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Mon, Dec 31, 2012

Welcome to the 2013 edition of San Diego's Top Influentials. This annual publication is filled with valuable insight into viable San Diego County market segments and its business leaders.

Big changes came to the local health, hospitality and education sectors in 2012. While the health care industry works out how to adapt to reforms outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the hotel industry saw a number of acquisitions and a local attraction made national news. Here are some of The Daily Transcript’s top health, hospitality and education stories of 2012.

2012 was a big year for commercial real estate, as several hotels were sold and changed ownership and area malls responded to pressure from Internet retail sales by renovating their properties. In the construction industry, the public sector saw more of the spotlight as projects dealing with government-approved developments or tax payer-funded work made the front page more often in 2012.

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- The White House reached a budget deal with Senate Republicans, and Vice President Joe Biden came to the Capitol to sell it to Democrats with tax increases for almost every U.S. worker set to start in a few hours.

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks surged on the last day of the year by the most since 1974 as Congress neared a deal to avert more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts.

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Robert Thomson got a 20 percent raise after starting last month at Richmond American Homes in Salt Lake City, eight months after landing a job at another builder. A year ago, he was unemployed.

The owner of Donovan’s Steak & Chop House has a long history of success in the restaurant industry.


James Silverwood — Affirmed Housing Group CEO, who oversees all company financial negotiations, property acquisitions, construction, and asset management — has more than 30 years experience in real estate development as a general contractor and developer.

Jerry Jacquet, Meissner Jacquet Investment Management Services principal, has more than 30 years of experience in commercial asset and property management, leasing oversight, acquisition/disposition, and repositioning.


Teresa Halleck, president and CEO of San Diego County Credit Union, attributes her successes to “hard work, determination and collaboration.”

Tim McBride seems to be a busy person. He helps run Southern Contracting Electrical as the company’s president and CEO, and he is also involved with the National Electrical Contractors Association San Diego chapter in various ways.

Robb Good, president of Good & Roberts Inc., is a busy man. Aside from running the day-to-day operations at the Vista-based general contracting firm, he also is helping a startup company get off the ground and helping underprivileged youth.

Brian T. Galligan, vice president of asset management for the San Diego and Orange County regions of Kilroy Realty Corp. (NYSE: KRC), is about to lead the REIT into the mixed-use arena in San Diego County.

In 2011, Armando Flores set the foundations for a new company. In 2012, he took the new company and made it a business.

Performing the design-build delivery method on construction projects helped Mark Filanc and J.R. Filanc Construction Co. excel in the last few years.

Robert Felix has worked in the common interest development industry for 32 years, 20 of which he spent managing large-scale resort communities across the country. Earlier this year, after being named president and CEO of N.N. Jaeschke Inc., his first priority was coordinating the community management and property services divisions.

Craig Evanco’s priorities are clear-cut and two-fold: family and work, in that order.

Growing up on the dirt roads of Rancho Santa Fe, Jack Burger started his construction career building tree forts in his youth.

The Cassidy Turley San Diego president and CEO said his offices’ sales and leasing volume exceeded $1.25 billion last year, and the figure should be exceeded in 2012.

When Cynthia (CJ) Warner ditched her comfy executive role at a big oil company to pursue a startup that produces crude oil from algae, people thought she was crazy — but she’s never looked back.

A person of many roles, Jim Umpleby has, for some time, been anything but a typecast player in San Diego or within Caterpillar Inc.

A recent meeting of the newly created San Diego chapter of the California Solar Energy Industries Association proved one thing: Dan Sullivan is admired in the San Diego solar community. Attendees there revered Sullivan as a pioneer in the local industry.

Dale Stein grew up as a middle child in a family of six children, the son of a journeyman lineman father and librarian mother, in a small town southwest of Chicago that had a population of less than 2,000.

When Debra Reed was named CEO of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) in June of 2011, it marked the first time in the company's history that its top executive was a woman. But it's actually one of many such milestones in Reed's career, one of the most notable of which occurred in 1988, when, after 10 years with the company, Reed was named as the first female officer of the company.


Magda Marquet’s mother was a very strong woman who always advised that she find her own path. She asked Marquet to promise her one thing — “never be financially dependent on a man.”

Instead of providing cloud services to the masses, American Internet Services opted to go with a specialized route.

Murray Case is a smarty pants, holding MBA and AB degrees from Harvard University, but the CEO of redIT is as humble as they come.

Since assuming the role of president at Baker Electric a dozen years ago, Ted Baker — the fourth generation of Bakers to run the company — has watched the industry change dramatically. His willingness to adapt has kept Baker Electric in the conversation among the San Diego area’s longest-lasting and stable electrical contractors.

An Orange County native who grew up doing all the "normal" Southern California activities, Howard Asher began his career in life sciences when Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) recruited him in 1969, straight out of college, to sell its hip and knee implants.

Steven Altman, vice chairman of Qualcomm Inc. and a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee, provides direction and guidance on key initiatives across all areas of the business, as well as on overall vision and strategy.

An Escondido-based real estate investment trust (REIT) is hoping to finalize an acquisition in January that will substantially diversify and expand its portfolio.

The University of San Diego was recently named by the global nonprofit association Ashoka as one of its “Changemaker” campuses, a distinction of which Dr. Julie H. Sullivan is duly proud.

As CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) continues to expand its international reach, ramp up innovation and strengthen its operational foundation, Joan Stafslien’s role within the company continues to grow.

Despite a national economy that remains sluggish, the hotel industry in San Diego is picking up. That’s good news for hotel management company RA Rauch & Associates.

Anthony Pico has spent 26 of the last 30 years as chairman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.

At Alliant International University, where he is provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Russ Newman brings two worlds of experience to the table: He’s credentialed as both a clinical psychologist and a lawyer. Besides having served him well for 14 years as executive director for professional practice for the American Psychological Association (APA), that dual knowledge has given Newman, 59, a keen perspective about students’ needs at Alliant, which offers degrees in both psychology and the law.

This year’s Ernst & Young regional entrepreneur of the year for life sciences and health care is Dr. Arthur Gruen, an emergency medicine physician, inventor of a disposable laryngoscope, the medical director and chief of emergency services at Sharp Memorial Hospital, and founder and CEO of EA Health Corp.


For Tom Garfinkel, president and chief executive for the San Diego Padres, 2012 was a year that could have made certain men lose faith.

Gary Fybel is at the precipice of exciting advances in the health care industry. As chief executive and senior vice president of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, he’s working to further a 25-year master plan that will create a modern, multibillion-dollar hospital complex, while also witnessing the rapid evolution of medicine, technology and health care reform.

As dean of the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University, Michael Cunningham is implementing a strategy to move the business college’s U.S. News & World Report ranking into the top 50. It’s currently ranked 87.

Perkins Coie's San Diego office generates a lot of repeat customers, and a big reason for that is John Schnurer.

The world of unified communications is centered on the idea of leveraging powerful technologies and applications to boost productivity. When individual employees have superior tools, they are able to do more with less and increase bottom-line profitability.

San Diego attorney Paul Robinson loves serving, whether it’s for a community agency or a local civic group.

New York City-based CohnReznick LLP had its first post-merger partners meeting in Washington, D.C., in December 2012. Wade McKnight, as office managing partner for CohnReznick’s San Diego office, was there. What struck him about the meeting was the lack of any division between those who were previously with J.H. Cohn LLP, and those who were previously with Reznick Group P.C.


In 2005, Ricardo Lopez walked away from the corporate world and bought a small business.


Gary Levine is intent on creating healthy environments. Not only for his employees at GS Levine Insurance Co., but also for the clients his company serves.


One of the last places you might look for an aspiring equine veterinarian from Sydney is in a San Diego public accounting office. Yet there sits Michael Green, with not only decades of accounting experience, but years working as a chief financial officer to boot.

Matt Garrett, founder and chief executive of San Diego-based TGG Accounting, has an unusual wish: he’d like for there to be more companies like his in the accounting industry.

As a patent lawyer, Roger Denning has learned about topics ranging from how golf balls are made to the biochemistry behind a new drug.

Veteran attorney Robert Caplan has accomplished a lot in his 50-plus years practicing law, and he's not done yet.

Madeline Cahill-Boley is an enthusiastic proponent of mid-sized law firms.

Jim Wening, president of Chase's middle market banking division in San Diego, has this philosophy for both life and business: "Always be in motion."


Teofla Rich began her banking career low on the totem pole, and learned quickly to take it upon herself to gain more responsibility.

Jim Horton is just getting started as the new senior vice president of the San Diego market for Spokane, Wash.-based AmericanWest Bank. The third-quarter acquisition of Security Business Bank — where Horton was chief banking officer — expanded AmericanWest Bank’s regional footprint to seven branches between downtown San Diego and Carlsbad, and one in Palm Desert, Calif.

In the two years since founding Opus Bank, Stephen Gordon dreamt big and started working whenever someone said it was too difficult.

Originally from Oslo, Norway, son of a Norwegian father and Canadian mother, Eric Ellingsen tells a classic American success story. As an international salesman, his father moved the family around a lot. Ellingsen spent his high school years in Venezuela and Montreal, Canada. He got his undergraduate degree from a regional college in Virginia and headed west in his early 20s to California, where he took an entry-level accounting position at California Bank & Trust in 1999. He got his MBA in 2005 from the University of California, Los Angeles, while still working for the bank. Now 36, he’s the bank’s chief financial officer.

Karen Brassfield has adapted to and embraced changes in companies, titles and technology through more than 40 years in the banking industry.

Steve Bernstein got into banking by accident. He earned his degree in political science and psychology from San Diego State University and went on to work for a councilman who was also deputy mayor.

The following "Local Notes" appeared in The Daily Transcript's Jan. 1, 1915, issue:

The affordable 190-unit Terraces Apartments, at 1301 Morning View Drive in Escondido 92026, has been sold for $23.4 million.

San Diego-based West of Five Group recently opened Clayton on the Park, a 206-unit luxury high-rise apartment tower in St. Louis. Interior design work was done by Catalina Design, of San Diego.

Mon, Dec 31, 2012

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Flatley, Jay T, CEO, Sold
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