Q & A with OceanFirst’s WaveMaker of the Month – Cosmo A. GiovinazziJune 1, 2020
We’re pleased to highlight our OceanFirst Bank colleagues who are making a difference with the Foundation’s nonprofit community partners – we call them the “WaveMakers” and they are extraordinary leaders and volunteers.
How long have you been a member of the OceanFirst team?
I joined OceanFirst via the Capital Bank conversion in February of 2019. Prior to that I was one of the original 5 employees that helped start Capital Bank in 2007.
Tell us about your favorite volunteer activities.
My favorite volunteer activities include my time with both Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA.
What motivates you to stay involved and give back through volunteering?
I learned from my parents that we have a responsibility to give back to the community in which you live but also to be fully engaged in the organization. Just like at work, I also feel it is important to help those that haven’t been as fortunate or blessed as myself.
What activities do you enjoy in your spare time?
I love to run, ski, garden, and hike.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
On a typical weekend day, you will find me working in my yard/garden or hopefully soon relaxing on the beach with my fiancé Dina.
What aspects of your work are you most passionate about?
I love to help people and make a difference in a person’s life. When I am lending money to companies or people, I really feel like I am making a difference in their lives.
Who inspires you? Why ?
My parents inspire me because they taught me right from wrong and stressed the importance of helping others.
What experience has been most impactful for you?
There has so many impactful experiences during my time with non-profit agencies it has hard to choose one in particular, but having my son, who is 7 or 8 years at the time, make a donation to a homeless person outside his grandmothers church was a very touching moment. When I asked him why he did it he told me because the man needed the money more than he did.