Chief Operating Officer, The PENTA Building Group
John Cannito is the Chief Operating Officer for The PENTA Building Group and has been with PENTA since 2004. As COO, John is responsible for overseeing all PENTA departments and has bottom line accountability for Company profitability, operating budget, all employees, payroll and has full decision–making capacity. John has been working in the commercial construction industry for over 24 years with 19 of those years specific to Las Vegas, starting with the Paris Hotel and Casino in 1997. In 1992, John graduated with a BS in Environmental Sciences and Resource Management from Lehigh University. In 2004, John graduated from the University of Arizona with a Masters in Business & Administration (MBA). Since joining PENTA, John has received certification as a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP) through the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and has become a LEED AP with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
John started his career in Newark, NJ, as an engineer in the transportation technologies division of an international engineering firm. In 1997, John moved to Phoenix, AZ to work as an engineer for a large General Contractor. In 2000, John became President of a construction consulting company offering information systems and software, process efficiency, and general construction consulting services throughout the United States. Finally joining The PENTA Building Group in 2004, John has been on PENTA’s Senior Management Committee since its inception in 2004 and has been a big part of the growth and development of one of Las Vegas’s largest General Contractors. John manages PENTA’s operating risk and commits to meeting client expectations on numerous high–profile projects; including T-Mobile Arena, SLS Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, OMNIA Las Vegas, World Market Center, and the Metropolis Phase 2B / Residential Tower 3 in Los Angeles.
John is also very involved in the local community; currently serving on three nonprofit boards: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), Opportunity Village, and Junior Achievement.
John is originally from Buffalo, New York. He currently lives in Henderson, NV and is married to Lisa Cannito. They have four children together, Anna (11), Grace (9), Maddie (6), and Sarah (2).