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Land use attorney helping build San Diego

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

Leading one of the largest accounting firms in the country

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.

Perkins Coie partner takes innovative approach

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

Opus Bank founder breaks barriers, fills void in industry

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

CFO adapts easily to economic, regulatory environment

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.

New bank executive hopes to push, grow brand

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.

Credit union CEO increased customer base, assets since taking post

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

Chase exec enjoys helping local businesses expand

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."

Publisher's Message

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.

Internet abuse can kill a company: What can you do about it?

Allowing open Internet access to any and all technology can reduce productivity, expose the network to security threats, jam up bandwidth, deteriorate the quality of service in IP-based applications and slow down critical programs that are running the business.

Sharp opens new medical center; SeaWorld files for IPO

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.

Latest generation of family business builds company through diversity

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.

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