Chamber honors Citizen of the Year, Legends Award

GREENVILLE, NC - February 1, 2020 - The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce recognized two Greenville natives with its highest honors during its Annual Membership Celebration on Saturday, February 1 at the Hilton Greenville.  J. Bryant Kittrell, III was named the 2019 Citizen of the Year and Ronald Vincent was presented with the esteemed Legends Award.

Kittrell (broker-owner) is a Partner, along with Stan Armstrong and Tommy Stoughton, at Kittrell & Armstrong, LLC, a commercial and industrial real estate company in Greenville, NC.  He has been in real estate since 1979, focusing primarily on commercial and industrial sales, property development and 1031 free tax exchanges.  In the fall of 2006, Kittrell achieved SIOR designation (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors).

Kittrell is well respected in the community for his outstanding leadership and civic engagement.  He is a former member and chairman of Greenville Utilities Board of Commissioners; he also served as a member of the Greenville City Council from 2007-2011, holding the role of Mayor Pro-Tem for two years.  Since 2011, Kittrell has been a member of the Vidant Medical Center Board of Trustees and currently serves as chairman of the Vidant Health Board of Directors.  He also served as a member of the Vidant Health Foundation Board from 2002-2011 and board chairman from 2008-2010.

During his years of service, Kittrell has been a staunch advocate for making Greenville and Pitt County a healthier place to live, work and play.  “He was instrumental in helping Vidant build a heart institute, children’s hospital and cancer tower here in Greenville,” said Vidant Health Chief Executive Officer Michael Waldrum, MD.  “Bryant is guided by his faith, his love for our community and the memory of his late daughter, who depended on the very care that he advocates for.”

Kittrell is the 51st recipient of the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year Award, given annually to a man or woman who has made significant contributions to the Greenville-Pitt County community.

The Chamber presented J.H. Rose head baseball coach Ronald Vincent with its prestigious Legends Award.  Vincent, known by many as “RV,” has accumulated the most wins ever (943) for a North Carolina high school coach in the sport of baseball.  He graduated from Rose in 1965 before attending East Carolina University, where he played football.  He began his coaching career at Farmville Central High School before returning to his alma mater in 1973.  Since that time, Vincent, a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, has built the Rampants into a perennial power, guiding his teams to an amazing record of 800-216, including six North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championships.

Vincent’s accomplishments and awards as a high school baseball coach are numerous and well-documented, but he has also been recognized for his contributions to the community and positive influence on local youth.

In 2003, the State of North Carolina granted Vincent with the Order of the Longleaf Pine, given to persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments.  The Pitt County Board of Education presented Vincent with the “Creating Excellence in the East Award” in 2014, an award that recognizes Pitt County Schools employees that go above and beyond the call of duty.

“Coach Vincent’s greatest talent is he has coached thousands of athletes in several sports that share one thing in common; every one of them believes that they are one of his favorites,” said Pitt County Schools Athletic Director Ron Butler.  “Although these athletes span five decades, they are all correct.”

Vincent is the eighth recipient of the Chamber’s Legends Award, given to citizens whose service to the community has been so significant in civic, economic, political, educational and/or religious activities over a sustained period of time that the history of Pitt County could not be written without their inclusion.

Additional awards presented during the Chamber’s Annual Membership Celebration included the 2019 Ambassador of the Year and Young Professional of the Year. 

Lou Norris (Greenville Utilities Commission) was named Ambassador of the Year, as voted on by her peers in the Chamber’s Ambassador Program.  The program consists of volunteers from the Chamber membership who donate their time to assist the Chamber in various activities and encourage meaningful and beneficial participation in Chamber-related programs.

Aileen Peacock (Rock Springs Center), was recognized by the Young Professionals of Pitt County as the Young Professional of the Year.  Peacock is the fourth recipient of the award that recognizes a Young Professionals member who demonstrates a dedication to not only the Young Professionals organization, but to Pitt County through strong leadership, teamwork, and integrity.  The Young Professionals of Pitt County operates in conjunction with the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce to provide a foundation for future leaders, while creating a better place to live, work and play.

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J. Bryant Kittrell, III was named the 2019 Citizen of the Year during the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Membership Celebration on February 1, 2020.
J.H. Rose Head Baseball Coach Ronald Vincent was named the eighth recipient of the Legends Award during the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Membership Celebration on February 1, 2020.

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