David F. Giannetto is an award-winning decoy carver and wildlife
photographer. He serves as an apprentice to his father, Vincent Giannetto III,
one of the nations most skilled Delaware River decoy carvers. A professor of
organizational behavior at Rutgers University, Giannetto is also CEO of the
Telos Group, a management and technology consulting firm.
Hunting and carving since he was a child, Giannetto has long been fascinated
by the fast-vanishing hunter-carver culture of the Delaware River. In his
fathers decoys, he sees the reflection of the natural world he loves and how it
has changed. He believes the art form serves as a microcosm for the
perishability of American traditions and regional distinctiveness.
Giannetto earned his BA from Monmouth University and his MBA from
Rutgers University. Listed as a thought leader by Business Finance
magazine and widely acknowledged as one of the most experienced business
performance management practitioners in the United States, he worked on the
Business Performance Management and Reporting initiative at the United
Nations Secretariat. He also served as a regular army officer in the
Tenth Mountain Division of the U.S. Army.
Giannetto and his siblings keep the true Delaware River style alive in their
own decoy carvings. They are likely the only modern-day hunter-carvers ever to
learn the trade directly from one of the old masters. He can frequently be found
hunting the Delaware River with his father and brothers. A New Jersey native,
Giannetto resides in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
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