Dana Ditmore to Receive Leadership Excellence Award at 2015 Summer Gala


MORGAN HILL, CA (2015-01-19)– Leadership Morgan Hill (LMH) is proud to announce that philanthropist and business consultant Dana Ditmore will be honored with the 2015 Leadership Excellence Award at an evening outdoor celebration/fundraiser at Guglielmo Winery on July 18.  The Leadership Excellence Award recognizes the vision and leadership that advance the spirit of community and charity; reflect courage and insight; and inspire others to lead in a like manner.

Rene Spring, LMH Board President remarked:  “The Board is thrilled and excited about Dana’s selection, his philanthropy and community support perfectly reflects the values of our organization and as a previous LMH Board member, he fully appreciates and supports the LMH mission”.

Dana’s 17 years as a business consultant was preceded by a career as a high tech executive: 17 years at GE Nuclear followed by 17 years as Vice President of Applied Materials.  He also served brief stints as Vice President of Lam Research and President of Tru-Si Technologies. Currently as President of Oak Valley Consulting, Dana specializes in executive coaching and strategic planning. He also serves on the Structural Integrity Associates Board of Directors and previously served on other for-profit Boards.

As impressive as Dana’s business credentials are, they pale by comparison to his philanthropic endeavors.  He has over 30 years of experience serving on non-profit boards, including his prior service on the LMH Board and a recently concluded stint on the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill Board.  Currently he serves on five non-profit boards, including the Healthier Kids Foundation which is benefitting Morgan Hill kids through their eye screening and healthcare enrollment efforts.  He also serves on two University College of Engineering Advisory Councils.  Dana twice served as Executive Director of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, significantly advancing STEM education, and he also supports the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Engineering Fair whose finalists go on to the Intel event.

Generously giving his time and his talent to these charitable organizations, he also provides financial support to them – and to his community.  Dana and Elaine, his wife of over 52 years, are generous and frequent community supporters, deeply involved with Community Solutions and with the many causes that are supported by Morgan Hill Rotary.  They frequently donate long getaway weekend stays at their San Luis Obispo Victorian house and their Telluride, Colorado house to local non-profit fundraising auctions. 

Like many previous Leadership Excellence Award winners, Dana just can’t seem to say “no” when asked for support of a good cause.  He says: “I realized early in my career that my family was blessed while others were much less fortunate with many unmet needs.  I felt strongly obligated to help fill those needs, sharing what we have and sharing my experiences to the benefit of others”.

Dana and Elaine have three kids of their own and inherited three more when Dana’s sister passed away, plus 17 grandchildren and three “greats”.  They are very devoted to their family and spend as much time as they can with them, frequently traveling to Idaho and Las Vegas for visits.

Dana will receive his medal at the gala summer tribute dinner at the beautiful Guglielmo Winery setting.  Community leaders, supporters of LMH and friends of the honoree will attend this community celebration to honor Dana and to benefit the local nonprofit LMH educational organization. Dinner and the award program will be followed by music and dancing.  In keeping with the setting, dress for the event is casual, upscale summer fun.

The Honorary Committee for the event is being chaired by Dana’s niece, Juli Hall and LMH Board member Karl Bjarke is in charge of the Event Committee.  

Awardees are selected by a blue-ribbon panel of community leaders that includes former Leadership Excellence Award recipients. Funds raised will benefit the non-profit LMH educational organization, now in its 20th year of building community leadership. The annual LMH program provides insight, tools and training that enables and inspires leaders in all walks of life to give back to the community through service. LMH graduates are found in leadership positions throughout the community in government, education, business and nonprofit organizations.

More information is available at www.leadershipmorganhill.org.


Photo of Dana Ditmore and his wife Elaine is courtesy of Liza Garibaldi (LMH Class of 2013)

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