Mike Vitelli, Best Buy’s Vice President of Consumer Electronics and Product Management
Fresh out of college, as an up-and-coming accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mike Vitelli understood the long hours that often stretched into Saturday and Sunday were part of the job. His family didn’t.
“When my grandfather found out I was working weekends without getting paid overtime he said to my father, ‘What are you teaching that kid,’” Vitelli remembered, adding that the men on that side of the family were all loyal members of the Bricklayers Union. “They thought I was a little nutty.”
Well, those guys could only blame themselves. They established in Vitelli a strong work ethic that he still carries with him today as Best Buy’s vice president of consumer electronics and product management. Following a distinguished 23-year career at Sony, Vitelli joined Best Buy about three years ago and now has an active role in helping the retailer maintain its status as one of the strongest businesses in the industry.