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Rosario Mannino, 40

This Forty Under 40 winner made friends with a neighbor who changed his life. 

April 05, 2021
Rosario Mannino

Owner

RS Mannino Architecture  + Construction, Mannino Cabinetry / Rutherford, N.J.  

2020 Revenue: $3.5 million

A Remodeling Daydream Turns into Reality:

Growing up everyone wanted to play sports and I always just wanted to mix cement. I grew up in an Italian family. We loved community and being together, and our neighbors were a part of that community. My neighbor was like a second father—he also owned a concrete business. On summers and weekends, I’d go out with him and his son Joe, who was 10 years older than I and was like the brother I didn’t have, and we’d do everything from patios to sidewalks.


My neighbor was like a second father—he also owned a concrete business.


Cool thing was, when winter came and he wasn’t doing much cement work, it wasn’t a problem because he was also a cabinet maker and would let us hang out with him in his workshop. I was using a sander at 11 years old (while supervised, of course)—which is why when other kids were thinking about football, I was daydreaming about building and remodeling. 

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