Based in Wakefield, Massachusetts, Anthony Freddura serves Epsilon as the firm's product owner and lead business systems analyst. With a lifelong passion for music, Anthony Freddura plays the guitar and enjoys a wide range of sounds and styles.
One of the emergent guitar-driven bands of recent years is Greta Van Fleet, which formed in Michigan in 2012 and has earned comparisons to Led Zeppelin. Interviewed recently in Rolling Stone, lead singer Josh Kiszka described the songs on the debut album “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” as reflecting a commitment to “musical honesty,” which he sees as lacking in today’s music scene.
Noting that he and his bandmates are humbled by comparisons to Led Zeppelin, Kiszka describes music fans as having a tendency to frame sounds they don't understand well in terms of music that has come before. For this reason, he ignores the endless debates on whether the band is simply aping rock’s glory days and focuses on forging a new sound that incorporates diverse influences, from the Fleet Foxes and Kings of Leon to Sufi chants.
Since the breakthrough guitar blues hit “Highway Tune” topped the charts in 2017, Greta Van Fleet has consistently striven to expand its sound and attract a new generation of hard rock enthusiasts.
A graduate of Stonehill College, Anthony Freddura has worked as a business systems analyst for the past 15 years. In 2018, he accepted a senior position in this role at bluebird bio in Massachusetts. Outside of work, Anthony Freddura enjoys playing the guitar.
While the guitar's origins date back thousands of years, the instrument as it is known today was designed much more recently. Some of the early ancestors of the guitar include the bowl harp and the tanbur, which were played in ancient Egypt, Sumer, and Babylonia.
The modern acoustic guitar began to take shape in Europe. Depictions of the guitar-like chartar, a four-stringed instrument, are found in carvings and illustrations from ancient Roman times. By the Renaissance, many of the instrument’s styles included a fifth string, which gave way to a sixth string in the 17th century.
In the 1800s, Spanish designers George Louis Panormo and Antonio Torres Jurado created the classical guitar form. Torres' design greatly improved the sound of the instrument and became the standard by which guitars are made today.
An experienced business technology professional, Anthony Freddura serves as a senior business systems analyst in Massachusetts. Outside of the office, Anthony Freddura is a dedicated amateur guitar player.
An excellent way to relax and connect with other people, playing guitar isn’t as difficult as many people think. In fact, some guitar teachers and enthusiasts contend that even those with no music background can learn the basics of the instrument in less than 10 hours.
Anyone can learn how to form a few basic chords by following simple, fret-by-fret instructions or referencing the ample video and illustrated resources widely available online, which provide tips and guidance about basics such as how to hold and strum the guitar. For example, a right-handed player would use his or her left hand to press the strings across the neck as firmly as possible and close to the frets to reduce buzzing and produce a clearer sound.
Once the guitarist learns how to hold and press the strings, he or she will learn to strum. Right-handed guitarists will strum with the right hand while forming the chords with the left. Though the basics of strumming are straightforward, it may take quite some time to master subtle moves such as picking and palm muting.
As neophytes continue to practice, they can expect to steadily gain mastery over the more difficult aspects of guitar playing, such as muting individual unwanted strings while fretting chords. They can also expect to experience a noticeable amount of finger pain until their hands adjust to this fine-motor activity, and calluses begin to form on the fingertips
Anthony Freddura is a well established technology executive who serves as Epsilon’s lead business systems analyst and drives operational results. A music enthusiast, Anthony Freddura enjoys playing guitar in his free time and has a strong appreciation of the rhythmic capacities of the instrument.
Rhythm guitar is a broad term that encompasses the pioneering blues-based sounds of Bo Diddley to the crunching chords of James Hetfield. In the jazz sphere, one of the most influential musicians was Freddie Green, who came up with the Count Basie Band before turning solo and combined a masterfully steady timekeeping ability with the skill to employ quarter notes in propelling a rhythm to climactic conclusions.
Rather than rushing ever faster on up-tempo tunes, Green maintained a metronomic commitment to the underlying beat. At the same time, he worked as an accompanist in ways that added to the overall color and melodic qualities of the song. Green’s steady hand also prevented slower songs from turning lethargic, as he imparted an underlying rhythmic energy to even the most quiet ballads.
Understated and often simply heard as part of the rhythm section, Green exemplified the way in which great rhythm players often blend in with other musicians and create a harmonic totality
A senior business systems analyst in Massachusetts, Anthony Freddura builds upon a long career in business technology that includes tenures as a project manager/principal analyst with Fidelity Investments and a product owner/lead business systems analyst with Epsilon. Outside of the professional arena, Anthony Freddura is a dedicated member of the World Vision Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts.
In addition to offering regular Sunday worship services and performing special religious ceremonies, Grace Chapel support a number of internal grassroots ministries that serve specific Christian populations and support specific charitable causes. One of these ministries is the adoption, foster, and kinship care initiative Home for Good.
Grace Chapel’s Home for Good ministry began as a highly personal project of its founders, which included grandparents who adopted their grandchildren, parents with adopted children from Guatemala, the foster parents of both teenagers and toddlers, and a dedicated youth social worker. Over the years, Home for Good has reached out to foster and adoptive families to provide them with the information and resources that they need to welcome children into their homes.
Since 2013, Anthony Freddura has served as the lead business systems analyst for Epsilon in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Outside of work, Anthony Freddura attends the nondenominational Grace Chapel in the nearby town of Lexington.
In addition to holding Sunday services, Grace Chapel oversees a variety of care ministries and programs at each of its four locations. The church’s ministries are designed to provide encouragement and support to members of the communities it serves as they work through issues such as divorce, the loss of a loved one, and addiction recovery.
Grace Chapel also conducts ministries for those who are homebound, in a nursing home, or dealing with cancer or other major health problems. Moreover, the church operates a food bank for individuals and families in need and assists job seekers through its bimonthly ReEmployment Roundtable meetings and periodic Job Search Workshops. More information about all of Grace Chapel’s care ministries and programs can be found at www.grace.org.
Anthony Freddura serves Epsilon as a product owner/lead business systems analyst. In terms of philanthropic interests, Anthony Freddura supports Grace Church in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Founded in 1948, this non-denominational church met in members’ homes for several years and eventually expanded into a congregation of 4,000 members spread across Lexington, East Lexington, Watertown, and Wilmington. Grace Church makes a concerted effort to increase the presence of other cultures in its largely Caucasian membership. Today, 30 percent of its members have roots in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean.
The church’s multicultural and leadership-learning team takes several steps toward promoting diversity and assesses its progress along the way. The team strives discover how cultural groups can contribute to worship and service and identify practices that might be unwelcoming to individuals with different cultural backgrounds.
Acting as a liaison with overall church leaders, the team encourages the church’s ministries to identify emerging leaders who are representative of the church congregation’s multicultural makeup. The team also works toward reframing outmoded definitions of leadership.
In addition, Grace Church offers language classes for English learners, some worship services have Korean, Spanish, and Mandarin translators.
Experienced in project management and business systems analysis, Anthony Freddura formerly served as a business systems analyst for Genentech, Inc., in the San Francisco Bay area. Anthony Freddura currently works as a senior business systems analyst with MultiPlan, Inc.
Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, MultiPlan has become one of the world's leading providers of health care cost management solutions. Insurance companies, health management organizations, and self-funded employers represent some of the groups that utilize its services. Moreover, MultiPlan’s network and analytics-based software helps identify fraud and reduce costs.
Additionally, MultiPlan gives back to its community through its annual Holiday Card program. Health care groups from across the country allow pediatric patients to make drawings that may be featured on Holiday Cards, which the respective hospitals can then use for fundraising. In 2014, more than 45 patients sent in their drawings, and the top drawings came from facilities in Tennessee, Texas, and Nebraska. Also that year, MultiPlan made a $12,000 donation to the global nonprofit group Starlight Children's Foundation. Among MultiPlan’s other end-of-year initiatives are donating toys to hospitals and funding rural health care programs.
Currently a senior business systems analyst, Anthony Freddura leads and guides software development projects for MultiPlan, Inc., a major health care cost manager located in Waltham, Massachusetts. Prior to contracting with MultiPlan, he worked for several firms in the Boston area, including Iron Mountain, Fresenius Medical Care, and Fidelity Investments. When he is not attending to professional responsibilities, Anthony Freddura participates in several of the programs and ministries at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Like many American faith communities, Grace Chapel began in 1948 as a relatively informal weekly gathering of Christian believers, engaging in worship, prayer, and Bible study. They initially met in their homes, but soon needed to rent space to accommodate the growing congregation. The group incorporated in 1956 and has grown progressively ever since. Grace Chapel today serves a congregation or more than 4,000 at five locations in eastern Massachusetts, including Wilmington and Watertown, as well as three locations in Lexington.
In addition to traditional Sunday morning worship services, Grace Chapel offers a broad range of services to its congregants and members of the community. Among these ministries are programs to help young people grow in their faith in the fellowship of their peers, as well as programs for adult men, women, and couples. Another program, the Mature Adults Program, offers those age 55 and older opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, sharing, and caring, as well as recreation.
Grace Chapel also offers its members the opportunity to volunteer on short-term mission trips to other parts of the world, including Haiti, Moldova, Lebanon, and Malawi. Some of these trips focus on providing dental and medical services to underserved communities, and some concentrate on providing other kinds of services, such as working on construction projects for schools and orphanages. Participation in the missions is limited, but Grace Chapel also offers numerous service opportunities closer to home. All the missions and service projects give participants the opportunity for exceptional personal growth and a deeper understanding of the heart of Jesus.
I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2000 to 2007 while working as a Business Systems Analyst for Genentech, a biotechnology company. While residing in the region, I enjoyed the opportunity to try some of the best restaurants in the country. I recently looked at the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine’s Top 100 Restaurants list to see which eateries and fine dining establishments now appear in the rankings. If you visit the Bay Area, I recommend that you try these five restaurants.
1. Chez Panisse (Berkeley): Included among the Top 100 since 2001, Alice Waters founded the dining establishment in 1971. The downstairs comprises a formal restaurant whose menu changes daily and the upstairs accommodates a café. Specializing in fresh, organic cuisine, Alice Waters focused on this philosophy long before the general public became aware of the idea. Chefs Jean-Pierre Moulle and David Tanis each spend six months of the year overseeing the renowned kitchen, which specializes in California-Mediterranean cuisine.
2. Flour + Water (San Francisco): The establishment received a nomination for a James Beard Best New Restaurant of 2010 Award. Specializing in Italian fare, including wood-fired pizzas and a warm lamb’s tongue salad with poached egg, Chef Thomas McNaughton changes the menu on a daily basis. The acclaimed eatery offers entrees ranging in price from $15 to $23.
3. Yank Sing (San Francisco): Located in the world-famous Chinatown, this restaurant ranks among the city's best for Chinese cuisine. Renowned for its dim sum and Peking duck, this establishment offers more than 80 items on the carts that circle the dining room. The Chronicle mentioned that Yank Sing costs more than some similar eateries, but the food quality also remains higher.
4. Hog Island Oyster Co. (San Francisco): Located in the Ferry Building, the establishment serves seafood enthusiasts in the Bay Area and ships first-quality oysters to restaurants around the United States. Served on ice, oysters arrive at the table in sets of 6 or 12 and cost as much as $30. The menu also includes salads and other types of seafood and visitors can watch the ferries come in from the dining room.
5. The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton (San Francisco): For diners seeking French cuisine, this restaurant does not disappoint. The chef combines French and Japanese influences to create exquisite dishes featuring fish and other seafood. In addition to the appealing menu, patrons enjoy fantastic service. The prix fixe offerings range in price from $74 to $120.
Serving as an Information Systems Quality Analyst, Anthony Freddura held responsibility for testing and supporting a client/server transaction processing system.