2014 "Dealmakers of the Year" Business Breakfast

At our annual "Dealmakers of the Year" Breakfast we honor those unique individuals, firms, and collaborations that exemplify creativity, innovation, and ethical practices that create long term value for the business community in the San Diego region.


Congratulations to the 2014 Dealmakers of the Year!


Individual Dealmaker of the Year

Todd Gloria


Todd Gloria, a third generation San Diegan, lef the city of San Diego through many key initiatives in his short term as interm Mayor. Gloria continues to serve as San Diego City Council member representing District 3 and president of the nine-member council. He successfully restored confidence in the city and its leaders and restored morale of municipal employees. Gloria was instrumental in the opening of the New Central Library, and while in office, he proposed ways to implement regulatory relief efforts, improve transit infrastructure, decrease homelessness, and address climate change. He also proposed developing an economic growth strategy by implementing ways to attract, retain, and grow manufacturing, high-tech, biotech, and life science firms in the region. Learn more about Todd Gloria

Individual Dealmakers of the Year Finalists


Jon Carder           


Chris Van Gorder


Firm Dealmaker of the Year

3D Robotics 


3D Robotics was started by kid genius Mexican engineer Jordi Munoz, now 27, and Wired Magazine visionary Chris Anderson, 52. 3D Robotics, headquartered in San Diego, makes domestic drones, little guys costing about $400 to $1,000, not the $15 million jobs made by General Atomics. 3D Robotics develops innovative, flexible and reliable personal drones and UAV technology for everyday exploration and business applications. Their technology is used across multiple industries around eh world, including agriculture, photography, construction, search and rescue and ecological study. Remotely controlled drones can make for cheaper, more effective search and rescue operations, as well as hyperlocal deliveries. Perhaps the most curious application is in agriculture, in which farmers and ranchers could remotely keep tabs on the all their land and livestock without having to trudge into the fields themselves allowing for significant efficiencies throughout the industry.

Learn more about 3D Robotics.

Firm Dealmakers of the Year Finalists



Collaborative Dealmaker of the Year

San Diego County Office of Education
& Monarch School Project


Monarch School is a public-private partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and the nonprofit Monarch School Project. The nonprofit organization was initially headed by Ronne Froman, a former Navy admiral and former chief operating officer of the city of San Diego. Monarch School provides an excellent academic and supportive environment to homeless students in San Diego County. SDCOE provides approximately 40% of Monarch’s funding by covering the basic education elements of the school—teachers, aides, instructional materials, and an accredited education. The project provides healthcare, clothing and food along with enrichment and support programs including an after school program, tutoring, counseling, and expressive arts therapy and family assistance. Monarch School is the only program of its kind in the country serving K-12 homeless youth, and is a model for how a community can successfully educate homeless children to become productive citizens.

Learn more about the San Diego County Office of Education & Monarch School Project.


Collaborative Dealmakers of the Year Finalists

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Business Partner of the Year

LUSARDI CONSTRUCTION WAS FOUNDED IN 1958 by Warner Lusardi, and his father, Peter, in the garage of their Southern California home. What started out as two men with big ideas and a tremendous work ethic developed into the classic American success story. Having completed over 54 years in business, thousands of buildings, and over 30 million square feet, Lusardi Construction is one of the nations’ most successful, full-service general contractors. Lusardi has been a loyal partner to Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, making them the Business Partner of the Year. 



Thank you to our valued sponsors and business partners.

2014 Dealmakers Sponsors 

Media Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

 Table Sponsors

Institute of Real Estate Management  |  Jon Engle Pacific Sotheby's Intl. Realty 

   Northwestern Mutual  |  PLNU University Advancement | PLNU External Relations   

Building Industry Association of San Diego County | Deloitte

 US Bank | Ataide Family Enterprises 

 Eva Parsons Executive DevelopmentPaulson|Raintree