Il Circolo’s Leadership

Paul Finizio

PRESIDENT

Paul G. Finizio was born in Philadelphia, PA, on December 28, 1957. He was admitted to the Florida Bar Association in 1984. He received his undergraduate degree in Finance/Business Administration from the University of Florida. He was a candidate for completion of the MBA Program at the University of Florida and serving an internship at Laventhol & Howarth, an international public accounting firm when he received admissions to Nova Southeastern University School of Law. At Nova, Paul was elected Student Body President and represented the school at the nation and International Conferences and ABA Conventions.

Paul Finizio 2015 Paul is a member of The Florida Bar, The Broward County Bar Association, Palm Beach County Bar Association, American bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association and the Federal bar, Southern & Middle Districts of Florida. Paul’s years of legal practice have included the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, trying criminal felony matters; Shaffner & Shaffner, P.A., a general practice law firm and Parillo, Weiss & Moss, where he was an insurance defense trial attorney. Paul’s experience includes defending Safeway, State Farm, Coronet and Roanoke Insurance Companies.

A recognized public speaker, Paul has instructed over 1,000 students in Dale Carnegie Human Relations courses in Broward and Palm Beach Counties from 1985-1995. He has served as President of Toastmasters while maintaining memberships in Friends of the Library, Optimists Clubs and B.P.O Elks. Paul communicates in English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

Paul is a member of and regular speaker for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers of the Untied Kingdom, The International Bar Association, The Pan-European Organization of Personal Injury lawyers and the Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association.

Sally Valenti

VICE PRESIDENT

Sally Valenti Il Circolo Florida

Sally Valenti pictured with Tony Bennett after his 2014 performance at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

Having been born to Sicilian immigrant parents, I was privileged to learn first hand how to appreciate my Italian culture, but more importantly, to be thankful for the opportunities afforded my intelligent, uneducated parents in this country, America. With only their determination and hard work, I, along with my sister, and my 2 brothers achieved academic degrees beyond the college level all with scholarships. After my graduation from Columbia University, the teaching profession, which was always my goal, became my occupation. Marriage and 3 children in 4 years, kept me at home, interrupting my career, but enriching my life with my husband, Pat, and our children Tom, Nick and Mary Angela.

Once our children were all off to school, I returned to teach at Alpine Public School in New Jersey for 22 years. During this time, we, as a family, traveled extensively, appreciating and enjoying many cultures.
My assignments at the school included teaching French, all grades from 3 to 6, Reading Specialist, Gifted and Talented Director, Testing Coordinator, and ultimately Vice Principal from which I retired. Although Il Circolo activities occupy much of my time, I also play golf and bridge and enjoy several hobbies like beading, canning tomatoes and most of all watching our 8 grand children grow to be worthy, productive Americans with Italian hearts.

I have been involved with the leadership of Il Circolo for over 30 years and chaired several luncheons and events, obtaining goodie bags which members have enjoyed. The Olive Oil Tasting and Sicilian events were among the most memorable. When former president, Al Marzelli, appointed me as Public Relations Chairman, I had no idea how to proceed. With a few hints from our long time member, Tom Giuffreda, former Editor of the Palm Beach Post, I took on the task of informing the public of our events and publishing the calendar, inviting members of the community to attend.

Il Circolo belongs to the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. When he was well, my husband, Pat, and I attended the monthly 7:45 AM meetings as Il Circolo’s representatives. I do the same now and also meet with the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to which Il Circolo also belongs. Twice, I chaired the Nominating Committee and served on almost all gala committees.

My hope is that my energy does not run out. I know that my dedication and devotion to Il Circolo’s promise to preserve and promote our remarkable Italian culture WILL NOT!