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San Diego Business Journal Names Port of San Diego’s Penny Maus a 2019 Business Woman of the Year

Port of San Diego Real Estate Department Manager Penny Maus has been named one of the San Diego Business Journal’s Women of the Year. Now in its 26th year, the annual Business Women of the Year Awards recognizes dynamic women business leaders who have contributed significantly to San Diego’s workplaces and communities. Penny was selected as one of 15 honorees among nearly 100 finalists.

CREW San Diego nominated Penny, highlighting her efforts to ensure San Diegans and visitors have equitable access to San Diego Bay by reimagining and reinvigorating the waterfront. The Port and the California Coastal Commission have worked for years to find development solutions that offer lower-cost overnight accommodations on San Diego Bay. Penny recently led one of the most notable project statewide toward that goal when she and her team obtained approval from the Board of Port Commissioners to negotiate with Los Angeles-based STAY OPEN HOTELS to build a new micro hotel on Pacific Highway that would contain hundreds of sleeping pods.

“Penny is a doer and it’s no surprise that she’s been chosen as one of the San Diego Business Journal’s 2019 Business Women of the Year. She works hard to promote development opportunities and attract developers to the San Diego Bay waterfront. In addition to the STAY OPEN proposal, she has been an important part of the team for all of the Port’s major bayfront redevelopment efforts, from Chula Vista to the Embarcadero to Harbor Island. Penny is so deserving of this recognition,” said Randa Coniglio, Port of San Diego President/CEO.

“I was humbled to have been nominated by CREW San Diego for my work with the Port of San Diego in transforming San Diego Bay’s waterfront,” said Penny Maus, Real Estate Department Manager, Port of San Diego. “This year, my efforts towards providing unique and affordable hospitality offerings for San Diegans and its visitors was especially rewarding so I am thankful to the judges and the San Diego Business Journal for this honor.”

Penny came to the Port of San Diego in 2008 and manages a portfolio of 19 real estate assets, including four hotels, six marinas and four stand-alone restaurants on San Diego Bay. She joined CREW San Diego in 2019 and was recently elected to their 2020 Board of Directors. (CREW stands for Commercial Real Estate Women.) Outside of work, Penny is a dedicated animal-rescue volunteer with California Labradors, Retrievers and More. She also supports her alma mater, Northern Illinois University, as the co-founder of its Southern California Regional Alumni Group.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

About Port of San Diego Waterfront Development

Port of San Diego Waterfront Development contributes to the continuous prosperity of the local economy.

From Real Estate to Aquaculture and Blue Tech, the Port invests in major redevelopment and community infrastructure, so businesses in our region have the opportunity to stay competitive in the global marketplace.