LEAD San Diego Announces Outstanding Leaders to be Honored at 13th Annual Visionary Awards
Continuing the tradition of honoring outstanding leaders and their work to improve the San Diego and Northern Baja California region, LEAD San Diego is hosting the 13th Annual Visionary Awards, Southern California's premier leadership recognition event, on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
"Leadership is the catalyst for positive change, providing a better future for our region," said Vicky Carlson, President and CEO of LEAD San Diego. "We are pleased to recognize engaged, civic-minded leaders who give selflessly of their time and talent to make a difference in our community."
The following individuals will be honored at the May 21 event:
A. Brent Eastman, M.D. - The Neil Morgan Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Neil Morgan Award, named for the late San Diego newspaper editor and journalist, is awarded annually to individuals who have provided long-term quality leadership in our region. In 2015, the award will be presented to A. Brent Eastman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Emeritus, and the N. Paul Whittier Chair of Trauma, Scripps Health. A general, vascular and trauma surgeon, Dr. Eastman is a long-established leader on the issue of trauma and emergency medical care who has played a leadership role in the development of trauma systems both nationally and internationally. With like-minded colleagues, Dr. Eastman was a founder of the San Diego County Trauma System, now 30 years old and regarded worldwide as a model. Since the system was deployed in 1984, the percentage of preventable trauma deaths in our region’s hospitals has declined from 22 percent to approximately one percent. Dr. Eastman began his surgical career with Scripps Health in 1972, first pursuing a full-time surgical practice focusing on trauma care. Upon assuming the role of Chief Medical Officer, he served as liaison between Scripps and its 2,600 affiliated physicians, and oversaw clinical quality, graduate medical education programs, disaster preparedness, clinical research and other key issues across the Scripps system. In 1991 Dr. Eastman was named the inaugural N. Paul Whittier Chair of Trauma – the first such endowed chair in the United States. He is a past President of the American College of Surgeons, the largest scientific and educational organization of surgeons in the world.
Jo Dee C. Jacob, Class of 2003 - LEAD Graduate of the Year
The LEAD Graduate of the Year Award is presented to a graduate of LEAD San Diego’s flagship issues-focused education program who epitomizes excellence in community leadership. In 2015, it will be presented to Jo Dee C. Jacob, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts San Diego. Jacob leads nearly 44,000 Girl Scout members and 120 professional staff in San Diego and Imperial counties and executes a $10 million annual budget. Since she joined Girl Scouts San Diego in 2001, the local council has won numerous regional and national awards, including the University of San Diego's 2012 Kaleidoscope Award for Exceptional Governance. With degrees from both Stanford and Pepperdine universities, Jacob attained the rank of captain during a distinguished 27-year career in the U.S. Navy. She used her military savvy to originate Operation Thin Mint at Girl Scouts San Diego; since the program launched in 2002, local Girl Scouts have teamed up with the community to send nearly 2.5 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies and countless notes of support to deployed U.S. military troops. In 2003, Operation Thin Mint won a national Silver Anvil Award for excellence from the Public Relations Society of America. After her LEAD San Diego graduation in LEAD San Diego’s Class of 2003, Jacob joined San Diego Rotary Club 33. In 2012, she became the first nonprofit leader in the club’s 109-year history to serve as President. As a “community connector,” Jacob is passionate about sharing best practices with other agencies and coaching executives in transition, particularly veterans.
Jack Raymond - The Ronald Kendrick Memorial Award for Regional Collaboration
Named for the late banking executive and community leader, the award is presented in recognition of visionary leadership as demonstrated through coalescing diverse communities, focusing on collaborative approaches to shared resources, synergies and problem-solving skills for positive regional outcomes. This year, the Kendrick Award will be presented to John C. “Jack” Raymond, Chairman and CEO of The Raymond Companies, for his leadership in and contributions to the San Diego region. Raymond’s extensive community involvement includes stints as Chair of LEAD San Diego, the San Diego Economic Development Corporation, the San Diego County Human Resources Advisory Board, the University Council - California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), The San Diego Foundation’s Charitable Real Estate Foundation, The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors, and the CSUSM Foundation. He also served as President of District 5340 Council of Rotary Clubs, has served as a member of the Board of Overseers - University of California San Diego, as well as on the boards of the Private Industry Council of San Diego, The Bishop’s School, San Diego Dialogue, Mingei International Museum, The Elizabeth Hospice Foundation, and the Advisory Board of Directors - Automobile Club of Southern California. Raymond has also been President or Chair of numerous community and civic organizations in Escondido, where he resides. A graduate of Cornell University, Raymond has been honored with many awards, including the Greater San Diego National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Organizational Volunteer of the Year Award in 2012.
Bruce Binkowski - Economic Opportunity Award
Each year, LEAD San Diego presents the Economic Opportunity Award in recognition of visionary leaders who create economic opportunities that, absent their efforts, might not otherwise exist. In 2015, the Economic Opportunity Award will be presented to Bruce Binkowski, Executive Director, San Diego Bowl Game Association. Binkowski was hired as the first employee of the Holiday Bowl in 1978, the inaugural year of the game. He has led the San Diego Bowl Game Association since 2001. The mission of the nonprofit SDBGA is to generate tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its residents by presenting exciting and entertaining bowl games and a related festival of events. For 37 years, the Holiday Bowl has played a significant economic role in the success of San Diego’s tourism industry. And with the addition of the Poinsettia Bowl, SDBGA helps fill hotel room and provides patrons for restaurants and shops during two of San Diego’s slowest weeks of the tourism year. Since its inception, SDBGA has created an impact of nearly $700 million for the local region. Binkowski, a graduate of University of San Diego, was known for many years as the “Voice of San Diego.” He served as a public address announcer for the San Diego Padres, San Diego Chargers and football and basketball for San Diego State University. He was also a morning sportscaster at KSDO/KOGO for 14 years.
CaliBaja Economic Development Partnership - The Charles Nathanson Memorial Award for Cross-Border Region Building
The Charles Nathanson Award is named for the late champion of cross-border communication and development and recognizes visionary leadership demonstrated in addressing joint solutions to cross-border issues, further uniting San Diego and Baja California for a common future. This year, the award will be presented to the CaliBaja Economic Development Partnership in recognition of its work to market our region as a whole, positioning San Diego County, Imperial County and Northern Baja California as the top research and development and manufacturing mega-region in North America. This economic development initiative brings together businesses, civic and government leaders to assess the opportunities and challenges of doing business in the binational region. Members of the partnership include the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation, the Ensenada Economic Development Corporation, the Economic Promotion Commission of Tecate, and the Industrial Development Commission of Mexicali.
The recipient of the Community Spotlight Award, which recognizes unsung community heroes who improve lives in our region through extraordinary dedication to people, organizations or causes and comes out of the monthly 10News LEADership Awards, will be announced at the Visionary Awards on the evening of May 21.
Title Sponsor of the 13th Annual Visionary Awards is Bank of America. Other confirmed supporters to date include Southwest Airlines, Anchor Sponsor; Wells Fargo, Community Spotlight VIP Reception Sponsor; U.S. Bank, Cause Sponsor; Qualcomm, San Diego Business Journal, Scripps Health, Union Bank and 10News, Presenting Sponsors; and Moss Adams, Dessert Sponsor.
About LEAD San Diego
For more than 33 years, LEAD San Diego has provided balanced education and dialogue, equipping individuals with an understanding of our region, the personal skills and the right network of contacts to accomplish great things as civic and community leaders. LEAD’s programs are designed to engage, develop and mobilize diverse groups of emerging and current leaders, ensuring that the San Diego/Northern Baja California region’s leadership pipeline remains filled. For more information, go to leadsandiego.com.