As a small family business since 1954 having a friendly, helpful, kind and knowledgeable staff has always been very important to us. Most of our staff has been with us for 10 years or more! Meet our UHW family!
Andy Cunningham, the General Manager of United House Wrecking, started his career here at 17 years old.
Andy's responsibilities include overseeing the entire operation as well as buying many categories of outdoor product. He is also the "go to" guy for clients who have antiques to sell us.
One of Andy's passions is stained glass and architectural items. He is the primary purchaser of these items in the store.
He and his lovely wife Adrienne live in Wilton with their three daughters, Amanda, who graduated UCONN in 2010 , Jessica who is now attending UCONN, and Megan who in middle school.
You'll find him here both early and late most days fulfilling his "family role" as a cousin of owners Mario and Ross Lodato.
When you come in say hello to Andy, he'll give you a great price and a genuine "family" welcome.
She brings an Interior Design degree from Fairfield University, and 20 years of design and sales around Fairfield County. Her first project was to design and launch the new Casual Lifestyle Gallery, which has been a giant hit with the customers! Most of the time you will find her in the Design Center, assisting customers with choosing and integrating all of our diverse collections, to create the perfect home!
Ginni also spends a great deal of time making house calls, to fully understand the vision you have in mind. From individual items to whole home design projects, Ginni is ready to go to work for you! She loves her Westie, Mr. Murray.
Mario Lodato, the senior member of the two brother partnership that owns and operates United House Wrecking, has spent most of his career associated with the firm.
As a young man he spent many hours helping out in the company in all of its business.
Following his graduation from Loyola College in Baltimore, Mario experimented with a brief career in product development with one of his uncles.
Returning to UHW in 1986 he subsequently helped shape its evolution into the new business that it is today.
Mario is very "hands on", and on a daily basis you'll see him greeting customers, moving and tagging merchandise, sitting in executive meetings, all variety of tasks, large and small.
Mario, married to Lorraine, lives in Riverside and has three children, Ross, Philip, and Lauren.
To quote him, "As an owner, this place is firmly in my blood-I can't imagine or remember a day when it didn't influence my life."
Come on in and say "hello" to Mario, he'll treat you like one of his own.
Mary Anne Morrell
Mary Ann came to UHW in April of 2007. She is one half of our Sunday customer service crew.
Mary Ann is married and has a daughter that graduated from Rutgers University in 2009.
Her wonderful spirit and attention to detail is one of her many assets to UHW.
Her sister, Diane works Saturdays and is just as pleasant as Mary Ann.
Associate Noel Pollock has worked at UHW for nearly nine years. A typical day might find him stringing or hanging one of the many antique or reproduction chandeliers, repairing a piece of furniture or involved in some aspect of store maintenance.
His friendly way with customers leaves them smiling when he wraps and loads their purchases in the car. "I love the bosses here," he says. "They are fair and honest and I'll want to work here until I retire." Not anytime soon, we hope.
Noel hails from Jamaica. Prior to coming to Stamford he worked in Florida cutting sugar cane. He and his wife Marilyn have five grown children, three boys and two girls, and 9 grandchildren, among them a set of triplets. He truly relishes the role of Grandpa, so ask about those kids.
He has worked as a chef, and among his leisure time hobbies is cooking such treats as curried chicken and homemade cake. He hasn't forgotten his farming background either; he raises a big vegetable and flower garden which he shares with friends."This year" he says optimistically "with the cool weather, we got off to a slow start in the garden, but by the end of the summer it will catch up!" Noel will enjoy meeting you and will make you feel like family, so stop in and say hello.
Patricia Kara Rood
Patricia (Patty) came to United House Wrecking in 1994. Through the years she has gained an extensive knowledge of antique furniture, smalls, bric-a-brac, etc. We fondly refer to her as our resident historian and curator of our showcases located at the front of the store.Patty diligently researches all the items we procure so that we can bestow as much information as possible to our customers.
Patty lives in Stamford with her husband Frank and her son Zachary who is the apple of her eye.
Director of Communications
Phil is a third generation United House Wrecking family member, named after his great uncle one of the original founders of UHW.
Phil has grown up in and around UHW working part-time in the summers as a child, and while on break from Villanova University. He became a full-time employee in 2005 and currently is our Director of Communications managing our marketing and all things web related.
When he is not working at his computer in the design center Phil can be found on the floor helping our customers.
Rosalie Zacarola has called United House Wrecking her "work home" for six and a half years.
She loves the variety of unique products that this store has to offer. She was a customer of UHW long before her employ here.. Because she and her husband have purchased and resold nine properties she is experienced in renovating and decorating homes.
In addition to helping customers with their design needs, Rose enjoys using her creative skills to assist in displaying and accessorizing sections of the store.
Mike, her husband of 34 years is a roofing contractor. Their daughter, Christi, is the mother of their only granddaughter, 5 year old Angelica.
Her favorite activity outside of work is shopping. Rosalie says, "I'm easily bored, so I love to look for jewelry, clothes, and unusual things for our home. I think that's why UHW is the perfect workplace for me."
Ross Lodato Co-Owner
Ross Lodato, the younger brother / team, is best known for his high energy level and his passion for evolving the long time business into an up to date and competitive business, not only in Stamford, but as the best in the New England region.
Beyond his childhood "helping out" in the store, an engineer by degree, a graduate of Villanova, Ross spent some years in a development business with his uncle.
That precise process of bidding and building helps him today in the design and product development of the reproductions of antique furniture, gates, chandeliers, and mantels that are the frontispieces of this long term business, and that involve negotiations in thirteen countries.
The namesake of its founder, Ross Lodato Sr., Ross feels a very personal responsibility of keeping its memories, yet bringing it up to date for survival in a highly competitive marketplace.
He offers, "I feel my father's presence here today - Dad's love for his family and for the business he built with his own hands. I want to take care of all the families who work here, as we're the legacy and the responsibility that he left us."
Ross lives in Greenwich with Janice, his wife and their three children, Alyssa, Ross III, and Kristen.
Come in and see if you can get this bundle of energy to slow down long enough to say "hello". He'll earn your trust!