Ed began his Retail career in the 70’s, following his service in the Army Air Defense Corps. As an ROTC graduate (University of Dayton) and 1st Lieutenant, he commanded the 4th Training Battalion for Missile-training in Ft Bliss, Texas.
As a Buyer and Store Manager he held management positions in Sears in Boston, and then moved to his favorite city, Chicago in 1974 with May Company. A move to Atlanta followed with Federated Department Stores (Rich’s) in 1981. He ran the South DeKalb, Southlake and Perimeter Mall Rich’s stores until 1990, when he assumed the Regional VP Stores role for Rich’s and Macy’s with responsibilities in 3 states. Ed retired from Macys in 2003, and spent two years as an HR Software consultant for the Dovetail Group in Atlanta. Since 2008 he has served on the Windward Community Services Board. Judy founded the Andover Country Day School in 1989, one of the first Accredited PreSchools in Atlanta.
Ed & Judy have been involved for 8 years with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Emory ALS Clinic where Ed has been a patient since 2009. Today they Co-Chair the Annual MDA Night of Hope gala for ALS research, helping to raise $6.4M to date for MDA Regional Clinics across the country. Ed was one of the initial 30 Phase I patients to participate in the first U.S. ALS Stem Cell Trial in 2010. In addition, the Tessaros support the CF Foundation, VET groups statewide, and the Boys & Girls Clubs. Both say this is the work that’s most rewarding.
They have two children – Lauren is the VP Merchandising for Full Beauty Brands in NY. Jordan is a Sr. Manager for Accenture and lives in Atlanta. Ed’s interests include the Arts, mountain climbing, wilderness trekking, photography, and cycling. Judy loves the Arts as well, reading, and a good round of golf.