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Bill Frisella (PP)

February 1, 2019

Bill Frisella, past parent, was featured in the St. Louis Business Journal on 02.01.19 in the paper's "St. Louis Characters" column: "In some form or fashion, Bill Frisella has worked in the electrical field nearly his whole life. 'Even in grade school, I would be separating wire nuts and all this kind of stuff,' he said. His father was an electrician as were a few brothers and he spent his high school and college summers working in the trade. But Frisella wanted to go into business. The Lindbergh High School alum earned a degree in marketing from what is now Missouri State University and after a one-year stint as director of season ticket sales for the St. Louis Stars, a now defunct professional soccer team, he joined his brother and other family members in 1971 at Metro Electric, which supplies electrical contractors. Frisella eventually bought the company and grew Metro Electric and Metro Lighting, his 14-location retail brand, under his St. Louis Metro Electric Supply. Today, the company has 200 employees. He carried on the tradition of working with family — 13 members, including daughter Sarah and son Nick, work with him. Frisella is involved in numerous children’s charities, including Philly Fund, named in honor of his late son that helps children with learning challenges. He’s also proud of his Italian heritage and is on the committee with Piazza Imo, a roughly $3 million gathering space by St. Ambrose Church in The Hill neighborhood. 'My grandparents are from Italy. All of their kids, like my dad, never spoke English until they went to school. So at all the family gatherings, it was all in Italian. So I picked up some Italian,' Frisella, 71, said. The father of four (and grandfather of seven) keeps a focus on family outside of work as well. He and his family regularly host a family dinner on Sunday, and the Frontenac resident says they try to keep shop talk to a minimum. 'We don’t really talk about business too much. It’s more of a relaxing, casual thing — except for the grandkids,' he said." Read the whole article here (requires subscription access).