Serving in the Army Air Corp during WWII, Vercellino loved aviation and pursued his goals with passion and determination. After his service with the Army, Vercellino became a partner in Maddux Flying. In 1948 Vercellino was appointed by the late Governor Dan Garvey as one of the original Board members of the Arizona Aviation Authority. In 1957 he was appointed Director, where he served with distinction under six Governors for nineteen years.
Vercellino was dedicated and hard working during his tenure. Vercellino was involved in the planning, development, maintenance, and improvement of more than 100 airports in the State and, with the cooperation and support of Senator Barry Goldwater, built the Grand Canyon National Park Airport. Vercellino was instrumental in planning for Arizona’s future in the national transportation system and fostering safety of flight in the State.