Friends and colleagues remember community leader Frank Mascia

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Close friends and colleagues of business leader Frank Mascia said his contributions to the community impacted everyone, whether one knew him personally or not.

Anita Bachmann is the vice president of UnitedHealthcare Group and calls her friend and former colleague a visionary.

Mascia retired as CEO of UnitedHealthcare in 2005 but hired Bachmann 20 years ago when he started the Physicians Healthcare Plan.

"He was a visionary he was a leader. And he turned little PHP at the time into a company is now large UnitedHealthcare with over 6,000 employees in the state of North Carolina," Bachmann said.

Bachmann said while Mascia was a hard worker who valued promptness, the work environment was family oriented.

"I don't think you could ever replace someone like Frank Mascia, it's just impossible. But what we can do it is we can continue to keep his spirit alive, keep his heart alive by the way we live," Bachmann said.

Jim Kirkpatrick with the Guilford Battleground Company said Mascia was a "professional volunteer" with a giving heart.

"When Frank took over he instituted a very large fundraising campaign. We raised several million dollars which went directly to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and allowed them to redo the exhibits inside the visitor center as well as the exhibits outside around the park," Kirkpatrick said.

Interim Police Chief Anita Holder said Mascia’s genuine curiosity led him to launch the Greensboro Police Foundation in 2012.

"You could just tell from the moment you met him that there is just something special about this person. Just a very humble and genuine caring person," Holder said.

Mascia's efforts and fundraising allowed purchase of police officer body cameras and the Greensboro Police Department gym in the new Federal Place facility.
Just last month, Holder said Mascia brought in safety devices to test for officer use on the side of the roadways at night.

"One of the other safety devices that we're testing now are road flares, electronic road flares with LED light. That, number one makes our officers safer they're more visible and it allows motorists to know what’s going on as well," Holder said

The city of Greensboro will have the state and American flags lowered half-staff until Feb. 20 in Mascia's honor.

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