Giacomo Federico was born in Italy in the town of Benevento, in the region of Campania in 1937. He immigrated to the United States in 1957, settling in Paterson, New Jersey. There he met his future wife Angelina and the two were married in 1962. They would later have a son, Joseph and a daughter, Virginia.
In the early 1970s, Giacomo became Chief Stationary Engineer in a dye print house where he excelled in the field of environmental thermodynamics and attended night school for engineering to perfect his trade. In 1978, he launched an independent electronics testing laboratory called New Jersey Micro Electronic Testing, with his family members also joining the company. Business took off during the 1980s and their state-of-the-art testing capabilities soared into the 1990s as a prime contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and many of the world’s top aerospace companies.
In 1994, New Jersey Micro Electronic Testing was selected as the Unites States Small Business Administration (SBA) Region II Subcontractor of the Year. Citations of recognition for outstanding performance were presented to Giacomo and then sole partner by President Bill Clinton and New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, as well as the Senate and General Assembly Council of New Jersey.
By 2002, the company had expanded into global operation, opening a branch in London, as well as an additional office in Los Angeles. In 2007, NJMET Inc. was selected to appear on TV’s “Heartbeat of America” honoring American businesses, whose innovations and technologies would impact the future of this country. NJMET was the first laboratory in the world to develop an Electronic Counterfeit Detection Program, which helps to keep this country safe against electronic terrorists. During the television program, retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney presented NJMET with “The Keeping America Strong” award.
Today, as activist in the education of electronic component distribution, certification and testing, NJMET has conducted national lectures educating thousands of electronic distributors worldwide.
Mr. Federico takes great pride in his family. He and Angelina have five grandchildren who also help out in the laboratory during their school holidays. He is a devoted member of his church and is involved in over a dozen major charity organizations worldwide, including the American Red Cross and the March of Dimes. He is very proud to be an Italian American and is very grateful to the Italian Tribune for its recognition of his lifetime achievement.