Magazine article The Small Business Advocate

Advocacy Welcomes Joseph DiStasio to the New England Region

Magazine article The Small Business Advocate

Advocacy Welcomes Joseph DiStasio to the New England Region

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Advocacy welcomes Joseph DiStasio, a Massachusetts businessman, who has been appointed small business advocate for federal Region 1. The first member of Advocacy's team of regional advocates, DiStasio, began his position in April.

As a regional advocate, DiStasio is the direct link between the region's small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, small business associations, and the Office of Advocacy.

"Joseph DiStasio is a great addition to our team," said Major Clark III, acting chief counsel for advocacy. "Small business owners in New England have an outstanding advocate in Mr. DiStasio. His experience as a small business owner will allow him to immediately contribute to the Office of Advocacy's role as the government office that stands between small business owners and unnecessary or overly burdensome government regulations."

DiStasio has been a small business owner and director in the landscape management industry for more than two decades. His background also includes experience as an aerospace project engineer working on F-22 Raptor jet engine components. The father of four also serves in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol in Plymouth, Mass., with one of his children.

In addition, DiStasio is an experienced real estate investor who has purchased, managed and divested of several residential, commercial, and industrial properties. He has gone through the zoning, permitting, and construction processes and is familiar with the cyclical nature of the real estate market and the financing thereof.

"I've been through the up markets and the down markets, and I like the upward markets much better," DiStasio said.

DiStasio received a bachelor of liberal arts in extension studies, cum laude, from Harvard University (economics field of study, minor in business management). …

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