Don Constantini knows what it takes to operate a successful business. He also appreciates the qualities that were instilled in him by Youngstown State University and has never wavered in his support for the community, his alma mater and the athletic department. For his tireless efforts, Constantini is being recognized as the 2014 Penguin of the Year.
Whether being on the sidelines at road games, in his loge at Stambaugh Stadium, being at other events in person or providing behind-the-scenes logistical support, his dedication to YSU is something that has helped the entire university.
His leadership gifts to YSU include $150,000 to the YSU Foundation to endow an athletic scholarship (the Don Constantini Scholarship awarded to a football student-athlete who is a business major), a gift of $150,000 toward the construction of the Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center, and $200,000 for the Williamson College of Business Administration building campaign. In 2005, he was recognized as the “Outstanding Business Alumnus” by the Williamson College of Business Administration.
He is a staunch supporter of YSU Penguin athletics and has maintained a loge in Stambaugh Stadium for more than 25 years and is a long-standing member of the Penguin Club.
To help promote the school, he has twice put the YSU logo on the back of his trailers, including this past fall. The trailers log more than 15 million miles a year across six states; Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and New York. The various states are the primary footprint of YSU’s athletic affiliation with the Horizon League, which is based in Indianapolis, Ind., as well as the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The first time was in the 1990’s when the Penguins were rolling the competition on the way to four National Championships.
In 2012, the YSU Football senior poster featured one of his new trucks behind Stambaugh Stadium.
Additionally, he serves as a member on the YSU’s President Council, is a member of the Board of Trustees of YSU Foundation, and is on the Williamson College of Business Administration Advisory Council.
One of our greatest sources of pride at YSU is the success of our graduates and the leadership roles they play in business, in their professions, and in their communities. Falcon and Comprehensive Logistics have hired many YSU graduates in accounting, management and engineering to maintain that tie to the University.
Constantini graduated from Youngstown University in 1966 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Even in these early years, he was a leader. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and was Student Council Treasurer in charge of a $48,000 budget. He was on the Honor Roll, Dean’s List, active with intramural and interfraternity sports, and received the Dean John P. Gillespie Award for having the highest grade-point average of any fraternity member.
He began his business career with Delco Remy Division of GM in Anderson, Ind. First he was a production supervisor before becoming a general foreman.
In 1969, he returned to Ohio and joined McNicholas Transportation as terminal manager in Columbus. He quickly advanced through the company serving as its Director of Maintenance, Vice President of Sales, and in 1974 was promoted to President.
When McNicholas closed in 1982, Constantini, along with two others from McNicholas, founded Compass Transportation and purchased Falcon Transport.
While YSU was the FCS Football team of the 1990’s, Constantini’s business also flourished. Falcon won four GM Supplier-of-the-Year awards, four Chrysler Gold Pentastar Awards and the Ford Motor Company Service Award as the fleet continued to grow. Midway through the decade, a sister company, Comprehensive Logistics, was started to provide logistical solutions for its customer base.
In 2000, Compass was merged into Falcon and a new affiliate, Comprehensive Logistics began to provide supply chain management to the automotive and steel industries.
Falcon Transport has almost 2,000 employees, 1,200 trucks, and operates in 38 states. Falcon has received four GM Supplier of the Year and Daimler-Chrysler’s Gold and Pentastar awards. Falcon has been listed in the Top 100 Truck Lines in the U.S.
Comprehensive Logistics employs 1,145 people and operates more than four-million square feet of facilities in nine locations in U.S. and Canada. CLI is the Just-In-Time materials manager for Lordstown Assembly – handling 80 percent of total Cruze parts. Currently, Comprehensive is building a 400,000 square foot facility in Dearborn, Mich., to serve the Ford Motor Co.
The headquarters of Falcon Transport Co., and Comprehensive Logistics are located at 4944 Belmont Ave., in Youngstown.
He has the knack to assess the economy and forecast the future needs of his own business and his customers. He is known as a fair, focused, and serious leader who operates his business with high ethical standards and a constant focus on the customer.
Over the years he has given his time to other organizations. He has served on local boards of Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, Penguin Club and various positions in a National Trucking Industry Lobby Group – The American Trucking Association.
Don is the proud father of two sons – Mark and Brad. After graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College, both sons decided to join the family enterprise. Brad and his wife, Lori, are the parents of Emma, Kate and Brad II. Don has more time now to play golf and drive his Italian made cars and enjoy his grandchildren. Don and Diana D’Alesio – his significant other of 20 years – live in Canfield and have a condo in Palm Beach, Fla.