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February 3, 2015

SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom (second from right) and several SDWP board members were honored as finalists in the San Diego Business Journal’s annual Most Admired CEO Awards, held at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center on Jan. 28. The awards recognize San Diego leaders for their outstanding professional achievements and their contributions to the community. 

The SDWP board members who were finalists include Robert Coleman, CEO of Second Chance and Vice Chair of SDWP’s Board of Directors; Kevin Crawford, CEO of the United Way of San Diego County and member of SDWP’s Policy Board; and Kevin Landry, CEO of New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California and member of SDWP’s Workforce Investment Board. 

The Most Admired CEO 2015 winners:

  • Privately Held Company, Large: Eric Basu Sentek – Global, Inc, 
  • Privately Held Company, Large: John Morrell – Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP
  • Privately Held Company, Medium: Stephan Goss – Zeeto
  • Privately Held Company, Medium: Jason Kulpa – Underground Elephant
  • Privately Held Company, Medium: Daniel Sullivan – Sullivan Solar Power
  • Privately Held Company, Small: Ann Clark – ACI Specialty Benefits
  • Privately Held Company, Small: Gary Peterson – gap intelligence
  • Nonprofit, Small: Charles Day – Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego
  • Nonprofit, Medium: Jeanne McAlister – McAlister Institute
  • Nonprofit, Large: Mike Rowan – Goodwill Industries International, Inc. of San Diego
  • Education, Small: Tia Quinn – BOOST Collaborative
  • Education, Large: Michael Cunningham – National University
  • Business, Nonprofit: Teresa Halleck – San Diego County Credit Union
  • Family-Owned Business: Olga Worm – Bekker’s Catering
  • Government: Mark Hovey – San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS)
  • Publically Held Company, Small: Bob Leone – MRC Smart Technology Solutions
  • Publically Held Company, Medium: Eric Stenman – Balfour Beatty
  • Publically Held Company, Large: Steve Mollenkopf – Qualcomm

Additionally, three Awards of Distinction were presented:

  • Exemplary Service Award: Bill Geppert, retired, former Cox Communications General Manager
  • Community Leadership Award: Dr. Mary Lyons, President, University of San Diego
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Garry Ridge, CEO, WD-40
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