John Rosatti’s life has been filled with both personal triumphs and tragedies. He has started and maintained countless successful business ventures. He has raised a loving and supportive family. He has dealt with and overcome great losses in his personal life. John Rosatti was born and spent his developing years in Brooklyn, New York. He was the son of a city worker and seamstress. The three, along with John’s older sister, lived in a small, Brooklyn apartment. It was during these formative years that John developed a strong work ethic and appreciation for family values.
In typical, Italian fashion, John grew up enjoying large family meals that were shared by many relatives. They would routinely sit around the dinner table for hours exchanging wonderful stories and enjoying fantastic home cooked meals. One of John’s favorite relatives was his grandfather, John Adam Bassett, who was a decorated United States Naval Officer. His grandfather had changed his last name from Rosatti to Bassett in order to avoid discrimination in the workplace. He served valiantly during World War II, and his heroics are documented in the book, “Force Mulberry: The Planning and Installation of the Artificial Harbor of U.S. Normandy Beaches in WWII” (Whitehead Press). It was from his grandfather that John Rosatti learned the importance of a hard day’s work.
John turned his success with his first dealership into many dealerships, and formed the Plaza Auto Mall. This helped John expand his business outside of the New York area, and into other states like New Jersey, Nevada and Florida. Eventually, John would move his entire family to southern Florida to enjoy the beautiful weather and sparkling waters. John and his three children, whom he had with his second wife, Bonnie, now reside in North Palm Beach, FL.
John Rosatti learned from his family that if you worked hard you could earn a good living for yourself. Eventually, he went to work as a mechanic in the automobile industry. It was there that he developed a love of cars. He then went on to purchase a dealership which he ran successfully for many years. His dealership was named one of the top 100 dealerships by Wards Automotive. After his time at the dealership, Mr. Rosatti went on to establish more successful businesses in Nevada, Florida and New Jersey.
In 1997, Mr. Rosatti’s father was killed in a horrible automobile accident. It occurred after his father had come down to visit the family in Florida. In the year 2000, John’s beloved wife, Bonni, was also killed in a car crash. John was left with three young children to care for. John channeled his grief into his businesses and became even more successful. He wanted to make sure that his kids would be well looked after, so he employed the help of family and friends to help him raise the children.
In 2002, John made a donation to the Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, FL. The Benjamin School is where John’s three children attend. John donated a million dollars to the school to build the Rosatti Administration/Library and Media Center. He named the building in memory of his late wife, Bonni. John has been incredibly successful in the world of business, and has raised a beautiful family. He has also been able to overcome tragedies that would have devastated a other people. He is the embodiment of the American dream. He is an individual who, through hard work and determination, was able to build a successful business empire. He was also able to accomplish this while still spending time with those he loved around him.