View this email as a webpage


October 26, 2017 facebook-white twitter-white


October brings Halloween, but that's not the only frightening event that happens this month: 2018 budgets everywhere are being finalized. All those “trends” we clairvoyant few perceived last spring are being converted into forecasts, also known as “promises,” monetized and added to 2018 budgets.

I can’t help the process much, but you can help us. “How,” I hope you said? The answer is simple: Don’t forget to include your SDSI membership in your 2018 budget!

Just in case your Board, CEO or more likely CFO wonder what we do and why SDSI is worthy of your time and money, let me list a few reminders:

1. SDSI is a 501C3, Not for Profit and dues are fully deductible for corporations and individuals
2. SDSI is really a job generator: we help birth and accelerate companies (70 in the Springboard program alone.)
3. SDSI graduate companies in Springboard have an 87% success record!
4. 41% of our graduate companies are led by women.
5. SDSI mentors will donate, gratis, 1,600 hours this year - all to help others succeed. My point of view is that SDSI is worthy of your time and money. Of course, we hope you share that vision; your support really makes a difference.

From a more tactical point of view, we also collaborate in accelerating businesses within our 110 member roster. Executive education is a reality when Guy Kawasaski speaks to our group… or Jeff Kearl… or our friend Beaver Theodosakis. Our General membership comes with amazing networking and a working series of events called the Founder’s Tool Box, things every young CEO/Founder should know. Our collective Rolodex is focused on our industry and nothing else. We are not a business card exchange club. We are about sharing resources, discussing issues and challenges that mean something in our space.

Remember that we as an economic engine rank right behind Ship Building in town. There are 37,000 people employed in our industry here. We rack up collective sales estimated to be in excess of $4 billion dollars annually. Best of all, our businesses are focused on Sports, Active and healthy lifestyles. Our products are the San Diego Lifestyle.

So please remember to add us to the 2018 Budget and help us make it a great year!


SDSI Board of Directors visits Jackie Robinson YMCA
The Brand New Jackie Robinson YMCA hosted this quarters Board of Directors meeting on October 24th. This $16M facility was built from the ground up and is top notch in every way. SDSI Board member and CEO of YMCA of San Diego County, Baron Herdelin-Doherty, gave us an overview of the plans for future Y locations along with the impact they have on the county - 200,000 people served annually here in San Diego with plans to double that in the next 8 years. Michael Brunker, Executive Director of the Jackie Robinson YMCA and 20 year employee of the Y, gave us a tour of the facility. The official ribbon cutting ceremony was this morning (Oct 26) so make sure to get your membership today and visit this beuatiful facility – join one YMCA, join them all! For a few photos, visit our facebook page.

TransWorld Business tours Wax Research
TransWorld Business had the pleasure of touring Wax Research (known for its brands, Sticky Bumps and Wend Waxworks) in Vista. SDSI has taken a tour of the facility as well and, wow, do they have a buttoned up operation that is eco-friendly on all fronts. Take a look at this wonderful family business from TransWorld’s lens – photo album included – on their article.

CBRE's New Office Space in UTC
CBRE is opening a new 35,000 square foot office showing off its workplace360 program (similar to their downtown SD and Carlsbad offices) as the workplace of the future. Workplace360 focuses on improving effectiveness, showcasing their knowledge of how a work environment can increase collaboration and communication, and ultimately increasing efficiency by about 30%. Read more about the updates to UTC here.

ElliptiGO Helps Marathon Runner Set a World Record and Partners with Altis World
Altis World, a professional training environment in Phoenix, AZ, has partnered with ElliptiGO to support their world class track & field athletes with the opportunity to cross-train on an ElliptiGO. ““I really work hard to make sure our coaches and administrative team have everything in line for what they need” said Altis World CEO, John Godina. And what could a competitive athlete want/need more than an ElliptiGO?
Perfect segway into some more ElliptiGO news: Brian Reynolds has set the official double below-the-knee amputee world record at the Chicago Marathon where he ran 3:06:31 (that’s just over 7 minute miles for those of us who need calculators to do marathon math) Brian, like Meb Keflezighi, credits his ElliptiGO cross training for giving him the cardio endurance necessary without the wear and tear that overtraining can give. Brian’s next goal is to break 3 hours! Read about the Altis World partnership, then Brian’s press release if you need some inspriation today.

Schedule Announced for Winter Dew Tour
The Enthusiast Network (TEN) has announced the initial schedule for the 2017 Dew Tour in Breckenridge Colorado. The event will take place December 14-17. For a schedule, including the Olympic qualifying events and the fan-based activities, head on over to shop-eat-surf to read the full press release.

Beach and Bay Family YMCA in Pacific Beach
While groundbreaking is at least 18 months away, a new YMCA location has been selected on the corner of Ingraham and Felspar streets in Pacific Beach. The proposed $17M facility is just another way for the YMCA to serve more people in San Diego and achieve their goal of doubling their community impact by 2025. As a reminder, the San Diego Y is the second largest in the nation. For more information on the planned amenities and how to donate to this site, read the full article.

Athelytix and ElliptiGO featured at TEDxSD’s Innovation Alley
Twenty of the most innovative local companies showcased their products at the Banner Bank sponsored Innovation Alley including SDSI Members: ElliptiGO and Athelytix. Athelytix founder, Norb Seufert was quoted in the UT article right from the start saying, “Analytics are fundamentally changing sports. The goal is to accelerate player development.” For more information, read the full article.

Banner Bank Named Among Top Regional Banks has partnered with MONEY to determine the best regional banks. It should be no surprise that SDSI member, Banner Bank, came in at the top of the list! Congrats to Banner! For the full list, click here.

BLDG Active featured on featured BLDG Active’s Skin Repair hydrogel in their recent “Fresh Produce” section. It sums up the shout out effectively by saying, “Basically, by rubbing this on a cut you are giving your body a head start with the same natural compounds it would be producing to heal anyway.” Check out their feature and the other products here.

SportTechie Awards Nominations Open
The nomination period for the first annual SportTechie Awards is now open. Nominations are open to anyone and must be submitted by November 12. If you'd like, you can submit anonymously and yes, you can nominate yourself and your own company. Two of the 8 categories include: Outstanding Sports Technology and Outstanding Startup. Learn more about the program and nominate a company/individual.

Red Truck is Live
Red Truck is a data driven online marketplace. Born from an inspiration to connect people to world class gear while experiencing an authentic and lasting connection between athletes, brands, and causes, red truck is the meeting ground where some of the best sporting equipment around can be exchanged between top athletes and their fans. For more on this platform, visit

Big Announcements from SD Pro Soccer and Lacrosse Teams
San Diego Seals Surfacing Soon (say that five times fast.) On Tuesday, the San Diego National Lacrosse League team unveiled their new team name and logo in La Jolla: Seals! What could be more San Diego? The logo (commissioned by SD lacrosse company, Adrenaline) pays homage to the Native American roots of the sport and features SD-centric touches.
San Diego’s newest pro soccer team, 1904 FC, has announced that they will be building a $15M 10,000 seat stadium in Oceanside to host its home games for the 2019 season. 1904 FC will be using USD’s Torero Stadium in the interim for their first season starting in March.
SDUT has you covered with more info about the Seals logo/name unveil and the 1904 FC announcement.

TurningPoint Exec Are you breaking the (new) law? "What were you making in your last position?" This seems like a very innocent and necessary question for any hiring manager or HR executive to ask – well, it used to be. Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 168 which makes California the 3rd state to prohibit employers and their agents (translation: recruiters) from asking prospective candidates about their salary and benefit history. While the purpose behind the new law – narrowing the gender pay gap – is admirable, the application of this new regulation will be a bit tricky. Should a candidate volunteer the information, the details can be used as a consideration when hiring. However, the key is that the candidate cannot be prompted to provide this vital information. Additionally, employers must now provide a published range of compensation for each open position. I encourage you to consult with your own labor attorney, and you can click here to read the full text of the new bill. You can also contact Ken Schmitt at TurningPoint for more information.

Job Openings
Marketing Manager , eCommerce – San Diego
Business Development Manager, Financial Services – San Diego
Sr. Demand Planner, Consumer Products – San Diego
President, Engineering – San Diego
Sr Sales, Engineering – San Diego
SVP Sales, Data Analytics – NYC Region
Inside Sales, Medical Products – Houston
Sales Manager, Software – San Diego

ElliptiGO – Part-time customer service/Inside sales rep click for info

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa - Multiple positions available click for info

J!NX – Freelance artist position click for info

KPMG - Multiple positions available click for info

SKLZ - Multiple positions available click for info

TurningPoint Executive Search is SDSI's resident expert for hiring, retention and job search. A San Diego native with more than 16 years of recruiting experience, President and Founder, Ken Schmitt is available as a sounding board who can share industry “best practices” with SDSI members.

Oct 31 - SDSI Springboard Class 10 Pitch #2

Nov 14 – SDSI Advisory Board Meeting

Dec 12 – SDSI Holiday Party

Dec 15 - SDSI Springboard Class 10 Pitch #3

Oct 28 - Jakes Del Mar Beach Fun Run and Breeders Cup Breeze, Del Mar, CA  click for info

Nov 3-4 – Breeders Cup, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, CA click for info

Nov 4 – Celebration of Hope Gala benefitting Huntington’s Disease ft. Chris Berman, SD, CA click for info

Dec 1 – SportTechie Award Winners Announced, click for info

Dec 14-17 – Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO click for info

Jan 4-6 - Agenda Trade Show, Long Beach, CA click for info

Jan 25-28 - Farmers Insurance Open, La Jolla, CA click for info

Jan 25-28 - Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, Denver, CO click for info

Mar 11-14 – 30th annual ROTH conference, Dana Point, CA click for info

This email was sent by SD Sport Innovators at 253 S. Highway 101, Suite C, Solana Beach, CA 92075.

Powered by GreenRope
We respect your right to privacy and a clean inbox.

Unsubscribe or update your email preferences