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CHICAGO --- Art Rento Sr. drew a standing ovation Sept. 2 from 42,000 fans at Wrigley Field when the Chicago Cubs recognized him for his service as a U.S. Army veteran who survived the Normandy D-Day invastion of June 6, 1944.
Rento, the 95-year-old founder of Pontarelli Companies and Pontarelli Worldwide Ground Transportation in Chicago, was honored before a match between the World Series champions Cubs and the Atlanta Braves. He was gifted with a 1908 replica jersey and team photo and greeted by the entire Cubs coaching staff.
The audience, the second largest at Wrigley Field so far this year, erupted into reverent applause as they stood in respect for Rento. Pontarelli Companies, founded in 1977, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
In 1981, Art Sr. left the business and Arthur Jr. became the managing partner. Art. Sr. still comes to the office to say hello and joke around with the staff and chauffeurs.
Today Pontarelli boasts a premium fleet of more than 30 vehicles, including nine buses, vans, and an array of luxury sedans. Its new headquarters sits on the Kennedy Expressway just a few miles from O’Hare International Airport.
The company received an LCT Operator of the Year Award in March during the International LCT Show in Las Vegas and the 2016 People's Choice Award for Innovation last November at LCT-NLA Show East in Atlantic City, N.J.
Sources: Pontarelli Companies / LCT Magazine
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