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Promotions and Appointments: Gov. Schwarzenegger appoints 2 San Diegans

Invitrogen Corp. promoted Bernd Brust to the newly created position of senior vice president of sales for Europe and the Americas. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointments of Gonzalo Curiel to a judgeship in the San Diego County Superior Court and Josephine Calderon to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Janine Pairis has joined Southwest Strategies as a director of public affairs. Mayor Jerry Sanders has nominated Stephen M. Laub for appointment to the city of San Diego Planning Commission, subject to City Council approval.

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Invitrogen Corp. (Nasdaq: IVGN), a life science research company, promoted Bernd Brust to the newly created position of senior vice president of sales for Europe and the Americas. In this new role, Brust will be responsible for leading the company's Europe and Americas sales strategy, including optimizing direct sales force levels, customer relationship development and identifying new customer segments and regions that provide opportunity for future growth.

Brust joined the company in 2004 and currently serves as general manager and vice president of European operations. He has more than 15 years of sales, commercial operations and management experience. Prior to joining Invitrogen he served as general manager sales and marketing for GE Medical Systems Information Technologies, where he was awarded GE Medical Systems IT Commercial Leader of the Year. Brust holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from THS in Amsterdam and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

Susan Lambert, current VP of European Sales, will be assuming the general manager and vice president of European operations role immediately. Lambert joined the company in 1975 as part of European operations, holding various levels of leadership positions within sales and marketing. The current general manager for North American operations has decided to leave the company to pursue other interests.

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Gonzalo Curiel to a judgeship in the San Diego County Superior Court.

Curiel, 53, of Los Angeles, has served as an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles and San Diego since 1989. Previously, he was an associate with the law firm Barbosa & Vera from 1986 to 1989. Curiel earned a J.D. from the Indiana University, School of Law and a bachelor's degree from Indiana University. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Laura Hammes. Curiel is a Democrat.

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that Josephine Calderon, 56, of Bonita, has been appointed to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Since 1988, she has served as president and owner of the community relations consulting firm, JLC Consultant Services. Calderon previously was chair of the San Diego Mayor's Latino Advisory Board and served the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's Energy Committee as a representative for the Hispanic community.

She is president of the Mexican American Business and Professional Association and serves on the University of California, San Diego, board of overseers, Scripps Mercy Chula Vista board of advisers and the San Diego County Office of Education Superintendent's advisory board. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Calderon is a Democrat.

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After achieving success in a number of government positions, campaign veteran and community relations expert Janine Pairis has joined Southwest Strategies as a director of public affairs.

Pairis brings nearly 10 years of campaign management experience and community relations outreach to Southwest Strategies. Most recently, she served as senior consultant to State Assemblyman Juan Vargas in the California State Legislature. In her new role, Pairis will be responsible for building community relationships and forging partnerships with local organizations that have an interest in the projects being advanced by Southwest Strategies and its clients.

While working for Vargas, she analyzed legislative proposals before the Assembly committees on insurance, business and professions, and the Select Committee on California Latin-American Affairs. She also worked closely with the Democratic, Moderate and Latino Caucuses.

In Assemblyman Vargas' district office, she maintained strong relationships and represented Vargas before community organizations and residents across South County. When Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005, Pairis was part of Assemblyman Vargas' caravan, which delivered three truckloads of goods to Louisiana. She managed the media requests and interviews that took place during the 25-hour drive.

Pairis is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She holds a bachelor's degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations and minor in sociology from San Diego State University.

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Mayor Jerry Sanders has nominated Stephen M. Laub for appointment to the city of San Diego Planning Commission, subject to City Council approval.

Laub presently serves the city of San Diego as chair of the Community Planners Committee (CPC) and is the principal and owner of Land Solutions Inc., a real estate and community planning consultancy. Laub has demonstrated his commitment to the community planning process through his years of volunteer service on his local planning group and as an officer elected by his community planning peers on the CPC.

Prior to establishing his own firm, Laub worked for Wireless Facilities as a planning manager, at JM Consulting as production manager and at Home Capital Development Group for eleven years as a project manager. It is also noteworthy that very early in Laub's planning career he served as an intern in the city of San Diego's Planning Department for two years.

Laub holds a master's degree in city planning from San Diego State University and a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Among Laub's civic commitments, he serves as a board member and past president of the College Area Community Council, on the College Community Redevelopment Project Area Committee and as a member of the Urban Land Institute.

A native of Ohio, Laub has lived in San Diego since 1969 and presently resides in La Mesa in the community of Lake Murray. He was a resident of the city of San Diego for 35 years and remains a property owner in the city of San Diego.


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