Congratulations are in order for one very impressive University of San Diego MBA candidate. Daniel McAllister wins the first-ever All-America Student Analyst Competition, sponsored by Institutional Investor magazine and portfolio tracking software distributor Mark My Media. McAllister, a former financial analyst at Jack in the Box and consultant at IT consulting firm AXmentor, competed against 700 students from 34 U.S. colleges and universities, which makes his win all the more impressive. And even more impressive is that he beat out entrants from very high level programs, including those at UC Berkeley, Cornell and Fordham universities. The contestants were given $100,000 each with the freedom to trade in seven industry sectors. The winners were judged on portfolio performance and other factors … The San Francisco-based Boudin chain of eateries open its first Southern California location June 6 in Encinitas on El Camino Real. The new restaurant is a unit of Boudin Bakery, famous in the Bay Area for its sourdough French bread, baked with starter “mother dough” that’s been in use since 1849, the year that gold was discovered in California … A new tourism boast. The tony San Diego enclave of La Jolla places ninth in Coastal Living magazine’s second annual list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.” Beaufort, S.C., came in first; Harwich Port, Mass., second. The list runs in the June issue of Coastal Living, which hits news racks May 17 … David Menashe, senior vice president of investments at the Merrill Lynch office in Rancho Santa Fe, and Peter Zahn, an area business attorney and member of the Solana Beach City Council, join the board of SDSU’s College of Business Administration. Zahn is also president of the Moxie Foundation, which established the Zahn Center for Technical Innovation on campus to serve as a business incubator for students, faculty and alumni … And this last item of note: San Diego’s Sullivan Solar Power becomes partners with the mayor’s office and nonprofit GRID Alternatives to provide low-income households with free solar power systems. An official for the company, which works with SDG&E to provide affordable solar power systems, anticipates 50 low-income households will receive free solar installations as a result of the newly established partnership. The partnership was launched with the recent installation at a Broadway Heights home, where a family of nine now has free electric power, thanks to the efforts of Sullivan and GRID Alternatives. Till next week.
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