Top Influentials 2013

San Diego's Top Influentials highlights the Who's Who in San Diego business, profiling some of the top newsmakers of 2012. This year we focus on the leaders in Finance; Business Services; Health, Hospitality & Education; Technology & Energy; Real Estate & Construction.

Cynthia (C.J.) Warner

ChairwomanPresident

Sapphire Energy

3115 Merryfield Row.
San Diego CA92121

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.

“It has been fantastic,” she said, of her current role as CEO of Sapphire Energy. “I’ve done a lot of exciting things in my career but this holds the most potential for making a profound difference.”

San Diego-based Sapphire Energy produces algae crude oil, known as green crude, a renewable, low carbon fuel that can be processed using typical refinery configurations into Naphtha, diesel and jet fuel.

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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.

Business Services

Madeline Cahill-Boley

Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel

Robert Caplan

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Roger A Denning

Fish & Richardson PC

Matt Garrett

TGG Accounting

Gary Levine

G.S. Levine Insurance Services Inc.

Ricardo Lopez

Shore Total Office

Paul Robinson

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP

Finance

Eric Ellingsen

California Bank & Trust

Stephen Gordon

Opus Bank

Teresa Halleck

San Diego County Credit Union

Jim Horton

AmericanWest Bank

Health, Hospitality & Education

Michael Cunningham

National University

Gary Fybel

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Tom Garfinkel

San Diego Padres

Arthur Gruen

EA Health

Russel Newman

Alliant International University

Anthony Pico

Viejas Casino & Resort

Robert Rauch

HotelGuru.com

Dan Shea

Donovan's Steakhouse

Joan Stafslien

CareFusion Corp.

Real Estate & Construction

Dan Broderick

DTZ (formerly Cassidy Turley San Diego )

Jack Burger

Burger Construction

Craig S. Evanco

Evanco Realty Advisors Inc.

Robert A. Felix, CMCA, LSM, PCAM, RS

Innovia Community Management Cooperative

Mark Filanc

J.R. Filanc Construction Company Inc.

Armando Flores

Charco Design & Build

Brian Galligan

Kilroy Realty Corp.

Jerry Jacquet

Meissner Jacquet Commercial Real Estate Services

Tim McBride

Southern Contracting Company

James Silverwood

Affirmed Housing Group

Technology & Energy

Steven Altman

Qualcomm Inc.

Howard Asher

Abnology

Ted Baker

Baker Electric Inc.

Murray Case

redIT

Tim Caulfield

American Internet Services

Magda Marquet

Althea Technologies Inc.

Debra L. Reed

Sempra Energy/SDG&E

Dale Stein

Voice Smart Networks

Daniel Sullivan

Sullivan Solar Power of California Inc.

Cynthia (C.J.) Warner

Sapphire Energy

Sponsors

Media

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