2007 Business Breakfast

Mr. Jessie Knight Jr., Executive Vice President of Sempra Energy and Dr. Bob Brower, President of PLNU, spoke at the breakfast, imploring students to become educated in civic responsibility and conveying how PLNU and the San Diego business community can benefit from one other.

The highlight of the breakfast was the 2007 “Dealmakers of the Year” awards. This was the first year that the Fermanian School of Business and Business Center integrated the awards, which honors a unique individual, firm, and event that exemplify creativity, value, innovation, success, and ethical practices that set the standard for the San Diego regional business community. The following winners received an engraved replica statue of the Bear and the Bull that sits in the entrance of the School of Business.

Winners of the 2007 “Dealmakers of the Year” Awards


William Jones
– former San Diego City Councilman and Federal Reserve member who has for many years worked to bring San Diego businesses and government together.


The NTC Foundation/NTC Promenade
– for their promotion of the arts, culture, science, and technology through an innovative capital campaign bringing diverse profit and nonprofit firms together.

Deal of the Year

Market Creek Plaza – recently opened in Southeast San Diego, the plaza has created an innovative financial arrangement with community stakeholders to re-energize an underdeveloped part of the San Diego community.

Fermanian Business Partner of the Year

Junior Achievement – for their partnership with PLNU and the Fermanian Business Center.