Honorary Colonel David Ippolito
Biography / August 5, 2016
Mr. David Ippolito, co-owner Ippolito Group, was appointed as Honorary Colonel (HCol) of ATESS , 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario in December 2015.
HCol David Ippolito was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario and after completing his education joined the Ippolito Fruit and Produce Company, a family business started by grandparents in the 1940’s. Taking over control of the company in 1996, he and his brother introduced many new and innovative advancements in the food production, processing and preparation business. These improvements have resulted in a local Canadian company growing from an operation that employed 30 people with a 10 million dollar annual gross revenue to a fully vertically integrated international agricultural and logistics enterprise that today employs over 1000 people located in Canada, US, and Mexico, with over 300 million dollars in annual gross revenues.
As a successful business leader in the community HCol Ippolito has been asked to serve on many Boards of Directors and community committees and has always been generous in volunteering both his time and resources to assist and serve on these important initiatives.
HCol Ippolito is currently an active Director of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum located at the Hamilton International Airport which is a not for profit non-government funded organization and Canada’s largest flying museum. He is professional pilot who holds both an Airline Transport Rating and Commercial Rotary Wing License, and is current on both corporate jet and helicopter aircraft, as well as, being a Senior Captain on the museum’s B25 Mitchell Bomber.
HCol Ippolito is a strong supporters of the Canadian Armed Forces and our military heritage. Together with his brother, they were key financial contributors to the ongoing complete restoration of a Grumman Tracker aircraft at the museum which was flown by the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMCS Bonaventure and subsequently by the Royal Canadian Air Force at 880 Squadron in CFB Summerside.
In 2014, to honor the veterans of Bomber Command the museum flew the last flying Canadian built Lancaster to the UK to join with the RAF Lancaster in the flying tribute. With the support of HCol Ippolito, this epic journey was captured in the documentary “Reunion of Giants” which is now available on DVD.
In addition to being a committed family man, a successful entrepreneur, a talented professional pilot, an involved community leader, he is also an avid sportsman and enjoys many seasonal sporting activities and hobbies.
HCol Ippolito and his wife Doctor Marilyn Gregus reside in the local Ancaster area. They have four grown children and are proud grandparents.
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