Breakfast Speaker Series

Our Breakfast Speaker Series is our largest and most popular event. This event takes place every other month, and typically attracts a crowd of business executives.


The best way to start your day is eating breakfast with us! Join the 6˚ Community and other San Diego professionals to listen in on our informative panel. Expect to hear personal experiences, gain advice and learn about business trends from top leaders in our San Diego community. Keep in mind this is also a great way to sit with your peers and further your business relationships while also making new connections. Doors open at 7:30am so be sure to arrive on time for maximum networking. The panel discussion begins between 8-8:15am and lasts until 9:30am including Q&A from attendees.

Come meet the 6˚ team, our sponsors, and our members over breakfast while learning more about the newest trend, controversy, or business topic of the month.


Previous Panels:


February 2017:

 The Business of Marijuana (Revisited)

Erai Beckman - CEO, 4 Benefit Pharma Group

James Slatic - CEO, Highland Medical

Clark Smith, MD - Medical Director, Recovery Works SD

Robert Marasco - Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

Christopher Siegel - Consultant, Canna Global Network

Kimberly Simms - Attorney, Law Offices of Kimberly Simms

September 2016:

 Cross Border Business Relationships

Regina Bernal - Entrepreneurship Manager, USD School of Business

Summer Rogers - CEO, SouthDoctors

Adriana Eguia Alaniz - Director for Baja California, Endeavor

Guillermo Mejia - Managing Director, Mexico Innovation Development Hub MindHub

Jose Larroque - Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Pat Wilson - Director of Production, Taylor Guitars

July 2016:

 Personalized Medicine

Bryce Olson, Global Marketing Director Health and Life Sciences, IntelConnecting Technology

Chris Orlando, Co-founder & CSMO, ScaleMatrix 

Julie Cakici, Project Manager, Rady Children's Hospital Institute for Genomic Medicine

Noel GillespiePartner & Medical Technology Practice Group LeaderProcopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Byung-In Lee, CTO, Diagnomics, Inc.

May 2016:

 Restaurant Trends

March 2016:

 The Verticals of Life
 Knowing Your Personal Economy

Alex Jakovljevic - Senior VP, Managing Director, WestPac Wealth Partners

Chris Cano - Branch Manager, Veterans United Home Loans

Alexandra Rivera - EA, Sharp, Thunstrom & Batson Certified Public Accountants

Russell Riviere - Managing Partner, Olins, Riviere, Coates & Bagula, LLP

MODERATOR: Thomas Blottenberger - Financial Planner, WestPac Wealth Partners

January 2016:

 Real Estate in 2016
 Live. Work. Play

Seth O'Byrne - Team Leader, Pacific Sotheby's.

Rich Gustafson - President, CityMark

Randall Gorman - President, La Jolla Capital Group

Jonathan Jerotz - VP Retail Sales - Mortgage, Synergy 1 Lending

Dan Conway - Principal, Pacific Sotheby's

MODERATOR: Craig Sewing - Host & Creator, The American Dream & Craig Sewing Radio Show

November 2015:

 Social and Corporate Consciousness

Indra Gardiner Bowers - Founder/Chief Influence Officer, i.d.e.a.

Frank G. Scarpaci - Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Consultant, VIANOVA

Christopher Marshall - Director of Strategic Partnerships, Good Worldwide Inc.

Michael Anderson - Educator & Speaker, The Executive JOY Institute 


September 2015:

 Beer for Breakfast

Carole Busby - Marketing Manager,  Culture Brewing Co

Peter Zien - Owner & CEO, Alesmith Brewing Company

Bill Sysak - Craft Beer Ambassador & Certified Cicerone, Stone Brewing Co.

Amy Burns Barr - President & CEO, California Craft Distributors

Chris Cramer - CEO & Co- Founder, Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Nate Soroko -  Beer Ambassador, Toronado and Modern Times

July 2015:

A Sophisticated Look at the Business of Marijuana

Dr. Amber Hopkins - Anesthesiologist; Veterinary Specialty Hospital

Eric Fillion - Executive Director; Phoenix Bio Pharmaceuticals

Scott Pack - CEO; Harmony & Green

Aaron Lachant - Attorney; Nelson Hardiman, LLP

Dr. Clark Smith - Medical Director, RecoveryWorks

May 2015:

Game of Drones


Jeff Goldfinger - Instructor/Facilitator, The Maher Group

Kevin Powers - Co-Founder, KAPture Digital Media

David Cain - Attorney, Ballard Spahr

Treggon Owens - CEO, Aerial MOB

Rich Martindell - VP of Course Content and Experience, King Schools

 March 2015:

Millennials and How They Will Lead San Diego


Scot Chisholm - CEO & Co-Founder, Classy

Brant Cooper - Co-Founder, Moves the Needle

Ryan Sisson - VP Business Development, Fifty & Fifty and The Moniker Group

Stephan Goss - President/CEO, Zeeto Media

Dan Negroni - Chief Launch Officer/CEO, Launchbox Life

Dana Malstaff - Content Strategist & Founder, Expand Your Reach

 January 2015:

Smart Cities and Sustainability

 Kiva Allgood - Senior Director of Global Market Development, QUALCOMM

Jason Anderson - President, Cleantech San Diego

Laura McDonald - Director of Clean Transportation & Advanced Technology Integration, San Diego Gas & Electric

Desmond Wheatley - President/CEO, Envision Solar International

 November 2014:

Women in Leadership

 Kris Michell - President & CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership

Trindl Reeves - Principal, Barney & Barney

Emilie Hersh - CEO, InterKnowlogy

Carisa Wisniewski - Office Managing Partner, Moss Adams

Cathryn Ramirez - Group Director, Tiffany & Co.

Kerri Verbeke Kapich - SVP of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, San Diego Tourism Authority

 September 2014:

Marketing Trends in the Digital Era

 Les Kollegian - CEO, Jacob Tyler Agency

Chad Robley - CEO, Mindgruve

Jon Crim - Director of Marketing & Acquisition, Take Lessons

Ryan Thompson - Director of Marketing, Harrah's Resort SoCal

Dave Melbourne - SVP Consumer Marketing & Corporate Social Responsibility, Bumble Bee Seafoods

 July 2014:

Sports and Active Lifestyle

John Sarkisian, CEO - SKLZ

Steve Astephen, Senior VP - Wasserman Media Group, LLC

Stephan Aarstol, Founder - Tower Paddle Boards

Miguel Ramirez Lombana, Co-Founder & CEO, Soccerly

Steve Stoloff, CEO - Vavi, Inc.

Lisa Freedman, Executive Director - SDSI 

 May 2014:

Startup Explosion and the VC World

Roland Ligtenberg - Co-Founder, HouseCall

Jenny Gilcrest - Co-Founder, Travelboxe

Jon Belmonte - Principal, Cedar Ridge Ventures

David Titus - President, San Diego Venture Group

Terry Moore - Managing Partner, Moore Venture Partners 

 March 2014:

Hospitality Trends


 Eric Lingenfelder, Owner, Verant Group

David Spatafore, Principal, Blue Bridge Hospitality

Phil Pace, Owner, Phil's BBQ

Ron Troyano, Managing Co-Partner, Alchemy San Diego

Brett Miller, CEO, Eat.Drink.Sleep

 January 2014:

Real Estate Development Trends

Kevin Heinly, Principal - Gensler

David Malmuth, Partner - I.D.E.A. District

Jonathan Segal, Architect - Jonathan Segal Architect

Jim Roherty, President - Pacific Building Group

Jason Wood, Senior VP - Cisterra Development 

 November 2013:

The Business of Sports

Tom Seidler, Padres Ownership Group - San Diego Padres

A.G. Spanos, CEO - San Diego Chargers

Jim Sterk, Athletic Director - SDSU

Ky Snyder, Athletic Director - USD

Peter Ripa, Executive Director - Farmer's Insurance Open

Henry Ford, SVP/General Manager - FOX Sports San Diego

 September 2013:

Marketing Trends in the Digital Era

Greg Seremetis, VP & Chief Content Officer - Petco, Inc.

Reid Carr, CEO – Red Door Interactive

Dan Khabie, CEO - Digitaria

Tim McDonough,VP Marketing - Qualcomm Snapdragon

Ben Norton, President & COO – Internet Marketing Inc.

 June 2013:

Hospitality Trends in San Diego

Tracy Borkum, Owner - Urban Kitchen Group

Ty Hauter, Owner - Good Time Design

Ingrid Croce, Owner - Croce's

Isabel Cruz, Owner - Isabel's Cantina

Valentina Di Pieto, Co-Owner - Bencotto and Monello

 April 2013:

Funding in the San Diego Startup Scene

 Jon Carder, CEO - MOGL

Rebecca Boudreaux PH.D, President - Oberon Fuels

Darrius Thompson, Co-Founder - SweetLabs/Open Candy

Liz Gasser, VP Business Operations - Qualcomm Labs

Rory Moore, President - CommNexus

 February 2013:

Real Estate

Jason Hughes, Owner - Hughes Marino

Jeff W Graham, President - Civic San Diego

Jim Spain, Managing Director - Colliers International

Mark McMillin, President and CEO - The Corky McMillin Companies

Ann Moore, 2013 Chair, Board of Port Commissioners - Port of San Diego 

 November 2012:

Craft Beer

 Jack White Jr.- CEO/Founder, Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits

Chris Cramer- CEO/Co-Founder, Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Greg Koch- CEO, Stone Brewing Co.

Rick Chapman- President, Coronado Brewing Company

Scott Stamp- Co-Founder, San Diego Brewing Company

 September 2012:

Bio/Life Science

Christian Henry, General Manager of Genomic Solutions,  Illumina

Keith Valentine, President, NuVasive

Michael Watts, Vice President and General Manager or Diagnostics, Gen-Probe

Mark J. Gergen, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Amylin Pharmaceuticals 

Peter Dansky, Head of Molecular & Cell Biology, Life Technologies

 June 2012:

Restaurant and Hospitality Trends


Top Chef Brian Malarkey - Owner, Searsucker, Gingham, Oceanaire, Gabardine, & Herringbone

Chef Deborah Scott - Owner/Partner -Indigo Grill, Island Prime, C Level

Arturo Kassel - Owner, PrepKitchen, Whisknladle

Arsalun Tafazoli - Partner, Consortium HoldingsCraft & Commerce, Underbelly, Noble Experiment, El Dorado, Neighborhood

 April 2014:

The Digital Frontier: A Showcase of San Diego's Entrepreneurial Innovation

 Pat Walsh - Founder / CMO, Classy

Jimmy Hendricks - CEO / Co-Founder,  Deal Current Network

Mitch Thrower - CEO/Founder, BUMP Network, Inc.

Steven Cox - CEO/Founder,

Lars Helgeson - CEO/Founder, GreenRope

 February 2014:

Real Estate Development and the Future of San Diego


Robert Lankford - President/CEO, Lankford & Associates, Inc.

Nathan Moeder - Executive VP, The London Group

Colton Sudberry - President, Sudberry Properties

Garth Erdossy - President, GLJ Partners

November 2011

Business in San Diego

 Joe Terzi - President/CEO; San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau

Robert Rauch - President; R.A. Rauch & Associates

Mark Neville - Associate Executive Director; Holiday Bowl

John Schafer - VP, Managing Director; Manchester Grand Hyatt