CEO Robert Akins, one of Cymer Inc.'s co-founders, has always bet on the future.
Since his days as a student at the University of California at San Diego, where he earned three degrees, Akins has held a passion for technology. His interests have served the semiconductor industry well since the early days when he and fellow UCSD student Richard Sandstrom took a gamble in 1986 and founded Cymer with only three employees.
Now the company is one of the biggest players in the industry. Its technology influences nearly all major chipmakers as Cymer's Excimer lasers are being used in deep-ultraviolet photolithography systems, which in turn are placed into cameras, computers and iPods. Just to make sure that the pursuit and development of tomorrow's technological advancements aren't waylaid, Cymer donated $175,000 to the Jacobs School of Engineering Scholars Program at UCSD earlier this year in honor of the company's 20th anniversary.
Before attending law school, Craig Wendland worked as a biochemist in San Diego's flourishing biotechnology community. He graduated with honors from University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in molecular and cell biology, and then worked for pharmaceutical powerhouses Pharmingen, Inc. and Becton Dickinson.
The noted author and poet Maya Angelou was referring to romantic relationships when she said, "Without mutual trust and respect, there can be no love," but the same can also be said of business relationships. Just ask Glenn Friedrich, Don Mitchell and Russ Sande, managing principals of the San Diego office of CRESA, the largest commercial real estate firm in North America solely dedicated to tenant representation.
Check out Point Loma Nazarene University's Fermanian Business & Economic Institute's Economic Outlook Forum on Dec. 5, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla from 7:30 to 9 a.m.