The Daily Transcript pays tribute to San Diego's newest entrepreneurs. Learn more about the Young Influentials program here.


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  • Band of brothers builds and grows Callan Capital wealth management firm

    In 2007, Tim Callan and his brothers Trevor and Ryan left successful careers with the private banking and investment group at Merrill Lynch to start their own wealth management firm. “We saw an opportunity, and we felt our target market clientele was gravitating toward independent fiduciary advisors,” said Tim Callan. “We were on the front end of a trend that propelled itself during the credit crisis.” Callan Capital primarily serves affluent families with more than $2 million in investable assets and a net worth of $10 million. The firm started with $75 million in assets under management and has grown to more than $400 million.

  • Local attorney guides big companies with their IP issues

    From marquee clients and pro bono work to speaking engagements, published articles and a number of awards, attorney Lisa Martens has an impressive and enviable list of honors and achievements. Martens, 44, is a principal in the Southern California office of Fish & Richardson. She joined the firm in 2002 as a partner and built its West Coast trademark and copyright practice from the ground up. She provides pro bono legal services to many nonprofit organizations, including Workshop for Warriors, Promises 2 Kids, the Cardiovascular Disease Foundation and Kids vs. Global Warming.

  • Shake Smart founders eying more growth after doubling revenue in '12

    Two years into the adventure of creating a business as college juniors, plans are only getting bigger for Kevin Gelfand and Martin Reiman, co-founders of Shake Smart Inc. Gelfand and Reiman, both now graduated from San Diego State University, became business partners upon Gelfand’s business proposal. The pair has since its January 2011 opening transformed the company from a small operation on the SDSU campus to an expanding campaign to make more convenient and better-tasting meal and exercise supplements -- products that are known to be hit-and-miss.

  • J Public Relations founder wins in East-to-West Coast gamble

    The real world came into being for Jamie Lynn Sigler at what might be considered a less-than optimal time. Freshly graduated from East Carolina University, the founder of the boutique public relations firm J Public Relations left the East Coast for San Diego just days after Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Well-known tax attorney juggles successful practice with other interests

    If there were an Overachievers' Hall of Fame, Ronson J. Shamoun would likely be in it.

  • SDCCU exec makes quick ascent from mailroom to boardroom

    Be careful how you treat that person slogging away in the mailroom. He soon could be your boss.

  • New Yorker relocates to SD on a whim, finds his calling

    A few years ago, Ron Morabito was living in his native New York when he vacationed in San Diego on a whim. He instantly knew he wanted to trade icy for amazing weather.

  • Plant biologist aims to end global food crisis

    The world’s population stands at 7 billion today, and is expected to reach 9 billion before the year 2050. Feeding those people and alleviating hunger will require advances in food production that increase food security without damaging the environment.

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Young Influentials - 2014

The Daily Transcript pays tribute to San Diego's newest entrepreneurs.

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The Daily Transcript pays tribute to San Diego's newest entrepreneurs.