San Diego’s Top Influentials highlights the Who’s Who in San Diego business, profiling the top newsmakers of 2011. Visit www.sddt.com/influentials for the full report.
In spite of economic uncertainty, San Diegans supported the region’s nonprofits with generous giving in 2011, welcomed an old favorite back to the stage, and launched the world’s first Center for Surf Research while an optimistic hospitality industry looked to the future as it announced expansion plans, hotel projects and new restaurants set to open or get under way in 2012.
Welcome to the 2012 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.
The Navarra family has been in the furniture business for more than 60 years, and as the third generation takes the reins of Jerome’s Furniture, no one is more proud than Jerry Navarra.
Craig Irving only had himself as an employee when he split off from what had been known as the Irving Hughes commercial brokerage firm in Feb. 2010. Today, The Irving Group has 15 employees, "and we are pretty close to our ideal size."
To be the CEO of two early-stage companies, at the same time, and working with two brilliant serial entrepreneurs is not an easy task, but Diane Goostree handles it with aplomb.
Judy Muller-Cohn was working as an entomologist at Mycogen, a Dow AgroSciences retail seed company that develops and markets corn hybrids, when a freezer broke down and they lost some samples.
Marc Brutten, the chairman of University Towne Centre-area based Westcore Properties who has garnered 12 million square feet of commercial/industrial property from here to Switzerland, hopes to nearly double that within the next year.
Even in a healthy economy, successfully running a restaurant is a difficult business. But when coupled with the economic complexities of rising commodity prices and lower consumer spending, it can be dramatically harder to stay afloat.
Phil Petersen, president of Dynalectric San Diego, said the company was hit hard by the recession in 2009 when volume dipped 25 percent.
Athena Harman calls her property management, leasing and brokerage firm “small but mighty.”
The Village Club Card Room in Chula Vista is the oldest operating card room in San Diego County, and its owner, Harvey Souza, has seen it through its 65-year legacy.
San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, has a successful track record of serving its customers with all of their financial needs. Originally chartered in 1938 as San Diego County Employees Credit Union, SDCCU was formed to provide for the financial needs of local county government employees. Today, anyone who lives or works in San Diego, Riverside or Orange counties is welcome to open an account.
San Diego biotech consistently ranked third in venture capital funding, behind San Francisco and Boston for years. But at the beginning of 2011, it slipped to fourth place and by November, had dropped down to 10th place -- , behind Dallas, Orange County and Minneapolis -- according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.
* Ferruolo assumes top post
Jay Alexander, Jones Lang LaSalle managing director, says the prospective sales transactions are either very easy with multiple bidders, "or they have a lot of hair on them."
The local construction industry seemed to have it all in 2011. From mergers to approvals of multimillion dollar projects and even scandals, local contractors and public entities made headlines. Here are The Daily Transcript's top construction stories of 2011.
*Ten real-estate teams from San Diego are among the 250 top producers in national residential property sales for the year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Murrieta is a new city which was incorporated in 1991 and has now grown to a city of more than 104,000 residents. During the past 20 years, the community expanded into a high-end bedroom community for San Diego and Orange County – with our residents commuting to technology jobs in those two counties.
Feb. 6, 2012 -- Biomatrica co-founder and Transcript 2012 Top Influential Judy Muller-Cohn discusses her company's mission and how it works with customers that are looking for an alternative solution to preserving biological samples.
San Diego’s Top Influentials highlights the Who’s Who in San Diego business, profiling the top newsmakers of 2010.
San Diego’s Top Influentials highlights the Who’s Who in San Diego business, profiling the top newsmakers of 2009.