My name is Vinny Donatacci and I am a junior at Marist College. This is my first time interning at the Hudson River Valley Institute. I was born and raised in Summit, New Jersey. In 2014, I graduated from Saint Peter’s Preparatory High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. I am a double major studying History and Finance. History has always been one of my favorite subjects in school and I am excited to learn more about the Hudson River Valley. I am on the Marist College Club Volleyball Team and was the Community Service Manager for the Business Club on campus. This past summer, I was fortunate enough to be able to study abroad in Italy for six weeks, which was a really amazing and eye-opening experience. My favorite place was definitely the beaches in Cinque Terre. I am a member of the Upsilon-Epsilon chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity which was nationally chartered on campus last semester. I also work as a Student Assistant at the Marist College School of Management office and as an Intramural Referee.
In my free time, I love listening to music. My favorite genre is classic rock and some of my favorite bands are the Rolling Stones, The Police, The Beatles and AC/DC. I am also passionate about movies and cinema. Some of my favorite films consist of Cinderella Man, The Godfather, History of the World Part I, and Major League. I love watching stand-up comedians like Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Lewis Black and Tom Segura. Outside of academia, I spend a lot of time focusing on sports and physical fitness. In high school, I was on the Baseball team and ran Cross Country. In the future, I hope to run a marathon and maybe, by some miracle, finish an Iron Man Triathlon. I love to watch baseball and will always be a diehard Yankees fan. (I’m very happy that A-Rod is gone)
After graduating college, one of my main goals for the future is to pass the CFA exam to become a Chartered Financial Analyst. I also want to pursue a Master’s Degree in African History if finances and time will allow me to. I want to start my career working in Investment Banking and eventually become the Chief Financial Officer of a large corporation. After working in the business world, I would like to teach history and business classes at both the high school and college level. In high school, some of my teachers really inspired me and made me want to be the best version of myself. I hope that one day I can inspire students in the same way that I was inspired. I am also interested in owning my own business at some point in my life. I have no idea what that would be, but it would be really cool if I could be my own boss. While in pursuit of my ambitious career goals, I would also like to travel to Europe, Africa and Australia.