Entrepreneur, Advocate, and Visionary: Crafting a Legacy Beyond Business
Doru (Drew) M. Angelo, with origins in Curtea de Argeș, Romania, stands as a testament to the transformative power of ambition and hard work. From his early days in Marlborough, Connecticut as an adopted child, his trajectory to becoming a beacon in the business world is a compelling story of grit, passion, and innovation.
Mr. Angelo is a passionate entrepreneur with over ten years of experience in business consulting and hospitality. He has worked for larger corporations, including Marriott International and Panera Bread. Mr. Angelo currently runs his own certified LGBTQIA minority-owned company, ONYX ELITE LLC, a boutique full-service international business consulting & branding firm, recently expanding to offer the company’s services internationally. His firm has completed consulting work for several well-known companies, including Hartford Healthcare, Parkville Management, Feng Chophouse, Travellers Beach Resort, Bucin Mob, and Forge City Works.
Doru M. Angelo stands as an exemplary and innovative CEO and public figure, showcasing a remarkable journey of motivation, success, and accolades. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, Mr. Angelo has carved a niche for himself in the world of business and entrepreneurship, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.
But the contours of Doru’s professional narrative extend beyond consulting. The culinary world beckoned, and he answered the call by becoming a restaurateur. As the Former Managing Partner/Owner of DUKES HOSPITALITY GROUP in New Milford, Connecticut, he demonstrated his versatility and keen business acumen, proving that his talents were not restricted to one industry.
Yet, for Doru, success was not just about personal achievements. His commitment to giving back is palpable in his initiatives focused on community and education. The upcoming INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND TRADE MANAGEMENT (ISBTM) epitomizes this commitment. Slated to redefine business education by 2025, ISBTM aims to provide students with a holistic understanding of business management. Parallelly, his non-profit initiative, Romas Rising United, is a beacon of hope for the Romanian Roma Community. Through this venture, Doru envisions a brighter and inclusive future by providing essential services ranging from legal aid to educational programs.
Doru’s prowess in event management has also left an indelible mark. Whether it was the Governor’s Tourism Conference or collaborations with influential figures in Connecticut, his influence and dedication are evident. Advocating for tourism and its economic potential, he has seamlessly blended his professional interests with a broader vision for community development.
A sought-after speaker, stages at institutions like the Yale School of Business and the CT Minority Economic Summit have echoed with his insights and perspectives. His accolades further underscore his remarkable journey.
In the words of Mark Twain, “Find a job you enjoy, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Doru (Drew) M. Angelo embodies this sentiment, weaving a tapestry of successes that inspire and resonate.
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