When Joe Laviano graduated from Holy Name High School in 1987, he didn’t think he’d ever return. However, 26 years later, he is chairman of the marketing committee and a member of the advisory board.
Laviano and his companies, Core IT Solutions LLC, a technology solutions provider, and OCRON Systems LLC, an IT consulting company, assisted in redesigning them school’s website, establishing its social media presence and creating the email marketing strategies that are in place today.
“Most people I knew at Holy Name when I went to school there can’t believe I’m back,” Laviano says. “I was honestly kind of a joker in school and thought once I graduate I never have to come back here. Then a few years ago, I ran into the Director of Institutional Advancement, Colleen Corrigan Day, and we got talking about the school and all the great things happening and how my marketing and social media skills could really help build the future and then I was hooked and everything else fell into place. My son, Joey is now a sophomore at HN and loving the experience. I’m assisting in the centennial plans, and I helped with my last two reunions.”
Laviano recalls his time as a student representative for the student council, but says the friends he met were the biggest part of his life at Holy Name.
“I had friends from all over the city and all walks of life,” he says. “And they were not just from my age group but others as well. I had a good group of friends.”
Following graduation, Laviano attended Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State, studying marketing. He says his experience at Holy Name helped him with running his companies.
“Holy Name taught me discipline and work ethic,” he says. “Although it was a small school where I knew the same people, it taught me how to go out there and create relationships.”
In addition to volunteering with Holy Name, Laviano also is a board member for Strongsville Lacrosse and has helped design its website.
Joe worked with HN staff to re-launch the Holy Name website (www.holynamehs.com) and is the social media liaison communicating HN news with thousands of Namers daily. The Sun News named him Strongsville “Person of the Week” in 2011.
When he’s not busy volunteering, Laviano enjoys spending time with his family, which includes his wife, Sue Paris, a 1984 Holy Name graduate, and their three sons, Joey, a sophomore at Holy Name, Connor, a seventh-grader, andLuke, a third-grader.
Laviano also has dedicated his time to getting more people involved with Holy Name. “I get a lot out of my work with Holy Name, and I want other people to have that same feeling,” he says. “I have aspirations of improving the alumni association through the centennial celebrations, which are kicking off next year. This is a great opportunity for people from every class to come back to Holy Name. It’s great to be back and see the changes that have been made since I went to school and the continuous improvement going forward.”
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