Joe Bonomo '19 VSB and Edward DiConza '92 VSB

Story: Joe Bonomo '19 VSB and Edward DiConza '92 VSB

1. What inspired you to join the VSB Mentor Program?    

“One of the main factors that motivated me to choose to attend Villanova was its emphasis on the “Nova Network” and how vast and active the alumni network is. I knew this would be extremely helpful for me to learn about the financial services industry as a whole and specific jobs within the industry. When I heard about the Mentor Program, it seemed like a no-brainer for me to join. It could only be a beneficial experience in which I would be able to form a relationship with a successful alumnus and in turn grow personally and professionally.” – Joe

“VSB has opened numerous doors for me, and I want others to feel as impacted as I have felt over the years. Being in the VSB Mentor Program is just a small way I can give back to a school very important to me.” - Ed

2. How has your experience compared to your expectation?

“I had high expectations going in and the Mentor Program has lived up to all of them and then some. I knew I would be able to make a meaningful connection, but I didn’t realize how well my mentor and I would get along.” - Joe

“This experience has exceeded my expectations. It’s personally rewarding to be a mentor, especially when the mentee is as great at Joe.” - Ed

3. What makes your relationship a successful one?    

“I believe my relationship has been successful for many different reasons. Primarily, we keep in touch often, even if it is just a quick message here and there. We have a mutual understanding that each of us is busy, but still make that effort to keep each other updated. Additionally, Ed has given me great advice over the years and my willingness to trust and listen to him has helped me grow in all aspects of my life.” - Joe

“Joe is a well-rounded, self-starter/motivator, which has made this relationship so successful. He always reaches out to catch up, and while we both have a mutual understanding that life can be hectic, we always find time to connect. We also share common interests; growing up in the same area and sharing similar interests is what makes our relationship stronger than just a business relationship.” - Ed

4. What has been the best part about having a mentor/mentee?    

“It’s difficult for me to pick one specific aspect of having a mentor that I like the best. I would say the best part of having Ed as my mentor has been how well-rounded our relationship is. I have him to lean on and ask advice about important interviews and career decisions, but our relationship goes past that as we get along on a personal level as well. Whether it’s talking about basketball or just meeting to grab dinner and catch up, all of the experiences I’ve had have been meaningful for me.” – Joe

“Taking what knowledge I have of business and sharing that with Joe has been great. He asks meaningful questions, and I can tell he really cares about his future after college.” – Ed

5. Do you have a best practice to share with other pairs in the Program?

“As advertised, the mentor/mentee relationship is truly what you make of it. A quick text here and there goes a long way and can help to keep the relationship alive and well. I recommend staying in touch as much as you can.” – Joe

“Communication is key. A small gesture goes a long way.” – Ed