Gerry Curciarello graduated from Villanova with a BS in Economics in 1973. When reflecting about what made Villanova so important to him, Gerry recalls, “There were many qualities that created a life-long love of Villanova: the small campus feel, the easy access to professors and the students I met. I made friends that are still my friends today. And I had some great professors who always had their door open and were supportive and available to talk, particularly the VSB Assistant Dean Dougherty. The school was big enough to create anonymity but also small enough to make a mark. This was very meaningful to me because I was the first generation in my family to go to college.”
After receiving his undergraduate degree, Gerry obtained his masters from Cornell Business School and a JD from DePaul University. He met his wife Randee in Chicago and built a successful career managing and investing in commercial real estate assets including regional malls, student housing and apartment complexes. Currently he is the owner of L&H Real Estate Group in Chicago where he continues to invest and develop real estate.
Ever since graduation Gerry has contributed to the University. “I believe that we as graduates, have a responsibility to continue to support the school and that without our help it would be difficult for private universities like ’Nova to continue to grow, improve and succeed. In my later years, when I achieved a certain level of financial success, the first thought I had was to make a special gift to Villanova and it was very gratifying.” Most recently, the Curciarello’s have made a major gift in support of the Performing Arts Center. They have provided support to the Villanova School of Business and the Men’s Basketball program through major gifts as well. Gerry was a former member of the VSB Real Estate Advisory Board and he volunteers his time and expertise as a member of the Midwest Campaign Committee. He and his wife are long-time members of the President’s Club.
Giving back has always been important to Gerry as he shared, “I have remained involved because I wanted to see the school continue to do well, attract great students, enhance its reputation and create a solid financial foundation for its future.”