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Gloria, 3D Robotics, Monarch School earn Dealmakers of the Year awards

The seventh annual Fermanian School of Business and Fermanian Business & Economic Institutes’ Dealmakers of the Year Awards ceremony Thursday at the Liberty Station Conference Center honored some of San Diego’s top firms, collaborations and individual movers and shakers of the past year.

The big winners were San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria, unmanned aerial vehicle company 3D Robotics, the tag-team effort of the San Diego County Office of Education and the Monarch School Project, and Lusardi Construction.

Gloria, who stepped up as interim mayor after Bob Filner’s departure last year and then returned to his role as the District 3 representative and council president on the City Council after Kevin Faulconer’s election as mayor, was awarded the Individual Dealmaker of the Year award.

“Gloria was instrumental in the opening of the new Central Library, and while in office has implemented regulatory relief efforts improving transit, infrastructure, expanding ways to reduce homelessness and addressing climate change,” said Cathy Gallagher, executive director of the institute. “He also promotes developing an economic growth strategy by implementing ways to attract, attain and grow manufacturing, high-tech, biotech and life science firms to the region.”

The other two finalists for the Individual Dealmaker award were Jon Carder, CEO of MOGL, and Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health.

In the Firm Dealmaker of the Year category, 3D Robotics came out on top over Organovo and Biocom.

“We make flying robots,” said Tim McConnell, director of engineering at 3D Robotics. “We’ve got 40 people at our engineering facility here in San Diego and we just moved this past week to Otay Mesa to a new, 32,000-square-foot facility. We have 110 people in our manufacturing site in Tijuana, and it’s great being in Otay Mesa because we’re close to the factory, and can go back and forth. I require all my engineers to get a Sentri Pass so you can easily get back and forth, so we’re building the cross-border community here.”

The third and final category, Collaborative Dealmakers of the Year, went to the partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education and the Monarch School Project, now in its 25th year.

The other two finalists were the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research and Assay Depot, and the relationship between 5D Robotics Inc. and Charles River Analytics.

“We support 295 students in grades K through 12 impacted by homelessness, and as a principal working for the San Diego County Office of Education, I have the tremendous luxury of having the phenomenal Monarch School Project, a 501(c)(3), in support of our efforts,” said Joe Wiseman, principal of the Monarch School.

A final, separate award, the 2014 FBEI Business Partner the Year Award, went to Lusardi Construction for its eight-year relationship with the business school and economic institute.

“The award is chosen to honor a local company or individual that has demonstrated not only the highest standards of business, but also has made an extraordinary commitment to students, faculty and staff in the school of business, as well as the overall university at [Point Loma Nazarene University],” said Dan Bothe, whose new role as dean of the Fermanian School of Business at PLNU was announced at the event.

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