Michael Ambrosino ‘62 was born and raised in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, the youngest of two sons raised by the most loving and caring parents a child could ask for. His father owned and worked at the neighborhood butcher store while his mother tended to the majority of domestic chores in addition to working numerous sundry jobs to make ends meet. For the most part, Mr. Ambrosino was a product of the Catholic education system, having graduated from Saint Anthony of Padua elementary school in 1958, La Salle Academy in 1962, Gannon University in 1966 (B.S. in Finance, minor in Philosophy) and Long Island University, Brooklyn campus in 1975 (MBA in accounting, night school.)
Mr. Ambrosino has worked in the oil industry for over 40 years, holding jobs in operations, marketing, supply distribution, trading and brokering. Originally the operations manager of Warren Equities, a privately owned retail oil company headquartered in New York City that marketed heating oil and gasoline from Florida through Maine, he joined PVM Oil Associates, Inc. as a refined products broker later on in his career. Here, Mr. Ambrosino learned the domestic and foreign sides of the oil business while establishing many valuable contacts throughout the industry.
Ten years later, Mr. Ambrosino and his wife, Lynn, founded Brooklyn Oil Associates, Inc., an oil cash brokerage firm dealing with refined products. In operation for over 25 years, it is one of the more prominent firms in the industry working with major oil companies, end users and trading companies along the entire East Coast. Fulfilling a promise he made to himself early in his career, Mr. Ambrosino retired at the age of 70, handing the company over to a dedicated employee who had served it admirably for over two decades.
Mr. Ambrosino has had many titles within his professional and personal life, but he is proudest of his role as husband, father, grandfather and veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war in 1968. An active parishioner of Saint Michael the Archangel in Greenwich, Connecticut, Mr. Ambrosino is a former member of the parish council for many years, former president of the mens’ club and former member of the finance committee.
He served on the board of directors and volunteered for the following organizations: New Covenant Center (providing meals for the hungry), Call-A-Ride (providing free transportation for seniors to hospitals and nursing homes) and the Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich (serving the community in various functions.) In his younger days, Mr. Ambrosino coached youth baseball, soccer and ice hockey in the Greenwich community. Besides volunteering, his interests include long distance running (he completed seven New York City marathons!) and playing golf and tennis. His passion for sports, however, lies in watching the New York Rangers.
Over the decades, the Ambrosino Philanthropy Foundation was established to assist many charities to aid the disadvantaged. In addition, in memory of his parents, Margaret and Philip Ambrosino, The Ambrosino Family Scholarship serves to financially assist students at La Salle Academy.
Mr. Ambrosino is receiving a Lasallian Medal for his steadfast dedication and commitment to our mission and the young men entrusted to our care. Mr. Ambrosino has been a generous benefactor to La Salle for nearly 30 years, contributing to the school’s Capital Campaign in the early 2000s, and sponsoring students for nearly two decades. Mr. Ambrosino attributes much of his success to the education he received at La Salle Academy.
Mr. and Mrs. Ambrosino will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year! They are blessed to have two sons, Michael and Philip, a daughter-in-law, Karin, and a grandson, Caleb.