ack in 1960 when The NoteworthyCompany was a fledgling businessand employed only seven people, Iinterviewed for an office position. Even backthen, it was immediately apparent to me thatTom Constantino was a very unusual man.Over the years, I had a first-hand opportunityto see how multi-faceted the man was. Tom had azest for everything that came his way, whetherit was an opportunity or a problem. He metthem both head-on. Insatiable with his energyand drive, he worked endless hours to build hisbusiness. He always said, “inch by inch it’s acinch; yard by yard it’s awfully hard.” And inchby inch he moved the company along. At theend of every year he would sit back and reflect,and then write down his resolutions for the new year. Tom always had a goal; he challengedhimself and was relentless in pursuing his manydreams.Although his love of business was paramount,there was another, softer side to the man. Adedicated son, he spoke of his mother inalmost reverent tones. He appreciated thebeauty of nature; he found time to take oilpainting lessons, wrote poetry, had a soft spotfor animals (he even led a publicity campaigndefending the Grand Canyon burros) andgenuinely cared about his employees. There wasalways time for a laugh, time for a prayer, timeto spend with friends.Tom had a deep appreciation of what hadcome before him; he loved antiques and oldbuildings. If anyone could breathe new life intoan old building, he could. Aesthetics werealways important to Tom, and this was reflectedin both the office and manufacturing plants.Holidays were special to Tom, and he enjoyedthrowing a party; even the most ominous eventcould evolve into a major celebration. He trulyenjoyed people from all walks of life. Whereelse would one meet a newly ordained Native American Bishop, a breeder of Jack Russellterriers, a winemaker from the Finger Lakesregion, a sculptor of a religious statue to beplaced in the Vatican gardens or a wanderingguitarist who told donkey tales? Well, workingfor Tom Constantino, I experienced all thoseintroductions and many more. Variety sure wasthe order of the day.I’m very honored Carol has given me theopportunity to write this introduction. AlthoughI could go into depth about Tom’s multi-facetedpersonality, the letters from various friends andassociates provide the reader with an inside viewfrom different perspectives. In describing his orher relationship with Tom, each writer capturesthe many interests Tom had. There is onething, however, that we all have in common; weare all richer for having experienced theuniqueness of this man.
by Dianne Santos
Dianne Santos and Tom Constantino