SDBJ Annual Awards Programs & Calendar of Events

Throughout the year, the San Diego Business Journal hosts a series of high profile events that bring together decision makers and business owners from all industries. These programs are designed to recognize businesses and leaders who positively impact the San Diego County business community.

Drawing in attendance from 300 to 1,000 attendees, these programs provide local and regional firms with the opportunity to reach a target audience face-to-face. To find out more information on these upcoming events, please call Audrey Marlow at 858-277-6695 or email:

Awards and networking programs also provide tremendous visibility for event sponsors. We offer unique opportunities for companies to promote their goods and services directly to event attendees—the movers and shakers in San Diego’s most vibrant industries. Sponsorship opportunities are available for each event at Presenting, Title and Gold levels.

Health Care Heroes Awards

Nominations Closed

    The San Diego Business Journal’s 2018 Healthcare Heroes Awards honors individuals within the San Diego community who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation in the rapidly changing health care industry. These individuals epitomize the spirit of the word “hero” whether they are doctors, nurses, physical therapists, executives, medical groups or facilities.


• Community Leader.
• Company CEO or President - Medical .
• Company CEO or President - Service Provider .
• Company Executive • Emergency Medicine .
• Health Care Educator • Health Care Entrepreneur .
• Health Care Innovation • Health Care IT .
• Nurse • Physician .
• Wellness - Medical • Wellness - Service Provider.

The Healthcare Heroes Awards recognize the dedication and spirit of innovation to patient care, research, community outreach, health care agency executive and management.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego 92101

2018 CFO of the Year Awards

Nominations Closed     

    Each year, the San Diego Business Journal honors the financial wizards who work behind the scenes — the chief financial officers. Now in its 13th year, the CFO of the Year Awards recognizes contributions to company growth, leadership and community involvement by top financial executives in the San Diego area. A panel of independent judges, drawn from the region’s top financial leaders, will select candidates who overcame unique challenges and stood apart in the ranks of local CFOs. This year’s categories include: public company (publicly traded), privately held company, nonprofit organization, business nonprofit, government agency and education.

    Finalists will have the opportunity to meet the judges and other finalists at a private reception on February 15, 2018.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Networking
5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Awards Program
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Networking
Special Awards reception hosted hors d'oeuvres and no-host bar.

Best Real Estate Deals


    Each year, real estate transactions and developments propel the local economy and literally redraw the map of San Diego County. Best Real Estate Deals of the Year celebrates the deals and dealmakers, but also the people who create the demand, underwrite dreams and bring visions to life – tenants, investors, financiers, civic leaders, architects, designers and construction companies. Join the brokers, developers, architects, contractors and others in the development community for the San Diego Business Journal’s 4th annual
Best Real Estate Deals of the Year Awards.

We are now accepting nominations for deals completed, commenced and announced during 2017. Finalists will be announced in the San Diego Business Journal and winners revealed at a special celebration at The Westin Gaslamp District on April 16.

Deals may be nominated in more than one category, if more than one applies. The overall Best Deal of the Year will be selected from all entries. Entries will be judged by the newsroom of the San Diego Business Journal and a panel of industry experts.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego 92101

Top Tech Exec Awards 2018

    Nominate your Titan of Tech. We are looking for the best I.T. leaders in the San Diego area. You know, the technology leaders who are transforming your business and helping create the future.

Thursday, May 10, 2018
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Paddock
Del Mar Fairgrounds

Most Admired CEO of the Year 2018


     This event recognizes our local industry leaders’ great achievements within their companies and in the community. The winners and finalists are lauded for demonstrating determination and insight yielding huge successes for their organizations. These executives have taken the lead in driving their businesses and the local economy. The San Diego Business Journal honors these CEOs by hosting an exclusive reception and awards program to honor the winners, finalists and guests.

An independent panel of judges will select winners in the following categories:
Public Company (publicly traded) • Privately held Company
Nonprofit Organization (e.g., 501(c)3) • Business Nonprofit (e.g., credit union)
Government Agency • Family-Owned Business • Education

Thursday, June 7, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego 92122

100 Fastest Growing Private Companies


     Each year, the San Diego Business Journal researches and publishes the list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in San Diego County. This research uncovers our region’s top emerging growth companies. The San Diego Business Journal honors these companies by publishing the list and hosting an exclusive invitation only reception and awards program to honor the winners and guests. Honor your company by submitting for the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies list. Don’t miss this opportunity to let your company shine!

Submission Deadline May 1, 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego 92101

Best Places to Work Awards 2018

     It’s more than just a paycheck! The San Diego Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Awards program recognizes outstanding companies whose benefits, policies and practices are among the best in the region.

These companies do all they can to improve the performance by challenging their employees in an environment that makes work fun and engaging.

The awards program will honor top local employers that participated in a detailed survey conducted by the Best Companies Group. Results from the extensive survey ranks small, medium, large and mega companies on subjects such as leadership, corporate culture and communications and much more. The top 100 companies will be revealed at the award ceremony. Being named a best place to work can not only enhance recruiting efforts, but it can also increase employee retention, improve your brand awareness and reputation.

Thursday, September 20, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego 92101