Local Community Leaders Honored at PLNU Fall Festival

Monday, October 24, 2011

On Oct. 22, over 6,500 people attended Point Loma Nazarene University’s annual Fall Festival, a free event for the San Diego community. One of the highlights of the event has become the presentation of the Presidential Community Service Award, given to individuals who express the university’s value of community service.

This year’s recipient was Malin Burnham, chairman of John Burnham & Company Insurance and Burnham Real Estate.

In addition to his involvement with the Burnham Companies, Malin has been active as a board member of several major corporations. His present involvements include: board member of Sanford|Burnham Medical Research Institute, UCSD Foundation, Rady School of Management, SDSU Campanile Foundation and the USS Midway Museum, and co-chair of the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. Malin served as Trustee of Stanford University from 1985 to 1995. He also co-established the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego.

Malin has been a world-recognized sailor for five decades and has helped San Diego achieve prominence in both local and professional sports. At age 17, he became the youngest skipper to win a World Championship in the International Star Class.  In 1987, he played a leading role in bringing the America’s Cup to San Diego.  

Malin has received many awards for his community and professional work, including the Junior Achievement/San Diego Business Hall of Fame, Philanthropist of the Year, Civic Entrepreneur of the Year, Mr. San Diego and the Gold Spike Award.




Also recognized was Vincent Mudd, owner, president and chief executive officer of San Diego Office Interiors. Mudd has been recognized in the San Diego community for his leadership in entrepreneurship and sustainability. Mudd and San Diego Office Interiors have won numerous local and national awards including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Cool California Award from the California Air Resource Board, Man of the Year, and a number of awards for sustainable design, construction and indoor air quality.  

He has also served as Chair of the Citizen’s Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the American Red Cross, numerous investment and audit committees, and is the current chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Mudd has been appointed to executive positions for a variety of local and statewide boards and commissions including: State Compensation Insurance Fund, Workplace Alliance, San Diego County Water Authority, City of San Diego Charter Review Committee, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, and SDSU’s Campanile Foundation.  

Very active in the community, Mudd has also served as Chair of the Citizen’s Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the American Red Cross, numerous Investment and Audit Committees, and is the current Chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the largest Chamber of Commerce in the State. 

Mudd is a licensed general contractor, and teaches a course on Sustainable Design and Construction at SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.