Employee Spotlight: Nick Gioia, Senior Project Manager

One of the core values at SNA Displays is “people first.” While our tangible product offering is top-tier LED video display technology, SNA Displays real strength is its people, who work hard day in and day out to build and support great video display projects.

In this spotlight, we’d like to introduce you to Nick Gioia. Nick is a senior project manager who’s been with us since 2018. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, an MBA from the University of Delaware, and his PMP and a certification in project management from the Stevens Institute of Technology.  

Notable projects Nick has managed for SNA Displays include American Dream, Salesforce Tower Sydney, Target Times Square, and 661 8th Avenue.

Where did you grow up? Do you have any favorite childhood memories you’d like to share?

I was born and raised on Staten Island, New York. One of my favorite childhood memories is my grandpa taking me, my twin brother, and two cousins to Peter Luger steakhouse in Brooklyn whenever we had a day off from school.

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Do you have a personal motto or mantra? If so, what is it and what are its origins for you?

Control what you can control. From a former colleague when I worked at Hilti.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy hanging out with family, binging Netflix, working out, and watching all New York sports.

What’s a fun fact most people don’t know about you?

I have an identical twin brother.

Besides your job, what subject(s) are you interested in or have expertise in?

Real estate.

Who’s had a significant influence on your life?

My parents and my twin brother.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

I wouldn’t necessarily say this was advice, but when I left Hilti in 2018 after previously leaving in 2014 and returning for a second stint, the general manager grabbed me during lunch at the last corporate event and told me that he hoped I would not come back. But it wasn’t because he didn’t want me to return, it was because he hoped I’d found the career path I’d been searching for.

What did you do professionally before joining SNA Displays?

I worked at Hilti North America, a global leader in construction products, systems, and services, in various engineering/sales roles – field engineer, program manager, project manager.

What has been your favorite job (other than SNA Displays of course), and why?

Program manager, because I was in charge of facilitating a certification program and had the opportunity to work with interns for several summers, both of which allowed me to teach/mentor.

What drew you to SNA Displays?

After 6+ years at Hilti, I was ready to transition out of sales-oriented engineering/project management roles into a more traditional PM role where I was really in the middle of a project. I came across the opportunity at SNA Displays on LinkedIn and was excited to find the PM role I desired in such a unique industry.

In your own words, how would you describe your current role?

As a senior PM at SNA Displays, I’m assigned to large-scale, complex and/or client-focused projects. I’m responsible for managing the projects and problems (good and bad) that come with them.

How have your previous jobs been similar to working at SNA Displays? Different?

My previous roles at Hilti have some similarities in that technical knowledge/growth was essential, but it is otherwise quite different. Hilti is a global company with thousands of employees, whereas SNA Displays has less than 100 in the U.S., so I really went from macro to micro.

At both Hilti and SNA, I have worked with teammates and colleagues on a daily basis, but here at SNA, while everyone still has their own roles and responsibilities, there is a much greater emphasis on one collective target: to complete successful projects.

What is your typical workday like?

I’m an early bird, so I’m usually logged in by 7:30-8:00 am. Every day is a blend of external and internal meetings, so typically half the day is scheduled for me and the other half is for getting project tasks done or putting out that day’s fire.

What do you like most about your job?

The end product always puts a smile on my face, and the biggest reason I left Hilti was to see the fruits of my labor, the reward at the end. A very close second is the team I get to work with.

What accomplishment at SNA Displays are you most proud of? Your career overall? What is your next big accomplishment going to be?

I’m most proud of all the work we’ve done at American Dream, especially the LED spectacular known as “The Ultimate Display.” I’ve been working on the project since 2019. Fast forward to 2024 and we are still going – it’s that massive of a project!

As far as my career overall, I’m proud that it’s been full of growth. On the professional side, I had three roles at Hilti in 6 or so years and two roles at SNA Displays in 5 years. Academically, I was able to obtain my PMP certification and a certificate in project management at Stevens University, both while working full-time. Not sure what my next accomplishment is going to be – stay tuned!

How has your current role helped in your career development?

My current role has really helped me better manage my time, network with clients and external stakeholders, and lead project meetings with confidence.

If you could switch jobs for a day with anyone else at SNA Displays, whose job would you want and why?

[Senior Project Estimator] Mike Scancarello, because I’m a big numbers guy and have always been interested in project estimating.

Where is SNA Displays and/or the industry headed in the next 10 years?

More and more cities are going to change over to all things LED, as we’ve seen in Miami and Atlanta over the last few years, and SNA Displays will be at the forefront.

What advice would you give to a prospective SNA Displays employee in your field?

It’s a lot of fun, but a lot of hard work. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or admit you don’t know something, and if you think it would be a good idea to pick up the phone and call someone, do it!

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