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The United States Navy Memorial

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Marketing Pioneer J. David Power III to Receive Coveted Lone Sailor Award

Prominent Sea Service Veteran to be recognized for
Service to Country and Community at September18 Dinner Gala

WASHINGTON, D.C. [August 3, 2012] - Coast Guard veteran and founder of J.D. Power and Associates, Inc., J. David Power III, will be honored for his service to country and community at the United States Navy Memorial’s 2012 Lone Sailor Awards Dinner on Tuesday, September 18.  The black tie gala will be held at The National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

The Lone Sailor Award is given to Sea Service veterans who have excelled with distinction in their respective civilian careers while exemplifying the Navy core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.  In receiving the Lone Sailor Award, Power joins an impressive list of men and women who have distinguished themselves by drawing upon their military experience.

“I grew in responsibility and maturity,” said Power.  “And I began to understand the importance of people in making any project succeed.  I think that served me very well.”

In his four years as an officer aboard the Coast Guard’s historic icebreaker Eastwind, Power helped lay the groundwork for a new understanding of the Polar regions through three trips to the Arctic and one to the Antarctic.  Braving volatile weather and treacherous ice, Power and his shipmates supplied scientists with valuable geophysical data.      

Dave Power has spent almost 50 years as a pioneer in studying consumer opinions, with 40 years as founder of what has become one of the most prestigious marketing information companies in the world—J.D. Power and Associates. The company numbers among its clients virtually every automotive manufacturer in the world, in addition to clients in many other industries around the world. The company’s reputation as a premier resource of customer satisfaction data and consultancies has led to research and projects in a variety of industries including automotive, financial services, telecommunications (cable, cellular, local and long distance telephone), travel, home builder, utilities and healthcare.

In 1992, Power received the Automotive Hall of Fame’s Distinguished Service Citation, awarded each year to the industry’s most accomplished leaders.  In 2010 he received the Joseph P. Wharton Award for Life Time Achievement from the Wharton Alumni Association.  He holds honorary doctorate degrees from several colleges and universities, including his alma mater, College of the Holy Cross in 1994. 

The U.S. Navy Memorial will also honor three other distinguished veterans at the gala.  John Paul DeJoria served in the Navy for two years before co-creating two powerhouse companies – John Paul Mitchell Systems, a revolutionary hair care line; and Patron Spirits, which sells over two million cases of tequila and other spirits annually.  Commander Everett Alvarez, founder of Alvarez & Associates, LLC, an IT solutions company based in Washington, DC, served in the Navy for 20 years and was the second longest-held POW in the American history.  Mark Russell, political satirist and Marine veteran, has spent several decades delighting audiences with his daring stand-up routines and musical parodies.

For more information on the U.S. Navy Memorial’s 2012 Lone Sailor Awards Dinner, including sponsorship and ticket prices, or for a list of award recipients, go to the Navy Memorial’s web site at www.navymemorial.org, or contact M.C. Dunn, Director, Corporate Relations & Special Events, at 202-380-0728 or mcdunn@navymemorial.org.  To arrange an interview or to access images of the awardees, contact Lisa Pinghera at (703) 417-2705 or lisa@lindarothpr.com.                                                       

About the United States Navy Memorial
Conveniently located on Pennsylvania Avenue – halfway between the White House and the Capitol, the United States Navy Memorial provides a living tribute to Navy people and a place for them to gather and celebrate their service.  The outdoor plaza features a “Granite Sea” map of the world, towering masts with signal flags, fountain pools and waterfalls and The Lone Sailor© statue.  Adjacent to the plaza is the Naval Heritage Center, where visitors can find educational displays about the contributions of the men and women of the Sea Services (Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine).  Also housed in the Naval Heritage Center is the Navy Log – the online place for Navy people to stay connected with each other, celebrate their service and preserve the memories of their service.  There, Navy veterans can build a record of their service online.  Call (202) 737-2300 or visit www.navymemorial.org for more information.