DowntownHuntington.net is launching a new series called “People of Huntington” where we intend to profile as many residents of the Jewel City, from all walks of life, as we can. In our first installment, we talked to Julian Pecora, Esq., who is 28 years old.
Do you have any siblings?
I have one older brother, William “Bill” Pecora. He is an investment banking senior associate at TD Securities in NYC.
Are you a morning or evening person?
What are you most known for, especially among your friends?
I am known amongst my friends for being a great connector and a loyal friend.
What do you do in your free time?
Travel and run a networking group dedicated to retaining talent in WV.
What hobby would you get into if you had the time and money?
If there were an Olympics for everyday activities, what would you have a good chance of winning a medal in?
If you had enough money to not need one, what would be your “job”?
I would still be a lawyer.
What are some accomplishments you’re really proud of?
I am proud that I represented the United States in Germany and the E.U. as a young professional leader in the United States for the Atlantik-Brucke New Bridge Program Fellowship as the second West Virginian ever to be selected.
I am proud of founding Counsel Connections. It is an I-64 network that connects the young professional communities in Charleston and Huntington. CC strongly emphasizes promoting and retaining young professional talent in West Virginia for the business community.
Are you from Huntington? If not, what brings you to Huntington?
I am from Clarksburg, WV. I came to Huntington for my first job out of law school, fell in love with the community, and have been here ever since.
What are three things you like best about Huntington?
1) The pride the citizens have in the community
2) Marshall University
3) The local restaurants.
What are three things you’d like to change?
1) For Huntington to be more recognized by the rest of West Virginia.
2) For the city to continue to attract and retain young professional talent
3) For the rest of the state to identify all the good Marshall does for West Virginia.
What is/are your favorite restaurant(s) in the Huntington metro? Why?
1) Ninth Street Diner. Great farm-to-table style diner.
2) SIP. Great atmosphere and selection.
3) Fuel Counter. High-quality ingredients and excellent service.
Favorite shop(s)? Why?
The Market as a whole. I think it is one of the nicest places in West Virginia. Sloane Square Art Gallery. Great selection and friendly people.
What is a food you’ve had that you enjoy that you can’t find in Huntington?
I think Huntington has something for everyone.
What are some things everybody should try at least once?
I think everyone should try community service at least once.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever been?
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
Treat everyone with respect, and never give up on your goals. My grandfather, Eugene Pecora.
Pretend this is the yearbook, what is your senior quote?
I never lose – either I win, or I learn. Nelson Mandela.
If you would like to be profiled in the #PeopleOfHuntington series, send an email to DowntownHuntington@gmail.com.