Dealmakers of the Year Finalists Announced


For the full press release visit the Point Loma Nazarene University website.

Congratulations to the Dealmakers of the Year Finalists. The finalists from each category are:

Individual Dealmakers of the Year

Neal Schmale, President and COO for Sempra Energy, for leadership in numerous strategic initiatives for the San Diego-based Fortune 500 Company, which lead to a #1 ranking in customer satisfaction for all U.S. utilities. Sempra was recently named the “Smartest Utility in the U.S.”

Dr. Harry Gruber, CEO and President of Tocagen, a local biopharmaceutical company pursuing the discovery, development, and commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer. An initial focus is on treatments for terminally ill cancer patients for whom no adequate treatment currently exists.

Allan Camaisa, Founder and CEO of Anakem Inc., for forging a clear vision of identity security through technological innovation that is user-friendly, secure, and affordable, leading to industry breakthroughs for health care, national defense, and other fields, as well as for leading numerous other entrepreneurial ventures in San Diego.

Firm Dealmakers of the Year

Poseidon Resources/Carlsbad Desalination Project for tenacity and leadership in addressing regional water shortages. After 10 years of planning and five years in a state permitting process, the project has now received final approval and will be operational in 2011.

NAVFAC Southwest and its 3,000 dedicated employees for providing local construction employment and helping to offset the slowdown in construction through solar power projects at various military bases, communications buildings, and other locations. NAVFAC Southwest has been a significant hirer of new college graduates.

San Diego Zoo for a wide variety of regional and global efforts, including activities as diverse as protection and expansion of endangered species, animal habitat, and health, as well as direct leadership in biodiversity and biomimicry (the emerging field of innovation inspired by nature).

The Collaboration of the Year

The San Diego Center for Algae-Based Biofuels for the effective collaboration of nine San Diego area companies seeking to replace petroleum-based products in five to 10 years. Their technological efforts are expected to be a major source of new jobs in the coming years.

The U.S. & Mexico Philanthropic Partnership for promoting greater investments in the region through harnessing and directing the attention and power of philanthropic organizations towards economic development that will help to improve the quality of life for communities throughout the border region.

The Campo Indian Tribe for their collaborative $300 million wind-power project in the mountains east of San Diego. The project, which involves the Campo Indian Reservation, SDG&E, and Invenergy Co., will be California’s second largest wind-power project and will provide 160-megawatts of renewable electricity.

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