Citizen Of The Year Award
The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce presents two categories of awards each year to deserving citizens of Newport Beach.
The Newport Beach Citizen of the Year Award is presented to that individual who best represents the qualities each of us admire and respect among our friends, neighbors and associates.
It’s not given so much for achievement, as it is for helping others achieve.
It’s not given for outstanding single effort, as much as for long-term, continuing commitment to the community.
It’s not given for position, public or private, as it is for “being there” when there is service called for.
It’s not given so much for being a member, or for paying dues, or for financial contribution, as it is for being the one everybody wants on the Committee when there’s a job to be done.
It’s for the one who says, “Sure – I’ll help – what do we need to do?” And then does it.
And it’s for the one who says, “Newport Beach is my home – and my life – and its future and mine are the same – and whatever I can do to make them better, I will do.
2020 Citizen of the Year
About Joe Stapleton
Joe’s current and past involvement in the community of Newport Beach is quite extensive.
Currently, he serves as a member of the Finance Committee for the City of Newport Beach and is Chairman of the Board of the Newport Beach Foundation. He also serves on more than a dozen boards of directors for community and civic organizations including The Pacific Club, New Majority Orange County, Newport Beach & Company, Literacy Project, Speak Up Newport, OC Cats (University of Arizona Alumni Association), The Pacific Arts Foundation, Corona del Mar Residence Association, Lott Trophy and International Executive Council. He is also on the Executive Board of the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Other past service includes:
- Harbor Commissioner – City of Newport Beach 2013-2017
- Charter Update Committee Member – City of Newport Beach 2012
- Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors – Chairman of the Board (Past)
- Leadership Tomorrow – Board Member
- The Elite OC, Young Professionals Society – Founder
- OC Marathon – Board
- Fire Ops 101 – Newport Beach – Graduate
- Citizen Police Academy – Newport Beach Graduate
- 40 Under 40 – OC Metro 2014
- 2019 NB & Company Dennis O’Neil Partner in Progress Award Winner
As President and Co-Founder of Spinnaker Investment Group, Joseph Stapleton oversees the firm’s client relationships while advising businesses and individuals on customized wealth and investment management, life insurance, group benefits and executive compensation solutions. His top priority is assisting clients to achieve what is most important to them by bringing their goals and desires in line with their financial resources.
He holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona. He currently lives in Newport Beach with his wife, Sarah.
Previous Citizen of the Year Award Recipients
John and Elizabeth Stahr
Jack and Nancy Skinner
No Award Given
Norm Loats, Ed.D.
Thomas C. Edwards
Clarence “Bus” Turner
Rush N. Hill, II
William D. Lusk
J. Peter Barrett
William P. Ficker
T. Duncan Stewart
Richard “Dick” Stevens
A. Vincent Jorgenson
Judge Robert Gardner • Walter Longmoor
Dr. Basil H. Peterson
Paul A. Palmer
David Nielsen, M.D.
William “Bill” Spurgeon
J.L. “Les” Steffensen • James “Jim” Edwards
Edward Milum, M.D.
Joseph A. Beek
Dora O. Hill
O.W. “Dick” Richards
Robert “Bob” Murphy