San Diego Tech Scene Blog

San Diego – September 6, 2016 – — The San Diego Advisor of the Year organization announced today that its 2nd annual awards program will be held Thursday, October 27 and again will be hosted by title sponsor BNY Mellon Wealth Management. The group also named four of the business and community leaders who will be participating in the judging.

The program will begin at 4:30 pm at the renowned La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. 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 and Rady School of Management at University of California, San Diego.

The institute, located at 9420 Athena Circle in La Jolla, is one of the world’s leading medical research facilities and recently became affiliated with UCSD. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Institute. Guests will enjoy the ambiance of an outdoor lounge complete with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a light dinner, live music and an opportunity to meet extraordinary entrepreneurs and advisory professionals.

“Local advisors are integral to the renowned business climate in San Diego,” said Paul Thiel, managing director of BNY Mellon’s San Diego practice. “Often these men and women work behind the scenes to ensure company owners and their stakeholders enjoy smooth transitions for major events such as sales or expansion. This is an opportunity to celebrate them and their work.”

Judges will assess each candidate on the value created or delivered by nominees, including the sale, acquisition, expansion or recapitalization of their companies. Eligible service providers include attorneys, CPAs, investment bankers, business brokers, exit planning consultants and affiliated services.

Judges for the Advisor of the Year award include:

John Major – Former chairman of Broadcom, which successfully completed a $37 billion merger with Avago. Major previously served as chairman and CEO of Novatel Wireless and was an executive with Qualcomm and Motorola. He is also chairman of the board of directors of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. This is his second year as a judge of the awards.

Gail Naughton – Founder, chairman and CEO of Histogen Inc., a regenerative medicine company. She is the former dean of the college of business administration at San Diego State University. Naughton also co-founded and led Advanced Tissue Sciences Inc., a manufacturer of tissue-engineered products.

Jim Hamerly – Dean of the College of Business at Cal State University San Marcos. He is a highly experienced entrepreneur and executive. Hamerly was co-founder and CEO of DigitalStyle Corp., which he sold to Netscape in 1997. Following the sale, he became vice president for all browser software development, marketing and integration for AOL when it acquired Netscape. Hamerly has served on the boards of directors for a number of companies that have had successful exits.

Clark Jordan – Associate dean of the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego. He is a former CEO of Mesa Systems Guild Inc. This is Jordan’s second year as a judge of the BNY Mellon Advisor of the Year.

To purchase tickets or submit a nomination, please visit

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

What: If you're 21+ years old and enjoy being around like-minded people that are into video games, giant robots, comic books, scary dragons, the interwebz, board games, and fancy gadgets, you should join us for a night of happy fun joy. When: February 24th, 2010, 7:00pm – 11:00pm   Where: La Jolla Brew House 7536 […]

We grabbed all of the most recent SD tech photos we could find on Flickr based on each group or events hash tag. Check them out on our Event Photos page. Each page can contain up to 500 photos thanks to the WordPress plugin Flickr mini gallery and a tiny little hack. If we're missing […]

The first-ever San Diego MEDIA PRO CAMP is presented by the San Diego chapter of Media Communications Association -Intl. This informative, interactive event will be held Saturday, Feb 6th at the Art Institute of California, San Diego. ( in Mission Valley. MediaProCamp is an all day gathering of media professionals representing every discipline: acting and performing, […]

Lost and Found on Websites: Impact of Language and Culture on Global Brands' Glocalization in China   Presenter: Shaoyi He, Ph.D. California State University, San Marcos, USA   Websense – Atrium, 10240 Sorrento Valley Rd San Diego, CA 92121 US   For more info, check out

The SD Tech calendar has been updated. It now includes the San Diego Macintosh User groups' calendar. The SD User groups list has grown. Here are the new groups we've added: SD DRUPAL, SD JOOMLA, IxDA San Diego, UX Book Club San Diego, Green User Experience, SDMCA Media Communications Assoc., SD TweetUp Twitter Meetup, SDSEO, […]

TECH cocktail is coming to San Diego on Thursday, February 11th! That’s right TECH cocktail is hosting their first West Coast event with the help of our platinum sponsor TurboTax which is made by Intuit based in sunny San Diego. They will be amplifying the local San Diego technology signal by showcasing a handful of […]

San Diego Tech User Groups Update The SD Tech User groups page has been updated: If you know of a tech user group here in SD that's not on the list please contact us and let us know. Meeting Day Request If you have a monthly meeting day that stays consistent every month (for […]

Welcome to SD Tech Scene. It’s taken a little while to get this far but it’s finally happening. Yes, SD Tech Scene is now alive after almost a year since the domain registration. If you’re wondering what the heck this site is all about it’s real simple: Connecting the San Diego tech community and keeping […]