John Cognetti licensed in Pennsylvania as a real estate salesman in 1977, became a broker in 1980. For distinguished service and outstanding sales performance, the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors (PAR) recognized him as a life member of its PAR Excellence Club, and the Greater Scranton Board of Realtors included him in its Million Dollar Club.
In 1985, Mr. Cognetti purchased the assets of the Hinerfeld Realty Company and became its President and Broker of Record. He is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) of the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute.
Mr. Cognetti has kept current with the regional economic climate, as well as with prospective commercial and industrial real estate properties, through his current and past involvement in the economic development organizations with the Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Pocono Mountains, CANDO Hazleton, and Pittston Chambers of Commerce. As president of the Hinerfeld Commercial Real Estate Company, he was a founding member of Penn’s Northeast, the regional marketing entity for economic development in Northeastern Pennsylvania and in 2012 was elected as Chairman of the Board. His community involvement includes past leadership roles with the Lackawanna Historical Society, co-founder of the Architectural Heritage Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania, former member of the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels.
Currently, he serves as a director of Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank where he is secretary of the board, and is a member of the board of St. Francis Kitchen.
- MBA in Finance, University of Scranton
- Bachelor of Architecture, Catholic University of America