OAK CREEK, Wis. — Go Riteway Transportation Group has appointed Bob Zanotti as its new president.
Zanotti will be the first non-family leader since Roland (Rollie) and Pearl Bast founded the company in 1957 with four school buses serving the newly created Germantown (Wis.) School District.
Riteway is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017. The company now has more than 1,350 employees and 1,090 vehicles, operating out of 18 Wisconsin locations and servicing 27 school districts.
Riteway Bus Service rebranded to Go Riteway Transportation Group in 2011 when it acquired airport shuttle service.
The company’s commercial services division operates 38 airport shuttles, 31 motorcoaches, 30 executive sedans, and 21 mini coaches.
“Thanks to the efforts of our employees, Go Riteway has been fortunate to experience significant growth,” said Ron Bast, chairman of the board of Go Riteway’s family ownership group. “Our organization has grown in both size and complexity due to people, honesty, and hard work. We hire good people and let them do what they do best.”
Wendy Bast, a third-generation family co-owner and vice chair, added that the family “has recognized the need for professional management to help us continue to grow as we move into the next chapter of our company. Fortunately, we have found someone who is not only a highly qualified manager, but a strong leader who closely aligns with the values of our family and how we want our company run.”
Zanotti credits his early management career experiences at Federal Express Corp. (FedEx) for his leadership approach.
“Focusing on treating employees with consideration and respect is the best way to deliver outstanding service to customers,” Zanotti said. “Go Riteway has a rich history of providing exceptional customer service, and we all expect that to continue as we grow.”
Since leaving FedEx, Zanotti has been president of two privately held local companies in southeast Wisconsin.