BA 1983, Brian Lamb School of Communication
President, Siciliano Landscape Company, Red Bank, New Jersey
Karen Siciliano was born and raised in New Jersey. Siciliano’s education took her to the Midwest, her first career to Manhattan, and her second career back home again.
Siciliano was the first female Purdue’s history to be elected President of the 35,000-member student body. She was a dynamic lobbyist of the state legislature for land grant institution funds, an innovative creator of academic and social services for students, and a popular representative of the university within the Big Ten.
Siciliano’s career on Wall Street as a mortgage-backed security bond broker began when the trading of mortgage bonds was in its infancy and continued for nearly two decades in a market that, for much of that time, experienced frenetic growth. As a Vice President of JP Morgan and Chase Manhattan Bank, she created regional dealer sales desks for the national distribution of all mortgage securities traded. Karen’s extensive knowledge of mortgage products and players was instrumental in her success as a broker of fixed and adjustable rate bonds on the trading floors of several private brokerage firms.
Siciliano left Wall Street shortly after 9/11 to begin her second career. She is the owner and President of Siciliano Landscape Company, a third generation family business that has been admired by the NJ landscape industry for 80 years. Siciliano Landscape Company specializes in landscape design, installation, and maintenance for commercial and residential properties. In her twelve years at the helm, Siciliano has increased the size, improved the performance and expaned the scope of a business founded by her grandfather and built on a reputation for providing exceptional service to a discerning clientele.
In addition to expanding an already thriving business, Siciliano has elevated the social conscience of the company that bears her name. She is a leader in her industry for providing opportunities for visas, citizenship, benefits, and housing to the immigrants in her extensive workforce whose dreams mirror that of her ancestors. Siciliano serves on the foundation board of The Count Basie Theatre and advisory board of Investors Bank. She is an executive officer on the hospital board of trustees for Monmouth Medical Center. Siciliano Landscape Company is a financial sponsor of The Jacqueline Wilentz Breast Center and The Valerie Center – facilities at Monmouth Medical working to further the research and treatment of cancer, a disease that took the life of her mother.
“My mother instilled in me the message of Disraeli who said, ‘The secret of success is constancy to purpose.’ She taught me by her own example that nothing great was ever achieved without passion. As I watch my life come full circle, I feel compelled to honor the memory of loved ones who’ve given me so much by working to advance the causes they held so dear.”
Siciliano resides at Rivergate in Long Branch and Dataw Island,SC. She loves everything about the beach, and is an avid golfer.