Andrew Pisano ’21 is a budding entrepreneur with lofty aspirations that he has already put into motion. As a business management major with minors in finance and sports management, last year he held an apprenticeship at Vacante’s Style Parlor, one of the top barbershops near his hometown in Audubon, Pa. When he started there, he was one of only five barbers; there are now seven. In addition to his experience at Vacante’s, Andrew also hones his newly acquired skills on his Immaculata friends who benefit from complimentary haircuts.
“When I’m not working in the shop, I am often learning from educational barber videos, improving my social media presence, or making educational videos myself,” says Andrew. His dedication and hard work have gone viral, with nearly 2 million views of a YouTube video where he demonstrates on himself a how- to cut men’s hair. He acknowledges that it’s been a big hit lately because of the quarantine.
“It’s been really cool to get some exposure in the barbering industry, an industry that doesn’t see too many college students or graduates. It’s also an added bonus to actually make money off of my YouTube videos which has always been a dream of mine,” he adds.
Andrew plans to open his own barbershop one day. He finds joy in being able to completely change someone’s look and instill confidence in them. “You see it all the time, a client sits in your chair, down and stressed, and walks out a completely different person full of life,” states Andrew. He also aspires to become a celebrity barber for professional athletes, as well as starting other businesses in the sports world. Like his mother, Michele, and older siblings, Josh and Maria, and now freshman sister Giavanna, Andrew has found a second home at Immaculata University. Through the experiences of his family, he became familiar with the smaller class sizes of IU and the friendly culture on campus.
Andrew has been a resident assistant throughout his sophomore and junior years, and recently named head resident assistant for next year. Actively involved in the IU community, he is a member of the business club and was the recipient of the Business Advisory Board Scholarship¬¬, which allows him the opportunity to sit on the student advisory board. Throughout his freshman year, he was a part of the men’s basketball team and during sophomore year he joined the men’s volleyball and men’s tennis teams.
Andrew is confident that his business, finance and sports management degrees from Immaculata, as well as the many personal connections he has made, will serve him well in his career endeavors.