The Daily Transcript pays tribute to San Diego's newest entrepreneurs. Learn more about the Young Influentials program here.
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Robert Ruiz, executive chef at Harney Sushi, is a man who loves seafood. He wants to educate as many people as he can about exactly where and how the fish they eat gets to their plate. He is a huge advocate of serving sustainable seafood -- fish and shellfish that are caught or farmed in ways that are ecologically responsible.
Cannon Christian can easily recite the best advice he's received: "Take the risks now; you'll figure it out later." That seems to have paid off when it comes to his business, Renovation Realty. In fact, the 28-year-old company president has a goal of having 100 franchises in 10 years, while still being based in San Diego County. A 15-employee firm, Renovation Realty is unique in that it helps clients with both renovating and then selling their home.
Ryan Redmond started his medical device distribution company, Redline Surgical, at age 26. The Carlsbad-based company specializes in total joint replacement and spinal devices, providing emerging technologies and a full range of implants for spine, hip, knee and shoulder reconstructive surgery. Redmond, 32, graduated from Washington State University’s College of Business and Economics and took a job selling medical devices for RS Medical in San Diego County. He built up relationships with orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons that allowed him to open his own company in 2007.
Alvin Mansour was born and bred for business. Working in the family market at an early age and watching the business diversify into real estate sparked his passion for building teams and making deals. A go-getter from the start, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and promptly landed a lucrative position at Marcus & Millichap. He won Rookie of the Year in his first year at the firm, and within three years he was a Top 10 Broker nationwide.
Realtidbits, which provides white-label solutions for user-generated and social media content, got started when CEO Kelly Abbott was commissioned to do a real-time forum for ESPN’s website. “We realized we can build a company around this,” he said. The longtime product development expert, whose resume includes stints at Harpo, sportsfanlive.com and Mindtouch Inc., doesn’t call himself a CEO but rather the “CLO,” or the chief learning officer.
When Jacqueline Reynoso was named president of the National City Chamber of Commerce at age 28 in 2008, she became the youngest chief executive the chamber ever had, armed with a magna cum laude psychology degree from UC Berkeley; a master’s in public policy from Harvard; three years of heading shareholder relations at a Los Angeles bank; and a year of redevelopment work at City Hall.
Natalie Prescott is a true American success story. A native of Ukraine who emigrated more than 10 years ago, Prescott is now the co-founding shareholder of a thriving boutique law firm in San Diego — Cross Prescott APC — and a recent recipient of the International Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year award. She's the first woman to earn the IBA's prestigious honor.
In 2000 Courtney Baird was wrapping up her undergraduate degree at San Diego State University when her father, a lawyer, told her, “You can never go wrong with a law degree. It’s always something to fall back on.” She’d grown up listening to his stories about cases and decided to take his advice. During her first year at the University of San Diego School of Law, she quickly became enthralled -- even though she said a lot of other students weren’t.
New, local TV series, “A Growing Passion,” is started a Kickstarter campaign on March 29, to raise $10,000 to finance the filming and production of their second season on KPBS (www.agrowingpassion.com).
The Daily Transcript appreciates the time and effort put forth by the following people to select this year's Young Influentials.
San Diego’s Young Influentials 2013 is the culmination of a search for San Diego County’s newest rising stars, market leaders and entrepreneurs crafting our region and our business landscape for the better.
NEW YORK — After years of hope, stalled efforts and studio frustration, "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas watched a long-held dream come to fruition in a sudden digital rush.
Deal Current Network, a private-label daily-deal software company, is giving away valuable tech tips through a campaign called Take Back Local.
As the sun set on a downtown party Wednesday night, pink mixed drinks swam down an ice luge into attendees' cocktail glasses and parting gifts came in the form of honey jars.
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.