In Memoriam: Vincent J. Pantuso
Pantuso developed lifelong friendships in the industry and served as president of the National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) from 1989-1991.
Chris Bigelow, another of the industry's foremost experts in food service, credits Pantuso for bringing him into NAC as a member in 1988.
"Vince was a great guy and as President of Volume Service a huge supporter of IAVM," said Bigelow. "He and Fred Stace from KI pioneered the hospitality suite concept at every district and national. And those evening soirees are still legendary.
"He always insisted all of his managers bring their spouses to the IAVM annual conference because he believed in the business both clients and employees were really one big family.
"He had a tremendous sense of humor and a laugh heard around the room. He was the guy who got me started in sales and then in consulting, so needless to say I owe him a lot. He will be sorely missed."
"Vince was truly one of a kind, a legend in the industry and the life of every party," said Susan Cross, director of communications for NAC. "He was a wonderful supporter of NAC and the entire industry, and will be deeply missed."
Pantuso was raised in St. Albans, West Virginia and attended West Virginia Univeristy, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Following college he met Carol Barber, who would become his wife and mother of daughters, Lisa, Barbara and Tina. His second wife, Nancy Chellman, was said to enrich his life and the lives of his daughters.
"Your thoughts and kindness mean so much to all three of us, said Barbara. "As our Dad always said..."take it tender,"
A memorial website is being developed, but those wishing to express thoughts may do so by signing a guest book.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Pantuso's name to the American Cancer Society.