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2011 Semper Fidelis Award


Ms. Julia Stewart, Chairman and CEO of  DineEquity, Inc



Julia A. Stewart, a nearly 40-year veteran of the restaurant industry, serves as chairman and CEO of DineEquity, Inc. DineEquity is the world’s largest full-service restaurant company, franchising and operating restaurants under the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurant brands.

Since joining the Company in December 2001, Ms. Stewart has demonstrated proven expertise and leadership in brand revitalization and brand positioning. Beginning in 2001, she implemented significant shifts in strategy that resulted in revitalizing the IHOP brand, strengthening its franchising position and improving the overall financial performance of the business. As a result, IHOP system-wide sales have more than doubled over the past ten years via robust franchise restaurant development and the improved performance of existing franchised IHOP restaurants. IHOP is now the market share leader in family dining.

In 2007, Ms. Stewart led the acquisition of Applebee’s International, Inc., creating the world’s largest full service restaurant company with nearly 3,500 locations. Ms. Stewart is utilizing a focused, strategic, consumer-centric brand evaluation and revitalization process, similar to the one successfully employed at IHOP, to restore Applebee’s to the leadership position in casual dining. From enhanced marketing and service initiatives to menu innovation and improved restaurant ambience and décor, Applebee’s is being positioned to effectively differentiate itself among the competitive set and regain sustainable system momentum. Ms. Stewart also believes that franchising provides the company with a unique competitive advantage, as such, Applebee’s plans to franchise the vast majority of company-operated restaurants.

Prior to joining DineEquity, Mrs. Stewart served as President of the domestic division of Applebee's International, Inc. Before Applebee's, Ms. Stewart held several key executive positions with Taco Bell Corporation, including National Vice President of Franchise and License and Western Region Vice President of Operations. Over a 15-year period prior to Taco Bell, she held various key marketing positions with Stuart Anderson's Black Angus/Cattle Company Restaurants, Spoons Grill & Bar, Burger King Corp. and Carl's Jr. Restaurants.

Ms. Stewart is a founding member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and the recipient of numerous industry awards, serves on the Board of Directors of Avery Dennison, is a member of the UCLA Anderson School of Business Board of Visitors, and serves on the Board of Directors of Children’s Bureau of Southern California. Ms. Stewart and her family reside in the Los Angeles area. 



2011 John Wooden Sportsman Award


Mr. Dave Stockton, PGA Champion Golfer and President & CEO of Stockton Golf




Being that his father, Gail, owned a sporting goods store in the town where Dave was born and raised, it is of no surprise that Dave was a sports enthusiast and played basketball, baseball as well as golf in his youth. A surfing accident causing a back injury deterred Dave from playing baseball and he turned his focus instead to golf.

In addition to operating his business, Dave’s father was also a Club Professional and even played with the likes of Walter Hagen during Hagen’s visit to the San Bernardino area. It has been told many times that Dave could be seen on the practice green at Arrowhead Country Club by his friends both as they drove off on their adventure, as well as on their way back!

In the late 50’s, there was little money to be made as a Tour professional and Dave’s father feared he would not be able to earn a good living. Against his father’s wishes, the two-time NCAA All-American graduated from USC , rounded up sponsors and headed out on Tour, marrying beauty queen, Catherine Hales not long after. Dave’s putting prowess and talent around the greens led to 11 victories on Tour, including the 1970 and 1976 PGA Championships. Despite their clear disagreement on Dave’s career choice, Gail followed Dave on the Tour and was Dave’s only teacher until his death in 1983. His younger son Ron took on the role of instructor, always observing, taking notes and advising his father on his game.

Dave easily added 14 Champions Tour victories to his list of achievements, often times with Ron on the bag. Son, Dave Jr., followed in his Dad’s footsteps and turned pro in 1990 and debuted on the PGA Tour in 1994. He played on both the PGA and Nationwide Tour for 10 years, winning twice on the Nike Tour and accruing several top ten finishes on the PGA Tour. The three Stocktons made history in March of 1996 when they became the first family to have members playing on all three Tours on the same weekend.




Former West Coast Award Recipients



West Coast Semper Fidelis Award 
1982 Gerald R. Ford 38th U.S. President  
1983 Walter Cronkite News Special Correspondent CBS
1984 Robert H. Finch Former Secretary U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare
1985 Robert Conrad Movie & TV Actor, Producer  
1986 Peter V. Ueberroth Commissioner Major League Baseball
1987 The Honorable William French Smith U.S. Attorney General 1981-85  
1988 Fred W. O'Green Chairman Litton Industries
1989 Col. Edward McMahon, USMCR (Ret). TV Personality  
1990 Brig. Gen. Thomas F. Riley USMC (Ret.) Supervisor Orange County Board of Supervisors
1991 Pete Wilson Governor of California  
1992 William H. Donaldson Chairman & CEO New York Stock Exchange
1993 Kent Kresa Chairman, President & CEO Northrop Corp.
1994 Cast & Producers "Major Dad" CBS Television Series
1995 Dr. Arnold O. Beckman Founder & Chairman Beckman Instruments, Inc.
1997 William P. Foley, II Chairman & CEO Fidelity National Financial, Inc.
1998 Craig Ruth Vice Chairman Tooley & Company
1999 Donald Esmond Senior VP & General Manager Toyota Moter Sales, USA
2000 Edward P. Roski, Jr. President & CEO Majestic Realty, Inc.
2001 Robert Maguire Chairman National Automobile Dealers Association
2002 William H. Swanson President & CEO Raytheon Company
2003 Ronald D. Sugar President & CEO Northrup Grumman Corporation
2004 Geoffrey L. Stack Managing Director & Principal SARES-REGIS Group
2005 S. Michael Joseph Chairman & CEO Dacor Kitchen Appliances
2006 Jim Albaugh President & CEO Boeing Integrated Systems
2007 Amb. George L. Argyros Chairman & CEO Arnel & Affiliates
2008 Jack Brown Chairman and CEO Stater Brothers Markets
2009 Michael K. Hayde CEO Western National Group
2010 Parker S. Kennedy President and CEO  First American Corporation
West Coast Globe & Anchor Award  
1991 John (Johnny) Grant VP, Public Affairs KTLA TV
1992 William D. Lusk Vice Chairman The Lusk Company
1993 Daniel L. Hernandez Executive Director The Hollenbeck Youth Center
1994 Gaddi H. Vasquez Orange County Supervisor Third District
1998 Eddie Albert TV & Movie Actor  
1999 The Honorable James H. Webb, Jr. Former Secretary of the Navy  
2000 The Honorable Steven Kuykendall Representative 1999-2000  
2002 Donald Bellisario Executive Producer, "JAG" Belisarius Productions
2004 Kevin W. Sharer Chairman, President & CEO Amgen, Inc.
2005 Aaron M. Cohen Vice President ABM Janitorial Services
2006 MajGen William Lyon USAFR (Ret.) Chairman of the Board & CEO William Lyon Homes, Inc.
2008 Richard Bertea Partner Whitecross, LP
2009 Herbert W. Kalmbach, Esq.   Attorney and Businessman
West Coast John Wooden Sportsman Award 
1985 Pat Haden CBS Sports Commentator Los Angeles Rams Football Team 
1986 Bob Mathias National Director National Fitness Foundation
1987 Gail Goodrich Los Angeles Lakers National Basketball Association
1988 Don Drysdale Sports Commentator L.A. Dodgers & TV Sports Commentator
1989 Rafer Johnson U.S. Olympic Winner Gold & Silver Medal Decathlon
1990 Jim Mora Head Coach New Orleans Saints Football Team
1991 George Allen (posthumously)    
1992 The Honorable Jack Kemp Secretary U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
1993 Raoul "Rod" Dedeaux Director of Baseball The University of Southern California
1994 Ann Meyers-Drysdale U.S. Olympic Winner  
1995 Eddie LeBaron Chairman Pacific Casino Management, Inc.
1997 Carroll Shelby President Shelby American, Inc.
1998 Tom Flores Head Coach Oakland Raiders
1999 Tommy Lasorda Vice President Los Angeles Dodgers
2001 Rick Monday Sportscaster Los Angeles Dodgers
2003 The Honorable Peter H. Dailey Chairman Enniskerry Financial, Ltd.
2006 Eddie Merrins Head Golf Professional Bel-Air Country Club
2007 Gary Beban Sen. Ex. Managing Director CB Richard Ellis

John W. Hamilton

Chairman & CEO Hamilton Company 
2010 Mark Harmon Actor and Producer NCIS



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