Anthony "Tony" Tedeschi
Anthony "Tony" Tedeschi had always regretted that he left college in his second year to pursue his passion for printing full time. A successful businessman, Tedeschi didn't need to return to school – but near his 40th birthday, that's exactly what he did.
In 1999, Tedeschi and his wife, Holly, purchased Piedmont Press & Graphics, inheriting all of the issues that come with owning your own business. He was also challenged by his 13- and 11-year-old sons, Mike and Kevin, as to the importance of a college education.
Determined to prove a point to his sons, Tedeschi went to Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) the very next day and enrolled as a student. That first semester he took Art History with locally-renowned artist Becky Parrish and American Literature with published author Bob Ashcom. He was inspired by both instructors' passion for teaching and Tedeschi never looked back.
In 2001, Tedeschi graduated from LFCC with an associate degree in Business Administration with a 4.0 GPA and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
"The people at the campus are really phenomenal," Tedeschi said, noting the personal attention he received as a student from the College staff.
Next, he continued the difficult road to earning his bachelor's degree. Thanks to LFCC, he was able to do that on the Fauquier Campus through Old Dominion University's (ODU's) Teletechnet program.
During the next few years, two more children were born, a new building was constructed, a magazine launched and other businesses started. Yet, Tony stayed in school year round.
In May 2007, Tedeschi graduated Magna Cum Laude from ODU with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
"You can still do everything you want to do and go to school," he said. "You just have to be focused about it. And there's no better time to get an education than today!"
Today, Tedeschi's education focus is squarely on his children. Michael, 22, is in his final semester at Virginia Tech University, while Kevin, 20, began his junior year at Roanoke College. John and Ella entered kindergarten at the Boxwood School this fall.
Since graduating from Lord Fairfax and Old Dominion, Tedeschi has continued to operate Piedmont Press & Graphics along with Holly. In 2005, they launched the Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine – a monthly publication distributed to about 11,000 households and businesses in Warrenton. Among his other business activities, Tedeschi is an international printing industry consultant and has clients ranging from California to Central Asia.
Tedeschi is an active volunteer in community, environmental, children's sports and economic development activities. He currently serves on the advisory board for SonaBank and Fauquier Family Shelter Services. Along with local business people, Tedeschi just launched the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce where he serves as interim president.
His hobbies include traveling, sporting events, reading, listening to vinyl albums and coaching children's sports teams.
Because of Tedeschi's service to the community, dedication to education and excellent example as a role model for students of all ages, he was selected to receive the 2009 LFCC Distinguished Alumni Award.