Lionel Diaz, 90, President Emeritus of MANA, died in January. A former independent manufacturers’ rep heading up his own agency for 29 years, Diaz was president and CEO of MANA from 1995 to 1998. He was actively involved in MANA’s operations from 1971, serving as director, chairman of the board, senior vice president, executive vice president, president/CEO and finally as president emeritus. He retired from MANA in 1998.
Diaz is survived by two sons, Christian and Ramon, and two grandchildren. He was a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and served on ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans during World War II. After the war he spent some time playing professional football and teaching. In the early 1960s, he moved to the West Coast and his agency, C & R Associates, San Carlos, Calif.