Ernie Bono…The Little Big Man
November 2, 2011
Ernie Bono has been named the Athletic Alumni of the Month.
At just five feet tall, Ernie Bono has been told his whole life that he would fail because he was too short. Ernie has used this challenge as a great source of motivation and fought with all his power to prove people wrong. It all started when the 5’1’’, 140 pound running back received a football scholarship to Cheyney State, the oldest Historically Black Colleges in America. From there, he rose through the ranks of the Prudential Insurance Company eventually becoming one of the youngest vice presidents in company history. Throughout his successful career with Prudential, he gave over 400 presentations.
Following retirement as Managing Director of Prudential Select in 1995 at the age of 47, Ernie has devoted his days to family, friends and church ministry. For the last 5 years, he has traveled the country speaking to various conferences and parishes on a variety of topics including Stewardship and The Balanced Catholic Life. He has also been a featured guest on several Catholic Radio Stations including Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd, The Catholic Channel on Sirius 159. In that time, Ernie has also published a book titled, There Are No Shortcuts: Enjoying the Balance of Faith, Family and Career. It details his life experiences from his childhood days growing up in the tough “Devil’s Pocket” neighborhood of 1950’s Philadelphia to his career as an executive with Prudential Insurance and how God has been there every step of the way.
In addition, Ernie has put his business knowledge to use consulting with such companies as Fidelity National Capital, Acosta Sales and Marketing, PineRidge Film & Television Company and Rug Décor. He shares his passion for developing and motivating others to enhance positive communication and innovation with a wonderful ability to inform and inspire audiences toward peak performance and high levels of achievement.
In addition to Ernie’s travel schedule, he is a Knight of Malta, Jacksonville Chapter as well as a member of the special planning committee for the Bishop of St. Augustine (FL) Diocese and is a board member for Catholic Charities. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation where he has helped raise over 5 million dollars to help area families who have been stricken with childhood cancers. He spends his Fridays cooking and serving at the St. Francis Soup Kitchen in downtown Jacksonville.