San Diego – October 14, 2016 – The San Diego Advisor of the Year organization announced today that renowned philanthropist and community leader Ernest Rady will be the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual Advisor of the Year program. In addition, the organization named the high-profile participants for its informative session, GameChangers: Women in the C-Suite.

Legendary entrepreneur Ernest Rady will attend and deliver the keynote address at the Advisor of the Year event on Thursday, October 27, at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. An icon in the San Diego business community, the namesake of the Rady School of Management at UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital, he has led a wildly successful career in financial services, real estate, insurance, oil & gas, banking and other industries. Rady will discuss how he creates value in his businesses and the important role that professional advisors have played in his business dealings.

Rady’s address will be preceded by the panel discussion, GameChangers: Women in the C-Suite, which will begin at 4:00 pm. Featured will be women leaders who have risen to the top of the executive ranks in male-dominated industries, including law enforcement, sports, beer making and aerospace. Panelists are Shelley Zimmerman, the first female chief of the San Diego Police Department; the San Diego Chargers’ executive vice president and chief operating officer Jeanne Bonk, one of the highest-ranking female executives in the National Football League; Pizza Port’s Gina Marsaglia, the self-professed “godmother” of San Diego’s vibrant craft beer scene and one of the few women beer makers in the country; and Cindy Candela, a well-known leadership consultant and former president of aerospace supplier Precision Engine Controls.

“We are thrilled to have such San Diego paragons as Ernest Rady and Shelley Zimmerman participating in this year’s Advisor of the Year program,” says Paul Thiel, managing director of BNY Mellon Wealth Management, title sponsor of the event. “Our goal is to recognize and celebrate the excellence, opportunity and entrepreneurship within our thriving local community. Ernest and Shelley are iconic representations of those values.”

In addition to host BNY Mellon, the event has received cooperation from the Association for Corporate Growth – San Diego; the Chairmen’s Roundtable; North County Estate Planning Council; ProVisors; STAR-San Diego and Rady School of Management at University of California, San Diego.

Attendees will have an opportunity to mingle and meet these remarkable leaders while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment beginning at 5:30 pm. At 7:00 pm, the awards ceremony will be held outdoors at the esteemed La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, which will receive the net proceeds from this event.

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Sponsors of the 2016 Advisor of the Year program are: BDO; Best Best & Krieger; Cabrillo Advisors; CBIZ; Claiborne Advisors; Deloitte; Departure; Friedman Brannen; Haskell & White; Henberger Group; HetzelMeade Communications; LevitZacks CPA, Lindsay & Brownell; NFP Insurance Brokerage & Consulting; Objective Capital Partners; Our City magazine; Polito Eppich; Procopio; RA Capital Advisors; SheppardMullin; Torrey Pines Bank; Vantage Point Advisors and W Partners.

About Advisor of the Year
Advisor of the Year is a not-for-profit unincorporated community association that hosts an annual awards event to recognize and celebrate local advisors who provide extraordinary service and value to owners of middle market companies in the sale, expansion or recapitalization of their companies. The organization also conducts educational workshops and commissions primary research on business and financial trends that affect advisors and their clients. Select winners will be featured in the November ACG program, “The Deals Behind the Advisor of the Year awards.”

About La Jolla Institute
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology is located at 9420 Athena Circle in La Jolla and is dedicated to understanding the intricacies and power of the immune system to promote human health and prevent a wide range of diseases. Since its founding in 1988 as an independent, nonprofit research organization, the Institute has made numerous advances leading towards its goal: life without disease®.


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