August 1, 2013 (SAN DIEGO, CA) – The San Diego Fleet Week Foundation is proud to announce its 2013 Honorary Chair is Rear Admiral Ronne Froman-Blue, a two-star Navy Admiral (Ret.) and prominent San Diego business leader who will chair the events that celebrate San Diego’s military men and women.
“We are honored to have RADM Froman-Blue serve as our honorary chairwoman again,” says Alexandra Squires, Executive Director, San Diego Fleet Week Foundation. “Her years of military service to our nation combined with her dynamic civic engagement in America’s Finest City make her an ideal person to champion Fleet Week San Diego’s mission of honoring our military men and women.”
Froman-Blue’s 31 years in the U.S. Navy culminated as director of Ashore Readiness for the Chief of Naval Operations, responsible for nearly 90 Navy stations and bases around the world with a $7 billion dollar budget. Since 2010, Froman-Blue has been the CEO/Chair of REBOOT, a veterans program that provides behavioral training for a successful transition from military to civilian life.
“I am delighted to serve as honorary chair of Fleet Week San Diego again in 2013,” says Froman-Blue. “It is a testament to the support by our sponsors and the San Diego community that we continue to recognize the immense and valuable contributions of the military to our region.”
Since retirement she has served in the following civilian capacities: Chief of Business Operations for the San Diego Unified School District, (the second largest school district in California); CEO of the San Diego Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross; Chief Operating Officer for the City of San Diego (the eighth largest city in the nation), and; Senior Vice President for the Energy Group of General Atomics.
She has received numerous awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, LEAD San Diego Visionary Award, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Spirit of San Diego, San Diego Magazine Woman of the Year, Girls Scouts Cool Woman, and San Diego Business Journal Woman Who Mean Business and CEO of the Year, to name a few.
Throughout her career Ronne Froman-Blue has been a leader – a person who, through her own example, has provided inspiration to others, encouraging them be the very best that they can be.