Omaha Business Hall of Fame: Aldo J. Tesi

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Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014 12:00 am

Under Aldo J. Tesi’s leadership, Election Systems & Software has become the world’s largest provider of voting machines and total election services.

Tesi joined the Omaha-based company as president in 1999 and became chief executive officer in 2000. Since April 2013 he has served as chairman and CEO.

Tesi is responsible for leading the company’s overall business strategy as well as for growing and delivering election solutions to state and local governments in the United States and worldwide. During the 14 years he has presided over ES&S, its market share has more than doubled, with 61 percent of the votes cast in the United States counted on ES&S voting systems.

A San Francisco native, Tesi is recognized for his commitment to excellence and his passion for customer satisfaction.

ES&S supports more than 2,400 counties and about 8,000 election events per year. ES&S’s largest client is New York City, with more than 5 million registered voters. The smallest is Arthur County, Neb., with 336 voters.

Tesi also set his sights on international growth for the company, reaching out to democratic nations outside the U.S. ES&S provides voting systems in France, the Philippines, Venezuela and England, and it has two offices in Canada.

Before joining ES&S, Tesi spent more than 30 years in the technology and service industry.

His first experience, after graduating from San Francisco State University in 1974 with a degree in international finance, was at IBM in San Francisco.

In 1979, he began a 20-year career with First Data Corporation, as head of the West Coast operations in San Mateo, Calif. In 1988, he moved to FDR’s largest division, First Data Resources, located in Omaha.

His path took him from sales and service to chief operating officer to president in 1990. During his 10 years as president, Tesi grew the company’s credit card processing business into the industry’s worldwide leader.

At FDR, Tesi led the purchase of the Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack and donated half of the land to the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a vision of building a school centered on information technology and engineering. That vision turned into the Peter Kiewit Institute.

Tesi maintains active involvement in Omaha, supporting many charitable organizations. He has given time to charities such as the United Way of the Midlands, Mid-America Council/Boy Scouts of America and Marian High School.

Tesi and his wife of 37 years, Liz, have three children: Aldo Brandon, 33; Gina, 29; and Monica, 25. The family enjoys travel and experiencing other cultures, and has been to all seven continents and more than 30 countries.

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