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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

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If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

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When one neighbor helps another, we strengthen our communities.

        – Jennifer Pahlka

If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right.

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Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left.

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One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.

        – Steve Hawking

It’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are.

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God has given us two hands–one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.

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We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.

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Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

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Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone.

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I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

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Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.

         – Jodi Picoult

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

         – Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.

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Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

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Everything is connected, no one thing can change by itself.

         – Paul Hawken

Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen as once.

         –  Paulo Coelho

Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

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Do. Or do not. There is no try.

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“One Minute With…” Nicole Santacroce, Executive Assistant

October 1, 2022

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“One Minute With…” Nicole Santacroce, Executive Assistant


Nicole Santacroce is Executive Assistant at Core Investments, Inc. She’s been with the growing company since November 2021.

What do you actually do for Core?

I support all things Dave. I am his executive and personal assistant. [Dave Pogorelc is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Core Investments.] Some personal things, that includes travel, and some high-level corporate things. I am a member of our Executive Assistant team, five people, so I try to help mentor some of the newer people. 

Nicole, what did you do before Core?

I worked at Boston Financial Investment Management. I was the executive assistant to the C Suite and office manager. That was four people, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Credit Officer and Chief Production Officer. They are a LIHTC –low income housing tax credits – company. They arranged tax credits for developers.

Where did you go to school? 

Salem State University. I got my bachelors in marketing and administration. And I went to Northeastern for a certificate program in meeting and event management.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Everett and Saugus, Mass.

Where do you live now?

In Lynn. I drive in. When I took this job I said I was never taking the train again. I took the train before the pandemic, till March 2020.

What do you do to have fun when you’re not working?

I am a busy mom. My 2-year-old little girl keeps me on my toes. And I have two dogs. Barron is a Belgian Tervuren. Starr is a pit hound mix. I inherited Starr a year and a half ago when my aunt passed away. I have a wonderful neighbor who comes over and lets them out. 

What’s a favorite place of yours in the Boston area?

We recently went on a date night to Moo on Beacon Hill. It’s phenomenal. When I was younger I was a fan of some of the clubs in the city, but I haven’t done that since 2005. Soma in Beverly is one of my favorite places. They have really good cocktails and food.

Is there anything new in your life?

I actually just got over Covid. Soon we are heading to Italy and Greece for a 10-day trip with the whole family. Beginning the trip in northern Italy, where some of the family I’ve never met live. My grandfather has one sister left. We’re excited to meet them. It’s in Torino, where Ferrari is and where the Winter Olympics were a few years ago.


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