Neil Giuseppi

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Neil Stephen Giuseppi was born in Arima on August 24th, 1948.

He attended the Arima Boys’ Government School where he was successful in the College Exhibition examination in 1959. His secondary education was obtained at St. Mary’s College where he passed his G.C.E. Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations before heading to the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, to pursue a Degree in French.

On his return to Trinidad, he took up his first job as a Teacher at Holy Cross College in Arima where he taught for two years.

Thereafter, he spent a considerable portion of his working life in the Media in Trinidad and Tobago.

In July 1971, Neil Giuseppi joined the staff of T.T.T. (Trinidad and Tobago Television). Four years later, he was appointed Head of News and Current Affairs, a position he held until he left T.T.T. in 1982. Between 1975 and 1982 he was one of the major newscasters on T.T.T.’s Evening News Programme, Panorama.

He left T.T.T. in 1982 to become Public Relations Manager of the Trinidad and Tobago Telephone Company which had just begun a major development programme under the leadership of Dr. Neilson Mackay.

He was part of the senior Management team which transformed the Telephone Company in Trinidad and Tobago into a fully digital and highly efficient network between 1982 and 1986.

In November 1990, Mr. Giuseppi returned to the Media as Managing Director of the Trinidad Broadcasting Company, parent company of Radio Trinidad.

He made an immediate impact on the media front by launching Radio Tempo, 105.1 fm, which was dedicated 100 per cent to local music and sports.

His commitment to News and Current Affairs also led him to assemble one of the most powerful News teams ever in radio in Trinidad and Tobago. His News Department read like a local “Who’s Who” with people of the calibre of Jones P. Madeira, Tony Fraser, Andy Johnson, Dominic Kalipersad and Deborah Ransome.

He became somewhat of a cultural trailblazer while at Trinidad Broadcasting by setting up a Promotions Department which staged a series of major concerts featuring both local and foreign artistes.

One of his biggest achievements was the production of the 1992 Dimanche Gras show and Mr. Giuseppi remains to this day the only Producer to have staged the show at the National Stadium.

During his stint at Trinidad Broadcasting, he also served for three years as a Vice-President of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.

In 1994, he set up his own company, Communications Specialists Limited, a Public Relations and Media Consultancy firm which he operated successfully until his retirement in December 2007.

A man with a passion for golf, he has spent his retirement years playing the sport all around the world in places like South Africa, Japan, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Argentina, Greece, Canada, the continental U.S.A., Hawaii and Cuba.

He also served as Manager of the Trinidad and Tobago team to the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships on three occasions, in 1989, 2000 and 2001.

In January 2011, he came out of retirement briefly to serve for 15 months as General Manager of the St. Andrews Golf Club at Moka in Maraval, Trinidad.

Mr. Giuseppi asserts that his proudest moment came when he met Nelson Mandela, having been invited by former FIFA Vice-President, Jack Warner, to deliver the Feature Address at a dinner in Mr. Mandela’s honour when the international icon visited Trinidad in 2004.

Neil Giuseppi has written two books.

In 2013, he published his autobiography entitled “NO REGRETS” and followed this with a sequel entitled “THE JOURNEY CONTINUES” in 2017.

He is the father of two daughters, Lisa Giselle Giuseppi and Nicole-Marie Giuseppi.

He is married to another Arimian, Carol Luces-Harripaul. They still reside in Arima.

The 1959 College Exhibition winners: Left to Right: Selwyn Sukhu, Neil Giuseppi, Keith Assam, Haydn Toney, Cassian Lopez, Anthony Watkins, Jennifer Marchack, Gordon Draper, Earl Agard. Seated: Headmaster of Arima Boys’ Government School, Eugene Laurent
1959 College Exhibition winner, Neil Giuseppi, presents a thank-you gift to Headmaster of Arima Boys’ Government School, Eugene Laurent.

 


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