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San Diego Business Journal Names Dermot Buffini CEO of the Year Finalist

Buffini & Company CEO, Dermot Buffini, Honored for Outstanding Leadership, Dedication to Company, Clients and Community

CARLSBAD, Calif. (October 1, 2020) — For the second year in a row, Dermot Buffini, chief executive officer of Buffini & Company, was honored as a finalist for the San Diego Business Journal 2020 CEO of the Year Awards. Top executives from several major San Diego-based companies were nominated for the award, which recognizes growth-oriented chief executives dedicated to the success of their company, clients and the San Diego community.

Since 2013, Dermot Buffini has strategically led Buffini & Company as its CEO. In his role, Dermot focuses the company’s efforts on helping clients generate more referrals and be successful in their business. His strategies, coupled with the commitment of the company’s 240+ employees, has positioned Buffini & Company as an industry leader, training and coaching more than 3 million professionals in 37 countries. Within the real estate industry, Dermot is a respected leader known for supporting and consulting with leaders and CEOs on strategies for navigating any type of market. He has been featured on many corporate virtual events and podcasts to share his insights on leading during times of uncertainty.

“For more than 20 years, Dermot has established himself as one of the most inspiring leaders in the residential real estate industry, helping more than 3 million professionals around the globe improve their businesses, increase their net profit and enhance their quality of life,” John Featherston, CEO of the leading real estate news outlet RISMedia, wrote in a letter of recommendation. “The business community of San Diego is fortunate to have such an outstanding leader.”

Each year, the San Diego Business Journal reviews applications from qualified local chief executives. They evaluate submissions and select finalists based on commitment to a positive work environment, notable employee satisfaction, community involvement, philanthropy, innovation and business development. Out of nearly 200 nominations, there were 100 selected finalists and only seven winners. Nominees came from small, medium and large businesses across multiple industries including biotech, finance and non-profit organizations.

“I am humbled that the company and the San Diego Business Journal have recognized me with this honor,” Dermot said. “Those who visit Buffini & Company know that our folks are all-in, with a dedication to excellence reflected in all that they set out to achieve. It truly is a joy to serve this group so we strive to win together.”

The San Diego Business Journal celebrated finalists and winners of the CEO of the Year Awards at a virtual event held September 30, 2020. See the full list of honorees and watch the ceremony:


About Buffini & Company

Buffini & Company is the largest coaching and training company in North America. Founded by real estate legend and master motivator Brian Buffini, the company provides a unique and highly-effective lead generation system. Buffini & Company’s comprehensive business coaching, training programs and cutting-edge content have helped more than 3 million professionals in 37 countries improve their business, increase net profit and enhance their quality of life. Buffini & Company is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please email

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