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  • Pacific Building Group

    From Qualcomm Inc.'s "Tech Cave" break room to Sony Corp.'s headquarters building to the new Scripps Green Breast Care Center, Pacific Building Group has made significant contributions to San Diego's construction scene.

  • Celebrating 20 years online

    It was 1994. South Africa held its first interracial elections, the Dow Jones Industrial Average kicked off the year at 3,754.09, and the San Diego Daily Transcript became the first newspaper in Southern California to add a website component to its distribution channels.

  • Urban transformations

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of Petco Park and with that a decade of transformation for the East Village community of San Diego.

  • MDC Financial Service Group - Michael Dodt

    MDC Financial Service Group under the leadership of Michael Dodt has been serving customers by specifically tailoring its services to meet the needs of both the individuals as well as real estate agent partners.

  • Attorneys build trust through communication, knowledge

    For attorneys handling financial matters, communication and knowledge are key to gaining a client's trust.

  • McMillin Cos. CEO answers questions on company projects

    Whether it is ongoing transformation of its signature Liberty Station development or the eventual 3,000-unit mixed-use Millenia development in Chula Vista, The Corky McMillin Cos. continues to break new ground. The Daily Transcript asked a few questions of Mark McMillin, president and CEO of Corky McMillin Cos.

  • From San Felipe to San Diego: Ralph Rubio's fish taco success

    Ralph Rubio, 58, is co-founder of Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, which operates 170 restaurants in five states. He grew up in Los Angeles and came to San Diego in 1973 to attend San Diego State University. The company’s founding partner, Rubio’s father, Ray Rubio, was a part-time entrepreneur while working as an executive in the plastics industry. Together, they opened the original Rubio’s location in Pacific Beach in 1983, where the interview for this article was held. Rubio’s was a publicly traded company from 1999 until 2010, when it returned to being private with Mill Road Capital LP. Though he stepped down as CEO of Rubio’s in 2004, Ralph still works full-time for the company -- mainly with marketing and advertising efforts, and remains on the company’s board of directors.

  • Jenny Craig: How she helped millions live healthier lives

    Jenny Craig founded the weight management company Jenny Craig Inc. in 1983 with her husband, Sidney. The program was a new concept in the diet industry -- clients meet with a consultant and have prepackaged meals from a planned menu delivered to their homes until they are halfway near their goal weight. Craig's plan advocated moderation and lifestyle changes in an era where pills and crash diets were popular. The company was initially founded in Melbourne, Australia, and is now headquartered in Carlsbad. It has provided services to more than 5 million clients worldwide since its inception, according to its website. There are about 4,000 employees combined in its home office and nationwide company-owned centers. The company was sold to Nestle for about $600 million in 2006. Jenny Craig recently wrote a new children’s book, “I Believe in Genevieve,” drawn from her own experiences growing up.

  • Baby boomers fueling wave of entrepreneurship

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Every passing month and unanswered resume dimmed Jim Glay's optimism more. So with no job in sight, he joined a growing number of older people and created his own.

  • What makes a trusted adviser in the real estate industry

    Whether buying or selling a home, or trying to get a brokerage up and running, there are advisers in the real estate industry who can help.

  • Parallel 6 has apps for racing, restaurants

    Come race day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, turfside gamblers can place wagers and happily play videos of their horse winning by a nose — all through an app on their smartphones.

  • Homebuyers, investors flock to 'hip' North Park

    Home prices are skyrocketing in North Park, giving investors the advantage and leaving first-time homebuyers in the dust.

  • Men go under the knife to get ahead at work

    A flurry of patients are waltzing into Dr. Scott Miller’s plastic surgery office, requesting a fresher look. They aren’t trophy wives, but rather an unlikely candidate that’s worried about their appearance: male technology executives.

  • Mogl teams up with Virgin, Richard Branson

    It pays to have friends in high places. For the CEO of Mogl, a Sorrento Valley-based restaurants rewards program, that means being chummy with Sir Richard Branson.

  • Report: Qualcomm spurs more growth than the Olympics

    Each year, Qualcomm Inc. generates more economic impact in San Diego than one and a half London-sized Olympics games, according to an economic impact analysis of the company released on Friday by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. and the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

  • KD Development a local, family affair

    Real estate development runs in the Turk family's blood.

  • Padres team president wants to build stronger ties in South County

    The San Diego Padres are trying to extend their reach into the community while building the team into a contender, team President and CEO Tom Garfinkel said at the South County Economic Development Council's holiday breakfast on Tuesday.

  • Electra Bicycle moves Vista headquarters for growth, renovates facility

    Vista-based Electra Bicycle Co. has moved into a larger facility to accommodate its growing leisure and recreational bike business.

  • SD Home Cooking takes traditional route to customers' hearts

    San Diego Home Cooking owner Mel Makaric originally finished school for theater makeup. Makaric opened the first San Diego Home Cooking location 15 years ago and has since opened four other locations in San Diego County.

  • Life's Lucier vows to beat Illumina in gene sequencing

    Life Technologies Corp.'s CEO Greg Lucier said his company will take the top spot in genetic sequencing next year ahead of current industry leader Illumina Inc.

  • Cymer sheds light on innovative technology

    A pair of UCSD graduate students were the first to see the light. Before long, so would millions of others.

  • WD-40: It's all in the can

    From preventing rust on aircraft to lubricating sticky windows, drawers and hinges, WD-40 is a homegrown success story that has built a lasting brand.

  • University of San Diego’s mission unwavered through decades of change

    On a mountain ridge overlooking Linda Vista sits a plot of land that stood undeveloped until 1949. Once blanketed in a sea of sage and chaparral, the mesa now known as Alcala Park is today home to the University of San Diego.

  • Qualcomm: Innovating the pace of mobile technology around the world

    Twenty-seven years ago, a group of seven former Linkabit scientists and engineers gathered in Irwin Jacob’s San Diego home to discuss the future of digital communications.

  • SDCCU adapts with changing times, lifestyles and technology

    This coming January will mark 75 years of business for San Diego County Credit Union.

  • H.G. Fenton Company: Building San Diego for more than a century

    If there hasn’t been much written about H.G. Fenton Company, it’s because the 103-year-old, family owned firm is more focused on getting things done than talking about its accomplishments.

  • Jessop’s name synonymous with jewelry in San Diego since 1892

    Jim Jessop always wanted to go into the jewelry business. He has the seventh grade school paper to prove it.

  • Jack in the Box: A novel idea that changed how Americans eat

    Satisfying the needs of a rising car culture that demanded convenience, San Diego businessman and restaurateur Robert Oscar Peterson opened his first drive-thru Jack in the Box in 1951. Located at the corner of 63rd Street and El Cajon Boulevard, it was the first restaurant to use new two-way intercom technology. A giant jack-in-the-box took customers’ orders through a speaker box, and about three minutes later, they could pick up their 22-cent hamburgers at the drive-thru window. Perhaps not coincidentally, 1951 was the first year the term “fast food” appeared in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

  • Chicken of the Sea: Time-tested tuna

    Before it became a Navy town, San Diego used to be a tuna town. Nearly a dozen tuna canneries dotted the waterfront in downtown during the early 1900s, from 1911 through 1920.

  • Solana Beach firm seeks to expand commercial portfolio

    Solana Beach-based SR Commercial, now with about 4 million square feet under management, has also acquired its seventh commercial property in this region this year, and is gunning for more.

  • McMillin Cos. fulfills vision of transforming Liberty Station

    Corky McMillin never lived to see his beloved Liberty Station built out, but the former Naval Training Center property is just one chapter in a narrative that will continue for decades.

  • Iowa Meat Farms marks 30 years in San Diego

    Aaron Cohn grew up working in his father's grocery store in Sioux City, Iowa.

  • Mitchell International CEO embraces change

    Alex Sun, president and CEO of Mitchell International Inc., isn't against change. In fact, he’s steered the 66-year-old technology services provider into the modern world.

  • GS Levine Insurance prepares for health care law, promotes preventive care

    Sorrento Valley-based GS Levine Insurance Services Inc., whose principals include Gary Levine and son Justin, are overseeing their business in an industry that is constantly in flux.

  • Former competitors now lasting business partners

    Timothy Meissner and Jerry Jacquet, principals of the commercial property management firm that bears their surnames, enjoy an easy camaraderie of two men celebrating 20 years in business together and looking forward to spending another 20 doing what they love.

  • Charco Construction has designs on strong future for new venture

    In 2011, Charco Construction Co. Inc. founder and President Chuck Swimmer gave a valued employee the freedom to create a parallel company based on the same ethic but a different focus.

  • TFW’s president has family roots in construction industry

    As president of Poway-based TFW Construction Inc., Ted F. Weeks, III presides over a company whose construction industry roots go back 70 years to Connecticut, and the Ted F. Weeks and Sons Construction Company run by his grandfather.

  • Prebys builds business, philanthropy legacy from the ground up

    When Conrad Prebys came to San Diego in 1965 he had $500 to his name. Today, he owns 7,000 apartments in San Diego and has become one of the most generous philanthropists the region has known.

  • Local bookseller maintains family legacy at La Jolla bookstore

    Despite a brutal market for booksellers, Warwick’s, the oldest family-owned and operated bookstore in the nation, still draws customers to La Jolla.

  • N.N. Jaeschke's new CEO looks to maintain family feel of company

    It is never easy when the face of a successful company dies, but N.N. Jaeschke Inc. found a way to recreate itself with a new face and the return of some family blood.

  • Two friends 'circle the wagons' to build stronger firm

    Now 28 years after first crossing paths, Dennis Otsuji and Patrick Caughey have joined forces and merged their companies into Wimmer Yamada and Caughey ONA.

  • Adventure 16: An inside look at an outdoor business

    When financial times get tough, often vacationers save money by sleeping in a tent on top of a mountain, instead of staying in a fancy resort by the sea.

  • SD Opera director stands behind talent

    They say word of mouth is the most honest and influential kind of marketing. That may be part of the reason why renowned singers all over the world are interested in performing at San Diego Opera.

  • San Diego business icon reflects on 60 years of success

    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.

  • South Bay business owner a steward of the community

    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.

  • Barney and Barney witnesses 100+ years of changes to insurance industry, San Diego

    Barney & Barney is a local insurance shop that’s been servicing the San Diego community for more than a century.

  • UCSD: An institution is born

    Old photos of the La Jolla mesa that's now home to the University of California, San Diego show a beautiful, if desolate place. The views of the ocean are stunning; the roads are mostly dirt.

  • City’s oldest family-owned business has endured for generations

    For the past 119 years, San Diego Hardware has been supplying San Diego with the motto of “having everything under the sun,” and if they don’t have it, you didn’t need it. It’s a saying that has held true, as is evident by the years this hardware company has been in existence.

Charco's legacy: Great design transcends time and style

Charco Construction, a leader in the home remodeling business for over 46 years, has built more beautiful kitchens, bathrooms, family rooms, second-story additions and master suites than any other contractor in San Diego County.

Charco Design & Build makes inroads with new business focus

In 2011, the owner of Charco Design & Build Inc., Armando Flores, took his love for lines to a new level when the company made for itself a new and more elaborate foundation from the building blocks of what Flores had been doing for years at Charco Construction Co. Inc.


  • Transparency, extra effort key in developing clients' trust

    Transparency and full disclosure are keys to establishing trust in any business, according to executives from a variety of industries who were speaking at a recent Daily Transcript roundtable.

  • Business success hinges on employee, client well-being

    While bottom-line profitability is necessary for business success, 11 of San Diego’s top executives from a variety of industries said that employee and client satisfaction is an equally important measure, and one that distinguishes successful long-term companies from their short-sighted counterparts, at a Daily Transcript roundtable Sept. 19.


  • Turner Construction Company

    It was years of hard work and persistence that kept Turner Construction Company connected to the downtown Central Library project, which opened in September.

  • Hope-Amundson Structural Engineers

    It only took 14 years, but the former Hope Engineering finally has a new logo and new name: Hope-Amundson Structural Engineers.

  • San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union: Celebrating 80 Years

    The 220 city employees who first joined San Diego Municipal Employees Credit Union almost 80 years ago would be proud to know it's still serving their successors.

  • PromoVentures Inc.

    Lee Anne Davis has made quite a name for herself as CEO of PromoVentures, Inc. by putting the names of her customers' companies on a wide array of promotional items, such as T-shirts, polos, hats, pens, ice scrapers and even bar stools.

  • San Diego Morley Construction Company

    In business for over 65 years, Morley Builders, which specializes in projects built primarily of reinforced concrete, has not only completed a plethora of construction projects in Southern California, but has also built upon its reputation as a company with a team of skilled, creative people, who are ready to meet any construction challenge.

  • RQ Construction LLC: Creating better design

    Five words are printed on the back of George Rogers' business cards and those of every staff member at Carlsbad-based RQ Construction (RQ): Safety. Ethics. Innovation. People. Teamwork.

  • Watkins Landmark Construction: Taking on tough projects that stand out

    The words of the 30th U.S. president and the availability of free WiFi at Starbucks might, to most, seem like improbable contributors to the success of a business, but not to Jody James Watkins.

  • D&K Engineering: Building an enduring company

    Friends and business don't mix, it's often said. But Scott Dennis and Alex Kunczynski, principals of Rancho Bernardo-based D&K Engineering, convincingly debunk that commonly held belief.

  • Baker Electric: Four generations since 1938

    When in 1938, LeRoy Neville Baker paid $4,000 to purchase the Dietrich Electric Shop in Escondido, he could hardly have imagined that the company he founded, Baker Electric Inc., would still be thriving nearly three-quarters of a century later, with his great-grandson, Ted Baker, its president and CEO.

  • GET Engineering: Thirty years strong

    In the early '80s, a government employee named Rod Tuttle was working for the U.S. Navy in Pt. Loma in the infancy of what is now known as the Naval Tactical Data System. NTDS is a computer-to-computer information system that, essentially, informs a Navy commander what's going on around his ship and enables him to make strategic and tactical evaluations and decisions, rapidly and accurately.

  • North County Transit District: Radical changes lead to smoother ride

    Oceanside's North County Transit District is shaking things up in the transit industry. A new business model, new buses, lower fares, customer improvements, and a lean and mean, forward-thinking board of directors and management team are combining to create more riders and more revenue for the transit district which operates COASTER trains, SPRINTER light rail and BREEZE buses.

  • McKenna Long Aldridge's Stephanie L. Seidman, Ph.D.: Working hard, hiring smart people key to success

    If necessity is the mother of invention, there is perhaps no greater necessity than the health of human beings and the eradication of disease, worldwide. To this end, scientists regularly invent drugs to treat a wide range of maladies and bring them to market, hopeful for a multimillion-dollar acquisition by a large pharmaceutical company.

Newsmaker Videos

Armando Flores of Charco Design & Build

May 11, 2012 -- Armando Flores, president and CEO of Charco Design & Build, describes his passion for homes in the residential remodelling industry.

Archived Reports

San Diego Success - 2014

Join The Daily Transcript in celebrating the 20th anniversary of San Diego Source and the tenth anniversary of the opening of Petco Park.

San Diego Success - 2012

Learn more about the many companies, people and events that contribute to San Diego’s regional success story.