Don Chinnici understands business. Raised in a business family employing three hundred fifty people—in a business started from scratch—he understands the needs of business. He also opened his own first business (restaurant) at age 17; and by age 19 concurrently owned two additional food businesses, including rental real estate.
Don Chinnici began his career with a degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware, and an early career in public accounting. After that initial year in public accounting, Don returned to post-graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, and Bryn Mawr College; and was later accepted for PhD work at medical school. Alternatively, he opened a travel related business in Philadelphia, processing travel visas at the various foreign consulates in New York and Washington DC. After selling this business, he taught high school Math and Physics for ten years; and later moved to Southwestern Florida.
After a successful five years in sales, returning to the focus of financial disciplines, Don pursued a career in lending; first in Florida residential, and shortly afterward, commercial. Throughout this varied career, Don has come to understand the interrelated aspects of the various financial and business components—and has gained the ability to advise his clients through the perspective of several disciplines.
Don is a devout Christian, and has a desire to plant (and pastor) a Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Sarasota, FL. He also enjoys taking apart and fixing those things labeled "no user serviceable parts here". In his spare time, he enjoys gourmet cooking, and is an avid triathlete.