Meet Lucia Chiocchio. She’s not only a partner and Vice-Chair at Cuddy & Feder’s Telecommunications Practice group, she’s also your NYSWA board secretary.
Lucia has been a member of NYSWA since it was established and has served on the board of directors for five years. Here’s what she had to say about the importance of belonging to the association and why the wireless industry is important to her.
What brought you to the wireless industry initially?
The wireless industry is a good fit for my professional background in engineering and my law practice. I am particularly drawn to the combination of the legal and technical challenges that arise within the industry.
What do you see as the greatest opportunity for our industry over the next few years?
One of our greatest opportunities rests in our ability to increase efficiency while reducing cost across a wide array of industries and community functions through the deployment of reliable wireless services.
What are you most looking forward to contributing in your role as a NYSWA board member this year?
For me, it’s helping fulfill the mission, which is “to be the voice for the wireless industry in New York state and to educate communities and the public about our industry.” It’s important to educate individuals and businesses, both within and outside of the industry, about the important work of the industry.
How do you feel involvement in the association can impact professional success?
My involvement with NYSWA has had a very positive impact on my career. Others around the industry should understand that by becoming active in our organization they have a unique opportunity to learn from other professionals and to establish a strong network of support within the industry. It’s something that has benefitted me tremendously and will go a long way to support a successful career in wireless.
As our industry looks to the next generation of leaders, what would you share with someone just starting their career in wireless?
That’s easy! Get involved in NYSWA!
What is your passion? What gets you out of bed every day?
Music. Particularly live performances.
What is something about you that most people are surprised to learn?
Despite my very ethnic name, I do not speak Italian (other than ordering meals at restaurants).
What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
Avoid screw-ups. One screw-up will cancel out 10 atta-girls.