“When I look at the people inducted before me, it is humbling and an honor to be in their company,” Riordan said. “There are a lot on the list that I admire greatly and who have made contributions that have made RB what it is.”
Riordan, nominated by 2012 inductee Steven DeMatteo, was chairman of the Poway OnStage Board of Directors from 2012-14 and a board member since 2007. Poway OnStage is the Poway Center for the Performing Arts’ non-profit foundation.
Poway OnStage CEO Michael Rennie said under Riordan the foundation increased fundraising revenue by 51 percent, ticket revenue by 112 percent, attendance at performances by 92 percent and there were more performances. Poway OnStage’s Arts in Education Initiative for Poway Unified School District saw its service to students rise from 2,300 students to more than 4,400.
Other volunteer efforts included being Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation Business Council chairman, Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club’s Housebuilding Projects Committee chairman and serving on the Casa de las Campanas Board of Directors and Casa de las Campanas Foundation. His efforts include being Casa’s construction committee chairman for the past three years and guiding its $100 million reconstruction. He was also a Rancho Bernardo Community Council president.
“(Jay) has dedicated himself to enhancing the quality of life and fostering the civic and cultural life of Rancho Bernardo,” DeMatteo wrote. “He has been a prominent part of … Rancho Bernardo for a very long time and has given back to the community since day one.”
Riordan; his wife, Brenda; and their now-adult sons, Patrick and Christopher, moved to Rancho Bernardo in 1997, where he based his business, Dream Design Builders. About a year ago the now-empty nesters moved to Escondido.
His volunteerism dates back to his years as a Boy Scout in San Diego, when asked to help with a Cub Scout pack. “I was making a difference in someone else’s life and realized life is not fulfilling if it’s just about you,” he said. “It is fulfilling, sharing my successes with people and enriching their lives.”