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Atlantico Designs + Business Solutions was started on the brink of the new millennium by Peter Zurlino, Owner and Web Designer. Having created a website for one of his earlier businesses, Peter realized he enjoyed creating a web presence more than the business he was in. While living in the Boston area, he began to offer his newly acquired skills to local businesses in the state's capital. Having landed the website for a prominent restaurant in the North End (the city's Italian neighborhood), Peter decided that website design was his calling.

A few years later, Peter found himself back in Western Mass. Having been born and raised in Springfield, Peter's roots proved to be the perfect opportunity to network and grow his business. Today, Atlantico works with dozens of businesses throughout the Northeast. Peter also works as the District Webmaster for the Springfield Public Schools, overseeing their district website, dozens of department sites and over 40 school websites. In addition to his business ventures, Peter believes in giving back to the community and is a founding board member of the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield as well as a board member for the areas premier arts venue, CityStage and Symphony Hall.

In April of 2010, Peter was honored with receiving BusinessWest's prestigious "40 Under Forty" award, a compilation of some of the region’s brightest young rising stars. Check out the following article from BusinessWest magazine:

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Peter Zurlino
Owner, Atlantico Designs / Web Master, Springfield Public Schools

Peter Zurlino - Owner, Atlantico Designs / Web Master, Springfield Public SchoolsPeter Zurlino says that his goal when he started out in business was rather simple: “I didn't want to dread going to work every day.”

But sometimes the best ideas are the most simple, and Zurlino said that, for him, the differentiating factor in his life was to move into a career that provided something interesting that he also loves doing. “I love to design Web sites,” he explained, “and I love knowing that what I’m doing is helping people's businesses. It also happens to be that I can make a profit doing that.”

Since 1999 he has owned and operated Atlantico Designs, working with and for a growing client base of businesses and organizations. But what Zurlino considers his primary role is as the first-ever Web master for the Springfield Public Schools. Officials there cite his enormous commitment in overseeing a complete Web presence for the school system. For Zurlino, with such responsibility comes a true enjoyment for a job that has him interacting with all facets of the organization.

“I came in with a commercial background,” he explained of his first days on the job. “And I said, ‘I understand what you folks want to do, but we're going to need to do it a different way.’ I was able to bring my business experience to the School Department and have them see their needs through a different set of glasses.”

And for this Springfield native, becoming one of the first board members of the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield allowed him to be a catalyst for further involvement in the community. “YPS was a shining star for me. It was an opportunity to get involved with something on the ground floor. And I’m proud of where the group has gone; we've done so much.”

Zurlino said that giving back to his hometown is rewarding, but also fulfills that important role of being able to love going to work every day. —Dan Chase

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