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San Diego Newsmakers profiles the people who helped make this region and The Daily Transcript what it is today - a Who's Who of those who have put San Diego County on the map as a thriving region.

Robert Akins

Chief Executive Officer

Cymer Inc.

17075 Thornmint Ct.
San DiegoCA92127

CEO Robert Akins, one of Cymer Inc.'s co-founders, has always bet on the future.

Since his days as a student at the University of California at San Diego, where he earned three degrees, Akins has held a passion for technology. His interests have served the semiconductor industry well since the early days when he and fellow UCSD student Richard Sandstrom took a gamble in 1986 and founded Cymer with only three employees.

Now the company is one of the biggest players in the industry. Its technology influences nearly all major chipmakers as Cymer's Excimer lasers are being used in deep-ultraviolet photolithography systems, which in turn are placed into cameras, computers and iPods. Just to make sure that the pursuit and development of tomorrow's technological advancements aren't waylaid, Cymer donated $175,000 to the Jacobs School of Engineering Scholars Program at UCSD earlier this year in honor of the company's 20th anniversary.

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George Chamberlin's Money in the Morning

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Candace Friedman, Acme Safety and Supply

Whenever you drive past an orange cone or a detour sign in San Diego, they're very likely the pride and joy of Candace Friedman, who has been providing safety products from her National City company, Acme Safety and Supply, since 1999.

Patricia Trauth, AECOM

As a young girl growing up in Cincinnati, Patricia Trauth developed a deep appreciation of art from her mother, and nature from her maternal grandfather. Today, as principal landscape architect in the San Diego office of AECOM, a global interdisciplinary architecture, engineering and construction firm, she uses her artistic skills by designing public spaces with natural elements for the betterment of the public.

Susan Couch, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Susan Couch, senior vice president and senior client manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, is responsible for developing and maintaining business relationships in San Diego, focusing on companies with revenues from $5 million to $50 million.

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