Michael Lazzara, NCLM PresidentMayor Pro Tem, Jacksonville, NC
Michael Lazzara has a passion for his community, for his family, and for his business. He is the successful operator of a chain of restaurants and a sign company and is a valued leader for the City of Jacksonville representing the interests of the City in several state and focused organizations. Most recently, he was elected as a Coastal Carolina Community College trustee.
Born in Palermo, Sicily, Michael grew up in Chicago and enlisted in US Marine Corps. He served with distinction until his release from active duty including service aboard Camp Lejeune. Michael and his wife, Catarina, opened Michaelangelo’s Pizza, which led to the creation of Lazzara’s, a casual Italian restaurant with several locations. He also owns Vital Signs, a 10,000 square foot sign manufacturing facility in Jacksonville.
Michael has been recognized as the 2003 Small Business Person of the Year, and in 2008 he was given a lifetime achievement award, the Civic Honor, by the Chamber of Commerce for his diversity of contributions to the improvement of his community.
In 2005 he was elected to the Jacksonville City Council and currently serves as the Mayor Pro Tem. Advancing transportation interests, he helped to organize and now leads an organization that combines the Metropolitan Planning Organizations with the Regional Planning Organizations in this area. He served as the Chairman of the Transportation Advisory Committee for the Jacksonville metro area and has worked with legislators in creating a new formula for project funding.
Michael Lazzara was an organizer for the Military Host Cities group which provides a voice for the unique communities that host the military in North Carolina. He provides leadership for this group and has advanced military related issues before the General Assembly.
He and his wife have two sons, Michael and Anthony, who are active in the family business.