READY, FREDDY?

Tony Chiappetta
Tony Chiappetta

Chiappetta Shoes would like to introduce you to Frederick Marion Chiappetta: fifth generation Chiappetta, the third Frederick Chiappetta, and the first child of Anthony and Emiko Chiappetta.

We are more than ecstatic to announce he is a happy and healthy baby born seven pounds two ounces, twenty inches tall, and ten days early.  As a first-time father, I had all of the typical concerns and nervousness involved with having another human being you are one hundred percent responsible for.  Within the first few months of pregnancy, I thought this would be a cakewalk since my wife and I got a labradoodle last year.  Fiona Chiappetta, our very animated puppy, was quite the knucklehead to train and raise her first year of life.  With the experience of training a wild puppy, I figured that a child would be easier (especially since they wear diapers). 

After many nights running to Dairy Queen for Oreo Blizzards and some more thought, I came to realize that child-rearing is much more than teaching a puppy to sit, stay, and don’t pee on the carpet; to raise a child is like building a business.

Before Colin Cowherd left ESPN, I listened to him often and one of the most interesting points he made over the hundreds of hours of listening was that the best way to raise children was to guide them through their lives based on core principles rather than constant parental intervention. This concept really hit home because at the time we had just finished up our short-term goals for 2016 through 2017 for Chiappetta Shoes.

Now I cannot speak to child-rearing quite yet but when building a business, big or small, you have to realize you cannot do everything yourself, and to be successful you must delegate tasks to accomplish the goals of the enterprise.  Having core principles is applicable to any business. It helps drive growth and prosperity because it empowers the people within to achieve without micromanagement.

Now I am just a rookie to the whole child-rearing game, but I’ve got enough years in the business world to be considered a wily veteran.  During the many times waiting in that DQ drive-through, I realized that child-rearing will be a fun exercise and that I have much of the groundwork already laid.  Some of the core principles we practice at Chiappetta Shoes that I plan on teaching my little Freddy are confidence and pride, patience, responsibility, humbleness, compassion and empathy, consistency, and last but not least, the importance of family and community. 

The thought of teaching a human being to be his own person as well as passing on my own core beliefs is what makes me extremely excited about our new addition to the family.  It is also what drives us as a business to grow responsibly and with the best intentions. Anthony chips Chiappetta, Certified Pedorthist

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