Alumni Profile: Andrew Formato '92

 

The Trinity College football team philosophy is centered on teamwork, which has propelled the Bantams to become one of the winningest programs in Division III football. When a Bantam is in need of a block on the field, a Bantam is there to pave the way. When a Bantam is in need of an assist off the field, many times, it is a Bantam there to support his teammate. This is no different for Andrew Formato, a 1992 Trinity graduate and former Bantam football player, who still plays a key role with the Trinity team.
Formato, a running back on the Trinity squad from 1989-1991, consistently averaged over four yards a carry as a player, and he continues to perform when asked to carry the pigskin, long after dawning the Trinity blue and gold. Formato has provided internships and career counseling to players, organized the Trinity football banquet, supported the team’s endowment, and has been key to the advancement of the program.
“He has become one of our most supportive alums in so many different ways,” Head Coach Jeff Devanney said. “He is always willing to help, and he does it in a behind-the-scenes kind of way. “
Formato is Co-President and Senior Managing Director and co-head of Institutional Equity Sales of Weeden & Co, but as he would tell you, it was not an easy path. He credits his transformation as a person at Trinity as a key reason for his success.
“I struggled mightily to adjust [to college]” he said. “My maturity level was not as high as it should’ve been when I came in, but Trinity was patient with me, and I will always be grateful for that. It is a real testament to the College – I did not come to Trinity with the traits that I left with. I always knew that I would repay the school in any way I could for that.”
True to his self-commitment, Formato recognized the perfect opportunity to help the College.
“[I offer support to the football program] in any way I can, and in turn, the College can focus on helping other areas of the school, whether that be the music department, sciences, or whatever,” he said. “We’re a small College so it is important for alumni to shore up the different areas of the school. It doesn’t have to be financial contributions. It can be time, expertise, or whatever. It’s all very important.”
Formato credits Devanney for paying significant attention to the athletes as people, and not just as football players, and adds that it gives him comfort knowing that he is at the helm.
“I feel good about providing support to the program because I know it is in good hands with Jeff [Devanney],” Formato said. “He doesn’t just care about wins and losses. He knows that it’s more important to build great people.”
That is why Formato has made room for several Trinity players as interns at his company.
“I asked [Coach Devanney] to recommend players that have shown exemplary performance on and off the field,” he said. “What matters is the type of person -- their character.”
Starting quarterback Craig Drusbosky is among the players that interned with Formato at Weedon & Co. Drusbowsky called Formato “one of the most influential people he’s ever met,” and echoed Devanney’s positive sentiments about his helpful nature.
“[Mr. Formato] helped me out a lot at Weeden and as a fellow member of the Trinity football family,” Drusbosky said. “He understands that football was a major part of his Trinity experience and wants to pass on what he learned to other current and future players.”
Drusbosky also admires how big of a role Formato has played in the advancement of the program.
"He is always looking for a way to help the Trinity football program, whether it be raising donations, thinking of new ideas for future facility upgrades, or helping out current players," Drusbosky said.
Formato and his wife of 16 years, Jean, have three children: Kevin, 10, Katie, 7, and Brian, 3. He says that he hopes one of them will matriculate at Trinity one day because of the experience that he had here as a student. As Devanney would note, Formato does not provide support to the program looking for credit. Formato’s gratefulness to the College is a testament to that.
“Trinity is a special place,” Formato said. “I will always respect the College for what they did for me.”