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Profile: Randy Salvatore, New Canaan Town Hall Building Committee member
Randy Salvatore sat back in his deep brown leather chair and thought back to the beginning of his career, before he sat at the dark wooden desk in his Stamford office, with its red, gold and green patterned wallpaper and matching draperies.
He recalled working as a commission-based real estate agent in his early 20s and moving up the ranks to his current position as a top developer in Stamford.
He is also vice chairman of the Town Hall Building Committee III, the volunteer board overseeing the planning and construction of New Canaan’s roughly $12 million project to construct a modern Town Hall building.
Though the committee comprises several members with impressive resumes, and sometimes equally strong opinions, Salvatore is, arguably, the most vocal and direct of the group.
“I’m of the opinion that if I can add value, I’m going to give my opinion. It doesn’t mean I’m always right, but in that discussion I find that a better option comes about,” he said.
Salvatore, who also served on the committee’s predecessor, Town Hall Building Committee II, which was shelved after the financial crisis, agreed to participate a second time around. He said his is happy with the latest plans from KSQ Architects.
“It’s a way to give back and be in an environment I can add value to,” he said. “I like the latest plan. I think architects did a great job. What you have to do is respect historical integrity but need to make functional office space. One of the earlier plans was too grandiose and not reflective of what NC should be. And budget is really important. Office space we supply should be modern should be state of the art but shouldn’t be built to such a level that it’s not valuing taxpayer money.”
If his company’s office is indicative of his mindset, then his focus on functionality and cost-savings are not only confined to the building committee. RMS Companies office, located on Camp Avenue in Stamford, is an attractive one-story brick building with thin white columns at the entrance and a mansard roof.
The brick exterior only extends for two windows of the surprisingly deep building, which becomes gray concrete for the remainder of the back of the structure.
Salvatore grew up in Stamford. His father, Ron Salvatore, is president and founder of Accurate Locks and Hardware, a Stamford-based company which builds specialty locks (it created high security locks after the 1971 riot at Attica prison, according to its website). The younger Salvatore said he grew up working at his dad’s office. Cleaning up at the end of the day, listening to people interact with each other, the younger Salvatore learned by osmosis about running a business.
He attended Stamford Catholic High School, now Trinity, and then the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which has been ranked the top undergraduate business school in the country by U.S. News and World Report since the rankings began.