October 09, 2015 18:17 ET

2015 SDX Brand Diego Awards Honorees and Finalists Announced

Callaway Golf, Joe Terzi, Jerry Cesak, Amy Jo Levine and Many More to Be Honored on Wednesday, October 21 at Tom Ham's Lighthouse

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - October 09, 2015) - SDX, San Diego's premier media, marketing and technology organization for brands, agencies, publishers and startups, announced today the honorees and finalists for the 2015 SDX Brand Diego Awards.

"The SDX Brand Diego Awards honor San Diego companies and individuals who have made a notable or lasting impact in advertising, marketing, or communications to help build strong brands. Let's face it, as consumers we rely on strong brands and the values those brands project. It gives us confidence in choosing products and services," said Doug Hecht, 2015/16 SDX president.

"With over 90 nominations in 14 categories, it's exciting to learn more about these companies and individuals who make their living by creating local, regional, national and global brands while working right here in San Diego and enjoying the San Diego lifestyle," added Hecht.

SDX is proud to name Callaway Golf as the SDX Brand of the Year which honors a San Diego company that has achieved extraordinary success building a global brand. Joe Terzi, CEO/President of San Diego Tourism Authority is being honored for his work to have San Diego recognized as one of National Geographic's Smart Cities and the worldwide marketing of an extraordinary one-hour Nat Geo program about San Diego.

Jerry Cesak is soon to retire after 27 years in San Diego radio with the Jeff & Jer Showgram on KyXy Radio. He will be honored as Media Talent of the Year in recognition of his and the Showgram's numerous contributions to the San Diego community.

And Amy Jo Levine, Partner/Founder of Visual Asylum and Adjunct Professor at San Diego City College will receive the Paula E. Sullivan Award excellence in her profession as well as her commitment to mentoring and volunteerism.

The Finalists for the 2015 SDX Brand Diego Awards are:

Agency of the Year

  • Business on Market St.
  • Internet Marketing Inc.
  • Red Door Interactive

Agency Professional of the Year

  • Matt Faulk, BASIC
  • Amy Gelender, i.d.e.a.
  • Kellen McAvoy, Internet Marketing Inc.
  • Rachel Ready, BusinessOnline
  • Gary Ware, Tower33 Digital

B2B Brand of the Year

  • Amobee
  • SOCi, Inc.
  • The Ken Blanchard Companies
  • Truly360

B2C Brand of the Year

  • Harrah's Resort Southern California
  • JLab Audio
  • Sycuan Casino

Non-Profit Brand of the Year

  • BBB Serving San Diego, Orange & Imperial Counties
  • San Diego Association of Governments
  • Voices for Children

Brand Professional of the Year

  • Tony Rindsberg, SOCi, Inc.
  • Nathan Schmidt, SDCCU
  • Ashley Swapp, The Competitor Group

Community Partner of the Year

  • NBC 7
  • San Diego County Credit Union
  • Sycuan Casino

Emerging Brand of the Year

  • SOCi, Inc.
  • San Diego County Department of Parks and Rec
  • The Patio Group

Hispanic Marketing Brand of the Year

  • American Diabetes Association
  • South Bay Health and Insurance Services
  • The Captura Group

Hispanic Marketing Professional of the Year

  • Naomi Chavez, First 5 San Diego
  • Francisco Perez, Aqui es Texcoco
  • Lee Vann, The Captura Group

Industry Affiliate of the Year

  • Coastal Brand Management
  • Mantooth Studios
  • Neyenesch Printers

Marketing Employer of the Year

  • Business On Market St.
  • BusinessOnline
  • Tower33 Digital

Media Company of the Year

  • KFMB Stations
  • NBC 7
  • San Diego Magazine

Young Achiever Award

  • Anne Buehner, Red Door Interactive
  • Dana Jensen, Visceral
  • Candela Rebot
  • Sandy Young, J. Walcher Communications

The SDX Brand Diego Awards Celebration is Wednesday, October 21 at Tom Ham's Lighthouse. The party starts with a short reception at 5:30pm and the Awards ceremony will start promptly at 6pm. After the 2015 SDX Brand Diego Awards are announced, the celebration begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres overlooking the beautiful San Diego skyline! Reservations available at

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