Meet Pete Vallino, Vice President at I.V. House, Inc.

Get to know Pete, a new member of EFBC!

I.V. House, Inc.
Founded: 1991
Location: St. Louis, MO

1.Tell us about your background & career leading up to where you are now?

Looking back on my journey, I wanted to pursue a career in the sports industry. I always had a passion for sports, having grown up playing hockey, baseball, and golf. I was drawn not only to the games themselves but also to the behind-the-scenes business aspects. I even considered a role with the Philadelphia 76ers at one point, but ultimately decided it wasn’t the right fit for me. Instead, I embarked on a sales role in Chicago for 2 years.

After gaining a couple of years of experience in Sales, I received an exciting proposition from my family’s company. With an opening available, I made the decision to join the team full-time. Fast forward almost 6 years, and I’ve enjoyed a rewarding journey. Starting as a sales rep for our medical device company, I’ve had the chance to engage directly with healthcare professionals, training them on product usage. Over time, I’ve taken on more leadership responsibilities and have been involved in various aspects of business operations.

2. What do you like the most about what you do right now?

What I find most fulfilling about my current role is the direct impact we have on patients, particularly pediatrics. Our products play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and comfort of kids undergoing medical treatment, especially when it involves IV procedures. It’s heartening to know that our efforts contribute to improving their hospital experience and reducing patient harm. Witnessing the positive outcomes we achieve in healthcare facilities is incredibly rewarding.

Additionally, I genuinely enjoy working with our tight-knit team. Despite being a small group of people, our collective dedication and synergy makes a noticeable difference in our workplace dynamics. It’s inspiring to witness the longevity of our team members’ tenure, reflecting both their commitment to the company and the positive working environment we’ve cultivated.

3. How did you hear about EFBC?

I was introduced to EFBC through my father-in-law, who was a longstanding member and owner of James and Sons Fine Jewelry. With his extensive experience as a member, he recognized the value EFBC could offer me as I navigate my career path, particularly as I plan to assume ownership of the company. Knowing the invaluable networking opportunities and resources EFBC provides, he encouraged me to explore membership as a beneficial resource. His recommendation resonated with me, prompting my interest in connecting with like-minded individuals facing similar professional transitions.

4. What motivated you to join EFBC?

Networking has always been a significant driver for me. Back in college at The University of Dayton, instead of traditional assignments, one of my professors emphasized the importance of networking. We were tasked with reaching out to professionals on LinkedIn, initiating conversations, and setting up meetings, with grades tied to the number of successful connections made. This experience proved invaluable as it allowed me to gain insights directly from industry professionals.

Now, as I navigate my professional journey, I recognize the immense value of networking once again. Joining EFBC presents an opportunity to engage with individuals facing similar professional challenges and opportunities. While I may be on the younger side at 30, I appreciate the diverse experiences and perspectives that EFBC members bring to the table. Engaging with individuals who have walked similar paths and overcome comparable challenges is invaluable as I navigate the complexities of business ownership and leadership.

5. What do you hope to gain or achieve from your membership?

Primarily, I’m seeking shared experiences and insights from fellow members who understand the unique challenges and opportunities in running a small business. As part of a small company, I often lack a broad network of peers to turn to for guidance and support. Joining EFBC provides me with access to a diverse community of professionals who have navigated similar paths and can offer invaluable insights and advice based on their firsthand experiences. I aim to tap into this wealth of knowledge to enhance my own leadership skills, overcome obstacles, and drive growth within my company.

6. Outside of professional interests, do you have any hobbies or passions you’d like to share?

When I’m not focused on work, you’ll often find me on the ice, playing hockey. It’s a passion of mine that I’ve carried since childhood. Additionally, my wife and I share a love for travel. We are fortunate that our families get along so well, allowing us to enjoy vacations together. And speaking of family, we’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of our first child in a couple of months, which is an incredibly exciting milestone for us and our future.

Join us in welcoming Pete Vallino to the EFBC community!