Friday, 23 December 2011 00:00
Effective Jan. 1, John Grillo, president and founder of Executive Fliteways, Inc. (EFI), will begin his term as president of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center.
Grillo began his association with North Shore Child and Guidance Center in 2005 and has served on the board of directors since 2008. In addition, he has served as a member of the budget and finance committee and was selected to join the Guidance Center’s executive committee as a vice president in 2010.
Grillo brings a wealth of diverse experience to the Guidance Center.
Upon graduation from Syracuse University, he served in the United States Air Force for eight years of active duty and an additional seven years in the Air Force Reserve. While in the military, he flew the C-130E aircraft extensively throughout Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He is the recipient of more than 30 military awards and commendations, including two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Silver Star. After the war, Grillo was reassigned to Dover Air Force Base in Dover, DE, where he flew the C-5A Galaxy aircraft, at that time, the largest aircraft in the world. While qualified in the C-5 aircraft Grillo flew extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He resigned his commission at the rank of Major to pursue a commercial flying career with American Airlines.
In 1999, after more than 20 years of distinguished service flying both Boeing 707 and 727 aircraft, he retired from American to put his full time effort into EFI, an aircraft management and charter company which he and two partners founded in 1981. As president and chief executive of EFI, Grillo served as a member of the National Air Transport Association, (NATA) committee for Air Charter, helping to establish both operational and regulatory standards for the aviation industry. After serving three years on the board of governors for the Air Charter Safety Foundation, (ACSF), Grillo currently holds the position as treasurer of the ACSF.
Current Board President, Jo-Ellen Hazan, is stepping down after six and a half years in her leadership position.