Vincent J. Naimoli is Charter Day Honoree
Prominent Leader in Business and Major League Baseball
Teaneck, NJ (May 29, 2008) — Fairleigh Dickinson University’s 19th Annual Charter Day on Friday, June 6, 2008, will honor Vincent J. Naimoli, Chairman of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Charter Day Award honors individuals who have distinguished themselves as outstanding leaders in their professions and their communities.
Naimoli, an FDU alumnus, is a widely recognized entrepreneur, business leader and philanthropist. His experience includes leading multiple Fortune 500 companies, bringing baseball to the Tampa Bay region and establishing the Tampa Bay Rays of Hope Foundation, among other noted accomplishments.
Proceeds from this event support academic scholarships for undergraduates at Fairleigh Dickinson. Charter Day Scholars are students who exhibit significant leadership on campus and in the larger community, who maintain the highest academic standards and show a personal commitment to developing the same leadership qualities Charter Day honorees have shown.
Naimoli is credited with securing Tampa Bay’s long-awaited Major League Baseball franchise as the former managing general partner, chief executive officer and principal owner of the Devil Rays. He rallied civic and financial backers to the baseball cause and in March 1998, the Tampa Bay Rays began play at the Tropicana Field. Naimoli and his fellow owners made numerous improvements at the Tropicana Field including the purchase of a revolutionary playing surface, FieldTurf (R), earning unanimous approval from the league, players, fans and the media.
Today, Naimoli serves as Chairman of the Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a general partner and significant owner. In addition to serving on various Major League Baseball committees, he was named in January 1999 to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Baseball Economics.
Previously, Naimoli held leadership positions at several management, manufacturing and marketing companies, at one point serving as Chairman/CEO of three Fortune 500 companies simultaneously. Currently he serves as Chair, President and CEO of holding and investment firms Anchor Industries International and Naimoli Baseball Enterprises. As one of the business world's top turnaround experts, Naimoli was voted Florida Entrepreneur of the Year in the turnaround category in 1995. In 1999, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.
Graduating from Notre Dame in 1959 on an NROTC scholarship, Naimoli earned a master's degree in engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1962. He graduated magna cum laude with an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1964, attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP degree), and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Fairleigh Dickinson, as well as several other universities including roles such as Chairman and emeritus.
Naimoli has received numerous honors for service including the first Bridging the Bay Award in 1996, New Jersey Institute of Technology's Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2007, Fairleigh Dickinson University's PINNACLE Award in 1996, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the C.H.I.E.F.S. Award in 2006 for service to higher education.
Naimoli is married to Lenda (a retired Eastern Airlines flight attendant) who has an identical twin sister, Ms. Glenda Young. He has four daughters, Lindsey, Alyson Naimoli Dorfman, Tory Naimoli Jarvis, and Christine as well as four grandsons, Jack Jarvis, Matt Jarvis, Will Jarvis, and Enzo Dorfman.