Gina Addeo ’86: Electrical Engineering Pioneer
Gina Addeo ’86 began her career while still a teenager, working with her father at ADCO Electrical Corporation, the company he founded in 1977. Her aptitude for math and science and love for the family business led her to Stevens to study electrical engineering, where Stevens memories include time residing in the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority house.
After graduation she became the first woman in history to receive a New York City Master Electrician’s License.
Today Addeo is chairman of the Board at ADCO and president/owner of GMA Electrical Corporation, the firm she formed in 1993. GMA, one of the largest electrical contractors in New York City, provides electrical contractor services to commercial, institutional and public sector clients in New York and New Jersey.
Addeo was the first woman to be appointed president of the New York Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and served as governor of the New York Electrical Contractors Association. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Friends of St. Dominic’s Home and committees of the Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry. She is a member of The Zenith Group of the Women Presidents’ Organization and serves on the board of Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW).
In 2013, Addeo received Stevens’ prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award - Business and Finance in recognition of her pioneering and outstanding career.
As befits the university's motto "Per Aspera Ad Astra," her life took a drastic turn in 2015, with business and personal challenges each arising concurrently. But Addeo surmounted those challenges, and has continued to succeed. Stevens is proud to call her a graduate.