Keeping alive the MPA tradition of service, alumni Marc Dabaco ’03 and Jason Salerno ’06 worked with their family’s importing company to facilitate the state’s acquisition of millions of KN95 respirator masks and surgical masks and bring them from China for local use.

As managing partners at JMI Sales Group, the two cousins work with their uncle, John Mikulski, to sell and import products and equipment for hardware stores, farming and ranching, convenience stores, industrial use, and more.

That expertise came in handy when the State of Illinois needed help securing, fulfilling, and shipping a personal protective equipment (PPE) order from China.

WGN has more on the role that the family is playing in the state’s purchase:

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