Hi, my name is… Tim Iorio.
I’ve lived in Scottsdale for nine years and I love it because… The winter weather and sunshine. My wife Sue and I moved here from Ohio in 2012. Scottsdale is just a neat place to live with wonderful community activities.
A typical day in my life includes… Working at TNTSJ Publishing, a self-publishing company formed in 2019. My wife and I wrote our first book together published in 2020. The title is “The Penn State Walk-On: Overcoming the Pain and Legacy of Suicide Through Football, Faith, and Family” and it can be found in Amazon Books. I also do research and write papers. For example, I co-authored a paper with Mr. Paul Pellioni, an entrepreneur in Ohio, titled, “What We Wish We Knew 30 Years Ago: A Paper to Help College Students.” Anyone interested in reading the paper can email me at [email protected].
My family is… Sue and I have been married 46 years and have three sons (our oldest, Nick, is deceased). Sue is a nurse practitioner. I have a Ph.D. and have served as an adjunct professor for several universities, including the University of Arizona. We have five lovely grandchildren. One son, Joe Iorio, lives in Scottsdale with his wife and kids and works for a division of Johnson & Johnson as an executive territory manager. Another son, Tim Iorio, lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and kids. He is an orthopedic surgeon.
One thing I cannot live without is… Penn State football.
My favorite movie I could never get tired of watching and why… The Godfather. I think the actors are outstanding and the movie is well done. Although the movie is about organized crime; it is also about a close family. It shows the loyalty of family members. However, it also shows how criminal activity ends up in tragedy and disgrace. The movie Rocky takes a close second.
When I was younger, I wanted to be… A history teacher. I have always loved history and was usually at the top of my class in high school and college. I particularly love the history of the American Revolution, Civil War, World War II, and politics. I loved labor relations courses and ended up with a career in that field. One of my main hobbies continues to be reading history.
The song I would sing at Karaoke night is… “Boys” by the Beatles with Ringo Starr. I am a product of the 60s and love the Beatles and Ringo Starr.
The one person who motivates me is… My wife. Sue encouraged me greatly when I went to graduate school at the University of Illinois and doctorate program at Indiana Tech. Many times, I felt like dropping out, but she has always been there for me through thick and thin.
The last thing that made me laugh out loud was… In September 2021, I served as the master of ceremonies at my fiftieth high school reunion at Toledo St. Francis de Sales. I would call up some of my classmates to give the audience some stories from way back. It was a hoot!
The perfect day would be… To exercise, read, and watch some movies. I have to say also being with my grandchildren and having fun with them.
My favorite local nonprofit is… St. Mary’s Food Bank. I consider myself blessed and want to give back to the community. St. Mary’s does a wonderful job helping people and getting them back on their feet.
My life… Is about my faith, my family and friends, and giving back to the community.
The best gift I’ve ever received was… There are certainly many but the one that stands out is the beautiful, engraved clock that I received from my two sons when I graduated from my Ph.D. program. I consider it my Super Bowl trophy and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
My dream vacation would be… A Viking cruise in Europe. Sue and I had one booked in 2020 but had to cancel due to the pandemic.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received… Was from my mom and dad: to always place importance on faith and family and show respect to everyone. I have worked to keep that sound advice in practice. I was in labor relations for almost 35 years. I can still hear my dad say, “Always show respect to the worker and listen to him or her.” It really is about practicing sound ‘human relations’ in and outside of the workforce.