home in River North.
With origins in Bari, Italy, Antonette joined Chicagoland Italian American Professionals
(CIAP) to meet, socialize and network with like-minded business professionals while
keeping in touch with her Italian heritage at the same time.
Gianluca Ruggiero is an IT Director at ITW with more than 20 years of experience in multinational companies directing the development of business applications and the design of infrastructure guaranteeing the cross fertilization across the Group entities.
With a Master in Information Technology at the Universita’ degli Studi di Milano Bicocca in Italy, Gianluca embraces business centric view setting and executing the IT strategy and aligning the technology accordingly.
Over the years, Gianluca’s strengths at multiple multinational companies mainly in manufacturing industry has garnered some recognition for driving digital transformation initiatives in multiple areas such as production, B2B and supply chain. Gianluca really enjoys working for ITW where he found a fantastic and very supportive organization. He loves working in a multicultural and intellectually challenging environment.
When he is not at ITW, Gianluca is an avid sport follower and loves spending time watching soccer especially when his hometown club, Genoa cfc, of his two daughter play.
With origins in Genova, Liguria, Gianluca joins Chicagoland Italian American Professionals (CIAP) to know the Italian-American community in the Chicago area.
I specialize in recruitment for the Microsoft channel, as well as SAP and international IT recruitment.
I have experience working in international companies in the IT sector, and I am certified by HR Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
I am the Director of Recruiting at Ciellos, a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider specializing in Microsoft Dynamics 365, Azure, and related technologies.
I am also the founder of Talentuch recruitment agency, a full-service HR outsourcing, advisory, and recruiting organization that helps tech companies grow internationally. My mission is to provide high-quality HR solutions that align with the business goals and values of my clients and partners. Talentuch recruitment team is supporting IT or technology companies who are expanding or maintaining operations throughout Europe.
Originally from Ukraine, I moved to Chicago with my family in 2017. I lived in Italy for some time and speak Italian, Ukrainian, and English languages.
Jonathan Rea is a graduate of John Marshall Law School (now known as UIC Law) and has been a practicing attorney for over 10 years. Jonathan is an Italian citizen and the founder of Already Italian, a service that has helped Americans across the country gain full Italian citizenship.
Many Americans are unaware that they qualify for Italian citizenship, but Already Italian will help you determine if you’re eligible, will explain the entire citizenship application process, and will help you take your first steps toward applying. Already Italian is a full-service company, because we do whatever is necessary to gather and prepare the documents you need to obtain Italian citizenship, and we will always answer any questions you may have.
Everyone’s family has a unique story, and we know how to bring that story to life. When you. learn the history of your ancestors in both Italy and the U.S., you connect with a fundamental part of your identity that is absolutely priceless. We believe that it is both an honor and a privilege to be granted Italian citizenship, and we want to share this opportunity with as manypeople as we can.