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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.

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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.

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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.

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