Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Eddie Camposano: A Man With Staying Power

Eddie Camposano at FSU. | Submitted Photos

Eddie Camposano grew up in Massachusetts with a dad who served for 38 years with the Watertown, Massachusetts Fire Department, retiring in 1971 as the Assistant to the Chief of the Department, something Eddie and his entire family were very proud of.

Camposano followed his love of baseball to Florida State University after being recruited there by no less than Baseball Hall of Famer Dick Howser, who was the first FSU baseball player ever named as an All-American Student Athlete in 1957, and would go on to a long distinguished career in professional baseball.

It seems though the love of baseball ran in the family, and on one Saturday in the early ‘60s, Ed Camposano pitching in a Little League game, Bobbie Camposano in a Babe Ruth and Paul Camposano in a semi-pro game all pitched no hitters on the same day, a feat that was rarely if ever duplicated.

It was at FSU where Ed Camposano would continue to excel in baseball as a pitcher for the Seminoles, until after two outstanding seasons, he injured his arm. He eventually had to hang up his glove, although not his love of the game, and not before being able to throw one of the first games under the lights for the Seminoles.

Camposano would go on to graduate from FSU in the spring of 1970 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education with hopes of moving back to his New England roots and teaching history at a local high school. However, at the time the State of Massachusetts would require another year of education from him prior to granting him his teaching certificate. Camposano chose to find a job for the next few years instead and married his wife Janet in 1973, prior to making the move south to Marco Island.

He joined his father and mother, who would make the move south shortly after his retirement in 1971, and his brother Paul in 1975. His brother Bobbie would make the move in 1979 as would his other brother David, who would move south in 1982, all escaping the cold and bitter New England winters for the beautiful and warm waters surrounding Marco Island.

When Eddie Camposano, his wife Janet and their daughter Jennifer came across the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge they knew they had made the right choice. Just over two years later, they added to their family a second daughter, Brooke. Both daughters attended Tommie Barfield Elementary and Lely High School.

Eddie Camposano would soon be working for Deltona Corporation and the Mackle Brothers who developed Marco Island. Deltona built the Seawatch Condominiums, located at 209 South Collier Boulevard and he would be employed as the resident manager of the complex for Deltona Corporation.

When the complex was turned over to the owners from the developers on April 1, 1978, Camposano would remain on as the manager and he continues to this day in that position. On December 31, 2018 Ed Camposano will have concluded over 41 years as the manager of that complex. To the knowledge of many familiar with condo management on the island, Camposano holds the record as the longest surviving manager of a complex anywhere that they have ever heard of.

When you speak to many of Camposano’s peers, owners (past and present) and friends, they all speak to his intelligence, personality and willingness to please (even those that are somewhat of a challenge to deal with at times).

Camposano has been an all-around manager; lawns, shrubs, pool maintenance and every segment of the maintenance of the property. This is something you don’t see in a manager today. “Most of all the services are outsourced today,” said longtime former condo manager Bill Holmes, past President of the Community Association Managers of Marco Island (CAMMI) “He was always a hands-on style of guy,” said Holmes.

Today, that style of manager is a disappearing breed throughout Florida; although there are a few, none with the staying power of Camposano. Most of the onsite managers have been replaced by large management companies.

“Eddie is an inspiration to all the professional managers here on Marco Island. He has an outstanding work ethic that will probably never be duplicated here,” said Al Diaz who is another highly respected high-rise manager over at Hideaway Beach.

Debbie Marx, the President of the Seawatch Board of Directors had glowing compliments for Camposano. She and her husband Eric have been owners there for 24 years now and have had the opportunity to view his style both as part-time owners and the last four years as fulltime residents.

“We’ve been spoiled over all these years and have become comfortable knowing that we were all in good hands while under Ed’s leadership,” said Marx.

Theresa Gibbons and her late husband Jack had been owners at Seawatch for over 10 years. When they moved to Marco Island as fulltime residents after retiring over 17 years ago they left Seawatch for a larger unit to accommodate visits from their children and grandkids. “Needless to say it was a sad day when we left. The owners and especially Ed were very special people; it was like a big family and Ed, his wife and two little girls were always part of that extended family unit,” said Gibbons.

If you were to ask Camposano why he stayed on so long he wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that it was his enjoyment of the work and the people he’s dealt with over the 40 years he’s been on the island. “They gave me the necessary leeway to do my job and I can only hope that I haven’t disappointed them.” Camposano said.

With Camposano being such a hands-on manager, Debbie Marx knew making a transition to a new person or company to handle the 80-unit complex might cause some angst amongst owners. She and the board would embark upon a deliberate process to evaluate all the options to fill the void created by Camposano’s desires to retire.

In the effort to keep all the owner fully advised of the process and their choices they would hold a town hall-style of gathering to explain the thought process utilized and educate the owners to the transitioning which would be held to insure a seamless as possible change in management.

“The greatest compliment we can give Ed is to simply say no one will ever replace Ed Camposano, nor will anyone ever fill those shoes. He will be forever missed, as will his decency as a human being and style of management and his work ethic. His love of this community, its owners and their families will be missing one of their own,” said Debbie Marx.

One response to “Eddie Camposano: A Man With Staying Power”

  1. Russ Pratt says:

    Eddie Camposano, Marco Island, Florida is the man. That get any better!

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