Member of the Month

Christopher Remo Pagano

Age: 27

HYPE Member Since:  2012

Employer: The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Job Title: Manager, Financial Specialist – Enterprise Risk Management

Committee Member On: Ambassadors

What he loves about Hartford and this region: I’ve been living here in downtown Hartford since 2014 and working here since 2009. Over that time, I’ve learned so much about the city.  Of course my absolute favorite thing about Hartford is HYPE, but nightlife comes in a close second. The variety of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs keeps things interesting.  I also love the art, music, sports, fashion, and theatrical scenes here. All in all, while Hartford may be small, it has a lot to offer its visitors and residents. If you are ever looking for a recommendation on what to do or where to go, feel free to ask me!

What he would do if someone gave him 1 million dollars: My answer is going to be boring, but highly pragmatic—I work in finance, after all! So first thing I would do is pay off all my outstanding debts. By paying off these debts, I would eliminate paying a significant amount in interest in the future and reduce my current monthly expenses.  I would then increase my 401K contributions and regular monthly savings to reflect the increase in cashflow from no longer having those monthly payments on my debts. The remainder of $1M would be used for charity and to pay off the debts of my family (like my parents’ mortgage, my sister’s student loans, etc.).  Anything left over after that would be invested in a DJIA or S&P 500 type of stock portfolio. All in all, it prevents me from spending foolishly in the short-term and helps create a better financial future for my family and me in the long-term.​

Does he sit on any nonprofit boards, or is he a part of other groups: I am the current Vice President of the St. Valentine Social Club. We are a Hartford-based, Italian social club that was established in 1918.  The club is named after the patron saint of Palmoli—a town in the Abruzzo region of Italy—which all our members have ties to either by blood or marriage.  I am the third generation of my family to belong to the club and I hope to someday have my future children and grandchildren run the organization.

What his hobbies and interests are outside of work: I’m passionate about anything automotive. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles interest me more than anything else. New or vintage, domestic or imported—I love them all! I read blogs/magazines daily and go to shows/races whenever I can. I take great pride in knowing how these complex machines work and I’ve been wrenching on my own vehicles for over a decade. I do most of my own maintenance and repairs and love to customize my vehicles. My current stable of vehicles includes a 2011 BMW 328i, a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, and a 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883R. My next home will definitely have a huge garage!

Contact Info: cpagano@travelers.com