Cannata joined the club in 1995. “I found out about the organization through longtime members Peter Fazio and Anthony Morizzo, and I was impressed with the caliber of the membership and the depth of the charitable work that they do,” he recalls. “The lasting friendships we’ve all made and the belief that we can truly make a difference in the community are the best attributes of the club.”
Cannata has worked his way up through the ranks of the officers to the presidency, and currently serves on the financial committees of both the Columbian Club and the Columbian Club Charitable Foundation.
“Taking on the role of president of such an esteemed club is both energizing and daunting,” he shares. “Living up to the standards set over the past three quarters of a century is certainly a challenge.”
Cannata plans on meeting that challenge by “upholding the club’s standards of excellence and ensuring it remains financially strong.” His professional background and training makes him uniquely qualified to accomplish the latter.
A CPA and Certified Financial Planner, Cannata is the principal at Rosemont-based Cannata & Associates. A noted authority on financial planning and tax issues, he has written on the subject, taught at DePaul University and Rosary College, and spoken at industry forums.
He and his wife, Lisa, live in Roselle and have three children: Nicole, Joshua and Lindsey.