Class of 2012

Our eighth Hall of Fame inductee class consists of an exceptional former student.  Vince DiGennaro, a former Data Processing student, leveraged his Polaris career-technical experience to pursue a distinguished career in the information technology industry. We are proud of his accomplishments and appreciate the role he serves as a business leader and Polaris ambassador.  DiGennaro was officially inducted into the Polaris Hall of Fame during a ceremony on April 24, 2012.

Polaris Program: Data Processing (1983 Graduate, Midpark High School)
Current Employment:
Progressive Insurance, Mayfield Village, Ohio

When considering Polaris in the early 1980s, Vince DiGennaro saw that computers would advance business capabilities and determined that Polaris would provide a solid educational foundation to this emerging technology in a hands-on learning environment.

Vince completed his two years in the Polaris Data Processing program and graduated from Midpark High School in 1983.  After graduation, he spent the next nine years in customer relations, repair dispatch, and computer operations with Time Warner (the company he was placed in as a Polaris senior) and Cox Communications, before moving into a programming position with Leasing Dynamics Incorporated, a local organization that leased computer hardware.

In 1993, Vince joined the information technology team at Nationwide Insurance and was promoted to IT Director in 1995. With the emergence of Internet technologies, Vince accepted a position with IBM Global Services and was engaged as a Technical Advisor to Hotels.com in Dallas, Texas.

In 2002, he returned to the insurance industry, joining Farmers Insurance, where he spent nine years as the Director of Information Technology before accepting his current position in the Enterprise Architecture Organization at Progressive Insurance in Mayfield Village.

Vince is an IBM Certified Solutions Designer and a former participant in the Farmers Enterprise Talent Program, an initiative designed to groom the next generation of senior level company leaders.

He is also extremely active in the community.  While at Farmers, he helped create the “Farmers Insurance Future Leaders Development Program,” designed to teach leadership skills to high school students while providing them with a platform to solicit corporate donations for charities.  He is also active in Relay for Life, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, has coached little league baseball for 14 years and is an active volunteer at CYO Camp Christopher in Bath, Ohio.

Vince currently resides in North Olmsted with his wife, Jennifer, and three sons, Vincent, Anthony (a senior in the Polaris Aeronautics program) and Paul.