Sales Manager Rob Sirianni knows a thing or two about leadership and teamwork. Sure, 8 years in the automotive industry will teach you a few lessons, but it was his hockey career that laid the framework for the man he is today—on and off the ice.
After playing his junior hockey on the right wing of the AJHL’s Bonnyville Pontiacs, Rob earned a scholarship to the NCAA Div 1 Bemidji State University in Minnesota where he majored in education. Lessons were learned in commitment and time management, what with a strict schedule that looked something like workout, go to class, go to practice, workout again, and then finish the night with some homework. Rob is a firm believer in practicing how he plays, because “there are no grey areas in life,” and if you aren’t paying attention when people aren’t watching, you probably won’t be paying attention when they are. This work ethic got him through school, where he played with the NY Islanders ECHL affiliate as a 1.26 point per game player, before being called up to play with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL (sharing the ice with NHL notables like Claude Giroux, Rem Murray, and Daniel Briere). Undrafted in the NHL, Rob went on to play 6 seasons in Europe as well as playing in the 2012 World Hockey Championships for Italy—facing off against the likes of Erik Karlsson and tournament MVP Evgeni Malkin.
Rob is incredibly grateful for what hockey provided him, in terms of life lessons (“the sport taught me to be a man, not just a hockey player”), but also in terms of travel opportunities. Travel is one of Rob’s favourite pastimes, and he’s done a pretty substantial amount of it; 50 of the 52 States, almost every country in Europe, South America, and more. He counts London and Budapest as a couple of his favourites and, it should come as no surprise for someone from a large Italian family, Rome as well. Of course when he wasn’t playing hockey or travelling, he was working summers at the dealership while training. Rob draws many parallels between hockey and the dealership—making it an easy transition for him. While the team at Team spends a lot of time chirping each other, they also have each other’s backs no matter what. When it comes to teammates at Team Ford, there are few better than Rob Sirianni.