GTK RANDY AND WENDYRandy Woods and Wendy Walker take their charitable work seriously. Originally from the Midwest, both have achieved amazing things and have given back their time and resources to various charities. As a happy couple, they have many things in common; one of them is being named the 2012 Heart of San Diego’s Honorees for the 15th Annual Heart of San Diego Gala benefitting UCSD Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center taking place on February 25.

Proud mother of two children, Wendy’s passionate spirit has transcended through many areas of her life including her career as the Emmy award-winning producer of the iconic talk show Larry King Live and as an acclaimed author. For more than 17 years at the helm of Larry King Live, Wendy oversaw all production and established a reputation for quality programming and exclusive interviews with internationally recognized guests. Wendy has received numerous accolades and awards, among them four Peabody Awards. In addition to her work at CNN Wendy serves on the board of Kids Korp, a national organization that involves children and young adults in mentoring programs.

A life science entrepreneur and the former CEO of Sequel Pharmaceuticals, Randy Woods brings 39 years of experience to the biotech and pharmaceutical arena. After receiving his Bachelor Degree in Biology and Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Marketing he spent over 20 years at Eli Lilly & Company, going onto serve as CEO Corvas International, Inc and President of Boehringer Mannheim’s US Pharmaceutical. His experience and wisdom throughout his career have allowed him to serve on various boards including Chairman for the advisory board of the UCSD Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center and Chairman of the Board of Directors for BIOCOM. When not leading the way for the biotech industry, Randy enjoys all that San Diego has to offer from dining to sailing.

Randy and Wendy’s longtime generosity, experience and commitment to the community are a wonderful asset to the city of San Diego; please join us in saluting them.