We start today with the Anthony Mattera, the owner of Suffolk Fencing Academy in Farmingville.
After fencing for Newfield High School and St. John's University, holding the position of head coach for Centereach High School, and officiating in local and regional competitions, Mattera decided the sport of fencing was his true calling.
Patch: How did you get your first start in business?
Mattera: I started my business in September 2012 and we called ourselves the Sachem Fencing Club. After a year of generating interest and gaining members, I created Suffolk Fencing Academy.
Mattera: My whole family are my number one cheerleaders and supporters. I couldn't have done it without them.
Patch: How long have you lived here?
Mattera: I lived in the district for 30 years.
Patch: What's your favorite thing about living here?
Mattera: My favorite thing about living in the area is the amount of groups and organizations that people have to offer. It's a real great community, I hope it stays that way.
Patch: What's a business mistake you've made that later you were glad you did?
Mattera: As a business owner you can't afford to make mistakes! Mistakes are called opportunities in my world, how you deal with these opportunities is what defines you as a business owner.
Patch: Tell us something about yourself that most of your neighbors don't know.
Mattera: My birthday is on December 31st.
Patch: What's the best business advice you've ever received?
Mattera: Focus on contributing to the community and everything will fall into place.
Patch: What advice would you give to a small business owner just starting out?
Mattera: The same thing I mentioned earlier, focus on contributing to the community and everything will fall into place.
Patch: What do you look for when you hire?
Mattera: I look for what administrators might miss in an interview. Experience is definitely nice to have, but being experienced in a field doesn't make you a hard worker. People need the opportunity to get the experience, those are the people that I like to hire because they end up being a great asset.