February 2007

John Donato was born in 1975 in Brooklyn, New York. His family moved to Kings Park, NY where he was raised until he moved to West Babylon. He graduated from West Babylon High School in 1993 and went to Ohio Auto Diesel Technical School on a full VICA scholarship and graduated in 1995. He is currently working towards his Associates Degree in Business at Suffolk County Community College.

John, his wife, Lynn and 8-year-old son, Michael, reside in Bohemia, NY. Michael is very active in soccer, baseball, basketball and has recently picked up wrestling. John's spare time is spent with his wife and son. He enjoys activities such as biking, boating, fine dining, exploring the wineries and going to watch his son play sports.

Currently John is the Branch Manager for New York Metro Peterbilt at the Hauppauge location. his responsibilities include overseeing a service department with 4 technicians, a sales department with 3 sales associates and a parts department with 4 parts sales associates.

Previously John was with Ryder Transportation Service. He started his career with Ryder as a technical trainer. In 2002, he took a position as Senior Service Manager for two locations located in Farmingdale, Long Island where he was responsible for the maintenance and operational cost for a fleet of 650 units.

Prior to John's employment with Ryder he worked for Penske Truck Leasing where he started his career as a mechanic. John was very proficient as a mechanic and held certifications in Thermo King repair, Caterpillar engine diagnosis and repair, Mack engine diagnosis and repair and International engine and electrical systems. He worked on the midnight shift and eventually working his way up to Service Manager overseeing a fleet of 250 vehicles.

John has been a Member of the Society since April 2006. Although he is a relatively new Member, John has stepped up to the plate and currently chairs the Education Committee.


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