Next Month’s Royal Wedding Creates Added Excitement to the Upcoming 46th Wedding Party Expo on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at The Centre Escondido

Couture Bridal Fashion Shows, Live Performances, Ultimate Cake Taste Test Challenge, Bridal Gown Designer Appearances, Dessert Lounge, Wedding Décor and Designer Row with Top Designers

 (San Diego) – With the Royal Wedding less than a month away, there is heightened interest in weddings of all sizes and shapes.  Now is the perfect time to plan to attend the  46th Wedding Party Expo for all , engaged couples, brides, grooms and their bridal party.  Couples will get in-tune with the latest wedding styles and ideas by mingling with wedding experts, stylists, caterers, venues, planners, florists, top photographers, DJ’s, catered food and wedding cake tastings and more on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the gorgeous Centre Escondido – home to LEXUS and Vintana Wine & Dine.  This luxury event space will be chock full of wedding ideas, style and fun – like your favorite Pinterest or Instagram feed come to life! The Wedding Party EXPO will span 3 floors and 20,000 square feet from the 3rd floor Party Terrace to the 1st Floor Glamorous Showroom of Wedding Experts – show hours 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

This Show will be featured in three beautiful areas that will include:

  • You’ll love the Williams Sonoma Registry Spot with the latest in registry and gift ideas.
  • Exclusive fashion show by Designer Jana Ann on the 2nd floor 3:30 pm.
  • Enjoy delicious tastings of appetizers, entrées and desserts at the various vendor booths.
  • Swift and Stiff Beverage Catering will sponsor a cocktail lounge area with delicious drinks to taste.
  • Enjoy a delicious catered tastings by Vintana Wine & Dine
  • Get your beauty on in the Beauty Lounge with hair, makeup and healthcare pros taking good care of you right at the show.
  • Meet over 75 local wedding experts from planners to photographers and DJ’s and videographers and florists and stylists and rental companies and photo booths and more!
  • VIP options for couples who want the royal treatment with champagne greeting, front row seating on the fashion show runway and a swag bag of VIP goodies.

San Diego’s most elegant wedding event, The Wedding Party EXPO brings engaged couples, coordinators, and professionals together to one beautiful location for an amazing EXPO experience totally unlike large, impersonal bridal expos. Creative, stylish and fun, each show is held at one of San Diego’s most beautiful wedding locations.  This show really allows engaged couples and event planners to enjoy wine tasting, tasty hors d’ouevres, pies and cakes, couture fashion shows, mini-make overs by top beauty salons, wedding design tips by local experts and resources like M Bride Bridal Boutique, Williams Sonoma, Bloomingdales, Tim Otto Photography, IKEA, Friar Tux, Movin Tunes, Republic of Music, Bird and Bear Bakehouse, Cravory Cookies, Avant Garde Travel, Eccentric International Chefs, Elite British DJ, RSVP Weddings, San Diego Style Weddings Magazine, Flour Power Cakery and many more.

This Show will also feature an amazing hand-picked selection of the area’s finest wedding services and products including: top designer gowns, tuxedos, gift registry, fashion accessories, photographers, videographers, honeymoon destinations, musicians, florists, officiants, caterers, coordinators, jewelers, makeup and hair stylists, the absolute finest local ceremony and reception venues and more.

The Wedding Party EXPO is proud to be an every couple friendly show’ welcoming LGBTQ engaged couples since its inception. The show’s behind-the-scenes show production continues its tradition of going green with an online show program, emailing event tickets, offering brides reusable bags and encouraging attendees to carpool or Uber to the show with Uber offers. To register for discounted advance tickets, visit Tickets are $20 each at the door but advance tickets are for sale for half price on the website.

All tickets include hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, fashion shows, design contests and more. Children under 5 are free, 5-12 are half price day-of only.

Upgraded VIP tickets are available for $50 and include reserved VIP front row fashion show seating, fabric swag bag with lots of goodies and gifts value $200 [one swag bag per VIP package for bride only].

About The Wedding Party EXPO:

Founded by Pamela Ann Noxon, a local wedding professional since 1996, and The Wedding Party EXPO were created in 1998 as a fresh new resource for helping brides and grooms plan their San Diego wedding event.  From her experience in helping behind-the-scenes with more than 500 weddings, Ms. Noxon saw firsthand how vastly different wedding services and products were in terms of their integrity, style and professionalism. and The Wedding Party EXPO introduce couples to the right wedding services, products and vendors for their wedding.

For more information on and The Wedding Party EXPO, consult the website at:  or call 760-635-1120. ##  ###



4 Big Ways Small Businesses can Make a Difference

“Corporate Philanthropy” generally conjures images of large, multinationals making very large donations and starting foundations. But, according to the most recent US census, 99.7% of US employer firms are considered Small Businesses. Small businesses actually play quite a large role in their local communities and many are involved in a variety of social initiative s and charitable giving.

Still , many small businesses feel hesitant to participate because they feel they lack the resources of larger companies. But, besides the obvious “feel good” benefits of giving, recent data shows that giving and community involvement is actually “good for business” A recent survey by The Alternative Board (TAB) showed 26% of socially-driven business owners expected their revenue to sharply increase, while only 14% of entrepreneurs who are strictly profit-driven said the same.

It’s important for Small Business Owners to recognize that philanthropy need not be limited to large corporations, since “giving” isn’t limited to just writing big checks. Here are 4 unique ways that even small business can give back in a very big way.

1: Direct Participation

Team building exercises have long been a part of successful business practices, including small businesses. Whether it’s a high-ropes course, karaoke night or cake in the breakroom, we all know that regularly bringing a team together to connect outside of work is key to a small business’ success. Bringing your team together can help to increase motivation, productivity and personal development. What if your team building did double-duty? Small businesses may not have the funds to write those over-sized checks, but they often have teams of dedicated professionals who might be willing (and excited) to do a little more. Take your team building exercises to the next level by using the opportunity to serve your local community in some way, as a team. We spoke to Tori Loiacono at Jennifer Bett Communications , a small business based in New York.

Each month, as a team, her staff volunteers together at God’s Love We Deliver, an organization that works hard to deliver cooked meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. Together, her team regularly cooks, packs, and delivers meals to those in need in their local community. Says Tori, “we wanted to give back to the city that has given us so much”. In exchange, the exercises have brought her staff closer together.

So if your team needs a moral boost or you want to increase team productivity, perhaps skip the paintball this year and instead consider scheduling a day of service at a worthy organization in your own local community. The benefits to your team and business are immeasurable, and you’ll have done a bit of service to your community as well. Everyone wins.

2: Pay it Forward

An increasing number of small businesses are making giving the rule, and not the exception. Many have even built their business model around giving. For some, the model is to give away items for every X number sold, or simply donating a portion of profit or sales to a charity.

Soul Amenities, a St. Petersberg, FL based company that has a similar pay-it-forward approach. The company takes a portion of all sales and uses the money to provide to those living in areas where communicable diseases are present. Recently, they donated products to Operation Christmas Child and an orphanage in Africa. Alia, the company founder, created a charity arm of their company called Soap with S.O.U.L. after several international trips and decided it was time their company helped others.

If you’re interested in charitable giving using the “Pay-It-Forward” approach, but don’t have the resources to build a lot of infrastructure around those efforts, there are some easier ways to get involved. For example, check out the ‘Every Swipe Benefits’ Charity. Run by Pay it Forward Processing, this is a program that allows businesses to give-back. Net proceeds can be donated from a business to a charitable organization at no cost to the business.

Remember: whether you donate profits or items, or both, charities are generally pleased to receive donations of every size, big or small, so don’t worry if you don’t have multi-national sized pockets- every bit helps.

Keep in mind, too, that the ‘Pay It Forward’ approach to giving doesn’t have to be limited to companies that sell goods, or even to monetary donations.

Many small business have found they can also donate their services. Joni , founder of Thrive!Resumes, a city-based company based in Myrtle Beach, SC offering professional resume writing services offers a resume scholarship program as part of her regular business model. For every 20 paid-for resumes , a free resume is offered to elevate the job search for victims of domestic violence, wounded warriors, hurricane survivors or others in need. Joni explains her approach is based on a desire to ” help someone who might be at a low point in their life and just needs someone to reach out and give them a helping hand. ”

John Paul Engel donates his time and expertise to the non-profit company Project Be The Change. Together, Jon has participated in projects ranging from building local soccer fields, to event sponsorships John has also experienced an unintended benefit. Namely, his company has employed volunteers fromPBJC after getting to know them through the project. For small businesses that don’t always have access to huge networks or large HR departments, community involvement can also provide some of this networking benefit. proving in yet another way that philanthropy can have surprising and wonderful benefits on all sides of the equation.

3: Keep others top of mind.

Space is a hot commodity for many small businesses. Maybe a vendor sent the wrong colors or size of an item. A few extra keystrokes and you have enough office supplies for several years. You’ve changed office space and have a glut of used furniture. Where to put it all? Many businesses try to re-sell these goods on wholesale or discount markets, at auctions or even Ebay. But, there is a lot of effort involved in those re-sales and it’s probably taking away from your time spent on your core business.

Next stop? For many companies, it’s the trash. Which is quite sad actually, because there are so many charitable and community organizations that could make use of those items, from local schools, to soup kitchens, to major players like the Goodwill or Salvation Army. If you keep the needs of others top of mind, that overwhelming pile of extras, suddenly begins to look like quite the pile of treasure.

Here at FORtheFIT, it’s not uncommon to find ourselves with a little excess inventory . We have certainly considered re-sale , but clothes are such a fundamental thing – a basic necessity that too many just don’t have enough of. Just recently, we donated 1400 pairs of our best-selling short and tall men’s fleece athletic pants to Goodwill Industries Internationals in the Northern Michigan area – the cold climate means the donation of warm fleece would have an immediate, positive impact on the local community (plus help Goodwill raise funds for their many important community initiatives) Again, infrastructure need not slow you down.

Airtex Design Group, a city-based company that designs and manufactures on trend textiles for retailers all over the world, use the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR). To help them clear out any overstocks. NAEIR ‘connect companies looking to donate products with non-profits who can benefit from them’, explained Gary Smith, president and CEO. To find out more, visit the NAEIR website.

4: Provide opportunities for others to give back through Events / Fundraising

Be a leader in service of your local community. Consider using your leverage in your local community to encourage others to give back in a variety of ways. Organising fundraising, events is a great way to get lots of people involved.

There are lots of platforms out there to help you organize an event. fitRaise is a platform to enable companies, of all sizes, to host worldwide events to raise money to support important causes. Or if you’re looking for a more mobile fundraising platform, check out Accelevents. This platform focuses on providing online and text message enhanced silent auctions and raffles. The company itself organises fundraisers each year, donating the proceeds to charity – this year they donated over $100,000 to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Whether you look to organize events on a small or large-scale, there are plenty of platforms and helpful services out there. From sponsorship to donations, you can get everyone involved in giving-back! If you can’t organize an event, you can offer your expertise at an event.

Cookies for Cancer organises events throughout the year, encouraging businesses, and individuals, to get involved and fundraise. The founder of Eleni’s New York a company that raises money to fund child cancer research by holding a lot of bake sales (and other things) gets involved in this event as she sees a great connection between her business and the charity. So why not consider researching events near you which you can offer your own expertise?


As mentioned previously, whether you are able to give your time, your expertise, products, services, or monetary donations large or small, get creative and find ways that your small business can easily make a big impact in your surrounding community or to any number of great causes.

Plus, you might be surprised at the myriad benefits (and increased success) your small business will enjoy enjoy as a result. Small businesses make us such a major part of the American Economy, that their their combined efforts can really make the biggest impacts of all. We hope you’re inspired to find ways to give back to the community. Let us know in the comments how your business is getting involved!


Pay it Forward’s “Every Swipe Benefits Charity” Is a Win-Win for Business Owners

(SAN DIEGO) (DECEMBER 14, 2015) – The “Every Swipe Benefits Charity “ (ESBC) is an innovative give-back program that allows business owners an opportunity to benefit their business, customers and community. Through Pay it Forward Processing (PFP), a national credit card processing company, net proceeds are donated from each business account to a charitable organization, at no cost to the business.

“Many business owners want to help the greater good but don’t have the resources to make monetary donations,” explains Renee VanHeel, founder and president of PFP. “By choosing Pay it Forward Processing as your merchant services provider, the business and its customers will be supporting a charitable cause with the “Every Swipe Benefits Charity” program.”

Here is how the program works: Each business chooses from a list of carefully vetted “Every Swipe Benefits Charity” (ESBC is a separate non-profit 501c3 corporation) board-approved nonprofit organizations. The charities fall into categories such as animals, military, natural disasters, health issues or local community. PFP then donates the net proceeds to ESBC from the business’ account each year—at no cost to the business. ESBC then sends the funds to the business’ chosen charity. As an alternate, the business can nominate a favorite charity to be vetted and become a beneficiary.

“It’s a win-win situation—nonprofits gain valuable support and the business enhances its status as a socially responsible company,” says VanHeel. “As a business owner who wants to make a difference in the world, just ask yourself –why wouldn’t you participate in the ‘Every Swipe Benefits Charity’ program?”

PFP came to be from the ashes of Witch Creek Fires in San Diego in 2007 during which VanHeel’s home was destroyed. She, along with a number of other fire survivors, formed Fired Up Sisters which raised $5 million in goods, services and money to help fellow fire survivors. “I was struck by the thought that if so much good could come as a result of tragedy, what could be done in good times?” said VanHeel. “We believe there is no better definition of success than truly loving what you do, serving a purpose and filling a need in the world. If this resonates with a business owner, we invite them to join the PFP family.”

Partnering with PFP is simple and easy: every business is assigned a personal account manager who customizes a program to fit their needs. There is no contract, no minimum usage fees and PFP matches or reduces a business’ current credit card fees. Funding and deposits are made within 24 hours including American Express. PFP sends each business a comprehensive monthly report with a breakdown of fees and cost for services.

PFP works with a variety of businesses including those in auto repair, hotel/motel, retail, veterinary and banking, among others. The “Every Swipe Benefits Charity” program supports more than 25 local, regional and national non-profit organizations including Boys and Girls Clubs, American Institute for Cancer Research, Shelter to Solider, and the Arthritis Foundation.

PFP also helps each of its business partners stay connected to their customers by using their own social media outlets such a Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to promote their business. For more information on PFP visit or call 858-771-0076.

About Pay It Forward Processing
Headquartered in San Diego, Pay it Forward Processing (PFP) is a nationwide merchant service provider that supplies state-of-the-art payment solutions to businesses by providing a full line of products that are Class A certified on their processing platform. PFP custom tailors its services for each business and offers 24/7 live technical and customer service support. For more information on PFP visit or call 858-771-0076. ###

The Motown Miracles, originally made famous by Smokey Robinson, Perform A Free Concert at Humphreys By The Bay on Friday, Oct 30th FREE to all Local Veterans, Active Military, and Their Families (First Come, First Serve)

San Diegans Can Purchase Concert Tickets to support our Military
For $30 each—100% of the proceeds goes to our Marine Corp League Special Detachment-Tickets Available Now!

(October 2015)(San Diego) —The “Miracles for Heroes” Concert Tour will kick off its only Southern California concert on Friday, October 30th, 2015 at 7 pm at Humphreys Concerts By The Bay on Shelter Island. The concert will feature The Motown Miracles, with lead singer Sydney Justin, who took Smokey Robinson’s place in 1995. Armed with some of the greatest songs ever written, The Motown Miracles are still, after 40 years, attracting enthusiastic audiences around the world. The “Miracles for Heroes” tour will be a night of free entertainment and celebration for local veterans and enlisted men and women of the military. Concert tickets for the military are available on a first-come, first serve basis.

Only 483 concert tickets are available to the public at $30 each. Reserved seats are available at or by calling 800-745-3000. One hundred percent of the ticket sales to the public will go to the Marine Corp League.

“The goal of these free concerts is to provide veterans and military members access to the necessary tools, and various support services, they need to acquire jobs, health care, therapeutic support, volunteer services and overall provisions for their immediate needs,” says Mari Molina, concert promoter from Yendis Entertainment.

Opening act for evening is San Diego-based Sully & “The Blue Eyed Soul Band” — a group of Grammy Award winning and Tony Award nominated musicians who play a unique brand of R & B [Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Billy Preston, Otis Redding] at various So Cal venues.

Serving as master of ceremonies for the night is the leader of Sully & “The Blue-Eyed Soul Band,” Bob “Sully” Sullivan. Sully is a San Diego institution heard for the past 18 years on NEWSRADIO 600 KOGO and frequently on KUSI television. Sully is also the creator/host of the nationally syndicated television programs “THE BIG BIZ SHOW” and “Sully’s Biz Brew.”

To make their mission a reality, Miracles for Heroes partnered with the Veterans Administration (Washington, DC), The Warrior Summit Coalition, the Department of Arizona Marine Corp League, The Wounded Warrior Marine Corp League, Habitat for Humanity, state and local agencies, private organizations and donors for funding the concert tour. In all, free concerts will be held in 20 major cities across the U.S. in 2015 -2016.

To find out more about the “Miracles for Heroes” Concert Tour, visit their website at . Humphreys Concerts By The Bay is located at 2241 Shelter Island, San Diego, Calif. To purchase tickets, visit or call 800-745-3000. Tickets to the general public are $30.00 and 100 percent of all ticket sales go to the Marine Corp League.

The free concert tickets for the military will be available at Marine Corp Air Station Miramar and Navy Region Southwest, Naval Base, Coronado through the Marines; MCCS Programs, Single Marine Program, Spouse Support and Links, plus, Navy’s NWR Tickets Offices. ###

Brandman University to Host Education Job Fair October 18 at San Diego Office of Education

Representatives from ten San Diego County school districts will be on hand to meet future teaching candidates

SAN DIEGO (October 7, 2014) — Time to brush up that resume and get ready to be hired! On Saturday, Oct. 18, Brandman University will host a free education job fair at the San Diego County Office of Education (6401 Linda Vista Road) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The following school districts will have human resource representatives on hand to review resumes and conduct interviews: Escondido Union, Fallbrook Union, Grossmont Union, La Mesa Spring Valley Schools, Poway Unified, Ramona Unified, San Diego Unified, SDCOE Juvenile Court and Community Schools, Sweetwater Unified and Vista Unified.

California’s need for qualified teachers will only grow over the next decade as baby boomers hit retirement age. According to the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning/WestED, one in five current teachers will be eligible for retirement in the next five years. One in three will be eligible in the next 10 years. Between 11,000-13,000 teachers retire each year in California and K-5 enrollment is expected to increase by 100,000 students by 2019.

In partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education, Brandman University hopes to be part of the solution. “This education job fair will open the door for those looking to begin a career in education,” said Dr. Christine Zeppos, dean of the School of Education at Brandman University. “The face to face interaction with district human resource personnel is priceless. We recently held an education career fair at our Fairfield, CA Campus in June and 15 of the 19 attendees left with contingency offers of employment.”

There is also a desperate need for substitute teachers in San Diego County. “With the extensive and ongoing professional development for teachers around the transition to Common Core State Standards, the substitute shortage will persist,” said Chris Reising, director of Human Resources – Teacher Recruitment and Support for the San Diego County Office of Education.

Job seekers should wear professional attire, bring copies of credentials and come prepared to be interviewed. This event is free to attend. Please RSVP by clicking on the link provided.

About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves 12,000 students annually with programs available online and at 26 campuses throughout California and Washington. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
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SULLY MEANS BUSINESS U-T profiles of notable local people Story by Nina Garin, photo by Eduardo Contreras • U-T 12:01 A.M.MARCH 19, 2014

If Robert “Sully” Sullivan’s face isn’t familiar, perhaps his voice is.

“Sully” is a radio host on KOGO-AM (600) and his views about everything from local politics to sports can be heard weekdays between 3 and 7 p.m.

Sully’s background is in investment banking, so he also hosts the nationally syndicated show “The Big Biz Show” with on-air partner Russ T. Nailz (

A native San Diegan who went to Clairemont, Helix and Valhalla high schools, Sully tells us about life on the airwaves.

Q: Do you consider yourself a businessman with a radio show or a radio host who knows about investing?

A: My background is in investment banking and corporate finance and management consulting. I owned a number of banking firms here in San Diego both before and during my media career. So I suppose my answer would have to be businessman first. Business is in my DNA and I look at everything through the lens of business.

Q: What attracted you to business and investing in the first place?

A: Before I got my start in radio, I worked as a newspaper publisher in San Diego in the late 1980s. Then when I ran out of money, I raised money for my own small business and became an expert in that arduous process, hence becoming active as an intermediary in the venture community. I later became an investment banker and consultant.

Q: What did you think of the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street?”

A: Sadly, the film was very accurate of what was going on during that era. I can name at least three former firms here in San Diego that played like that.

Q: How did you begin your career in radio?

A: During my tenure as an investment banker, I became somewhat of an expert in the stock market and was asked to be a guest on a radio program on KCEO, which was San Diego’s original business talk station. A week later they asked me if I wanted to do my own morning show. A couple days a week and three months later, Cliff Albert, the most important program director in the news/talk format this side of the Mississippi, called and offered me an opportunity at KSDO. In six months, I went from not being on the radio to being on afternoon drive in the eighth-largest market. I’ve had the luckiest radio career on the planet.

Q: How would you describe your listeners? What kind of relationship do you have with them?

A: They are informed, they are the soul of San Diego, they are daring, they have an opinion and they share a thirst for calling it as they see it. And although they consistently keep me accountable, I have the utmost respect for those who take the time to be informed and to tell me “what’s what!”

Q: What do you listen to when you’re in the car?

A: I am so all over the place — Chris Merrill (KOGO), Ladona Harvey (KOGO), Bill Carroll (KFI), Frankie and Geena (Channel 933), The Show (Rock 105.3), The Bob and Coe Show (KGB) and Jesse and Delana (94.1).

Q: What San Diego issue are you most passionate about?

A: Our youth. We’re dealing with a new set of issues that we have given our children. Today is the day to stop promoting wussification (which will lead to low self-esteem when our kids enter the “real world”) and start promoting healthy self-esteem. Healthy self-esteem includes an appreciation for healthy competition and personal growth from adversity.

Q: You also play music. Please tell us about your band.

A: The name of the band is Sully & The Blue-Eyed Soul Band ( We are a group of Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated musicians (no kidding) that play our unique brand of R&B (Earth, Wind and Fire; Stevie Wonder; Billy Preston; Otis Redding).

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you.

A: I am an excellent cook — I have references — and I’m a crier. Hallmark commercials, sappy love songs, you name it. It’s bad.

Q: What’s the best advice you ever received?

A: It is better to beg for forgiveness then to ask for permission.

Q: Please describe your ideal San Diego weekend.

A: It typically starts off with a Saturday morning bike with my mates from the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which is very near and dear to my heart. Next it’s lunch with my daughters — both are in college so these days that is rare. Then I head down to 18th Street in Del Mar with the familiar, friendly faces there to surf, play beach volleyball and take some “Sully Time.” Weekend evenings are spent either gigging with the band, or having dinner with friends, or if I’m really lucky, spending it with someone special.

Del Mar’s Bob ‘Sully’ Sullivan passionate about accomplished radio career

Bob “Sully” Sullivan Courtesy photo

By Kristina Houck

When Bob “Sully” Sullivan talks, people listen.

A San Diego native and longtime Del Mar resident, Sullivan is “a bit of a crusader” for his hometown on his KOGO-AM 600 radio show, “The Coalition with Bob ‘Sully’ Sullivan.”

“I was born and raised here in San Diego,” Sullivan said. “I think I can make a difference. I’ve got a really good platform to make a difference. That’s why I’m a bit of a crusader for what goes on here.”

Sullivan was a driving force behind the recall effort of former Mayor Bob Filner, who he nicknamed “The Emperor.” To collect signatures to get Filner booted from office, he hosted “Sully’s Petition Drive Thru” in August at the radio station.

“We can fully take credit for planting that seed for Bob Filner and starting the Recall Bob Filner Campaign,” Sullivan said. “We had 2,000 people in front of the studio the day he resigned.”

Sullivan also wasn’t shy about his support of Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer. He urged his listeners to vote for the San Diego City Councilman and mayoral candidate.

“For me, Kevin Faulconer was the right guy. Not because politically he’s the right guy — although I think he is — but David Alvarez is 33 years old. … He could have created 30,000 jobs in San Diego and been exactly down the pipe politically with me, but he is 33. You can swing a dead cow over your head and hit somebody that has more leading experience than a 33-year-old.”

When he’s not live from 3-7 p.m. on KOGO, fans can also hear Sullivan on “The Big Biz Show,” a nationally syndicated show simulcast weekdays on about 1,500 domestic radio stations (as well as on the American Forces Network heard in 175 countries and on ships at sea) while simulcast daily in 52 million television homes.

“Business is kind of in my DNA. I look at everything through the lens of business,” said Sullivan, who co-hosts the business radio show with local broadcast personality and comedian Russ T. Nailz. “This show, even though it has a bigger audience, it’s easier for me because I don’t really have to prep this show. I’m already looking at it anyway.”

Sullivan has been on the radio for nearly two decades.

Before he got his start in radio, he worked as a newspaper publisher in San Diego in the late 1980s, then became active as an intermediary in the venture community and later became an investment-banking consultant. Becoming “somewhat of an expert in the stock market,” Sullivan was asked to be a guest on a radio program on KCEO, which was San Diego’s original business talk station.

“A week later they asked me if I wanted to do my own morning show a couple days a week,” Sullivan recalled. Three months later, he landed an opportunity at KSDO.

“In six months, I went from not being on the radio to being on afternoon drive in the eighth largest market — the luckiest radio career on the planet,” Sullivan said.

From entrepreneurs Steve Jobs and Steve Forbes, to celebrities George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey, Sullivan has conducted countless interviews in his 18 years on the radio. Whether interviewing and talking about business on The Big Biz Show, or taking listener phone calls and chatting about San Diego on KOGO, Sullivan has one goal: to make his listeners smarter.

“When you get to where you’re going after listening to me, I want you to leave smarter than when you started,” Sullivan said. “When somebody hears me on the air, it’s got to be, ‘OK, if he’s talking, I need to listen to this guy. I need to listen to what this guy has to say.’ And not because I’m always right, but because I can make you smarter.”

Although he is proud of the longevity of his radio career, his greatest accomplishment is being the father of his 19- and 21-year-old daughters, Sullivan said.

“I tried to raise them as boys,” said Sullivan, who raised his daughters in Carmel Valley and Del Mar. “Their mom and I did a great job. They came out as two beautiful, snarky ball-busters. They’re both unbelievable kids.”

When he’s not on the radio or spending time with his family, Sullivan is often playing guitar and piano in his band, Blue-Eyed Soul. Sullivan formed the band with band mates Kevin Cooper, Tripp Sprague, Mark Hattersley and Ernie Becquer about seven years ago. Today, the group plays local venues such as San Diego House of Blues, and is scheduled to perform during the 35th annual Fiesta del Sol on May 31 and June 1 in Solana Beach.

Also an avid cyclist, Sullivan raises funds for the Challenged Athletes Foundation during the “Million Dollar Challenge,” an annual bike ride from San Francisco to San Diego. Last year, he raised $21,000 for the San Diego-based nonprofit organization, which helps athletes with disabilities achieve their fitness and sports goals. Sullivan has committed to raising $25,000 for the next ride set to begin Oct. 17.

“The good news about being in this business is I’ve got guys like Steve Forbes on the air and I make them commit to give me $1,000,” Sullivan said. “But what’s really interesting is I have so many listeners donating $10 or $20. That’s inspiring to me.

“It’s an unbelievable cause. It’s very near and dear to my heart.”

For more information about Sullivan’s show on KOGO, visit

For more information about The Big Biz Show, visit

For more information about Sullivan’s band, visit

To learn more about the Challenged Athletes Foundation, visit To support Sullivan’s efforts and donate to the Million Dollar Challenge, visit