WHO IS DOMINIC RAPINI
Dominic Rapini was born in New Haven, CT and his family moved to Hamden in 1963. His father Thomas Rapini was a WWII veteran and a self-employed tile-man and his mother, Norma Rapini, worked at Pratt & Whitney and Yale University while raising three sons: Michael, Dominic and Allen.
Growing up in Hamden, Dominic played youth sports, had his own landscaping business, worked a summer in Germany and toured East Berlin. Dominic graduated from Hamden High School in 1979 as a two-sport captain in Football and Track. Dominic was accepted to Trinity College as a Biology and Psychology major with a concentration in Neuroscience. He graduated in 1983 from Trinity College earning All-New England Honors in Football and Track while capping his career as an All-American hammer thrower - 1983.
Dominic spent his college summers studying Computer Science, working as an EMT in the North End of Hartford, and working with his father mixing cement and laying tile. He then went on to teach science, introduce Athletic Training services, and coach football as well as track at the Westminster School, Simsbury, CT.
In 1986, Dominic entered the Personal Computer industry selling Apple products in retail, corporate sales and as a sales manager. He went on to become Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Microtech International, developing consumer and commercial computer storage products, bringing new products to market with sales and distribution throughout the US.
In 1997, Dominic joined Apple in the Consumer Retail division working with US retailers to sell Beats audio products, Macintosh, iPad, and iPhone with retail partners - large and small nationwide. His work ethic, drive and innovative approach to business earned him the title of Apple salesperson of the year twice.
In his spare time Dominic has been a Coach and leader of Hamden Pop Warner youth football & cheerleading for over 30 years. He has coached all demographics and ages from 5 to 14 and, earned a reputation as an innovator in coaching and league management. In 2005 he was named a member of the New Haven Football Hall of Fame and has been honored as a Distinguished Alumni of Hamden High. Among other charitable endeavors, Dominic co-chaired the 2016 Easter Seals Celebrate campaign and has volunteered with New Reach, LLC - an innovative non-profit helping the homeless in New Haven and Fairfield counties.
Currently Dominic lives in Branford, CT with his wife Susan, their children Katlyn, Thomas, and Annie as well as their extended family which includes Blake Gatison, Blake's sister Amanda Augustine, and her daughter Lela.