Nick Smarrelli
Nick Smarrelli
Nick Smarrelli is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of GadellNet Technology Solutions with offices in St. Louis and Indianapolis. GadellNet is a 6-time Inc. 5000 fastest-growing company, 3-Time “Best Places to Work” and a CRN Top 50 Managed IT Services company with nearly 85 employees in the Midwest. GadellNet provides managed IT services, cyber security consulting and infrastructure support for small and medium sized businesses.
The IT Industry in the Midwest has a 40% turnover rate, but GadellNet proudly boasted an 8% turnover rate (both voluntary and involuntary) across both its offices in 2017 and 2018.  The key to their cultural success was the formulation of a very clear set of values that serve as the backbone for nearly every management decision – recruiting, interviewing, performance management. communication, strategic prioritization and compensation.   
These values have become more than just words on a wall, but a way of thinking and acting in the company – allowing for individual contributions and diversity of ideas – but, inspired by a common ethos.  
Nick has a degree in Psychology and a degree in Finance from St. Louis University.  He ran National Account sales for Ingersoll Rand before realizing his passion for entrepreneurship in 2010.  Nick is an Ironman athlete, ultramarathon runner, father, and has been a featured technology and business speaker for chambers of commerce, large national associations, national non-profits, and numerous industry technology conventions.


Mon 2 March 2020
During this video, we introduce the Ambition In Motion mentor program and then interview Nick Smarrelli to discuss how college students and professionals can network in a genuine and meaningful way, as well as discuss Nick's professional experiences and mentor relationships. The host of this video is Ambition In Motion's founder, Garrett Mintz.

Questions that we cover include:
What does genuine networking mean to you?
What is your reason for being?
How can your life goals influence who you surround yourself with?
How can your network influence your career movement?
What is a successful person?
Do you need to practice networking? If so, how can you do that?
Are people generally helpful?
What does it take to have meaningful conversations?
How can someone practice asking more engaging questions?
How can somebody set the stage for informational interviews?
Is appropriate to take notes during meetings? If so, how can somebody take notes appropriately?
Does body language play a factor in networking and relationship building?
Does vocal inflection have an impact on networking and relationship building?
What are go-to questions to ask to get to know somebody better?
When is the right time to be vulnerable in a conversation with somebody?
When is the right time to be vulnerable in a mentor relationship?
Is it appropriate to ask for introductions from a mentor?