The recipient of a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Miami University, Theodore "Ted" Catino is an entrepreneur who founded Specialty Auto Finance Company and is a founding partner of Boston's 625 Investments, LLC. Ted Catino's latest venture is GigSmart, a mobile application which connects employers with individuals seeking short-term, flexible employment.
According to Intuit, the company which owns TurboTax, gig workers comprise roughly 34 percent of the United States workforce. Additionally, the company predicts that, by 2020, gig workers will make up 43 percent of the economy. Referencing the growing number of freelance workers within the transportation industry, the company's CEO, Brad Smith, believes self-employed work has increased opportunity in other industries as well.
Data from a joint study between Intuit and Emergent Research shows that, led by online enterprises, there are nearly four million conventional gig workers in the country. That number is expected to rise to 7.7 million by 2020, although it is difficult to determine how many workers use gig employment as a full-time job as opposed to a part-time way to generate supplemental income. Official numbers are expected to be released by the US Labor Department in 2018.
Theodore "Ted" Catino is a Cincinnati-based entrepreneur who recently co-founded the job-connecting mobile application GigSmart. Outside of his professional endeavors, Ted Catino is an avid fan of the National Football League's (NFL) Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals filled a major need at the 2017 NFL Draft with the ninth overall selection of wide receiver John Ross. Cincinnati only had three players with over 500 receiving yards last season, while only A.J. Green averaged over 55 yards receiving per game. Ross, meanwhile, recorded the third most touchdowns in the entire NCAA last season and finished second in the Pac-12 conference in receiving yards.
Ross spent four seasons at the University of Washington but missed the entire 2015 campaign due to an ACL injury. However, he returned healthy for his senior season in 2016 and recorded 17 touchdowns on 81 pass receptions. A dual-threat receiver, he also carried the ball eight times for 102 yards and scored four kick-return touchdowns. At the NFL combine, Ross completed the 40-yard dash in a record time of 4.22 seconds.
A graduate of Ohio’s Miami University and co-founder of three companies, Ted Catino's latest venture is GigSmart, a mobile application designed to connect employers with employees seeking short-term, contract work. In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Ted "Theodore" Catino helps individuals transition through the early stages of post-retirement.
Studies have shown that roughly two-thirds of retirees have had challenges adapting to post-retirement changes such as the absence of a regular routine and day-to-day social interactions. However, following certain guidelines and maintaining a positive frame of mind can ease the transition considerably.
Mary Languirand, co-author of How to Age in Place, suggests looking at retirement as an opportunity to spend the majority of your time doing what you love. Adding that research shows those who spend time socializing with others are happier and healthier than people who keep to themselves, Languirand stresses the importance of connecting with others. Eating healthy and enjoying regular exercise can also help enhance your quality of life and develop routines that may have been lost upon retirement. Finally, understand that finding comfort and peace following retirement is a process that requires patience.
Theodore “Ted” Catino is a successful entrepreneur. The cofounder and former co-CEO of Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporation (SNAAC), he serves as a transition and interview coach for individuals hoping to find meaning in retirement or new career positions. In his free time, Ted Catino is an avid traveler who has visited such places as Hong Kong.
In the past, summertime saw cheaper hotel rates and fewer crowds, but that is not the case anymore. Despite the Hong Kong’s humid, hot summer weather, hotel prices and crowds are high between the months of June and September. Average temperatures during summer hover in the 80s, and precipitation is often about 13 inches.
Winter is also a busy time. The weather is cooler with averages in the 60s and 70s, but many travelers go to Hong Kong for the holidays.
Between April and May, Hong Kong prices and crowds ease somewhat. Spring weather is more temperate than summer weather, but there is often fog during the day until the end of April. Many national holidays occur in the spring, and they draw in huge crowds and cause prices to climb.
Visiting during fall is perhaps the best option. From October to December, room rates are average, and temperatures during the daytime stay in the 70s. The main holiday during the fall is National Day, which is celebrated on October 1.
Over the past several decades, Theodore “Ted” Catino has been responsible for starting and leading several companies. He helped start 625 Investments, LLC, which his son TJ Catino now runs. An avid sports fan, Ted Catino follows several professional sports teams, including the Cincinnati Reds.
Throughout the team’s history, the Cincinnati Reds has seen a number of talented players move through its ranks. Just a few of the team’s top players of all time include:
- Ernie Lombardi. Racking up 190 homeruns and a .306 average during his 17-year career, Lombardi was the second catcher ever to win the NL MVP award. Between 1936 and 1940, he made five All Star games in a row and he was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.
- Tony Perez. A seven-time All Star, Perez spent the majority of his career with the Reds. He ranks number six in doubles and number three in homeruns with the team. He also is number two in RBI. He left the team in 1976 as a free agent.
- Frank Robinson. The NL Rookie of the Year in 1956 and NL MVP in 1961, Robinson played his first 10 years with the Cincinnati Reds. He amassed 1,009 RBI, 324 homeruns, and a .307 batting average during his time with the team.
A founding partner of 625 Investments, LLC, in Boston, Massachusetts, Theodore “Ted” Catino serves as the chief executive officer and the chief investment officer, maintaining the company’s strategic direction. When he’s not working, Ted Catino enjoys traveling and has been all over the world, including Hong Kong and Macau.
Often overlooked in favor of its neighbor, Hong Kong, the island of Macau, located off the southeast coast of China, is a special administrative region of the country and best known to the world as the only place in China where gambling is legal.
However, there is more to the city than gambling. The city was once a Portuguese colony and infused a distinctly Mediterranean style onto the Asian landscape. Visitors to Macau should be sure to visit the ruins of the Church of St. Paul, an early 17th-century Jesuit construction featuring ornate statues, portals, and engravings. The church was abandoned in 1762 after the expulsion of the Jesuits and was damaged in 1835 by a raging kitchen fire.
Another popular tourist attraction is the Guia Fort, which is located on the highest point in the city and offers beautiful panoramic views. Visitors can go on foot to the fort or take a cable car. After some sightseeing, tourists are advised to visit Coloane Village, which sits on the western shore and was once a haven for pirates. The village includes attractions such as the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, but it is also a great place to sit on the beach or grab a bite to eat at the end of a long day.
Theodore (Ted) Catino has served as a founding partner at 625 Investments, LLC, in Boston, Massachusetts, since 2011. Away from his various executive responsibilities with the company, Ted Catino enjoys following Boston sports, particularly the Boston Red Sox.
Between 1903 and 1918, the Boston Red Sox, contesting five of those season as the Boston Americans, won five World Series titles. At the time, the franchise’s five championships were a league record. Following the financially motivated trade of young star George Herman Ruth, the team went nearly three decades before reaching the World Finals for a sixth time. The Red Sox lost the 1946 World Series in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. Another two decades passed between championship appearances, and the Red Sox again fell in seven games to the 1967 St. Louis Cardinals. Boston lost seven game series to the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets in 1975 and 1986, respectively.
After losing four American League Championship Series (ALCS) between 1988 and 2003, the Red Sox finally made a winning return to the World Series. Facing off against old World Series rivals the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston surged to 11-9 and 6-2 victories at Fenway Park before completing the series sweep on the road. Boston waited 86 years between its fifth and sixth World Series titles, but would only need three years to earn a seventh. In 2007, the Red Sox again swept the series, this time over the Colorado Rockies. In 2013, the team earned a slightly more dramatic 4-2 series win over the Cardinals, bringing the city its eighth World Series trophy.
Three years later, they bought out the investor and established lines of credit for $500,000. This amount grew over 25 years to some $300 million. The company eventually built ties with several thousand dealers in 30 states and hired 125 employees.