Tony Ferraro, the Chairman of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors, has announced the unanimous election of Ron Onesti as President of the organization. “The Board of Directors selected Ron Onesti to lead and to cultivate the NIASHF as he has the credentials, the passion and the history with the organization to take us to the next level. We are committed to Ron’s vision as we continue to foster the legacy created by our founder, George Randazzo.”
The NIASHF was founded by George Randazzo as a Boxing Hall of Fame in 1977. Mr. Randazzo served as President from its inception until his untimely passing in July of 2019 in a tragic automobile accident.
Onesti has been involved with the National organization for more than 30 years as the producer of its events, Editor of its publication (Red White & Green Magazine), and a member of its Board of Directors.
In his acceptance letter to the Board, Onesti wrote, “This is an honor I will not take lightly. As only the second President this organization has had in its 43-year history, I do not intend on trying to fill George’s shoes. I just want to shine the ones he wore.”
The balance of officers elected are Chairman Tony Ferraro, Vice Chairman Enrico Mirabelli, Executive Vice President John Leanardi, Secretary Jack P. Cerone and Treasurer Bill Conforti.
Onesti is the President of The Onesti Entertainment Corporation, the holding company of several entertainment venues and restaurants including: The Arcada Theatre, The Des Plaines Theatre, Club Arcada Speakeasy, Ron Onesti’s Club 210 of Highwood, Onesti’s Wild West Town Family Amusement Park, Rock ‘N Za Pizza Experience, Rock ‘N Ravioli Italian Steakhouse, Be Bop A Lula’s Rockabilly Café and Bourbon ‘N Brass Speakeasy.
Onesti is also involved in several other Italian-American organizations including being a Vice President of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, which produces Chicago’s Columbus Day Parade, and on the Board of Directors of the Italian American War Veterans Museum.