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John F. Scarpa

John F. Scarpa

Executive Committee

Mr. Scarpa is an entrepreneur in the cable television and cellular communications industries. He was co-founder, president and COO of American Cellular Network Corporation, licensed to operate cellular telephone systems in the northeastern US. As co-founder of Unitel Wireless Communications Systems, Mr. Scarpa also developed and operated cellular telephone systems throughout the US and was one of the original members of the Cellular One Network. He was instrumental in establishing the New Jersey and the Northeast Cable TV Associations. Through the John F. Scarpa Foundation, he supports education, healthcare, and disadvantaged families. He is the principal benefactor for the Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Center in Vineland, NJ. Mr. Scarpa serves on the board of directors of the Town of Palm Beach United Way, Chairman and CEO of the Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation; he is a former director of the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews. He has received honorary doctorates from the American University of Rome, Rome, Italy, Stockton University, Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Villanova Law School, Villanova, Pennsylvania, and he established the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies. He has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2010) and the National Italian American Foundation Special Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit (2008), and is a recipient of the Charles Ruch Semper Fidelis Award from the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation (2019). In September 2015, he founded the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship at Villanova Law School. Mr. Scarpa and his wife, Jana, reside in Palm Beach and Avalon, NJ.

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