Christopher DiLeonardo, Educational Development Officer, Jovia Financial Credit Union.

Christopher DiLeonardo, Educational Development Officer, Jovia Financial Credit Union.

Christopher started his professional career in 2012 at Best Yet Supermarket and began as a cashier and within one year he became a bookkeeper; from 2013-2018 he was a bookkeeper for the company.

While working at Best Yet and going to college in 2016, Christopher joined Jericho Specialty Imaging as the office administrator. In the summer of 2017, he became a Global Wealth Management intern at Merrill Lynch, and then became a client associate from 2017-2018.

In 2018 he was also promoted to a sales and marketing specialist at Jericho Specialty Imaging. In the summer of 2018, he graduated from Farmingdale State College Bachelor of Business Administration.

After graduation, he became a full-time member service representative at Jovia Financial Credit Union.

In the summer of 2020 he was promoted to business development specialist.

Then in the summer of 2022 he was promoted to his current position as educational development officer.

His most recent accomplishment was being awarded for LIBN’s 30 Under 30 in 2023.

Christopher says the best part about working in his industry is being able to help individuals with their finances.

“My goal in my work life was to be able to educate and help people with their finances. Being able to be in classrooms with students K-12th grade and teaching them financial literacy is the highlight of my job. Over the last year, I have had the honor to teach over 100 presentations about budgeting, credit scores, and various other financial literacy topics.”

Another part he loves about business development is the amount of community involvement, from sponsoring and participating in big events all over Long Island to being able to give back to organizations in need.

“My father Richard DiLeonardo is the person who has guided me through every step of the way of my career and showed the rights and wrongs of every step.

Growing up my dad was always so determined and passionate about all aspects of his life. When I was younger, I wanted to be just like him, a successful businessman, amazing husband to my mom and father to four children.

He would take me to every sporting event from travel baseball to all the football games. He was the best mentor and coach I could have asked for.”

Christopher adds, “My dad would take me to the baseball fields and parks to let me pitch to him countless times and I owe my success in that to him. At a young age, he used to take me to his office and show me all about his job, which sparked  my interest in working in the financial industry.”

“I had the honor in the summer of 2017 to work for him and learn everything I could about wealth management. He taught me so many things about business that I can’t even describe, from proper workplace etiquette to being able to confidently speak to clients and coworkers. He taught me to be passionate and love what I do and that’s why I strive to do so well in my current role.”

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