2015 First Citizen Award

2015 Honoree

Fred Napolitano, Sr.

A New York native, Mr. Fred Napolitano is a first generation Italian who moved to Virginia Beach in 1955 when he recognized the vast potential our city has for success as a builder and developer.  He has been an instrumental person in business, community service, leadership and philanthropy for Virginia Beach.  To say Mr. Napolitano is community focused is an understatement.  He has served on many boards, including Catholic Charities, local American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters and St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.  This community leader is co-owner in Pembroke Enterprises.  His nomination was submitted by former First Citizen and Honorary Jaycee, Dot Woods and was supported by numerous letters from his grandchildren, Congressman Scott Rigell, Bill DeSteph, Former Jaycees Life Members, local business leaders and politicians.

Mr. Frederick J. Napolitano, Sr. The 2015 First Citizen Award Winner.


Fred Napolitano and his wife at the 2015 First Citizen Award Banquet

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.

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