Founded in 1996, WorldServe International in 2001 dedicated its efforts to become a leading provider of clean water wells in sub-Saharan Africa. A U.S. 501c3 non-profit organization, we are committed to fulfilling our mission: To Provide Clean Water, Sanitation, Education and Economic Opportunities to Alleviate Suffering. We start with water as the foundation for communities to become self-sufficient, capable of adding additional services such as health care, sanitation, job training and education.
Our address is PO Box 3437, Springfield, MO 65808-3437, and in urgent situations, we can be reached via telephone at (3l4) 55O-6665. Our Employer Identification Number (EIN) is: 43-1535009.
John Bongiorno, originally of Erie, PA, is a businessman and visionary leader. As president of WorldServe International, an economic development organization, he became known as a renowned bridge-builder between the realms of business and charity. John’s greatest passion is connecting high-level business leaders with economic development opportunities in poor communities.
The creation and development of Maji-Tech Engineering is perhaps the best example of this. John was a founder of Maji-Tech Engineering and has been intimately involved in leadership of the company since its start in 2001. Under John’s leadership, Maji-Tech has grown from just an idea to the largest private water drilling company in Tanzania with a fleet of seven drilling crews in the region. John splits his time between overseeing Maji-Tech’s growth in Africa and connecting with investors and donors in the United States and other countries. John and his wife Sandi reside in Springfield, MO.
Doug Pitt has spent his career as the owner of ServiceWorld Computer Center in Springfield, Missouri. Outside of the tech field, Doug has a real estate development company and is involved in both residential and commercial developments. For over a decade, many of Doug’s works as a photojournalist have been published and displayed in numerous galleries. Seeing a water well drilling operation on his first trip to Africa opened his eyes. “It is the obvious first step to release people from dire poverty. Clean water most come first.” Doug is a director of Africa6000 International and WorldServe International. He is the former chairman of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. He started a nonprofit organization called Care to Learn to provide immediate financial and physical help to kids who come to school with health, hunger or hygiene needs. In just two years, Care to Learn has expanded to four cities and raised nearly $1 million. He has the same passion for children in Africa and is working on a new initiative to bring together the two causes of education and clean water. In April 2010, Doug was named the first ever Goodwill Ambassador to Tanzania by President Jakaya Kikwete. Doug and his wife Lisa reside in Springfield, MO and have three young children. Visit DougPitt.org for more information.
CEO (retd.) Erie Steel Products Co. and founder Family First Sports Park
Gary Renaud of Erie, Pennsylvania has an extensive real estate and business management background. He was CEO of Erie Steel Products from 1977-2008 which was a large regional structural steel fabricator and erector. This 54 year old family-owned business was sold to outside interests in 2008. He founded the following companies: Nautilus Fitness and Racquet Club, a health club voted one of the top 100 in America and Family First Sports Park founded in 1994 to give kids a place to go, play sports and be inspired in a safe healthy environment. He is currently active through his commercial and residential real estate development companies; Renaud Peck Real Estate Development Company, Citadel Development Company, and The Reno Company LLC, a real estate and business consulting firm.
Gary serves on several corporate, civic and charitable boards including St. Vincent Hospital, Mercyhurst College, Maji Tech Engineering, and Erie West Camp Gideons.
He and his wife, Diane, have been married since 1972 and have three children.
Michael Cardone III is Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CARDONE Industries, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA. CARDONE Industries is at the top of its class when it comes to new and remanufactured auto parts. The company has more than 4,600 employees operating 13 plants in the U.S., Europe, and Mexico, making CARDONE Industries a leading global supplier of automotive products for over 35 years. Cardone has held several corporate positions including director of world trade, marketing manager for the pumps division, and manager of marketing development and project leader for a Mexico plant startup, among others. In addition to his role on the board of WorldServe International, he also serves on the board of The Cardone Foundation. The foundation supports ministries throughout the Philadelphia area such as churches and battered women’s shelters. The family hopes these ministries are a great help in neighborhoods such as those where their factory families may live.
Randall Barton is the Chief Executive Officer for Significant Systems (SS). Mr. Barton brings to SS 35 years of experience as a senior executive, non-profit entrepreneur and tax attorney. For the past 7 years he has provided strategic leadership nationally and internationally for successful non-profits, universities, and businesses. As CEO (1992-2005), Mr. Barton led AG Financial during a period in which its assets grew from $25 million to a diversified affinity financial firm with $2.2 billion in assets. Mr. Barton has over 20 years of experience providing executive oversight of non-profit lending entities and created a pool of over $1 billion in financing solutions for universities, churches and non-profits.
Randall has substantial experience in administration, advancement, marketing and funding for colleges and universities and chairing and consulting with boards of local, national, and international organizations. Previously, Mr. Barton served as Mayor of Kirkland, Washington, as Foundation Executive and Vice-President for Northwest University (1984-1992), and Attorney/Partner of Holden, Kidwell, Hahn & Crapo, a law firm located in Idaho Falls, Idaho (1977-1984). Mr. Barton received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics-Engineering from Northwest Nazarene University (1975), his Doctorate of Jurisprudence-Law from the University of Idaho (1977), and has received executive training from Harvard Business School and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Dean Riesen is Managing Partner of Rimrock Capital Partners, a real estate investment company based in Phoenix. Dean is also the Chairman and stakeholder of Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Before he founded Rimrock, Riesen was Chief Financial Officer of Carlson Holdings, Inc. (parent of Carlson Companies, TGI Fridays, Radisson Hotels, Seven Seas Cruises, Carlson Wagonlit Travel) and General Partner and CEO of Carlson Real Estate Company, LP.
Riesen serves on the boards of Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. and Meridian Bank, N.A. Riesen served on the board of Thomas Cook Holdings (U.K.). Riesen was Vice Chairman of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chairman of the Minneapolis Downtown Council.
Riesen also served as a director of NAIOP-Minnesota Chapter. Riesen was a founding director of the Center of the American Experiment (a state-based conservative think tank in Minneapolis, MN). He also served on the board the Taxpayer’s League of Minnesota and was Finance Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota.
In 2002, Riesen was Director of Policy for Minnesota Governor-elect Tim Pawlenty’s transition team and member of his kitchen cabinet.
He currently serves on the board of the Goldwater Institute, Chairman of the Arizona Free Enterprise Club and serves on the board of the Arizona School Choice Trust.
Riesen, via the Riesen Foundation, is active in village water development in the Singida District of Tanzania recently completing an innovative $1 million multi-village project with the World Bank and Government of Tanzania.