John A. Cinotto
Imperial Potentate
Shriners International

John A. Cinotto of Westfield, Ind., is currently serving his 11th term as a member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children®. Cinotto was elected Imperial Potentate, part of the 13-member body that helps govern the Shriners fraternity, during the Shriners’ 2013 Imperial Session – held in Indianapolis June 30-July 4. As Imperial Potentate, Cinotto serves as president of the Board of Directors of Shriners International, as well as chairman of the Board of Directors of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Cinotto was raised a Master Mason at Pentalpha Lodge #564. He is a member of the York Rite and in 2000 was honored with the 33rd Degree of the Scottish Rite. Cinotto became a member of the Indianapolis Murat Shriners in 1981 and served on the temple’s Divan for 10 years. In 2001, Cinotto served as the temple’s Potentate.

Cinotto has held numerous temple offices, including president of the Reception Unit, Chairman of House and Grounds, Chairman of the Indy 500, and Circus Chairman. As an Imperial Officer, Cinotto has served as Chairman of Special Purpose and Fundraising Committee, Chairman of Donor Relations, and Chairman of Public Relations. Cinotto has also served as member of the Buildings and Equipment committee for 10 years, Salary, Personnel and Retirement, Special Task for Hospital Reorganization, and the Future Committee of Shriners International. In the Shrine Circus and Fundraising Association (SCAFRA), Cinotto held offices of both president and secretary.

Cinotto was founder of Teocalli #500 Indianapolis and served as its Camaxtli in both 1997 and 1998. He is also a Past Chief Supreme Tialoc in the Order of Quetzalcoatl and received the Order of Knights, Eagles and Tigers award in 1998. Cinotto has been awarded the DeMolay Legion of Honor and served on the DeMolay Foundation in Indiana. In 2013, Cinotto was honored by the International Legions of Honor with the Distinguished Service Award.

Cinotto served in the U.S. Army as member of the Cold Weather Training Force stationed in Ft. Greely, Alaska, and received Honorable Discharge as a Sergeant E6. Cinotto has been in the construction business for 46 years as an acoustical consultant and manufacturer’s representative. He is the owner of CDS of Indiana, an acoustical company. He is a past director and board member of the Interior Construction Association of North America and a past member and director of the Construction Specification Institute. Cinotto attended Joliet Junior College and Lewis College, majoring in Business Management and Accounting.

In his community, Cinotto served as president of the Nora Little League. He was also on the Mayor’s Committee on Renovation of the Murat Theater. An Eagle Scout with three Palms and an Explorer Silver Award, he was glad to serve as neighborhood commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America.

When he’s not performing his Masonic or community duties, Cinotto can be found horseback riding or saltwater fishing. Cinotto and his wife Margaret have been married 30 years. Together they have three children, Jeff, Deana and Grey, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

New Imperial First Lady

Margaret Cinotto
First Lady
Shriners International

Margaret Ann Cinotto is the wife of Imperial Potentate John Cinotto.

She is a member of the Mascari family, which is known as the “First Italian Family” of Indianapolis.

A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, Margaret attended St Patrick’s Elementary, Southport High School and IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University – Indianapolis.

Margaret established her own business, Design Performance Inc., a material broker firm. The company, recognized as a Women’s Business Enterprise, provides construction and other materials for commercial properties. The items range from drywall to spas. Margaret has also worked in accounting, and she and John are also manufacturer’s representatives for acoustical equipment.

A cancer survivor, Margaret supports the research efforts of Shriners Hospitals for Children, especially the program’s goals of increasing medical knowledge and improving the quality of life for people everywhere. Margaret’s program as First Lady of Shriners International will support the health care system’s movement analysis laboratories.

In addition to running her business, Margaret keeps a compassionate and watchful eye on relatives, making sure they are safe and well-cared for. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys shopping, reading, drawing, art and word games.

She is a member of Daughters of the Nile, Ladies of the Oriental Shrine of North America and Shrine Guild of America.

Margaret and John have been married for 30 years. They have three children – Jeff, Deana and Greg – six grandchildren, and two miniature schnauzers.

First Lady Margaret’s program, “The Magic of Movement,” will support Shriners Hospitals for Children’s commitment to providing the services of movement analysis. Funds will be used to help ensure our movement analysis labs have the best possible equipment, and to aid in any changes or expansions of these facilities.

Learn more and make a gift to her program.