AUR’s New Trustee

Jan 31, 2013 1076

The Honorable Amato Berardi has been appointed a Trustee of The American University of Rome.

A member of parliament of the Republic of Italy since April 2008 and a candidate for re election in the Italian Parliament next February, Berardi was born in Longano, Italy and migrated to the United States with his family aged 12.

After a successful career as a restaurant owner he turned his ambitions to the financial services industry. In 1983 he founded Berardi & Associates, Inc., a full service insurance, employee benefits and retirement planning agency.

Berardi is a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table and recipient of the National Quality Award. Amato is also a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers. He received the "Humanitarian Citation" from both the State Senate of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.

In 2000, he was honored by "The European Academy for Economic and Cultural Relations" for his distinguished efforts in preserving the Italian culture in America as well as his many successful achievements as an entrepreneur. Amato was also bestowed with the chivalric title of "Knight" by the Republic of Italy and the Knights of Malta. Berardi is also a member of SMART (Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow) an inter-state non-profit organization which supports research, development and technology based opportunities for economic growth in the 4-State Region (DE, MD, NJ &PA). In 2006 he was honored by Boys' Towns of Italy with a Humanitarian Award.

In addition to his community involvement, Amato is a member of several national, state and local organizations.

Berardi is the founder and Chairman of the National Italian American Political Action Committee. He is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia, a member and actively involved with the National Italian American Foundation in Washington, DC. He has carried out numerous philanthropic activities with the Sbarro Health Research Organization, a cancer research institute.

Berardi is a member of the St. Anthony Society. He is the co-founder of the Italy America Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia.

He is married with two children, and resides in Huntingdon Valley, PA.

"Amato Berardi brings a great deal of valuable experience to our Board" said President Richard Hodges. "His appointment is part of our current strategy to strengthen the Board of Trustees in key areas of expertise. We are certain that he will add a great deal to the governance of the American University of Rome, as we continue to steward the future of this unique institution."

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