Vistage Members Honored at San Diego Business Journal Most Admired Awards

Vistage members Reid Carr, Tom Gildred, and Nathan Rogge were honored at the San Diego Business Journal’s 2011 Most Admired CEO Awards. The winning CEOs were chosen by an independent panel of judges and ranked by the CEOs’ contribution to their companies and the community, with an emphasis on innovation, leadership and results-based focus.

Vistage member Tom Gildred, CEO of Emerald Textiles, won the Most Admired CEO award in the Privately Held Company category. Built less than a year ago, Emerald Textiles has quickly become a leading provider of healthcare linen to southern California and now serves many of the major healthcare systems in the region. Emerald operates the most environmentally responsible and technologically advanced commercial healthcare laundry facility in the United States. “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of San Diego’s most admired CEOs,” said Tom Gildred. “I am proud to be a part of this well-regarded group who is accomplishing so much for businesses in our area.”

Vistage member Reid Carr, President of Red Door Interactive, received the Exemplary Award. Carr was honored for his far-reaching accomplishments, commitment to attracting and retaining good people, and for being a savvy, forward thinker who willingly gives his time to help other entrepreneurs. According to the San Diego Business Journal, Carr received the Exemplary Award for his exceptional contribution to the company and the community. “I’m extremely humbled by this award and it goes without saying that our team is a big reason why Red Door has been so successful. One of our top priorities has been to maintain a positive work environment for our staff,” said Reid Carr.

Vistage member Nathan Rogge, CEO and President of Bank of Southern California, was awarded the “Most Admired CEO” in the Public Company category.     Nathan lead a complete rebirth of Bank of Southern California where he rebranded the bank and shifted the business focus from a rural community bank to a regional bank dedicated to serving small and medium size businesses.  Under Nathan’s leadership, the bank grew from $49 million in assets in late-2005 to $184 million at December 31, 2011.  He is a creative, out-of-the box thinker, who encourages his staff to pursue new ways of doing business.  “Clearly, the primary reason for our success is our very experienced and talented banking team,” said Nathan Rogge.  Their continued focus on building value added, long-term client relationships are a key component of our business.

about Vistage International
Founded in 1957, Vistage International, headquartered in San Diego, California, is the world’s leading chief executive organization, serving more than 15,000 members in 15 countries.  Vistage member CEOs participate in chair-led advisory board peer groups, receive one-to-one coaching, learn from expert speakers, and interact among a global network of CEOs representing a broad range of industries.  Its renowned Vistage CEO Confidence Index has been tracking CEO confidence and main street business issues since 2003.

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