Gina McBride Honored with Leadership North County 2011 Fran Aleshire Award

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Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

Regional business leader Gina McBride will be honored with the Fran Aleshire Award for her outstanding leadership and regional involvement at the San Diego North Economic Development Council’s Annual Holiday Luncheon and Awards Presentation on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.

Each year the Leadership North County Alumni Association presents the Fran Aleshire Award to a graduate of the program who, in the spirit of Fran Aleshire, exhibits the characteristics of great leadership. Individuals are nominated by their peers.  Past recipients include Beckie Garrett (2010), Julie Wright, president and founder of (W)right On Communications (2009); City of San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond (2008), retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Mark Moore (2007), Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfiler (2006), and Vice Chair of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Ramona Finnila (2005).

McBride, owner of McBride Financial Advisory, is currently the chair of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.  Her philanthropic involvement has included board service for many local non-profits and she has provided leadership through her work with the City of Carlsbad. Two years ago she founded the Starfish Leadership Award to recognize those who give back to the community.

“I am both thrilled and humbled to receive this recognition that honors the life and legacy of Fran Aleshire,” commented McBride. “Through Leadership North County, Fran continues to inspire leaders throughout the area to offer their experience and expertise to make our region even better.  The alumni of LNC have a special bond and always the good of North County in their hearts and minds.”

Leadership North County is a comprehensive leadership program by California State University San Marcos Extended Learning to foster the growth of community leaders.  The program has graduated hundreds, including several mayors, CEOs, and other public officials across San Diego’s North County.  Once a month session topics cover a wide variety of topics related to the region including government, business, healthcare, and education.  For more information, contact 760-750-4020 or www.leadershipnorthcounty.org.

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