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Q & A with Vincent Mancuso '89

Luau Still One of the Best Parties "Luigi" Mancuso Has Ever Seen

Q. Why did you join Kappa Sigma?
A. Frank (Mongo) Gill introduced me to the fraternity. It was thru his friendship that I got to know all the other great people at Kappa Sigma.

Q. What is your favorite memory of the fraternity?
A. Road trips and sports. From spring break trips, home and away football games, Greek Week to organized frat sports.

Q. What influence has the fraternity had on your life since graduation?
A. The fraternity taught me that when a group of people get together you inevitably have many different ideas on how to accomplish the same goal. Even so, if you work together, there's so much you can accomplish.

Q. With whom have you stayed in touch? Who would you like to find?
A. I dread putting this into writing for fear of leaving someone out, but off the top of my head, I still see: Frank Gill ’89, Scott Wilborn ’86, Hal Bradford ’88, Matt Gill ’96, Matt Cahill ’86; I see at football games; Pat ’87 and Marshall Hunter ’92, James Santa-Marie ’87 and Paul Santa Maria ’92, Gordon Regan, Rob Stanek, Mike Hickman ’88, Todd Haney ’88, Mark Ramberger ’88, Danny Raudebaugh ’87, Vince Fettinger ’86, Alex Wan ’88; I haven't seen: Tom Brooks ’90, Alan (Pseudo) Kitchens ’89, Neil Kahle ’88, Jeff Warner ’86, Paul (Mookie) Romm ’87, Mark Etheredge ’88, Billy Stark ’86, Bryant (Homeboy) Allen, Mike Dudgeon ’89.

Q. Tell us about your family. Are you married? Do you have children?
A. I've been married since 1990 to a beautiful woman, Niki, who I happened to meet on a Kappa Sigma road trip to Auburn in 1987. We have two children, Vince III, born Feb. 21, 2000 and Sara, born Nov. 4, 2002. The kids are more fun every day.

Q. What other activities or organizations did you enjoy in college?
A. GTech wrestling, all frat sports; softball, basketball, ultimate frisbie ...

Q. What is your nickname and how did you get it?
A. Luigi. On a different trip to Auburn, other than when I met my wife, Hal (Budda) Bradford was putting the moves on a girl who forgot my name. Because I'm Italian she called me Luigi. The rest was history.

Q. Did you live in the house? Who were your roommates?
A. Jim (Stain) McLaughlin ’90 was my roommate for the one or two quarters, yes I said quarters, that I stayed in the frat house. GT was on the quarter system back then. The first memory that comes to mind is taking Jim to the emergency room for a broken nose after he and Lucy went off the slide we hung in the big tree in the back yard. This slide was at least 20 feet off the ground and dumped into a large hole we dug into the ground and filled with water. Luau was one of the best parties I've ever seen — from the trees we cut down and used to build the walk ways, to the band playing on the roof, to the truck loads of sand we brought in, to the frozen-ice we used to cool off the "Swaree" and most of all, to all the girls in bikinis. I hope this party is still a tradition at GT Kappa Sigma. If not, it needs to be revived.

Q. What do you do for a living?
A. I provide sales and engineering for SYSTIMAX Structured Cabling Systems, fiber optics and unshielded twisted pair (UTP) copper cabling for computer networks. My business unit used to be part of AT&T, then spun off into Lucent Technologies and is now part of Avaya. I really enjoy my job.

Q. What organizations/actvities are you affiliated with in your community?
A. I have my own business on the side where I buy, fix-up and rent single family homes. It's actually a lot of fun and one of the best investments I've ever made.

Q. What hobbies do you enjoy?
A. I play a fair amount of tennis and still hack away at golf.

Q. What are your goals for the next few years?
A. Stay close to my family, grow closer to God, keep the status quo with my Avaya job and increase my portfolio of rental homes in my personal business.

Go Jackets!!!