Her First Trade Show
Mary Rubina Sperando managed her different roles with an easy grace: working days, going to school at night for her master's degree, modeling on the side, while staying close to her parents, her cousins, her friends. "She was professional, organized and beautiful, inside and out," said her cousin, Catherine Lamonica. "She did for everyone, and she was always grace under fire."
Ms. Sperando, 39, known to almost everyone as Mitzi, loved the job she got last summer, as director of marketing and communications at Encompys, a high-tech company. Her poised presence in the office was hard to miss: even in the August heat, her colleagues remember, the new marketing director always made an impeccable fashion statement.
She was excited about her first trade show for the company ‹ Sept. 11, at the World Trade Center ‹ and so proud of the new sign for the Encompys booth that she invited the whole office to a 4 p.m. unveiling celebration, where as usual, she brought and served her favorite cheesecake, from Junior's.
"You name the bakery, the candy shop, she knew where it was," said her cousin. "She loved to share whatever she found."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 13, 2001.