Gene Guselli, CJ’76, MBA’85
When the battle over forced busing spilled over onto the streets of Boston in the early 1970s, Gene Guselli found himself face-to-face with history in the making. As a young co-op student, he was at the center of a firestorm that shook the City of Boston.
His co-op was in the commissioner's office at the Boston Police Department. "The whole city school system was being desegregated, and the commissioner's office was really at the vortex of that incredible racially dynamic momentum in the city," said Guselli, who attended meetings with the U.S. attorney general, the mayor of Boston, and the head of the Ku Klux Klan.
"I had absolute clearance to be anywhere at anytime in the Boston Police Department between 1972 and 1976," recalled Guselli. "I rode with the anti-crime unit. I was in helicopters with the tactical patrol force. Everybody knew me in all the districts. It was amazing."
During this time he fostered a close friendship with his boss and mentor, Assistant to the Commissioner Gary Hayes, who helped him secure his next co-op at the Nottinghamshire Police in England. There Guselli learned British law enforcement inside and out while working in different capacities.
Guselli kept in close contact with Hayes, and after graduation Hayes opened another door of opportunity that would shape the course of Guselli's career. He suggested paying a visit to a friend at Boston City Hospital, who just happened to be the commissioner of health and hospitals for the City of Boston.
"I sat in the office with David Rosenbloom and in 30 minutes I was the chief of security for the department of health and hospitals," said Guselli, a native of the small city of Haverhill, Mass., who suddenly found himself overseeing security for Boston City Hospital, 22 neighborhood health centers, and the entire emergency medical system.
So began Guselli's transition into the health-care arena. He would hold various administrative posts in New York City and in Boston over the next several years, rising in the ranks as he went. And in 1985, upon the completion of his Northeastern MBA, Guselli entered the private sector.
With Rosenbloom he launched the startup insurance company Private Health Care Systems, serving as its president and CEO. Guselli would work there for 11 years and grow the business from zero to more than 1,200 employees and 5 million enrollees.
In 1995 the Double Husky struck out on his own and started the health-care marketing services firm InfoMedics, where he pioneered technology-driven platforms that enhance communications between physician and patient. Today InfoMedics is prosperous, touting clients ranging from GlaxoSmithKline to Merck to Pfizer.
Last year the company broke into the Canadian market, and it is currently expanding its presence to nine countries in Europe and South America. In step with the expansion, Guselli plans to hire co-ops as part of the Presidential Global Scholars Program that will double the number of Northeastern co-op students overseas.
"The thing about co-op that made a tremendous difference in my life is that, at a very early age, I actually found people who believed in me," said Guselli, who hopes to do the same for future co-ops at his company.
Today Guselli and his wife Nancy live on Cape Ann, along the northern edge of Massachusetts Bay. Their daughter is a member of Northeastern's class of 2015.