MEET THE INDIVIDUALS to be HONORED AT THE 2018 VISIONARY AWARDS:
Economic Opportunity Award
Presented in recognition of visionary leadership in creating economic opportunities in our region that might not otherwise exist absent their efforts.
Jay Flatley led Illumina as CEO from 1999 until 2016, and now serves as executive chairman of its board of directors. He will be honored for his extensive contributions to the genomics industry, building Illumnia from a startup to an international leader. During his tenure as CEO, Flatley took the company from $1.3 million in sales in 2000 to $2.2 billion in 2015, representing a compound annual growth rate of 64 percent. Under Flatley’s leadership, Illumina was named multiple times to the Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 and Fast 500 lists, and was recognized by MIT Technology Review as the World’s Smartest Company.
The Ronald Kendrick Memorial Award for Regional Collaboration
Named for late banking executive and community leader Ronald Kendrick, 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.
Peter Seidler and Dan Shea are working hard to improve San Diego’s homeless problem. They studied issues, convened business and political leaders, raised funding, and executed their ideas for a solution to get homeless people off the streets. Seidler is general partner of the holding company that owns the San Diego Padres and a founder and managing partner of Seidler Equity Partners. Shea is a partner in Paradigm Investment Group and co-owner of Donovan’s Steak and Chop House.
The Neil Morgan Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement
Named for the late journalistic icon Neil Morgan, awarded to an individual who has served as a catalyst for positive change, resulting in a better future for our region.
A true believer in giving back to the community, Roscoe is a past chair or president of San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau; San Diego Rotary Club 33; San Diego International Sports Council; and Fleet Week San Diego. She currently serves as chair of Experience San Diego Destination 2040, and is a trustee or board member of San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation, the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum Foundation, and the San Diego Library Foundation. Roscoe is a co-founder of SDSU’s L. Robert Payne School of Hotel and Tourism Management, and chairs its board of advisors.
The Charles Nathanson Memorial Award for Cross-Border Region Building
Named for the late Charles Nathanson, a champion of cross-border communication and development, presented in recognition of visionary leadership demonstrated in addressing joint solutions to cross-border issues, further uniting San Diego and Baja California for a common future.
Blanca Livier Uribe Díaz is vice president for the Club de Béisbol Toros de Tijuana. She serves as a link between the baseball team and various charities and companies in our binational region. Uribe has also been the ambassador of the team at public and social events, encouraging social awareness between the club and the community. Uribe is an alumna of the Harvard Business School of Executive Education Program, a 2017 graduate of LEAD’s flagship IMPACT program, and a current member of LEAD’s San Diego Young Leaders.
LEAD Graduate of the Year
Awarded to a LEAD San Diego graduate who epitomizes excellence in community leadership.
Martinez is Manager of Community Affairs and Grassroots for Southwest Airlines. She works with external stakeholders to ensure that Southwest maintains a visible leadership position within the community, and sets the standard for outreach and corporate social responsibility in Southern California. Martinez is a past board chair of MANA National, an organization that empowers Latinas. She currently is a champion for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality and serves on the San Diego State University President’s Latino Advisory Council and the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board. Martinez is a 2011 graduate of LEAD's INFLUENCE program.