Meet Edward Luciano, Assistant Vice President, Facilities
What is your backstory? Tell us about your path to Sompo International.
Prior to coming to Sompo, I was employed by Fisher Price in NYC for 10 years. The toy industry was in a state of flux, and I realized it was time for a change. As I began job searching, I came across Sompo International – which was Endurance at the time – and in doing my research, I discovered that it was a highly respected company with a lot of growth potential, which intrigued me. The toy industry had been struggling for a while, so I thought it was time for a change. That was five years ago.
Can you shed light on a current project / initiative you / your BU is working on?
As you know, this year has been one wild ride so far. The pandemic has forced the way the year has gone for all of us. The constant change in State to State mandates regarding office openings, has been an ongoing project since the height of the pandemic. Keeping employees safe with the proper protocols and procedures in place has been our top priority.
What do you think makes Sompo International unique?
Sompo incorporates the adage “We may be strong as individuals but together we are invincible”. During the height of the pandemic, I was one of a few employees coming into the office every day. The way all the departments worked together to accomplish daily tasks that would have been otherwise completed by a member of the mentioned departments, was effortless and seamless, and made me feel completely safe and supported.
Any advice to your younger self?
I would advise my younger self to respond rather than react to things. Take a deep breath, think things through and respond after careful thought and consideration of the options available to you. It’s not easy. I certainly haven’t mastered it, but it makes for a more peaceful, productive life.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I am currently enrolled in an online course to obtain my Project Management certification. When I am not studying, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing/watching sports. I am the infield coach for my 9-year-old son’s baseball team that basically practices year-round. My daughter and I take a zoom based Hip Hop class on the weekend. It is quite the spectacle to watch.