For 25 years, John Imperatore survived and thrived as an independent trader in the hustle and bustle of Wall Street’s unforgiving commodities pits. He developed a multidisciplinary approach to the game of floor trading, helping him succeed in a wide range of markets, such as financial futures, currencies, precious metals, and energy. In 1990, he was voted in as Vice Chairman of the New York Futures Exchange.
Throughout his career, John remained active in his community, coaching his children’s sports teams, joining volunteer groups to assist residents in El Salvador, Blackfeet Nation, and Appalachia, and running an outreach mission for his church, which involved coordinating parish volunteers to host and serve local homeless families.
In 2008, open outcry trading which had been a preferred way to trade since the 17th century, was once and for all disrupted by electronic trading, deeming floor traders as relics for an earlier time. Reflecting on which skills might translate into a new career, John concluded that his “soft skills” were his greatest asset and could fuel his career change. Subsequently, John pursued his Masters in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Miami, and went on to serve as a recovery counselor, a couples’ counselor, and a general practitioner in private practice.
Upon chance, John learned of the Seniors Helping Seniors® franchise, an in-home care service enabling seniors to maintain an independent lifestyle in their own homes for as long as possible. Seniors Helping Seniors® matches more active seniors with less active seniors. This mutually beneficial and enriching relationship provides both the caregiver and the recipient a way to give and receive®. John is now the owner and operator of a Seniors Helping Seniors® franchise, serving seniors in Delray and Boynton Beaches.
John will not only share his personal journey but also discuss the challenges and job opportunities in home healthcare that COVID-19 has created. A link to Seniors Helping Seniors is on our website along with other resources to help you find work or figure out what you want for yourself.
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