Ron Onesti

Ron Onesti is president and founder of St. Charles, Illinois – based Onesti Entertainment Corporation, producing over 200 concerts, corporate events, casino shows and festivals annually all over the United States.

  • Won three Emmys for “The Happiness Club,” a PBS special highlighting the singing, dancing and choreography by inner city kids against drugs and violence.
  • Hosts PBS WTTW Channel 11’s on air pledge drives
  • Produces over 200 live shows a year at the historic Arcada Theatre, with major acts such as Mickey Rooney, Pat Benatar, Toto, Joan Rivers, Bret Michaels, Luke Bryan, Jerry Lewis, Martin Short and Kevin Costner.
  • Recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, one of three medals recognized by Congress
  • Writes a weekly column, “Backstage with Ron Onesti,” in the Daily Herald, one of the publications most read and shared features
  • Produces. outdoor Italian festivals annually all over the United States, each drawing thousands of visitors who experience live Italian entertainment, authentic food, and Italian merchandise to celebrate Italian culture and tradition
  • Serves on the Board of Directors at the St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau; President of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA) and the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF); active with the Chicago Italian American Charitable Organization (CIACO); serves on the Columbus Day Queen pageant committee and annual Columbus Day Parade committee; event emcee for Anderson Animal Shelter Annual Gala and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and several other local fundraisers.
  • President, CEO and Founder of Onesti Entertainment Corporation, with more than 100 employees and three venues.
  • Frequent contributor to television’s ME-TV, WGN, PBS, and radio’s The Mancow Show, and WGN’s Bill and Wendy show.


Ron Onesti

Stephanie Johnson
Assistant to Ron Onesti

Jennifer Gilberstad

Daniella Spizzirri
Business Operations Manager

Jessica Schuman
Manager of Box Office / Operations


Rich Onesti
Vice President & Chief of Production




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Dana Petrie
Marketing Director

Deana Olson
VIP Manager

Lou Blotti
House Photographer



Johnny Maggio
General Manager, Director of Transportation & Security

Gabrielle Fink
Director of Sales

Shannon Lally
Hospitality Manager

Ino Sanchez

Jim Danner
Security Chief