The Lido Civic Club President Tom Regnante has announced that local construction industry leader and philanthropist Vito John Germinario has been nominated as the Lido Civic Club Man of the Year for 2018.
Mr. Germinario is the President and Co-Owner of GPR, Inc., a commercial glazing company and LGV group LLC, a commercial real estate development company. He is first generation Italian-American. He grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey and is the oldest of four children. His parents stressed education from an early age. He was taught by the sisters of Saint Francis in grammar school and by the Jesuits in high school and college.
He arrived in Washington from New York in 1994, to be part of the team that built the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Since then, Mr. Germinario has been involved with such notable projects as the National Museum of the American Indian, The E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse and most recently, the GSA Headquarters Building, all in Washington D.C. He is very proud to have been associated with the building of the National Intrepid Center for Excellence at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Mr. Germinario has a passion for helping children. He believes that every child should be given every opportunity to live a happy, healthy and productive life. He dedicates much of his time, energy and resources to several non-profit organizations, all to benefit children. He has supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for many years. He was the honored recipient of the CFF Hitchcock Humanitarian Award in 2014 for his philanthropy. He serves on the Breath for Life gala committee and is fully committed to help find the cure. After six years as Board Chairman, he is currently Chairman Emeritus at Excel Academy, an all-girls public charter school in Washington D.C. He remains active at the school. In addition, heis Chairman of the board of directors at Make-a-Wish Mid-Atlantic.
Mr. Germinaio serves as a trustee and chairman of the finance committee at his alma mater, St. Peter’s Prep, in Jersey City, New Jersey. He is a founding member and board chair at Feathers from Devon, a New York based non-profit organization that gives children with developmental challenges the opportunity to engage in non-traditional therapies, to increase their quality of life. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Museum of American Religion.
Mr. Germinario has been married to Kristi since 1997. They live in Middleburg, Virginia.