Jeff Castellano

Business Development Manager

  • Woodard & Curran
  • Member, Sponsorship Committee
Energetic and innovative best describes August’s Member of the Month. As the business development manager for Woodard & Curran, Jeff Castellano is a real asset to our New York chapter. His dedication is best shown through his participation in the sponsorship committee where he describes being able to give back to SMPS-NY as the most rewarding part. Let’s read below as Jeff has shared some of his thoughts and ideas with us. Where are you from originally and what brought you to New York City? New York is the only place I’ve ever known. I grew up in Mahopac, which is a small suburb in Putnam County, and attended Iona College in New Rochelle. I’ve since moved to Carmel, a town that neighbors Mahopac, where I reside with my wife and daughter.

[expand title=”Read the rest of the article here…”] What motivates you the most as the Business Development Manager for Woodard & Curran? I’m very fortunate to be with a firm like Woodard & Curran. There are tremendous opportunities for growth and to challenge yourself. As Business Development Manager, I’m involved in so many different aspects of our business – and they all matter. It’s incredibility motivating. Every day is literally a hodge-podge of marketing and business development activities – everything from leading conference calls, to directing marketing campaigns, to analyzing expenditures, and more. Sometimes I wish I could focus on only a few things at a time, but if I’m being honest with myself, I wouldn’t have it any other way! What are some of your favorite movies and television shows? I’ve got pretty diverse tastes. I’m a big sports fan, so movies like Hoosiers, Moneyball, and Rudy are on the top of my list. Outside of that, dramas like Shawshank Redemption and any comedy with Vince Vaughn are among my favorites. On TV, my wife and I enjoy shows like NCIS and Burn Notice (rest in peace), as well as comedies like The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy. I also enjoy sports shows and live broadcasts on television, though I don’t watch many anymore. What do you find to be most rewarding about being a member of the Sponsorship Committee? I’ve enjoyed multiple aspects of my participation on the Sponsorship Committee. It was neat to come in on the “ground floor,” so-to-speak, since the committee hasn’t been around the last few years. We’ve basically had a clean slate from which to work. Scott Stelzer, the committee chair, has been great to work with and I’ve learned a lot from him in terms of how to manage effectively. But I think the most rewarding aspect is being able to give back to SMPS. My involvement in SMPS-NY has increased over the last few years – thanks to Woodard & Curran’s support – and with all I’ve taken from it, it’s nice to be able to give something, too. What SMPS events coming up are you looking forward to attending? TME is always a big one for me, so you’ll definitely see me there. Beyond that, we’ll have to see what the 2014-15 calendar looks like once it’s released. I’m sure I’ll be attending a couple more events before the year ends. [/expand]