Steve Bisciotti is the most notable of the people who own the Baltimore Ravens. However, he is connected with other businesses as well, which were what provided him with the funding needed to buy his ownership stake in the sports franchise in the first place. Here are 10 things you might not know about Steve Biscotti.
1. Grew Up in Severna Park, MD
Steve Bisciotti was born in Philadelphia, PA. However, he was raised in a place called Severna Park, MD because his father’s job as a construction sales executive resulted in his parents moving there. For those who are curious, Severna Park is one of the suburbs of Baltimore, meaning that it is considered to be part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.
2. Suffered Personal Loss At a Young Age
Unfortunately, Bisciotti’s father died of leukemia when Bisciotti was still at the age of 8. This had a very negative impact on the Bisciotti family, not least because it meant that it had lost its breadwinner. However, Bisciotti’s maternal grandfather C. Gordon Johnston was the one who stepped up in their time of need, which had a profound impact on Bisciotti.
3. Wasn’t Very Good At School
Primarily, Bisciotti learned the importance of hard work, which is something that has remained with him ever since. However, it is interesting to note that he wasn’t very good at school. In short, Bisciotti apparently had a learning disability that made academics a serious challenge for him. Something that made his school experience not particularly fun to say the least.
4. Graduated From Salisbury University
In spite of this, Bisciotti persevered, with the result that he graduated from Salisbury University with a degree in the liberal arts. For those who are unfamiliar, Salisbury University started out as the Maryland State Normal School in the 1920s before undergoing a number of name changes to become its current incarnation in the early 2000s, which is presumably a reference to its location in Salisbury, MD. Currently, Salisbury University is considered to be a member of the University System of Maryland that serves as the state’s public system of higher education.
5. Pretty Physical Person
When he was still a student, Bisciotti was a pretty physical person. For example, he was fond of playing baseball, basketball, and football, with the result that he was on his high school football team. Likewise, he would work in construction in the summertime, where it is said that he never shied away from the hard work that needed to get done. Nowadays, Bisciotti is a billionaire, but it is clear that he retains his fondness for sports, as shown by how he bought up his hometown team.
6. Co-Founded Aerotek
Upon graduation, Bisciotti went to work for a staffing firm, which went bankrupt. Due to this, he went to his eventual father-in-law for advice, which resulted in him being told that he should consider starting his own business in spite of the fact that he had no more than $3,500 in his bank account. As far as his eventual father-in-law was concerned, this wasn’t a big issue because it just meant that he couldn’t fall very far even if he failed. The startup was Aerotek, which went on to become the Allegis Group.
7. Had to Borrow to Buy an Engagement Ring
In the present time, Forbes considers the Allegis Group to be the single biggest privately-held talent management firm that can be found in the entire world, meaning that it has come very far indeed. However, it is important to note its humble beginnings, as shown by how Bisciotti needed to borrow money from his former boss in order to buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend Renee Foote. He didn’t need to go to the same lengths when the time came to buy the wedding ring, but he did need to dig deep into his coin jar.
8. Has Been Described As an Upfront Kind of Person
Personality-wise, Bisciotti has been described as being a pretty upfront kind of person. For example, if someone is doing well, Bisciotti won’t hesitate to compliment them for doing so. Likewise, if someone isn’t doing so well, Bisciotti is perfectly willing to speak with him face-to-face about what they are doing wrong as well as how they need to change.
9. Not Particularly Well-Known Before He Bought His Ownership Stake
Bisciotti wasn’t particularly well-known to the members of the public before he bought his ownership stake in the Baltimore Ravens. This made sense because while he was in charge of a very successful talent management firm, it was privately-held and remains privately-held. Moreover, talent management isn’t a sector that garners a great deal of interest from the public, thus further explaining its relative obscurity. It is interesting to note that even now, Bisciotti remains a relatively low-profile figure when it comes to the Baltimore Ravens, not least because he believes that spending too much time meddling with how a team is run isn’t good for an owner’s public reputation.
10. Roman Catholic
It is interesting to note that Bisciotti is a practicing Roman Catholic. As such, a lot of his charitable activities are connected with Roman Catholic organizations in some manner. For instance, he is a member of the board for the Associated Catholic Charities, which is a Baltimore-based nonprofit that provides care for more than 160,000 people on an annual basis. One of its most notable programs is providing meals for the poor, but it offers a wide range of other services as well to interested individuals regardless of their faith, their ethnicity, or their background. Of course, the Associated Catholic Charities wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of other people who believe in its mission, which is where Bisciotti and other like-minded individuals come in.