• Bill Koman, Founder of Pedal the Cause

    July 6, 2017

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    Koman Group LogoPhotos of Bill KomanBill Koman has been a well-known and highly regarded name in construction, development, and brokerage for 35 years. Chairman and CEO of the Koman Group. Under his leadership, Koman has developed over $1 billion in new projects since 2000 throughout the Midwest region with a portfolio ranging from large office parks, retail, restaurant, condominium, and mixed-use projects. Development projects have exceeded 4 million sq. ft of various product types. In 2012, Bill expanded the firm’s presence to the west coast and established a Southern California real estate platform, west of 5, based out of San Diego with two other industry- leading partners.

    A World Without Cancer

    In 2009 Koman, a two-time lymphoma survivor founded Pedal the Cause in St. Louis. After beating his cancer for the second time, Koman wanted to give back to the Siteman Cancer Center where he was treated. He hoped to ensure that others would meet the same outcome. He founded Pedal the Cause St. Louis with the goal that 100% of proceeds benefit Siteman Cancer Center. Pedal the Cause St. Louis has become the most successful cancer fundraiser in St. Louis. In 2013, the bike ride came to San Diego to raise money for innovative life-saving cancer research conducted by four local world-class beneficiaries: Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and Rady Children’s Hospital. 100% of the proceeds stay in San Diego to fund local cancer research. The multi-city cycling challenge has raised approximately $20 million thus far for cancer research in St. Louis and San Diego.

    Padres Pedal the Cause LogoIn 2016, the organization formed a new partnership with the San Diego Padres which is reflected in the new name: Padres Pedal the Cause. Many exciting changes accompanied that transition including moving the event to Petco Park where participants ride onto the field and celebrate with their friends and family. To date, Padres Pedal has raised over $4.75 million and funded 31 collaborative research projects at four beneficiaries: Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Rady Children’s Hospital–San Diego. The goal and true hope is that the research funded by Padres Pedal the Cause will ultimately lead to a cure for cancer. This year Padres Pedal the Cause will be held November 11-12. Information and Registration

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  • Commercial Real Estate with Tom van Betten and Joel Grushkin

    February 2, 2014
    The guests were Senior Vice President of Cassidy Turley, Tom van Betten, and returning guest and sponsor Joel Grushkin of Cost Segregation Initiatives (CSI). With more than 20 years in commercial real estate, Tom van Betten now represents tenants exclusively. His clients have ranged from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and include: ViaSat Inc., Prudential ... Read more
  • The Sanford Harmony Program: New Strategies in Building Better Relationships Starting in Pre-K through 6th Grade

    January 25, 2014
    Richard Fabes and Carol Martin are professors at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. The Sanford Harmony program is a research-based project implementing strategies in the classroom to improve how boys and girls think about and treat each other. Carol Martin’s research focuses on gender development and how ... Read more
  • Servant Leadership in San Diego

    January 18, 2014
    The guiding principle behind servant leadership is that it is the leader’s responsibility to serve the interests of the employees and the community in which the company is surrounded. By serving its employees and the community, the company and its people grow in prosperity and social awareness. Art Barter is the CEO of the Servant Leadership ... Read more
  • Fighting Childhood Obesity

    January 11, 2014
    Retired Brigadier General David Brahms (ret) was to talk about his involvement with “Mission: Readiness,” an organization that advocates for broader access to preschool education and promotes programs to combat childhood obesity. Today’s military leaders are concerned about poor high school graduation rates and that more young people than ever don’t qualify for military service ... Read more
  • Former Reagan Budget Director, David Stockman on the Corruption of Capitalism in America

    January 4, 2014
    Listen to Podcast of the Show Saturday’s guest is former President Ronald Reagan’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget. He has recently published a book entitled The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America. “The Fed shouldn’t be creating bubbles…they can’t do the job. They’re failing.” Mr. Stockman asserts that the Fed is creating bubbles ... Read more
  • Business Agility with Mike Richardson

    December 28, 2013
    Author and coach Mike Richardson helps business leaders close the “agility gap.” The agility gap is the gap between the demands upon our time and our ability to meet those demands. The gaps creates chaos and volatility in the workplace. Mike is British, and he is a the CEO Chair and Resource Speaker for Vistage ... Read more
  • The Funding Crisis Facing Medical Research

    December 21, 2013
    This show focuses on the funding crisis facing medical research and our biotech sector. Our guests were Joe Panetta, President and CEO of Biocom, Hudson Freeze MD, Ph.D., and Pamela Itkin-Ansari MD, Ph.D. from the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute. Biocom is the major trade association for San Diego’s biomedical and life sciences industries. Biocom enables ... Read more
  • Education for Young Veterans

    December 14, 2013
    Robert Muth is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law. Mr. Muth is the supervising lawyer for the Veterans Clinic which provides legal services for veterans. He also has a special interest in helping young veterans earn college degrees. Robert Muth received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, and ... Read more
  • Patient Advocacy with Brian and Gerri Monaghan

    December 12, 2013
    Brian Monagham successfully battled melanoma brain tumors with the support of his wife, Gerri. He has been cancer-free for 15 years, and they have written a step-by-step guide about how to be an effective patient advocate called When a Loved One Falls Ill. The book is written around 50 inspirational tips that give you a ... Read more
  • The Life and Times of San Diego’s Most Notable Architect Rob Quigley

    December 7, 2013
    Saturday night’s show featured Rob Wellington Quigley, a man that has impacted the beauty of San Diego through his design. For those who are unfamiliar with his name, there is a good chance that they are familiar with his work including the Ocean Discovery Institute’s “Living Lab” or San Diego’s new Central Library. Earning his ... Read more