March 2004

This month we have an Associate Member honored as our Member of the Month. He is William Franzone, the On Highway Account Manager for H. O. Penn Machinery Co. of Holtsville, NY. Bill oversees the sales responsibilities for Caterpillar truck engines for the Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan areas. He calls on truck dealers and customers that sell and use Caterpillar engines.

Bill started in the industry back in 1972 as a mechanic and troubleshooter on earth moving equipment and worked his way up to Service Manager for Equipment Fiat Allis dealer. He ran his own business for a period of three years before going to the largest crane and equipment rental company in New York with over 250 units as the Equipment Manager. He was also a Service Manager at a Kenworth Truck dealer prior to his present position at H. O. Penn Machinery Co.

Bill was born in 1946 in Corona, NY and was raised in Flushing, NY. He attended Jamaica High School and graduated in 1964. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968 in the mechanized infantry and ground surveillance fields and attained the rank of Specialist E5. Bill was also stationed overseas in Korea.

Married since 1967 to his wife, Millie, the Franzones reside in Ronkonkoma, NY. They have a daughter Debra and two grandsons, Robbie, 8 and Keith, 4.

Bill plays racquetball twice a week, enjoys reading and sports during his spare time. He also enjoys going to the movies with his grandsons.

An active Associate Member since 1997, Bill has been very supportive of the Society and has contributed to many of our functions.


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