Today, Persico is Head of Revenue at Close.io, an inside sales CRM for startups and small to midsize businesses. He leads all customer-facing teams.
For a guy who grew up around pizza, Persico’s story ironically comes full circle. He was an integral part of the team that initially launched Close.io back in 2013 when it was a sales communication platform designed by salespeople to help teams operate more efficiently and close deals. Persico re-joined the Close.io team in 2017, four years after his initial work with the company.
Persico’s entrepreneurial spirit, which fueled his career, speaks to another modern truth – traditional career paths don’t work anymore.
Persico wants to make the non-traditional path more of a reality for Charlotteans.
“A city like Charlotte has a lot of people who think they’re entrepreneurs, but they haven’t put all the pieces together yet,” he says. “I’m interested in how we give people the tools or support to get more involved in this young ecosystem or to quit their jobs and start something.”
He’s taking that challenge on personally.
“I ask myself, ‘How can I help get them from an idea to acting on it?’” he wonders out loud.
We’ll take a hot slice of that spirit any day.