Associate Spotlight

Anthony Palmisano

Sales Director
Mid-Atlantic Area

“Success is being surrounded by people who want to grow and seeing opportunities for them to take off.”

Anthony’s first job with Ferguson was actually his first job right out of school. And 18 years later, he still gets excited about coming to work every day. Interestingly he came to Ferguson by happenstance, rather than by design, when some friends who worked here recommended that he check it out. They clearly knew him well! Not only was the job a “fit” from the start, he found a company and career that he loves and has committed to for the long term.

“A good career is probably going to be a long one,” Anthony says. And he’s living proof. He spent the last two decades growing through a variety of roles at Ferguson, from what he calls the “old-school” trainee program in Lynchburg all the way to his current position of Sales Director, which he began this past August. He jokingly describes his progression through the many opportunities he has had at Ferguson as “the rock climbing route.” In addition to running a branch with a showroom at one time, he has also worked in outside sales, as a category sales manager, and as an area sales manager. For him, the story told by all of his roles is that Ferguson has always supported his career development, growth, and success. Today he strives to pay it forward by helping to do the same for others.

A former athlete, sports gave Anthony a competitive spirit and a strong work ethic, which was reinforced by watching his dad put in hours of hard work as a contractor. He says it’s that same “hustle” that makes a great associate at Ferguson, in addition to being positive, open-minded, and interested in learning. When he’s hiring, he looks for the combination of attitude and work ethic that mirrors his own.

As a leader Anthony genuinely focuses on making sure everyone has opportunities to grow — just like he did. “The support network I’ve had here makes me feel extremely fortunate,” he says, “I just want to be able to pass that along.”

questions and answers
Questions & Answers
Would you rather be the funniest or the smartest person in the room and why?

"Just being in the room is good enough sometimes."

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?

"I feel like I’ve said this more times in the past month more than ever… it’s time, I always feel like I’ve played beat the clock for so many things… maybe I should be saying better organization…haha but ultimately I think it comes down to time. If I had 100 hours in the day I think I would be more accomplished."

What is something you're planning on doing the next year that you've never done before?

"I’d like to keep the new job I just got soooo hahah I’m not a planner, outside of work I kind of just see what happens."

What is your favorite food?

"Anything hot… like GOOOD hot, not miserable hot but good hot, I love Mexican food. Takis! People say what are you ten? But idk I like them. "

What is your biggest kitchen fail?

"I had a fail recently…there was a littleeee bit of a grill fire… I wasn’t fully paying attention… and melted a little piece of my deck there."

If you were a pair of shoes, what would you be and why?

"Jordans... I mean who doesn’t like a fresh pair of Jordans – regardless, Jordans all day. I have Jordan cleats, it’s the only good thing about my golf game."

If you had any skill, what would it be and why?

"There are a lot of skills I lack, so it’s hard for me to pick one to master."


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