February is Black History Month and the San Diego Business Journal will be producing special reports all month focusing on Black-Owned Businesses. Coverage will culminate on Thursday, Feb. 25, when we will be joining with the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce in recognizing local Black-owned businesses and their achievements at a special virtual event. To nominate a company that should be recognized go to the San Diego Business Journal website: sdbj.com/bizevents.
San Diego’s Support the Enlisted Project has been selected by the PGA Tour as a 2020 Charity of the Year finalist.
Along with the nomination, STEP is receiving a $5,000 donation from the PGA Tour. STEP is one of six participating charities in the Champions for Youth program, the core charitable program of the Century Club of San Diego, the nonprofit that manages the Farmer’s Insurance Open – the annual San Diego PGA Tour event.
“Few civilians are aware of the financial challenges our young military families face. Being recognized by the PGA Tour with a $5,000 gift is not only generous, but validates our work on a national level,” said Tony Teravainen, CEO and co-founder of STEP.
Panelists have been announced for the San Diego Business Journal’s annual Economic Trends Panel Discussion coming up on Tuesday, Jan. 26. So far panelists are: Juli Moran marketplace leader, Deloitte; Duane Cameron, vice president, Cox Communications, Michael Pugliese, economist, Wells Fargo; Joseph Trimble, vice president and small business leader, Wells Fargo; Jamie Reid, chairman, commercial broker, C3 Risk & Insurance Services; and Jim Flores, president and CEO of the Jacobs Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Economist Pugliese will also be the keynote speaker. The event will be held virtually this year from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mark Cafferty CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. will return as this year’s moderator. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, go to sdbj.com/bizevents.
New County Supervisor Nora Vargas has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of the San Diego County Airport Authority. She represents the District 1 Supervisorial seat, which includes San Diego International Airport.
The airport is governed by a nine-member board whose members are appointed by elected officials representing all of San Diego County. Vargas was unanimously confirmed by the board of supervisors at its Jan. 5 meeting and replaces former Supervisor Greg Cox.
“Supervisor Nora Varga is a fantastic addition to the Airport Authority Board. Her experience and expertise will be crucial in helping the airport move forward in 2021 as we work to rebuild passenger volumes in a safe and effective manner, while also focusing on replacing the aging Terminal 1,” said Airport Authority Board Chair Johanna Schiavoni.