Mission Hills Resident Earns Prestigious Award

| December 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Gina Champion-Cain has received numerous awards during her career.

Gina Champion-Cain has received numerous awards during her career.

Gina Champion-Cain, who has had a meteoric rise to the top of the food chain in the hospitality industry, San Diego Visitor Industry, and retail and consumer products categories, was selected as a winner of the 2015 Women Who Mean Business Award, from the San Diego Business Journal. Champion-Cain was awarded the honor at the Town and Country Convention Center this past month with over 1000 entrepreneurial and enthusiastic women in attendance. Champion-Cain and her husband, Steven, are residents of Mission Hills, as well as her two Golden Retrievers.

“I am completely thrilled by this wonderful and significantly meaningful award. I encourage my female associates to reach for the sky and always remember their dreams can come true with focused hard work, self-determination and consistent belief in self-accomplishment,” said Champion-Cain.

Champion-Cain is president and CEO of American National Investments (ANI, Inc.). She provides strategic direction and oversight to all development, acquisitions, commercial and residential leasing, asset management and entire brand development and growth. Her leadership includes directing the firm’s actively current ventures into San Diego’s hospitality market with three Patio-branded restaurants, including The Patio on Lamont street in Pacific Beach; The Patio on Goldfinch in Mission Hills, and soon to be opened Fireside by The Patio; Saska’s Restaurant in Mission Beach; Swell Coffee Company; The Front Porch in Mission Hills and Coronado; Luv Surf Vacation Homes in Mission Bay; and Luv Surf youth and woman’s lifestyle clothing brand.

Prior to stating ANI in the late ‘70s, Champion-Cain was senior vice president of the Koll Company in Newport Beach, where she was responsible for project management of three urban retail and entertainment centers here and Japan. She was one of the pioneers in the “Renaissance of the Gaslamp Quarter in the ‘80s, serving on the Downtown San Diego Partnership Board and responsible for major Gaslamp downtown property redevelopment including bringing House of Blues to San Diego in the early ‘90s.

She is graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of San Diego. She is a member of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate’s policy advisory board. Champion-Cain is the recipient of numerous civic and business awards for her leadership and contributions to the economic, educational and social well-being of San Diego.

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