Trailblazer Charles “CJ” Nasello loves to take chances on and off the soccer field.
Staying true to his adventurous spirit, the 18-year-old Lewis and Clark student started and runs his own delivery business.
Nasello's Errand and Delivery Services is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and serves Godfrey, Alton, East Alton and Wood River. The business partners with local restaurants to deliver food and products and also runs errands and delivers food for individuals customers.
“I got the idea from my brother who has two kids and was a single father,” Nasello said. “He would call and ask me to get milk or food for him and the kids, and I figured there is a huge need for this.”
Even though this is his first business venture, Nasello, a business major, feels up to the challenge. He eventually plans to own more businesses and maybe even run for public office one day.
“I have been around businesses my whole life,” he said. “With my grandpa and now my uncle owning Rigdon's Sewer Service, I had an idea of how it would be. But, I never realized how hard it would really be. It gets busy with meetings and everything else going on, but I wouldn't trade a day away. Plus, Lewis and Clark helped enhance the skills I need as a small business owner. I couldn't have asked for better instructors. They are so helpful and understanding.”
Assistant Soccer Coach Ryan Hodge said Nasello juggles a lot but handles it like a pro.
“He has a love for soccer and his community and puts a lot of his efforts toward both,” Hodge said. “He not only brings a good work rate to the team but helps the team stay positive through his outgoing personality. He is the type of player that every coach enjoys having on their team.”
Nasello, a freshman midfielder from Alton, has two goals and three assists on the season for the Trailblazers. At Alton High, Nasello led the Redbirds in game-winning goals for the 2016-17 season and was one of the top three scorers his senior year.
Those wanting to learn more about Nasello's Errand and Delivery Services can visit www.godfreydeliveryservice.com.
For more on how the Trailblazers are doing this season, visit www.lc.edu/athletics.