Contacts: Nick Scudero, Director of Sales for Big Apple Audio (New York, NY)
When New Yorker Nick Scudero was barely a teenager and already avidly surfing whenever Rockaway Beach or Ditch Plains got good waves, he noticed that his older car-owning friends were having trouble getting their speakers to aim in the most boom-worthy directions. At 14, he learned how to do fiberglass work and install speakers in car doors himself.
“I loved doing custom work for them,” he remembers. “They were paying good cash for that stuff! I put money in the bank for school.” School for Scudero mean studying economics and finance, a step toward his dream of becoming a Wall Street wunderkind. In his mid-20’s, after working for a number of banks in London and the U.S., Scudero had achieved that dream, succeeding as an equities and derivatives trader.
“I was managing Japanese [business] here in America, working from 3 a.m. everyday until Noon or so. I kept trying to quit, but they’d pull out the checkbook and talk me into staying. After trying to quit three times, I’d come to a crossroads.”