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.

Mary Lyons, Ph.D.


University of San Diego

5998 Alcala Park.
San DiegoCA92110

An unspoken truth exists among leaders in San Diego: The more they thrive, the more people want a piece of their time.

Mary E. Lyons could attest. As president of the University of San Diego, her schedule is booked for months. Projects require her direction; special events request her presence; various publications want her insight. She is the chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and serves on the executive committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. To call Lyons a busy professional is an understatement.

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USD president balances educational excellence with cutbacks

An unspoken truth exists among leaders in San Diego: The more they thrive, the more people want a piece of their time.

Mary Lyons helps pave the way to the future

As an active reservist, there was a time when Mary Lyons --who has been the president at the University of San Diego since 2003 -- was the only woman among a group of midgrade officers being considered to command a unit.

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George Chamberlin's Money in the Morning

The up and down of the stock market continues. After gaining 208 points Monday, the Dow industrials fell 85 points yesterday. The focus, at least for the time being, has shifted away from global economic concerns to quarterly earnings reports from U.S. companies.

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.

Patricia Prado Olmos, California State University San Marcos

As the youngest of five children growing up in a traditional Latino home in El Monte, Calif., Patricia Prado-Olmos was raised in a supportive and nurturing environment and taught the value of a good education. Throughout her career as an educator and in her current position as vice president of the Division of Community Engagement for California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), she has helped create a similar supportive and nurturing environment for students and the conditions to help them succeed in their educational endeavors.

Jolanta Campion, DTZ

"It happened by surprise," said Jolanta Campion, director of research for DTZ, upon discussing the inception of her career in commercial real estate. "Up until that moment, I didn't know anything about commercial real estate."



Interview with Don Clark

Don Clark, president of Clark Pacific Construction, discusses his company's latest projects, new products and business partnerships that all contribute to helping make Clark Pacific one of the leading design-build precast concrete manufacturers in the United States.

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