February 2000

Robert Spiotto was born and raised in Corona, Queens in June 1937. He attended Newtown High School. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1961 as an Airman 1st Class. He served as an auto, truck and fork lift mechanic and was stationed in Alaska.

 

Bob has been married to his wife, Mary Ann since 1961 and has a son Robert Thomas who is the Assistant Cultural Director for Hofstra University. They reside in Flushing, Queens.

 

He is an avid philatelic (stamp collector), golfer and musician. Bob plays the drums and is a member of the American Federation of Musicians. He is also a member of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

 

After his Tour of Duty in the Air Force, Bob worked as a mechanic for Queensboro Farms. He later moved on to Hyster Material Handling where he stayed for 25 years. He worked in all areas of the business starting as a mechanic and moved up to positions of Dispatcher, Shop Foreman, Service Manager, Warranty Administrator, General Parts and Service Manager, Outside Parts Sales and Service. During this time, Bob was able to attend several tech schools through the years including some Dale Carnegie Courses. Bob also worked as a Truck Parts Specialist at N.Y. Peterbilt, Power Battery and Steinway Automotive. He currently is the Account Manager/Parts & Service serving the 5 boroughs, Nassau and Suffolk Counties for Metropolitan International Trucks, Inc., an International, Hino and UD truck dealership.

 

Bob has been an active Member of the Society since 1985 and currently holds the tenth position of consecutive meeting attendance with 25 meetings as of the November 1999 meeting. He as served on the Journal and Membership Committees.


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