In 2014, he was appointed by the Grand Council of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Rome, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotenciary of the Sovereign Order of Malta in the Dominican Republic. In 2015, Mr. Rainieri received the distinction of “Italiani che Onorano L’Italia nel Mondo” (Honorable Italian of the World) by the Italian Parliament and the Italian Senate, for his valuable contribution to the tourism industry in the Dominican Republic. Most recently in November of 2017, the UNTWO in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism of Jamaica, recognized Mr. Rainieri with the award Global Legends of the Caribbean, highlighting his merits in the creation of one of the most important tourism destinations in the world, Punta Cana.
In addition to his business pursuits, Mr. Rainieri has made numerous philanthropic and social contributions. In 2006, he became an active member of two renowned international non-profit institutions, YPO International and the Clinton Global Initiative. Recently he became Council Member of the World Travel and Tourism Council. Mr. Rainieri is the Chairman & CEO of Grupo Puntacana; and Grupo Puntacana Foundation, a non-profit entity dedicated to the development and execution of social and environmental awareness programs in favor of the communities of the Punta Cana zone. He has also built schools, churches, a clinic, and a pediatric center for the less fortunate in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic with the collaboration of religious groups. He is also involved in other communities such as Cambita, San Cristóbal; La Vega; and La 40, in Santo Domingo with Monsignor Antonio Camilo. Currently, his company runs a Polytechnic Institute in Punta Cana with the Catholic Church, where more than 500 students are preparing themselves for their future with technical careers.
He has been married to Mrs. Haydee Kuret Rainieri since 1973, and has three children, Paola, Francesca, and Frank Elías, and six grandchildren. Mrs. Rainieri currently serves as Vice-President of Human Resources and Hospitality for Grupo Puntacana, and all three of his children are profoundly committed to the business group as well.