IAET to honor Sturino, Morrone at dinner dance

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Sturino and Morrone

The Italian American Executives of Transportation will honor a pair of luminaries at its dinner dance on Nov. 18 at Ashton Place in Willowbrook.

Michael Sturino will be honored as Man of the Year. Sturino has served as the president and CEO of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association since 2009, representing the state’s transportation industry to members of Congress, the state legislature and governor’s office, and transportation agencies on every level of government.

He is a past chairman of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association Council of State Executives, and currently chairs the Transportation for Illinois Coalition Federal Affairs Committee, where he also serves on the Executive and Steering committees.

Sturino led a successful campaign in 2016 to enact an amendment to the Illinois Constitution that safeguards transportation revenues for transportation, then spearheaded litigation against Cook County to enforce the amendment, resulting in a victory in the Illinois Supreme Court in 2022.

Emilio Morrone will be honored as Humanitarian of the Year. Morrone is a co-founder, along with Joseph Salerno, of Salerno’s Pizza, which has multiple locations across the Chicago area. Born in Marano Principato, Cosenza, Calabria, he is a past president of the Calabrese in America Organization and a longtime member of Società San Francesco di Paola. He’s also a longtime member of Italian American Executives of Transportation.

To make reservations for the Nov. 18 events, call 708-212-1051.


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