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Thomas Alessandrello

Longtime Berkeley Associate Takes on Mets First Pitch



It all started in May of 1981. At just 16 years old, Thomas Alessandrello started working in the maintenance department at Berkeley College in Woodland Park. Fast-forward to 2017, Mr. Alessandrello currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations for the college.

Mr. Alessandrello’s long career with Berkeley, 36 years to be exact, has allowed him to hold various positions within the college. After his time in maintenance, he then worked in the Computer Department (now known as I.S.), then to become the Director of Purchasing. Today and most recently, Mr. Alessandrello is the Senior Vice President of Operations.

“I love is that Berkeley promotes within. They help you grow and learn as an employee, acknowledge your accomplishments and reward you for them.”

Due to Mr. Alessandrello’s longevity with Berkeley College, he had the honor of working closely with former Chairman Emeritus, Larry L. Luing, who he describes as his mentor.

“He was an incredible and knowledgeable man, designing many of the Berkeley buildings, classrooms and offices that we all use today. I learned so much from him; I give him the credit for where I am today and the person that I have become.”

However, his latest role wasn’t in his job description. When the opportunity arose for Berkeley associates to nominate a fellow colleague for the first pitch at a Mets game, they selected “Tommy A.” as he affectionately called.

Berkeley College is a proud partner of iHeartMedia and the Mets Radio Network. With that comes many exciting opportunities, like selecting one lucky person to throw out a first pitch on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The Mets Radio Network also invited Berkeley President, Michael Smith and Chairman of the Board, Kevin Luing for an interview to discuss Berkeley College’s rich history of empowering students for career success. Listen to the interview here.

As a huge Mets fan, this chance meant a great deal to Tommy. “I was beyond excited to represent Berkeley College while also fulfilling one of my lifelong dreams.”

Having the longtime Berkeley veteran represent the college is a perfect fit because he considers his workplace, “family”.

“Over the years, I have seen our graduates become successful, even coming back to Berkeley pursue their education further. I’ve also seen co-workers children grow up, so it’s more than just a job and I enjoy it each and every day.”