San Diego Oasis is pleased to announce its inaugural Distinguished Speaker Series for 2017.  We have an amazing line-up, starting off with Stephen P. Cushman, a 4th generation San Diegan and brilliant businessman who is deeply involved in the San Diego community, with a passion to keep improving it.  We wrap up the 2017 series with Tom Karlo, the General Manager at KPBS, a man dedicated to being the most trusted source of serious journalism in San Diego.  Each session will end with a Wine & Cheese Reception where you will have an opportunity to meet the speaker.  Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up early.

Stephen Cushman

Wednesday, October 25 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Register for Class #56
A fourth generation San Diegan, Mr. Cushman is an experienced businessman and committed civic leader. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved with numerous boards and commissions. He established The Cush Automotive Group and was a recognized leader in the automotive sales industry before its sale in 2006. He was named Mr. San Diego, 2013 by the San Diego Rotary Club for his dedication to the betterment of San Diego. In 2001, he received recognition from the San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for Extraordinary Leadership and Support of the Tourism Industry in San Diego. In addition to being an adjunct professor at San Diego State University, he was the Chairman of the Business School Board of Directors SDSU and an active board member for the San Diego Foundation, San Diego Sports Commission and National University.  He is currently President of Rainbow Investments, owner of Grossmont Center Mall in La Mesa.

Tom Karlo

Thursday, November 16 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Register for Class #57

Tom Karlo has been General Manager at KPBS since February 2009 and is the 5th general manager in KPBS’ history. Prior to becoming general manager, he served as associate general manager for more than a decade. Tom’s vision for KPBS is to be the most trusted source of serious journalism in San Diego. In 2016, Tom was honored by PBS as the Development Professional of the Year. He serves on the boards of the following organizations:  California Public Television; Sharp Health Care; Sharp Grossmont Hospital; and is a member of the Downtown 33 Rotary.