Point Loma Nazarene University Honors Dealmakers of the Year

(San Diego, Calif. – Sept. 8, 2010) – The Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI) at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) and title sponsor Solar Turbines are pleased to announce the recipients of 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 took place on Friday, Sept. 3 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina and featured keynote speaker Jim Owens, chairman of Caterpillar Inc.  Special guests included Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher of the 75th District and RADM (Ret) Len Hering, recipient of the 2008 Individual Dealmaker of the Year award.

The recipient for the individual category was Father Joe Carroll, president of Father Joe’s Villages, for decades of servant leadership in helping the needy in our community through entrepreneurial and strategic initiatives in expanding the social services network in the San Diego region. The other two finalists in the individual category were Chris Crane of EduLeap and Dr. Jay Lichter of Avalon Ventures.

AMSOLAR won for the firm dealmaker of the year for negotiating financing for 20 megawatts of solar installations on school campuses throughout the San Diego region. They work to create partnerships with local school districts to bring affordable solar installations and long-term savings programs for schools. Firm finalists included Archi’s Acres and Neurocrine Biosciences.

High Tech High took home the award for collaboration of the year for fostering a textbook-free, multi-site education model of 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. CONNECT and CleanTECH San Diego were the other finalists in this category.

The Business Partner of the Year Award went to Mr. Stephen Bothwell who was honored for his generosity and counsel to the FBEI leadership, most of it done anonymously. Previous recipients have included Joanne Pastula and Marion Paul of Junior Achievement in 2007, Richard Bartell of Bartell Hotels in 2008, and Gary Bleakley of Northwestern Mutual in 2009.

Now in its fourth year, the 2010 event was the largest ever Dealmaker Breakfast. Approximately 500 people were in attendance including more than 250 business professionals representing over 80 companies and 200 PLNU students, as well as many PLNU business faculty, staff and administrative leaders of PLNU.

The director of the FBEI Cathy Gallagher said, “We were excited for such a great turn out from the San Diego business community.  This year’s event exceeded our expectations as it created invaluable networking opportunities for our students as well as gave the broader business community a clearer understanding of the work of the FBEI and the quality of our students at PLNU.”

Earlier this year, the FBEI sponsored a luncheon in Washington, D.C. at the National Association of Business Economics where Jim Owens was the guest speaker. “We had been in dialogue with Mr. Owens after the Washington event and we are very grateful that he chose to come to San Diego and address the business community,” said Gallagher.

Executive director of the FBEI Randy Ataide said, “The nominees this year were exceptional and the advisory board which votes on the nominees obviously felt the same way because results came in as a photo finish for every category.  The strong response of the business community this year underscores the rising value and prominence of the Dealmaker awards.”

In addition to Solar Turbines as title sponsor, gold sponsors included Bartell Hotels, Nielsen Construction, and the San Diego Daily Transcript.  Silver sponsors were CDC Small Business Finance, Lusardi Construction, SPG Solar, San Diego Zoo, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, and Moss Adams, LLP. Table sponsors included Junior Achievement, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Center San Diego, Gatto, Pope, & Walwick, LLP, Duhs Commercial Real Estate, Genlantis, Father Joe’s Villages, Hawthorne Machinery Co., General Dynamics, and the Institute of Real Estate Management.  Additionally, Hawthorne Machinery placed a new Caterpillar loader at the front entrance to the event to greet Mr. Owens and the attendees.

Additional information about the Dealmakers of the Year Business Breakfast is available at www.pointloma.edu/FBEI, or by contacting Ms. Cathy Gallagher at (619) 849-2564 or cathygallagher@pointloma.edu.

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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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