Local Entrepenuers and the U.S. Open

The big event last week was the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which occurred on Monday night and took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in La Jolla. A couple thousand people attended for this local Entrepreneur of the Year award. There were winners in five different categories. The business products and services winner was Valorie Seyfert, president and chief executive officer of Cuso Financial Services LP. The award for consumer products and services was won by Andrew Clark, CEO of Bridgepoint Education. The third category — the life sciences category — was won by Jay Flatley, president and CEO of Illumina Inc. Illumina is a manufacturer of many high-tech genetic products primarily meant for medical use. The high technology and defense award was won by Patrick Henry, chairman and CEO of Entropic Communications. The company is a pioneer in connected home entertainment technologies. The last category in which an award was made was environment and real estate which Alan Gold, president and CEO of BioMed Realty Trust Inc., won. The thing that distinguishes his products is the fact that the real estate that they have for sale is all environmentally friendly. All in all, it was a tremendous evening.

The U.S. Open golf tournament took place on South Torrey Pines golf course here in San Diego, and has just been completed. After 91 holes total, it was won by just one point by Tiger Woods, who played brilliantly even though he had an injured right knee. Everything is back to normal now up on Torrey Pines, including the military jets from Miramar, which temporarily diverted their path away from the golf course during the tournament.

— Bob