In 1990, local resident and former COO of Body Glove, Russ Lesser, formed “the Original Committee” of fellow Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce members, to replicate a similar program he was impressed with in Long Beach.
Another Chamber Board member and local resident Paul Allman took on the task of establishing the program. He designed and wrote the course curriculum and handout material. The first class was launched in 1991 and graduated in 1992. Paul facilitated every class session until 1998 when other facilitators were hired, but continued working with the important class retreat for the next 20 years. He also established the Leadership Board in 1993 and was President for the first several years.
Our Founding Partners are The City of Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce and Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Our Founding Sponsors are Chevron and Northrop Grumman.