STAMFORD, Conn. – Greenwich resident Linda McMahon, former chief executive officer of Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment, was selected as this year’s recipient of the Prescott Bush Award, the Connecticut Republican Party’s highest honor.
State GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. made the announcement Tuesday. The award will be presented at the annual Prescott Bush Dinner, the largest annual event hosted by the state GOP. McMahon was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and 2012.
The 36th Annual Prescott Bush Awards Dinner will take place on April 10 at the Stamford Hilton Hotel. Gov. Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and a grandson of Prescott Bush, will be the keynote speaker. Prescott Bush, who lived in Greenwich, was the father of President George H.W. Bush and grandfather of President George W. Bush.
“Linda McMahon has shown tremendous leadership, both as a candidate herself and as a tireless advocate for Republicans at all levels of local, state and federal government,” Labriola said. “Her experience creating, building and running a business has helped shine a light on the need for government to help, not hinder, the creation of jobs in order to help our state and our economy prosper.”
Since leaving the campaign trail, McMahon has continued to support Republican candidates across Connecticut and the country. She has also shared her insights and experience as a CEO to educate small business owners and future entrepreneurs; and she has drawn attention to the need for more women in leadership, both in government and in business. She has been active in philanthropy.
McMahon stepped down at WWE in 2009 to run for the U.S. Senate. McMahon helped WWE grow from a 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 700 employees.