Technology, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Dominate Point Loma Nazarene University’s 2010 “Dealmakers of the Year”


Sharon Ayala
Media Relations
Point Loma Nazarene University
(619) 849-2988

Caterpillar, Inc. Chairman Jim Owens to speak at event

(San Diego, Calif. – Aug, 5, 2010) – The Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI) at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) and title sponsor Solar Turbines are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 “Dealmakers of the Year” awards, which honor San Diego individuals and firms that are creating significant long-term value for the region. This year’s event will feature guest speaker Jim Owens, chairman of Caterpillar Inc., on Friday Sept. 3, 2010, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.  In addition to Solar Turbines as title sponsor, other sponsors include Bartell Hotels, Nielsen Construction, CDC Small Business Finance, Lusardi Construction, SPG Solar, San Diego Zoo, and Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Table sponsors include Junior Achievement, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Center San Diego, and Gatto, Pope, Walwick, LLP.

Nominations were solicited from the general public and a formal nominating committee, including a group of San Diego business leaders, PLNU alumni, and FBEI and Fermanian School of Business faculty and staff.  From approximately 40 total nominations received and reviewed by the committee, three finalists were chosen in each category. 

In mid-August, the nominating committee will submit, by secret ballot, their selection for each category. The winners will be announced on Sept. 3, 2010, at the breakfast. 

Director of the FBEI Cathy Gallagher said, “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring a prominent business leader of Mr. Owens’ stature to the San Diego business community. It’s an honor to have the former CEO of a Fortune 500 company share his thoughts and expertise on finishing strong both domestically and internationally in a challenging economic climate.”

By category, the finalists are:

Individual Dealmakers of the Year

*Father Joe Carroll, president of Father Joe’s Villages, for leadership in strategic initiatives for running and expanding the social services network in San Diego and throughout the Southwest, by effectively managing five corporations, 550 employees, and $200 million worth of properties.

*Chris Crane, founder, president and CEO of EduLeap, for his visionary leadership in the field of entrepreneurship, microfinance and now with EduLeap, spearheading efforts to provide low-cost, high-quality Christian education in the developing world.

*Dr. Jay Lichter, serial entrepreneur, inventor, and managing member of Avalon Ventures, for providing long-term value for San Diego companies in life sciences, wireless communications, and Web 3.0 through the $150 million Avalon fund and additional 35 active companies Avalon has sustained.

Firm Dealmakers of the Year

*AMSOLAR, for negotiating financing for 20 megawatts of solar installations on school campuses averaging $100 million. The first project is a 1.23-megawatt system currently underway at the University of San Diego.

*Archi’s Acres, for providing veterans sustainable training in organic agriculture, grove management, and hydroponic techniques that are energy and water efficient. This program is designed to give veterans an opportunity to transition back into the private sector and employment.

*Neurocrine Biosciences, a San Diego-based biopharmaceutical company, for the continued development and commercialization of innovative products that treat various medical needs. Neurocrine has gained worldwide recognition, resulting in multi-million dollar deals.

The Collaborative Deal of the Year

*CleanTECH, for its successful collaboration of members who seek to accelerate San Diego as a world leader in the clean technology economy, and to stimulate innovation of clean technologies and sustainable industry practices for the economic, environmental and social benefits of the greater San Diego region.

*CONNECT, for the collaborative initiative to serve San Diego, accelerating innovation in the region through various programs and events that offer new sources of capital, assisting to increase the number of new businesses, and providing entrepreneur education.

*High Tech High, for fostering a textbook-free, multi-site education model by personalized project learning, and connecting students to local businesses, which has expanded their institution from a single school to a network of eight schools serving 2,500 students.

Executive Director of the FBEI Randy Ataide said, “We very much appreciate the nominating committees’ dedication, and the individuals and businesses who submitted nominations.  Each nominee is carefully considered and researched by the committee to ensure they meet the criteria and represent the spirit and intent of the Dealmakers of the Year Awards well.”

Additional information about attending or sponsoring the Dealmakers of the Year Business Breakfast is available at, or by contacting Ms. Cathy Gallagher at (619) 849-2564 or

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Point Loma Nazarene University is a selective liberal arts university located in San Diego, California, and sits on a 90-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In addition to more than 50 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers in Bakersfield, Arcadia, Mission Valley (San Diego) and the Inland Empire. Founded in 1902, PLNU serves more than 3,500 students.


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