2017 First Citizen of Virginia Beach

2017 Honoree

J. Morgan Davis

Morgan Davis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of TowneBank and is a founding employee and director of the company.

Davis is a 1972 graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Business Administration.  Prior to the formation of TowneBank in 1999, Morgan served as founding President and CEO of Princess Anne Commercial Bank and held this position for 13 years.

Morgan’s community involvement has included roles in the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival where he was appointed as King Neptune XXXII in 2005.  He has also served on the Boards of dozens of for profit and nonprofit organizations during his 40 plus year career. His current nonprofit board commitments include Goodwill Industries of Central and Coastal Virginia, the American Dream Theater and the Neptune Festival. To help numerous charities, over the past 20 years he has served as master of ceremonies for many charitable events. Morgan has also been awarded the Physicians for Peace President’s Award in recognition of his extensive volunteer efforts and commitment to the group.  

In his spare time, Morgan loves playing golf, the piano, working on his book, and traveling with his family.  He and his wife, Sheri, live in Virginia Beach and love to spend time with their children and 4 grandchildren, and Levi the Wonder Dog cruising Virginia Beach waterways on the their party barge “Name That Toon.”

Virginia Pilot Announcement

2017 First Citizen of Virginia Beach Honoree, Mr. J Morgan Davis (President & CEO, TowneBank)

First Citizen Award Past Recipients

1950 – James Kontopanos

1951 – E.B. Bayne

1952 – J. Peter Holland, Ill

1953 – Woody Seamans

1954 – Mrs. Gilmore Tilbrook

1955 – Dr. Robert Woodhouse

1956 – R. Lee Page

1957 – Sidney S. Kellam

1958 – Rhae W. Adams

1959 – Frank Tarrall, Jr.

1960 – Louise Brown Wilson

1961 – George D. Brooke

1962 – Claiborne Bryant

1963 – Richard Absalom

1964 – Hugh Lynn Cayce

1965 – Frank W. Cox

1966 – Dr. Waller Taylor

1967 – Mrs. Wallace Clark

1968 – Hunter C. Phelan

1969 – Ragan Bradshaw Pulley

1970 – Mrs. Philip Lee Russo

1971 – James P. Sadler

1972 – Algy W. Cohen

1973 – Mable Owen

1974 – John T. Banks, Jr.

1975 – Mary Ellen Cox

1976 – Robert M. Stanton

1977 – Charles Forbes

1978 – Judge Robert Wahab Jr.

1979 – Eileen Ayvazian

1980 – Walter Noona

1981 – Michael Savvides

1982 – Dr. Edward Brickell

1983 – Aaron A. Parsons

1984 – Alfred “Skip” Wilkins, Jr.

1985 – James N. Fletcher

1986 – B.H. “Pat” Bridges, Jr.

1987 – E.T. “Joe” Buchanan, Ill

1988 – Harold Heischober

1989 – Thomas A. Barton, Jr.

1990 – Andrew S. Fine

1991 – Rev. John H. Jordan, Jr.

1992 – Priscilla M. Beede

1993 – Heather lace

1994 – Michael J. Barrett

1995 – Elizabeth “Betty” Busciglio

1996 – Edward B. Snyder

1997 – Frank Drew

1998 – Michael Katsias

1999 – Dorothy Wood

2000 – Nancy A. Creech

2001 – Thomas C. Broyles

2002 – Owen B. Pickett

2003 – Harry T. Lester

2004 – Thomas R. Frantz

2005 – William D. Sessoms, Jr.

2006 – John F. Malbon

2007 – Linwood 0. Branch, Ill

2008 – Macon F. Brock

2009 – Helen Dragas

2010 – Pearl Smith

2011 – Charles Barker

2012 – Bruce Thompson

2013 – Ramon W. Breeden, Jr.

2014 – Aubrey Layne, Jr.

2015 – Fred Napolitano, Sr.

2016 – Daniel N. Ryan Sr.

2017 – J. Morgan Davis

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Check out the photo gallery from the reception held on June 18th, 2018 at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront.