When the USS Midway Museum first opened its doors to the public in 2004, its goal was not just to be a worldclass experience for visitors, but to become a treasured icon and community asset to San Diego. Mission accomplished.

LEAD San Diego, the leadership development arm of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, honored Midway with its Richard Kendrick Memorial Award for Regional Collaboration at is annual San Diego Visionary Award ceremony.

“It was such a privilege to honor the USS Midway Museum,” said Samantha Beck, LEAD San Diego’s executive director.

Established in 2003, LEAD San Diego’s focus is on creating a network of leaders needed to work collaboratively to positively transform their communities. The non-profit offers a diverse suite of programs designed to mobilize leaders and establishing strong community connections.

The annual Visionary Award event celebrates the effort of individuals and organizations whose passion and devotion to San Diego are leading the region forward. Midway was recognized for its ongoing commitment to the community on multiple levels.

“We honor an organization and San Diego landmark that has been dedicated to preserving our naval history and bringing it to life for visitors of all ages for nearly 20 years,” said award presenter Monique Rodriguez, the vice president for government affairs for Qualcomm. “By supporting our region’s military and veteran communities, providing education opportunities for school kids, and partnering with countless other groups and organizations to strengthen our region, Midway has solidified its place at the top of the ranks.”

Accepting the award was Midway’s board chair, Chris Neils.

“We have achieved over the last almost 20 years a lot of success,” said Chris. “From the start, Midway has tried to be a good corporate citizen and give back to the community. We’re a site for training for our local military and law enforcement and homeland security, and we pride ourselves on our education programs. Midway will not be resting on its laurels as we are committed to continue to be a good corporate citizen. It’s a pleasure to give back to the community and a honor to do it.”

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