Get to Know Dominick Oliverio '96

What did you do right after graduation? College/career/travel?

After DeSales, I attended Georgetown College where I graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration and Communications. While at Georgetown, I was a three year starter on the football team, a National Football Academic All-American and member of the 2000 NAIA National Champions.


What is your favorite memory about DeSales?

There are too many to pick just one, but I would say beating Trinity in football at their stadium my Sophomore year is a big highlight and spending time with my classmates my senior year (Senior Retreat, Prom and graduation).


Who influenced you most during your time at DeSales?

Three people who had the most influence on me at Desales? Rick Knoop was my biology and German teacher my first two years and always believed in me. Frank Espinosa and Coach Mac always pushed me to be a better man and held me accountable for my actions (class, sports, and in life)


Where are you and what are you doing now?

I live in NYC with my wife (Stacey) and two kids (Gabriella-10 and Connor-8). I work at Pfizer in the Oncology Business Unit and I run our US Prostate Cancer Franchise.


What do you like most about what you are doing?

I get to run a large business leading a tremendous team of talented colleagues committed to changing the way Prostate Cancer is treated in this country.


What classes and learning experiences did you have at DeSales that are beneficial to the work you currently do?

Anatomy and Physiology and Biology would tie most to what I do today but I would say the life lessons I learned. The discipline and time management skills required to be successful in the classroom and on the field while also making time to have fun with friends. These tie directly to a demanding career with many competing priorities and making time for family and friends in your personal life.


What is the most important thing you learned while you were at DeSales?

The overall Desales experience and being part of a brotherhood is probably the most influential as I work to build high performing teams and the importance of culture and collaboration. Team success is more than just everyone completing their tasks but rallying together to achieve a common goal.


What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to spend time with my kids and their activities.

We love to travel (outside the pandemic we try to visit countries outside the US every other year while squeezing in trips to VA and KY to see our families).


What advice do you have for current (or potential) students at DeSales?

Enjoy every minute…my time at Desales are still some of my most precious memories. The connections and friends you make will last a lifetime if you want them to but life and priorities will pull you in different directions. Right now, for the most part, you and your friends are experiencing everything together (good and bad) and that is what is so special.


Do you still stay in touch with any of your DeSales friends?

Living outside of KY I wish I were able to do this more but I still connect regularly with Karl Mingus, Pat Sivori and Aaron Hill.


What’s next for you/where do you see yourself in five years? 

Based on the age of my children and where I am in my career, I expect to remain in NYC for the next five years.