The Coast News Group
The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce has announced its finalists for the 2024 CBAD Awards. File photo
The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce has announced its finalists for the 2024 CBAD Awards. File photo

Carlsbad Chamber announces finalists for 2024 CBAD Awards

CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce will honor local professionals, movers and shakers at the 2024 Carlsbad Business Achievement and Distinction Awards.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa, with a luncheon to honor businesses, nonprofits, teachers, administrators, Carlsbad Police and a dozen long-term chamber members.

Award categories include Business of the Year (Small Business), Business of the Year (Large Business), Best Place to Work, Community Impact, New Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, and Business Professional of the Year.

“The CBADs will highlight the resilience, innovation, and dedication of Carlsbad’s business community, showcasing their contributions to the economic growth and vibrancy of the region,” chamber officials said.

The event will recognize the diverse range of businesses that make Carlsbad a thriving economic hub, from startups to established enterprises.

We are excited to shine a spotlight on the incredible achievements of businesses in Carlsbad through the 2024 CBADs. This event is a celebration of their hard work, innovation, and commitment to making a positive difference in our community,” said JR Phillips, chairman of the Chamber board.

The 2024 CBAD Award finalists are:

Business of the Year: Apex 365, Aptera Motors, Arbor Scientia, GoBe Rewarded, Guide My Finances and Sully Entertainment Group;

Community Impact: Bio-One Oceanside, Coast News, Dogs on the Run, Handel’s Ice Cream, Hera Hub and Marcy Browe Photography;

New Business of the Year: Machine Print Shop, Opelon LLP, Parker & Hart and Wine Birds;

Nonprofit of the Year: Beacons Inc., ECOLIFE, Kids for Peace, NC African American Women, +Box and STEM Aviation;

Business Professional of the Year: Carl Pinkard (Aldrich Wealth), Ginger Rabe (Ginger Rabe Designs), Adam Jacobs (Jacobs Scheriff Group) and Crystal Privett (Mindset Service);

Best Place to Work (small company): Easy Life Management, Visit Carlsbad, Dynamic Space, Intelligence Driven Advisors and Endeavor Bank;

Best Place to Work (large company): Park Hyatt Aviara and Legoland California Resort;

Young Professional of the Year: Samantha Richter (Agua Hedionda), Tiffany Tran (Bluefire Mortgage), Megan Draper (Furniture Reuse Solutions), Oliva Rutman (Kids Care Finder), Makyla Vigil (Koza Law Group) and  Chris Nunley (Stifel);

Administrator of the Year: Jorge Espinoza (Carlsbad Village Academy) and Nicole Johnston (Aviara Oaks), and

Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Aaron Nelson (Magnolia Elementary), Jo Ellen Restivo (Buena Vista Elementary), Linsay Stough (Calavera Hills Elementary) and Kristen Goyette (Flora Vista Elementary); and

High School Teacher of the Year: Andie Tanner (Carlsbad High School), Val Park (Sage Creek High School), Kevin Moss (Army & Navy Academy), Krista Tokarz (Pacific Ridge) and James Teague (La Costa Canyon High School).

“Nominees and finalists for each category have been carefully selected based on their outstanding performance, leadership, and impact within the community. Their achievements serve as a testament to the spirit of excellence that defines the beating heart of businesses in Carlsbad,” said Bret Schanzenbach, CEO of The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

The CBADs are open to all members of the Carlsbad business community, and the chamber recommends joining together to honor excellence and celebrate the future of business in Carlsbad.

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce is the largest chamber in north San Diego County, with approximately 1,000 members.

More information and ticket reservations can be found at

Event registration can be found at

Leave a Comment