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From Our Veterans & Veteran Families

Veterans Day calls to mind all the sacrifices that have been made by many individuals in their service to our country. We further recognize all the veterans and veteran spouses who are members of our Bozzuto family—we thank you for the invaluable endurance, persistence and optimism you display today and every day.

We asked several of our Bozzuto veteran employees to tell us about their experiences in the military, any advice they would give to fellow veterans or current service members and how joining Bozzuto helped them transition to civilian life. We also asked a family member of veterans to share their experiences. Read them below.


Dion Anthony, Area Superintendent, Bozzuto Construction Company

Which branch of service did you serve in?

I served in the U.S. Army as a cook. I learned a lot about respect and honor while serving. It was an awesome experience for me and my wife. 

How did you choose your branch of service? 

I chose the U.S. Army because my dad was in the Army as well.  

What is one piece of advice that you can give to a current service member that is planning on retiring/ending the contract from the military? 

The advice I would give is to a current service member that is planning to get out of the military is to make sure you find a good company to work for such as Bozzuto.  

What advice would you give to a veteran joining Bozzuto? 

The advice I would give to a veteran joining Bozzuto is to serve the company just like you served the military, with honor and respect.


Cameron Holder, Property Accountant, Bozzuto Management Company

Which branch of service did you serve in?

Marine Corps 

How did you choose your branch of service? 

I was going to join the Navy but after reading several books about the Marine Corps, I figured out that female Marines were not mythical creatures and that I could be a Marine. The decision was also made easier after my then-boyfriend (now husband) decided to join the Marines, too.   

What was your perception of the military before joining and after? 

I thought people in the military were badasses that traveled the world. I soon found out, though, while we may think of ourselves as badass, we’re normal people. Sadly, traveling the world was not something I got to experience. Outside of the east and west coasts, I only saw Afghanistan. I do know others that have had the chance to travel and see fun places, such as my husband who has gone to Germany, Japan and Australia, amongst other places.   

Was there anything specific that you missed about civilian life during your service? 

I missed having a group of close friends close by. In the military, I made many friends, but it was always just a matter of time before someone received orders to another duty station.   

How has joining Bozzuto helped you with the transition from military to civilian life? 

In the military, the people I worked with always had my back and were like a small family. Joining Bozzuto, I didn’t expect to have that feeling but I know I can count on my team and officemates.


Jon Egerton, General Manager, Bozzuto Management Company

How did you choose your branch of service?

It recently dawned on me that I’ve been at Bozzuto as long as I served in the military. This strangely caught me by surprise, but also gave me a huge sense of accomplishment and pride. I served six and a half years in the Royal Air Force (RAF), serving in the UK, Germany and on a number of overseas tours. Born into a family with a history of serving in the Royal Navy (grandad and dad), I had to rebel and join the RAF. Coming from a military family and being subject to moving overseas at a young age, I knew that joining up was written in the stars for me. The opportunity to see the world, meet new people from different walks of life and be part of the biggest family you can ever join were all too enticing for me to say no to, and at the ripe old age of 17, I found myself in basic training. As cliché as this might sound, my time in the RAF really did shape me into the person I am today. Being an enlisted member in the Personnel Administration world meant that some days I was communicating with my peers, but most days, I would find myself working with service members that were much more senior in rank than I was. This taught me how to become an effective communicator and has been a huge attribute to my career at Bozzuto.   

Was there anything specific that you missed about civilian life during your service? 

Something I’ll always cherish from my time serving and have continued in my civilian life is celebrating traditions and life events. As I said earlier, when you “join up,” you’re joining the world’s biggest family and we made sure that we celebrated everything and everyone. From formal dining-in nights for the Battle of Britain to small, in-office celebrations for our colleagues’ birthdays (where the tradition was the birthday person supplied the treats!). This is something we also do a fantastic job of here at Bozzuto, celebrating milestones such as stabilization, the BMAs and our team’s personal life events. Being able to continue both hard work and celebration have made my transition into civilian life such an easy one.   

What is one piece of advice that you can give to a current service member that is planning on retiring/ending the contract from the military? 

To anyone that is leaving the military, yes it can be hard to change your day-to-day environment, but don’t let that fear become you. Remember you’ll always be a service member.  

What advice would you give to a veteran joining Bozzuto? 

My advice to any veteran looking to join Bozzuto is to embrace it with open arms and bring with you the lessons that the military has taught you. As you’re leaving the world of the military family, you’re joining another here at Bozzuto. Having met my wife and some of my closest friends at Bozzuto, I can truly attest to the fact that we’re family taking care of family.


Pavi Silva, Property Manager, Bozzuto Management Company

Which branch of service did you serve in?

I served in the United States Marine Corps.  

How did you choose your branch of service? 

If I was going to serve, it had to be the best of the best and that challenged me on a daily basis.  

What was your perception of the military before joining and after? 

I grew up in a military family, so I had a pretty good idea of what the military would be like, which encompasses camaraderie, discipline and character. 

Was there anything specific that you missed about civilian life during your service? 

I missed mostly seeing my family and close friends. 

What is one piece of advice that you can give to a current service member that is planning on retiring/ending the contract from the military? 

Enjoy each moment, take it all in and take pictures, because once it is all said and done, you are going to miss it all! 

How has joining Bozzuto helped you with the transition from military to civilian life? 

It was quite difficult in the beginning, but I was fortunate to have a very strong supporting cast to guide me through it in Bozzuto.   

What advice would you give to a veteran joining Bozzuto?  

You are joining one of the best companies in the United States, not just for veterans, but for anyone. There is plenty of support to get where you need to be in your career. Trust the process! 


Taryn Gallo, Property Manager, Bozzuto Management Company

Which branch of service did your parents serve in?

Both my mother and my father are United States Marines. My mother went on to serve in the U.S. Army National Guard (USANG) after her service in the marine corp. As a matter a fact, I am a direct outcome of their service, as they met while stationed in Hawaii together. 

What was your perception of the military growing up and now? 

I felt then, as I do now, that those in the military do not hold themselves to a higher regard but those of us as civilians do and should. Those in service now have chosen to be there. They have given up much of their freedom to ensure our own. 

Raised by a mom in service, I was instilled with dedication and loyalty with a passion to work hard for others’ benefit and to always put other people before yourself. 

How did deployment affect you? 

I am grateful that my mother was never gone on duty for too long, but at that time, I was too young to remember. I do know we had our close-knit extended family (my aunt and grandfather) that we were well taken care of. My mom was a jet mechanic, which let her travel to over 17 different countries. I know the impact this has on older children and spouses. You see it every day in trending social media videos of those who have served and have safely come up to surprise their children in school or spouses at work. 

What is one piece of advice that you can give to a current military family member that helped you? 

Your family member is the bravest of brave and the ultimate patriot for their choice to serve our country. 

What advice would you give to a veteran joining Bozzuto? 

Your community is around you. The family of those who serve is as strong as those serving. 

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