Source: Forum for Corporate Directors

La Jolla, Calif. - Life Fitness co-founder Augie Nieto will be honored in March as a 2013 Director of the Year by the Forum for Corporate Directors (FCD) in the category of Corporate Citizenship. This year marks the 18th annual Director of the Year awards, which is consistently recognized as one of the premier business events of the year in Orange County, Calif.

Nieto was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2005 and has since become a leading advocate for research to find a cure for the debilitating disease.

Founded in 1991, FCD is a nonprofit business organization committed to promoting the highest standards of corporate governance and to increasing the effectiveness of directors, senior executive officers and senior advisors who support boards by anticipating important issues facing companies in today's global economy and providing a forum to share ideas and key strategies.

Former Director of the Year honorees include Robert Ingram (Allergan Inc.; Edwards, Lifesciences Corporation); John Major (Broadcom Coproration; Lennox International); William Thompson Jr. (Citigroup Inc.; Pacific Life); William Wang (Vizio Inc.); Jeff Kearl (Skullcandy Inc.; Needle); Monica Lozano (BofA; Walt Disney); Tom Pardun (Western Digital; CalAmp); Scott Mercer (Conexant; Palm); Joseph Sullivan (Amylin Pharmaceuticals; Rand Health); Jeanne Jackson (McDonald's; Nike; Nordstrom); Glenn Shafer (Pacific Life; Beckman Coulter); John Grundhofer (US Bancorp); Linda Faye Levinson (Ingram Micro); George Argyros (Arnel); Larry Higby (Apria Healthcare Group); James Mazzo (Advanced Medical Optics).

Nieto started Augie's Quest in conjunction with the Muscular Dystrophy Association's ALS Division in March 2005. Augie's Quest, MDA's ALS research initiative, is an aggressive, cure-driven effort singularly focused on finding treatments and a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. This devastating neuromuscular disease affects more than 30,000 Americans. Augie's Quest raises money primarily through a variety of special events, including: BASH for Augie's Quest; Tradition of Hope in Los Angeles; Big Canyon Golf in Newport Beach, Calif.; ClubCorp Charity Classic at golf clubs nationwide; and Clubs for the Quest, a program that allows various fitness clubs across the country to engage their members in fundraising programs and events to benefit ALS research.