The Brand Diego Awards to Honor San Diego Companies and Individuals Thursday

By Joe Nelson

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2013) - The San Diego Ad Club is inaugurating a new, exciting awards program entitled The Brand Diego Awards highlighting the club's ongoing commitment to the San Diego business community and in support of the advertising and marketing industry in our region. The 63 nominees were announced for 14 Brand Diego Awards plus nominees for the Paula Sullivan Lifetime Achievement Award.
According to Tonya Mantooth, executive producer at Mantooth Studios and 2013/14 president of the San Diego Ad Club, "The Brand Diego Awards will showcase excellence in each facet of our business including agencies, brands, media and affiliated partner companies. With 68 nominations for 14 awards, you'll see some of the best of the best in San Diego's advertising community."
Co-chairs for The Brand Diego Awards are also co-chairs of the San Diego Ad Club Board of Directors Jonathan Bailey, i.d.e.a. and Melissa Lopez, Mindgruve. "We're very proud of the San Diego business community leaders who agreed to judge the inaugural Brand Diego Awards," said Bailey. "They represent a broad base of the San Diego businesses and have an extraordinary commitment to our city," added Lopez.
The Brand Diego Award judges include: Mickey Belch, San Diego State University; Vicky Carlson, LEAD San Diego; Molly Cartmill, Sempra Energy; Robert Gleason, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; Chris Haley, US Navy Region Southwest; Greg Joumas, Consultant / Professor; Robert Marlborough, Fandom Marketing; Margaret McAllister, Marketing Consultant; Judy McDonald, The Parker Foundation; Kris Michell, Downtown San Diego Partnership; Ted Owen, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce; Andreas Roell, Katana; Sam Ross, Visit Carlsbad; Doug Sawyer, United Way of San Diego County; Mari Smith, Mari Smith International, Inc.; Joe Terzi, San Diego Tourism Authority.
And the nominees are -- for Agency of the Year: Covario, Creative Bube Tube, Digitaria, EFM Agency, i.d.e.a., Innovision, IMI, Mindgruve, MthDegree, Red Door Interactive, 7 Second Strategies, Zeeto Media. And for Agency Professional of the Year: Lauren Komrosky, BusinessOnline; Ric Militi, Innovision; Megan Rozo, IMI; Mark Stevens, AM Strategies; James White, i.d.e.a.
For Brand of the Year, the nominees are: BBB San Diego, GS Levine, Make A Wish, Port of San Diego, Rady Children's Hospital, Rubio's, Sammy's Woodfired Pizza, San Diego County Credit Union, The San Diego Foundation, The San Diego Zoo, SDA Security, and Vavi. The nominees for Brand Professional of the Year are: Nicole Abraham, Ladeki Restaurant Group; Ted Molter, The San Diego Zoo, Darrell Pilant, Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort; Kat Smith, Petco. And there are three nominees for Emerging Brand of the Year: Dive at Harrah's Rincon Casino,, and GovX.
Media Company of the Year nominees for a Brand Diego Award include: 88.3 KSDS-FM, Cox Media, KPBS, KSON, NBC, Univision Radio, and UT San Diego. And Media Professional of the Year nominees include: Delana Bennett, Star 94.1; Chuck Dunning, XETV, Dick Kelley, NBC; John Lynch, UT San Diego.

Nominees for the Hispanic Marketing Visionary Award are: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Jerome's Furniture, Univision Radio. And Hispanic Marketing Professional of the Year nominees are: Al Delino, Al Delino Design; Ivan Jurado, Univision Radio; and Philip Wilkinson, Entravision (til 2012). 
The Industry Affiliate of the Year nominees are: FortyOneTwenty; Frank Rogozienski Photography; and The Henley Company. Nominated forYoung Achiever of the Year are: Stephanie Garcia, i.d.e.a.; Marybeth Kneussl, NBC; Yichen Liu, IMI; Valarie Perez, Z Zone Media; and Ciro Sepulveda, Lincoln Financial Group.
Nominated for Corporate Responsibility Award is Adconion Direct and Hansen Surfboards. And the Leadership Award nominees are: Frank Cowell, Elevator; Brandon Fishman, IMI; Mary Beth McCabe, National University; Peter Moore, Univision Radio; Andreas Roell, Katana; and Jonathan Schwartz, KPRI.
Since 1992, the San Diego Ad Club has annually awarded the Paula E. Sullivan Award for Outstanding Achievement. This award is presented to individuals who have continually demonstrated their active involvement and dedication to the San Diego advertising and graphic design community and share their accomplishments and inspiration with the San Diego community at large. The nominees for the 2013 Paula E. Sullivan Award for Outstanding Achievement are: Bob Bolinger, KyXy Radio; Gloria Valenti Gerak, Media Planning and Placement; Bennett Peji, Bennett Peji Design.
The Brand Diego Award honorees will be announced at a gala event at The Prado in Balboa Park on Thursday, October 17 at 5:30pm. To make a reservation, go to or call the San Diego Ad Club office at 619.255.2281.


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