Store Manager: Vanessa Venezie
Spotlight after spotlight, we have written words of pride to describe our staff so it is no secret that Venezie Sporting Goods is honored to have some of the best employees around – management included. Not to mention, there is just something about Ellwood City businesses being run by Ellwood graduates that is inspiring. It shows a passion for the town and the loyalty residents have to this area.
Whether you have visited the store, reached out to us via Facebook, or have placed a custom order, you have likely had the pleasure of meeting Store Manager/Fearless Leader/Boss Lady, Vanessa Venezie! Graduating from Lincoln High School in 2005, Vanessa went on to attend Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. There she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relation, along with a minor in Psychology. Vanessa also holds a Food and Beverage Operations Certificate from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
After graduation, she worked for Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home as a Marketing Director and Pet Funeral Director. Prior to filling the role as Store Manager at Venezie’s, she went from student to employee, becoming a Financial Counselor for the Art Institute’s Online Division. Vanessa’s well-rounded education and career paths have allowed her to run Venezie Sporting Goods with confidence.
One of the privileges of working at a store that does custom apparel is that you are exposed to countless encouraging and heartwarming causes. Some memorable fundraisers that Venezie’s has had the opportunity to be involved with are Kyree’s Dream Team, Austin Strong, Jamie Barile’s Wilsons Disease Golf Outing, and Team Bailey; however, her list doesn’t end there!
Even though Vanessa lived in Pittsburgh for 10 years, Ellwood City still had her heart, and she moved back in July 2015 to begin her adventure with Venezie Sporting Goods. In such a short amount of time, she has seen the store rapidly expand to 15 employees, 12 full-time and 3 part-time. She has also had the opportunity to cultivate countless relationships with residents of Ellwood and the surrounding areas. When asked about a favorite aspect of her role, she tells us,
“I love the satisfaction I get when an order goes from start to finish with the end result being a happy customer. Every process that we put into place helps make for the best experience for our customers, and that is of the utmost importance. My employees mean the absolute world to me with how much they care about their work, which goes a long way on and off the clock.”
When Vanessa is not managing the store, you may see her court side at Lincoln High, as she will be going into her 3rd season serving as Assistant Coach of the Ellwood City Girls Varsity Basketball team. She enjoys activities such as running, golfing, and going to the beach with her husband, Eric Venezie. Eric works right down the block as the owner of Thought Process Enterprises, which encompasses several Ellwood City businesses- The Color Center, Signs by Sam, dot & bow paperie, Edgeclick, and EllwoodCity.org. Vanessa is also an avid concert go-er as music was her first love. Speaking of concerts, you might be surprised to learn that she was a singer in a cover band for a cumulative seven years!
Thank you, Vanessa for everything you have done for Venezie Sporting Goods! Your hard work, passion, and dedication is unparalleled! Ellwood City, join us in thanking her next time you visit the shop! Maybe she will even belt out a tune for you!