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PLNU gives out annual awards, names new goals

Ivan Filby, the new dean of Point Loma Nazarene University's Fermanian School of Business, wants to bring a sliver of Wall Street to San Diego.

He spelled out some goals he has for the school at the annual Dealmakers of the Year awards on Friday at the Liberty Station Conference Center.

Now in its sixth year, the awards honor an individual, firm and collaboration in the local business community.

“As part of our finance major, my dream is to have a trading room," Filby said, to the room full of his students sprinkled in with local business people.

Under the supervision of PLNU's finance professors, students would be able to try a stockbroker's hat on for size and do real-time trading.

"So obviously we need partners to get this kind of trading room up running," Filby said, addressing the crowd.

The native of England and a former co-pastor of a church in Dublin sees PLNU becoming one of the -- if not the -- premier Christian business schools in the nation.

“I believe it’s achievable and I believe it’s doable,” he said.

Next year, a few new majors at the school -- in finance, accounting and economics -- will be added to the list.

In addition, a fifth-year M.B.A. program will kick off at the Liberty Station Conference Center.

“To enable some of our top students to go through their graduate work before they have the challenges of families,” he said.

The school is also looking to build a social entrepreneurship center in Mission Valley. Its business faculty has compiled a feasibility study to submit to the university.

Ivan Filby, dean of Point Loma Nazarene University's Fermanian School of Business. Staff photo: Laura Hansen

“To see if we can get our really good M.B.A.s to work with businesses to prosper and succeed and to create real value,” Filby said.

In the long term, he’s interested in churning out students into the entertainment industry.

“I’d love eventually for us to be able to have people who can move onto the managerial side of sports and music," he said. "The people who make decisions on what is produced and what is made.”

Filby's doing his part to get his foot into the field.

Last week he chatted with the producer of the "Narnia" films, and on Saturday, he will network with vice presidents from various Major League Baseball teams who are interested in the space between faith and business.

The school unveiled a new scholarship on Friday, in remembrance of local businessman John Nersesian, a former San Diego Military Advisory Council president who passed away in 2012.

When Lynn Reaser, chief economist at the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, won the prestigious National Association for Business Economics outlook award last fall, she decided to donate her $5,000 cash prize toward the scholarship.

Chosen students showing an interest in economics and finance will get $500 per year; two students were handed the scholarship on Friday.

Nersesian was also part of Point Loma's advisory board that picks the Dealmakers of the Year, which names three finalists in each category.

The 22 business professionals throughout the region don't know the winner until the envelope is opened -- an anticipatory event that appropriately occurred two days before the Oscars this year.

The winner in the "individual" category went to Mac McLaughlin, president and CEO of the USS Midway Museum since its inception in 2004.

“I am a retired sailor that stumbled into the best job in San Diego,” he said as he accepted his award.

He was recently recognized for his successful “Save the Kiss” campaign to preserve the iconic waterfront statue standing next to the museum.

The 25-foot-tall statue, which replicates the famous photo of the sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square as they celebrated the end of World War II in 1945, represents what he calls the happiest day in American history.

“It’s a natural state we love to be in. The end of the war, and soldiers, sailors and airmen are coming back to America," he said.

Micro-loan provider ACCION San Diego won in the “firm” category. The member of the nonprofit Accion Network, which helps clients build favorable credit histories and improve their business skills through training events, has increased its number of loans and dollar amounts over the last year.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Southern California Gas Co. took home the trophy in the "collaborative" category.

The unlikely partners have inked a deal to design an innovative system in which algae consume carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas combustion and cost-effectively convert it into valuable byproducts such as biomethane, biodiesel and animal feed.


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