From emerging start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, Brian has directed consumer, B2B, public affairs and crisis communications efforts for a broad range of clients in the travel and tourism, technology, healthcare, energy and biotechnology/life science industries. Previously, Brian was vice president of communications for SGB, Inc., a biotechnology company developing new crops as sources for industrial materials and bioenergy. With SGB, Brian built a global communications program from the ground up, taking SGB from stealth mode to one of the world’s hottest bioenergy companies for five straight years. He was also part of the management team that generated nearly $30 million in venture and strategic funding. Before SGB, Brian spent 10 years with FleishmanHillard as one of the founding members of the agency’s San Diego office. Brian is a graduate of the University of San Diego and has called San Diego home for more than 25 years.
The San Diego office is a special place for Allison+Partners' founders Scott Allison and Scott Pansky, who are proud graduates of San Diego State University. We’re just a few minutes from the beach and always ready to shake the sand out of our hair and get serious. Our team works with consumer, corporate and B2B clients big and small, including a plethora in the travel and tourism, renewable energy, real estate, consumer technology, gaming and cloud-based marketing industries.
Even if you had only 24 minutes to experience San Diego, taking a stroll around Balboa Park would be a must. Built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, this city-owned playground is the nation’s largest urban cultural park and boasts striking Spanish Renaissance architecture. Inhale the scent of the 2,100 tropical and flowering plants sheltered within the Botanical Building, a domed wood lath house, and don’t miss the lily ponds out front. Pause for al fresco dining at the romantic Prado restaurant, offering California-modern cuisine in the historic House of Hospitality. Balboa Park is home to 15 museums, so if you only have an afternoon of meandering, consider the San Diego Museum of Art’s legendary collection of Spanish art which includes masterpieces by El Greco, Goya, and Sorolla. Or walk along Cabrillo Bridge for downtown views and take in an afternoon Shakespearean play at the Old Globe Theatre, a West Coast minor league for Broadway of sorts.
Drive the scenic Cabrillo Freeway (California 163) south to Interstate 5 and roll down the windows before you zip across the sky-blue painted San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. Cruise by a panoramic view of the city’s skyscrapers and a row of U.S. Navy warships protectively docked to the south to enter the picturesque All-American city of Coronado, home to the elite Navy SEALs training compound and more retired admirals per capita than any other American city. Check out the grand lobby of the historic Hotel Del Coronado and sip a frosty margarita during happy hour on the Sun Deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
When night falls, head back across the bridge for dinner and nightlife downtown in the famous Gaslamp Quarter, home to dozens of trendy bars and restaurants in restored historic buildings. Visit the Altitude Sky Lounge atop the Marriott for cool breezes and 22-floor-high views of the night skyline. End your 24-hour romp in comfort at the Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, the city’s only LEED-certified sustainable hotel.