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Junior Achievement’s Hall of Fame to Celebrate the Best in Business and Philanthropy The nonprofit will honor five visionary leaders on September 27, 2016

August 18, 2016

 

 

Junior Achievement’s Hall of Fame to Celebrate the Best in Business and Philanthropy

The nonprofit will honor five visionary leaders on September 27, 2016

SAN DIEGO, Aug.  11, 2016—Junior Achievement (JA) of San Diego will induct five visionary leaders into the San Diego Business Hall of Fame on Tuesday, September 27, at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

The 28th Annual Business Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding business and philanthrophic leadership over a career span of service in the San Diego community. This black-tie event will feature dinner, auction and awards presentation for the 2016 Hall of Fame Laureates.  All proceeds from the event benefit JA’s misson to impact 75,000 students  by teaching them how to get a job, start a business and how money works.

Junior Achievement is proud to honor these leaders for their impact, integrity, leadership and legacy of service.  These individuals truly embody the ideals of JA and personify the lessons taught by our programs.  Please join us in celebrating this year’s 2016 Hall of Fame Laureates:

Laurie and Carlee McGrath: The McGraths have been monumental supporters of JA.   In 2008, Laurie and Carlee donated $1-million to name the McGrath Family JA BizTown.  Thanks to their support, 16,000 fifth graders, each year, are challenged to work together and earn a profit at one of the 21 life-size shops inside the thriving mini-city. The McGraths have also made their mark by shaping the future of thousands of San Diego high school students in supporting JA’s newest experimental learning center, Mission Fed JA Finance Park.

This has all been made possible by the success of the McGrath real estate investments and creation of the McGrath Foundation.  Formed in 1986, with Carlee and Laurie serving as directors, the Foundation has supported numerous organizations locally and across the globe benefiting children, women, and animals. 

The McGrath Foundation has also supported various YMCA centers, by providing a $1-million gift for construction of a swimming pool and enclosure for the Toby Wells YMCA.  The Foundation pledged $2.5 million to the East County YMCA for its new McGrath Family YMCA & Sports Complex in Rancho San Diego.     The Humane Society International will be opening 20 new county offices over the next five years due to their extra attention to philanthropy.

Daniel R. Spinazzola, Diversified Restaurant Systems, Inc. 

After graduating from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Daniel R. Spinazzola proved to be a successful entrepreneur.  Dan worked as an executive for Jack in the Box and then created and founded his own company, Diversified Restaurant Systems, Inc. in 1986.  A leader in the food service industry, DRS develops and maintains procurement programs for produce and protein serving leading clients, such as, Subway, Food 4 Less, Walmart, and Denny’s.

This pioneer and his wife Barbie have received numerous accolades for their efforts and contributions to improve the San Diego community and beyond.  He has received recognition as San Diego ‘2007 Nice Guy of the Year.’   He is on the Board for multiple charities to include STARPAL, Scripps Institute, Noah Homes, Nice Guys of San Diego, and Taking Control of Your Diabetes.  Additionally, he is involved in Boy Scouts of America, Vista Hill, Casa de Ampara, Saint Vincent de Paul, U.S. Marines, Patron’s of the Prado, Rady’s Children’s Hospital, The Catholic Church and City Ballet.

 

 

Bob Taylor & Kurt Listug, Taylor Guitars

With a list of clients that reads like Grammy award-winners, the entrepreneurs behind the Taylor Guitars brand have reach the pinnacle of professional success.   What makes the founders different from most executives is their dedication and compassion to give back, not only to the San Diego community but to the citizens living in the African country of Cameroon.

Based in El Cajon, Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug and has grown into the leading global builders of acoustic guitars.   Today, the company employs over 900 people in the United States and across the globe.

In January 2014, the U.S. State Department honored Taylor Guitars with an Award for Corporate Excellence to honor the company’s transformative work in the ebony trade and in the lives of those employed at its ebony mill, Crelicam, in Cameroon. This annual award recognizes U.S.-owned businesses that play vital roles around the world as good corporate citizens.  Taylor Guitars has also invested in the local San Diego community over the years. Through its Taylor Guitars for Schools program, the company has donated over 2,000 guitars to area elementary and high schools for use in guitar instruction.  They are outstanding supporters for sustainable development, respect for human rights and environmental protection.

 

 

Sponsorships and tables are available. Please contact Tara Michener, tmichener@jasandiego.org or call (619) 682-5155 more information.

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Junior Achievement’s Hall of Fame to Celebrate the Best in Business and Philanthropy

The nonprofit will honor five visionary leaders on September 27, 2016

SAN DIEGO, Aug.  11, 2016—Junior Achievement (JA) of San Diego will induct five visionary leaders into the San Diego Business Hall of Fame on Tuesday, September 27, at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

 

The 28th Annual Business Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding business and philantrophic  leadership over a career span of service in the San Diego community. This black-tie event will feature dinner, auction and awards presentation for the 2016 Hall of Fame Laureates.  All proceeds from the event benefit JA’s misson to impact 75,000 students  by teaching them how to get a job, start a business and how money works.

 

Junior Achievement is proud to honor these leaders for their impact, integrity, leadership and legacy of service.  These individuals truly embody the ideals of JA and personify the lessons taught by our programs.  Please join us in celebrating this year’s 2016 Hall of Fame Laureates:

 

 

Laurie and Carlee McGrath: The McGraths have been monumental supporters of JA.   In 2008, Laurie and Carlee donated $1-million to name the McGrath Family JA BizTown.  Thanks to their support, 16,000 fifth graders, each year, are challenged to work together and earn a profit at one of the 21 life-size shops inside the thriving mini-city. The McGraths have also made their mark by shaping the future of thousands of San Diego high school students in supporting JA’s newest experimental learning center, Mission Fed JA Finance Park.

 

This has all been made possible by the success of the McGrath real estate investments and creation of the McGrath Foundation.  Formed in 1986, with Carlee and Laurie serving as directors, the Foundation has supported numerous organizations locally and across the globe benefiting children, women, and animals. 

 

The McGrath Foundation has also supported various YMCA centers, by providing a $1-million gift for construction of a swimming pool and enclosure for the Toby Wells YMCA.  The Foundation pledged $2.5 million to the East County YMCA for its new McGrath Family YMCA & Sports Complex in Rancho San Diego.     The Humane Society International will be opening 20 new county offices over the next five years due to their extra attention to philanthropy.

 

Daniel R. Spinazzola, Diversified Restaurant Systems, Inc. 

After graduating from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Daniel R. Spinazzola proved to be a successful entrepreneur.  Dan worked as an executive for Jack in the Box and then created and founded his own company, Diversified Restaurant Systems, Inc. in 1986.  A leader in the food service industry, DRS develops and maintains procurement programs for produce and protein serving leading clients, such as, Subway, Food 4 Less, Walmart, and Denny’s.

 

This pioneer and his wife Barbie have received numerous accolades for their efforts and contributions to improve the San Diego community and beyond.  He has received recognition as San Diego ‘2007 Nice Guy of the Year.’   He is on the Board for multiple charities to include STARPAL, Scripps Institute, Noah Homes, Nice Guys of San Diego, and Taking Control of Your Diabetes.  Additionally, he is involved in Boy Scouts of America, Vista Hill, Casa de Ampara, Saint Vincent de Paul, U.S. Marines, Patron’s of the Prado, Rady’s Children’s Hospital, The Catholic Church and City Ballet.

 

 

 

Bob Taylor & Kurt Listug, Taylor Guitars

With a list of clients that reads like Grammy award-winners, the entrepreneurs behind the Taylor Guitars brand have reach the pinnacle of professional success.   What makes the founders different from most executives is their dedication and compassion to give back, not only to the San Diego community but to the citizens living in the African country of Cameroon.

 

Based in El Cajon, Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug and has grown into the leading global builders of acoustic guitars.   Today, the company employs over 900 people in the United States and across the globe.

 

In January 2014, the U.S. State Department honored Taylor Guitars with an Award for Corporate Excellence to honor the company’s transformative work in the ebony trade and in the lives of those employed at its ebony mill, Crelicam, in Cameroon. This annual award recognizes U.S.-owned businesses that play vital roles around the world as good corporate citizens.  Taylor Guitars has also invested in the local San Diego community over the years. Through its Taylor Guitars for Schools program, the company has donated over 2,000 guitars to area elementary and high schools for use in guitar instruction.  They are outstanding supporters for sustainable development, respect for human rights and environmental protection.

 

Sponsorships and tables are available. Please contact Tara Michener, tmichener@jasandiego.org or call (619) 682-5155 more information.