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Date: April 20, 2004

UVic names Giants' owner as distinguished entrepreneur

Jeff Mallett, former president and chief operating officer of Internet media giant Yahoo! Inc. and current owner of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, is being recognized by UVic’s faculty of business’ board of advisors with the first Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The annual award acknowledges an inspirational entrepreneur who has had a significant and positive impact on the global community through his or her business leadership.

“Jeff captures the spirit of what entrepreneurship is all about, and what we are trying to teach our students,” says the chair of the board of advisors, David Schneider. “His innovation and leadership inspires his peers and future leaders.”

Along with the Giants, Mallett also owns Vineyard Knolls Golf Club, a private nine-hole United States Golf Association member golf course in Napa, California, as well as an independent vineyard growing world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes for local Napa wineries.

Born in Vancouver, Mallett grew up in Victoria and attended UVic on a soccer scholarship where the all-Canadian was a member of the National Finalist team in 1982. He participated as a member of the Canadian National and Olympic soccer team program for two years.

Nominations for the UVic Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award were made through a five-member panel made up of members of the faculty of business’ board of advisors. It was chaired by Peter Gustavson, president and CEO of Custom House Global Currency, and included David Schneider, vice-president of Wellington West Capital and chair of the advisory board. The panel reviewed nominations based on a set of criteria including vision, entrepreneurial drive, and impact on the Canadian and global economies.

Mallett will be presented with the award at a gala ceremony at 6 p.m. on May 6 at the Victoria Conference Centre. Tickets to this inaugural event are $150 and are available by calling
(250) 721-6406 or by e-mailing businfo@uvic.ca.

Media contacts:
Dr. Ali Dastmalchian (Business) at (250) 721-6422 or dastmal@business.uvic.ca
Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7656 or ppitts@uvic.ca

Giants' owner named distinguished entrepreneur

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