Philanthropist, Business and Restaurant Owner Frank Villano to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award at C.W. Post Commencement
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University
Brookville, N.Y. - Frank F. Villano, founder of several successful companies and owner of some of New York City’s most popular restaurants, will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award at the 49th Commencement exercises at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University on Sunday, May 13, 2007.
As a young man, Frank F. Villano considered a career as a physician, however, that dream ended when his father passed away. Instead, he pumped gas and drove a cab to help his family make ends meet while attending the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. Upon graduating from C.W. Post in 1969 with a bachelor’s in sociology, he founded his first business, Villano Miller Advertising, which catered to a financial services client base. In 1975, Mr. Villano and business partner, Thomas Miller, launched Computer Research Group, a software development company that serviced Fortune 100 clients.
Always searching for a new challenge, in 1984, Mr. Villano became co-founder of Electronic Processing Source Inc., a Mineola-based firm that provides credit card processing and financing services to the travel and entertainment industries. Mr. Villano and his son, Christopher G. Villano, a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef (and law student), also own Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant and Sports Bar and are partners in Solera, an upscale Spanish restaurant on 53rd Street in Manhattan.
In 2003, after beating prostate cancer, Mr. Villano, grateful for his health, decided to devote more of his time and financial resources to charitable causes. He became a major benefactor of the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection, a division of The New York Foundling, a child and family care agency, establishing the Villano Family Endowment. Earlier this year, he was selected as one of the first recipients of the Foundling’s Hearts of Gold award. In January, Mr. Villano also was named a knight of the Order of Malta, a lay order of the Roman Catholic Church.
Mr. Villano lives in Old Brookville with his wife and their daughter, Danielle. His other children are Linda Rose Villano, founder and proprietor of SerendipiTea Life in Manhasset, and Jennifer Ann Villano, who earned a master’s degree in elementary education from C.W. Post in 1997 and is a substitute teacher at Munsey Park and Shelter Rock elementary schools in Manhasset.
In recognition of his illustrious career, Villano will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from C.W. Post during commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 13, 2007. He will be honored along with another successful C.W. Post graduate: Bob Jahelka, managing partner of Demasco, Sena & Jahelka LLP, a Massapequa-based firm that specializes in not-for-profit, hospitality and forensic accounting. Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented to C.W. Post graduates who have achieved professional success and who serve as role models to students.
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