Words of wisdom from a Brampton businessmanFriday, March 15, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
Brampton businessman offers words to Students at Algoma U
John Cutruzzola speaks to BBA classes
SAULT STE. MARIE - John Cutruzzola, president of Inzola Construction Inc., gave a guest lecture at Algoma University's satellite program in Brampton yesterday, regarding how to become successful in business through honesty and determination.
Cutruzzola's lecture detailed his life experiences, and the importance of self-reliance, confidence, and creativity.
He discussed the significance of pursuing one's dreams by being determined and persistent, but also realistic and honest within today's economy.
Cutruzzola emphasised the benefits of learning from past failures and striving to be the best in one's chosen field of expertise.
John Cutruzzola is an Italian-born immigrant, who moved to Canada in his early twenties after being elected mayor in Gagliato, Italy.
Settling in Southern Ontario, Cutruzzola has made notable contributions to both the real-estate industry and to the arts.
He has helped restore a number of historic buildings in Brampton, including the old jailhouse, registry office, and courthouse.
His company, Inzola Construction Inc., which he developed in 1972, owns numerous prestigious buildings in historic Brampton, including 24 Queen Street East, the site of Algoma University at Brampton.
Despite not being able to speak English when he initially immigrated, Cutruzzola quickly became a community leader in Southern Ontario, and has been the recipient of many awards, including The Brampton Board of Trade Business Person of the Year Award in 1993.
His passion for painting, sketching, and opera singing has also been recognised by the Brampton Arts Council, naming him Arts Person of the Year in 2004.
"Having John speak at our University was a great opportunity," added Brock Olive, Algoma University's operations director of programming extensions. "The students learned about his trials and tribulations before becoming a successful businessman in today's economy. Through his stories, the students learned real life lessons and experiences which will help them become successful after the completion of their degree."
Cutruzzola entertained students with a 30 minute lecture, followed by a question and answer period.
The event was catered by Nick's Famous Shawarma.
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