Linda DeSabato, Owner
DeSabato gets a hand in the family business from brothers Phil and Ed Vallone Jr.
What one factor is most important to success?
The most important factor to success is loving what you do.
What do you look for in an employee?
I look for honesty and loyalty in an employee.
What’s the best way to save money?
I wish I knew.
What’s the best way to spend money?
The best way to spend money is to spend it on employees that give you 100 percent and the people you love.
What’s your greatest pleasure?
The greatest pleasure in life is being with people who laugh out loud.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I rarely use an alarm. I wake up automatically when I have to, and then the first thing I do is say, “Thank you, God.” Then I brush my teeth and smoke a cigarette. Sorry, but it’s true.
How do you deal with stress?
Pray. Then thank God the situation isn’t worse.
What one lesson do you hope to pass on to your children?
Always be fair and honest.
How do you bounce back from adversity?
Rise to the occasion, then out-work the person causing the adversity.
What’s your favorite thing about Queens?
The people. I’m a people person.
Vallo Transportation has been shuttling Queensites around since 1984. The company traces its origins to Desabato’s father, Ed Vallone, who started the Parkway Bus Service (later the Pioneer Bus Corporation) over a half-century ago.
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