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Qualcomm Honored for Contributions to Arts Education in the Schools

Qualcomm Inc. was named to the BCA Ten: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America, sponsored by the Business Committee for the Arts and Forbes Magazine. Qualcomm helps bridge the funding gap in arts education by underwriting programs in schools, subsidizing teacher training and partnering with museums and theaters to bring students to these institutions. “As a company driven by innovation, Qualcomm values and encourages creativity and imagination. Our support of the arts helps advance these principles that have been at the core of our success,” said CEO Paul Jacobs.

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Jack Filanc, founder of J.R. Filanc Construction Co., was honored by the San Diego-Imperial Council, Boy Scouts of America, with the 2007 Good Scout Award during the Council’s second annual Construction and Building Industry luncheon. The award is given to those who distinguished themselves in the business world and who exemplify the values of scouting. The money raised will help fund scouting.

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The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., is awarding Anthony Pico, chairman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, the public service award. Douglas Barnhart, chairman of the board of Douglas E. Barnhart Inc., will receive an award for corporate citizenship. The awards are given for their contributions to San Diego’s economic and civic growth.

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Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College district administrator Dana Quittner received a leadership award from the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce for contributions to local and statewide education. Quittner was one of seven honorees recognized at the 5th annual Women in Leadership Luncheon, which honors professional women who have been recognized as leaders by their peers.

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Lance Fickas, a San Diego paramedic, was recognized by the Critical Incident Stress Foundation for his crisis management team leadership for San Diego Medical Services Enterprise. The award was presented at an annual conference held at Crown Plaza Hotel.

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Maxine and Marti Gellens of Prudential California Realty’s La Jolla office were named one of the top 200 real estate agent teams nationwide by the Wall Street Journal, Real Trends and Lore Magazine. The Gellens team was ranked 29th in a field of more than 1 million agents nationwide.

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James Joyce of Aethlon Medical Inc. received the “Spirit of India Award” presented by the America India Foundation at its annual Black Tie & Diamonds Gala held Dec. 1. This award is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is awarded to the American business leader who has demonstrated a commitment to accelerate social and economic change in India. “I am truly honored the AIF recognizes our passion to improve the lives of those afflicted with infectious disease in India,” said Joyce.

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KTGY Group Inc. announced its Tradition of Excellence in Design & Planning awards. City Square in Escondido won two Silver Awards in the categories of Best Attached Home Plan Priced Under $500,000 and Attached Community of the Year , Suburban. Barratt American of Carlsbad is the home builder.

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Viejas Casino executive chef Gary Thompson was honored with the Chef of the Fest award at the 4th annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Thompson, who won in the seafood/fish category, not only received the first-ever Chef of the Fest, but also a vacation to Fiji.

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Nonprofit Management Solutions presented A Salute to Excellence to organizations in four categories. The Legacy Award was presented to Kimberley Hunt and Billy Ray Smith in recognition of their volunteer philanthropic efforts. Other winners were Big Brothers Big Sisters for Executive Excellence, City Heights Community Development Corp. for Organizational Innovation, the YMCA of San Diego County for Technology Solutions and Mainly Mozart for Accountable Board Governance.

Each winning organization received a $3,000 grant.

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Fernando Espinosa, senior managing partner of Qualifind Inc., was selected to join the Pinnacle Society, a national organization comprised of the 75 highest volume recruiters from boutique executive search firms in North America. He is the first member of the Pinnacle Society from Mexico.


Please send Kudos items to San Diego philanthropist and contributing writer Joyce Glazer at

jglazer@sdbj.com

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