David Allegrito is Citizen of the Year ‣ Ocean City Sentinel in the room

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce that David Allegretto has been awarded the Chamber’s 2022 Citizen of the Year award.

His award and the Outstanding Business and Beauty Awards will be presented at the Chamber Gala Dinner on Wednesday, November 16, at the Hotel Flanders.

Allegretto is the local 3rd generation of Ocean City. His grandfather, Michael Allegrito, immigrated here from Italy. His parents were born in Ocean City and they raise their family here and stay for their whole lives. Allegretto attended Ocean City Public Schools, participated in football and baseball and graduated in 1985.

In 2014, he joined Fortress Financial. According to the Chamber, he and his business partners — Jeff Sherk, John Sherk and Jason Kiefer — help each of their clients manage their financial lives with care and compassion. “They give most of the credit for their success to their dedicated and professional employees who treat their clients like family. They also acknowledge that only God’s grace has allowed them to reach the level of success they have experienced.”

Allegretto’s love for the community was evident as he returned to the area after college to start his practice and raise his family. David and his wife Kendra have three children – Jordan, Lenny and Andrew. David was active in coaching his and other children in youth sports and participated in the reinforcement club for the field hockey team and swimming team while they were in high school.

Allegretto served as the founding president of the Ocean City Education Foundation where he helped raise funds to support the Ocean City School District and provide additional opportunities for all children in the area. The group was able to raise funds to build the observatory now at Curry High School’s playground.

Allegreto has served as treasurer, vice president, and president of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and is currently the immediate former president. He also currently serves on the mission team at his church, and also helps with the center of family life.


The following companies will also receive awards at the gala dinner:

The Business Renovation/Improvement Award, an award given to a company that has acquired an existing building and has undertaken physical and interior renovations to significantly improve its condition, will be presented to Asbury Kitchen, Stainton’s Gallery By The Sea, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Creekside Tavern, Long & Foster – The Grisbaum Group.

Scarborough Inn will receive the Outstanding Landscaping/Signage Award for its new landscaping and signage.

Collective Vibes and Agave Mexican Kitchen will receive the Business New Construction Award.

The Outstanding New Business Award will be presented to Collective Vibes.

This year’s Civic, Community, Not-for-Profit Organization Award will be given to the Ocean City Historical Museum.

Children of Bowfish and Island Beach Gear will receive the Distinguished Use of Technology award.

The Distinguished Community Service Award will be presented to Greg Donahue.

Special recognition awards will be presented to Diamond Barre Fitness for its 5th Anniversary, Reich Asset Management for its 10th Anniversary, Sneaker Store for its 20th Anniversary, Henry’s Landmark Jewelers for its 50th Anniversary, Monihan Realty for its 75th Anniversary, Bank of Sturdy Savings Bank on their centenary. In addition, Wards, Voltaco’s, and The Islander will be honored throughout their years of service in Ocean City.

For dinner reservations, $60 per person, or to congratulate the winners of the 2022 program book, please call the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce office at (609) 399-1412 or email [email protected]

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