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Daily Business Report — March 9, 2010

WebSideStory Founder Unveils New Software Company

Blaise Barrelet, founder of WebSideStory, has launched another company — Anametrix — a San Diego-based software firm that provides business analytics technology to businesses. “In order to surmount the challenges of the current global economy, the next decade will be filled with innovation by companies that are able to rapidly analyze every business segment and respond accordingly,” said Barrelet, who serves as CEO.  “Anametrix provides today’s customer-driven organizations with the technology required to obtain actionable information on-demand from multiple data sources…“Anametrix has the potential of 1,000 WebSideStories. We are building a billion dollar business analytics company.” WebSideStory went public in 2004, and after merging with Omniture in 2007 was acquired by Adobe Software for $1.8 billion in 2009. Anametrix is headquartered in Sorrento Valley.

Update on 2010 Employment Law

Brown Law Group will hold a March 24 breakfast briefing on 2010 employment law, including the latest court decisions, legislative amendments and proposed bills employers must be aware of to properly manage their businesses while insulating themselves from employee lawsuits.  The briefing specifically will address the latest amendments to the Family Medical Leave Act and how they affect a company’s existing policies. The event will be from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at the University Club, 750 B St., in Downtown San Diego. To reserve space, call (619) 330-1700 or send an e-mail to: jack@brownlawgroup.com.

Navy Awards Contracts to Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman Corp. and Lockheed Martin for phases of the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES), which consolidates dozens of the Navy’s afloat information systems networks, reducing the infrastructure size and associated costs, while increasing reliability and other capabilities to meet current and projected warfighter requirements. A team led by Northrop Grumman received a $17.4 million contract. IBM Global Business Services in Bethesda, Md., is Northrop Grumman’s major technology services partner on CANES. Lockheed Martin wa selected for a $15 million contract in the CANES program. The Lockheed Martin-industry led team includes General Dynamics, ViaSat Inc., Harris Corp. and American Systems Corp. The CANES program would be deployed across the Navy’s 300-plus ships and shore-based sites.

Fleet Readiness Center Team to Host Science Enrichment Program

Members of the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest/Naval Air Station North Island Science Enrichment Team will hold their annual Science Enrichment program demonstration for the children of Hancock Elementary School on Thursday (March 11) from 8:30 to 10 a.m. This year’s event will mark the 19th consecutive presentation to the students through the Navy’s Partnership in Education program.  Team members include aeronautical engineers, who will demonstrate basic aeronautic principles to the students using paper rockets. Hancock Elementary School is located within the Tierrasanta Navy housing complex at 3303 Taussig St., Formerly known as Naval Air Depot North Island, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest repairs and overhauls Navy and Marine Corps aircraft and their related systems.

Corporate Hirings

Cook & Schmid: The San Diego-based public relations, advertising and marketing firm, has hired Grant Goad as director of interactive media. He is a 15-year media and entertainment industry professional. Prior to joining Cook & Schmid, Grant was the managing partner of Agave Mobile, a mobile marketing firm specializing in interactive technologies. In 2004, he co-founded the first bilingual Latin music digital download service, MisRolas.com, and served as its CEO. Grant’s previous jobs in the music industry included working for such labels as  EMI, Universal and Sony.

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Imagine Communications: The digital video industry company has hired Bob Stankosh as vice president of sales in North America and Brian Cotter as regional vice president of sales. Both are veterans in cable and new media sales. Stankosh previously was regional vice president of sales at Xavient Information Systems, an IT consulting firm. Before that, he was regional vice president of sales  for BigBand Networks Inc. Cotter was previously at NXP Semiconductors, where he served as director of operator sales.

Before that, Cotter held sales and business development positions with Pace, EGT, Pioneer and Motorola.

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Mark Legg

Memjet: The printer technology company named Mark W. Legg as CFO, reporting to President and CEO Len Lauer. Legg formerly was senior vice president and CFO of General Atomics in San Diego. Before that, he was CFO for American Reprographics Co. in Los Angeles. Legg also worked as chief operating officer for Vivitar Corp., responsible for global operations. He started his financial career at Price Waterhouse.

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The Active Network Inc.: The technology and media comnpany has appointed Scott Mendel as CFO, who has more than 20 years of finance experience. Mendel joins Active Network from General Electric, where he served for more than 20 years in senior roles. In his most recent position, CFO of GE’s health care IT division, he led a 150-person global finance function and headed-up the financial due diligence and integration of a $1.2 billion acquisition in 2006.

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Millennium Laboratories Inc.: The company, which provides therapeutic drug monitoring and education services to physicians and staff treating chronic pain patients, has hired Alun Malone as business development executive. Prior to joining Millennium Laboratories, Malone worked for another therapeutic drug monitoring company for five years, where he served as regional account executive and senior sales representative. He also was a financial analyst with ALM First Financial Advisors.

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TrovaGene Inc.: The firm, a developer of transrenal molecular diagnostics, has appointed Andreas Braun as vice president and chief medical officer. Braun has more than 25 years of industry experience in developing molecular diagnostic assays for the clinical reference laboratory. Braun previously was director of scientific affairs at Sysmex America Inc. Between 2005 and 2007, he was the founder and president of DX Innovations Inc., a market research company. Before that, he was at Sequenom Inc., initially in Germany as its laboratory director and then in San Diego as director of R&D, vice president of R&D and chief medical officer.

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Afraxis: The biotec company, which develops drugs to treat central nervous system disorders, has appointed David Campbell as chief scientific officer and Carmine Stengone as vice president of corporate development. Campbell will head the company’s efforts to discover and develop therapeutics for CNS diseases such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and Fragile X syndrome. Stengone will be responsible for the company’s business development activities. Afraxis was co-founded in 2007 by Jay Lichter, its president and CEO, and Nobel Laureate Susumu Tonegawa, director of the RIKEN-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Neural Circuit Genetics.

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Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial: The commercial real estate company has appointed Jerry Keeny, Jack Illes and Ed Colson Jr. to expand the firm’s services. Keeney joins the company’s office and life sciences division. He previously was senior vice president at CB Richard Ellis. Illes leads Cassidy Turley’s newly developed urban strategies group in the company’s Downtown office. Prior to joining Cassidy Turley, Illes founded Urban Labs in 200. Colson joins the company’s net leased investment group. He was previously at Single Net Properties specializing in single and multi-tenant, net leased investment properties.

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Marsh Inc.: The insurance broker has appointed Steven R. Berk as head of the firm’s San Diego office. Berk, a managing director of Marsh, has more than 28 years of insurance industry experience. He is leading a Marsh office that was established nearly 50 years ago. Berk has spent much of his career in the western U.S. In addition to San Diego, he has been based in Phoenix, San Francisco,and Portland. Most recently, he was based in Portland as growth leader for Marsh’s Portland office. Earlier, he was CFO for Marsh’s West Region and U.S. finance director. He began his career in Phoenix as an audit supervisor with Deloitte & Touche.

Business Datebook

March 10

SEMINAR: Franchising tips will be presented by Luis Rodriguez, senior franchising consultant for Business Clon Group at a seminar sponsored by the Otay Mesa and Chula Vista Chambers of Commerce. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Chula Vista Chamber, 233 Fourth Ave., Chula Vista.

March 11

PANEL TALK: Social media strategies to increase sales and raise brand awareness will be discussed during the Sales & Marketing Council’s “Social Media 101” event. 7:15 to 9 a.m., Building Industry Association offices, 9201 Spectrum Center Blvd., San Diego. $30 for BIA members. $60 for nonmembers. To register, call (858) 450-1221, Ext. 101. Panelists: Harley Orion of Orion Social; Jan Percival of Scribe Communications; Maria Swanson of Weston Mason Marketing.

March 12

CAREER FAIR: More than 15 employers will be seeking workers in a variety of positions from 1 to 4 p.m. at the South Metro Career Center, 4389 Imperial Ave., San Diego. Positions available include administrative assistants, assistant engineers, certified nurse assistants, cooks, electronic technicians, graphic designers, machinists, research technicians, security guards and maintenance mechanics, among others. To register, call (619) 462-7878.

March 17

BREAKFAST MEETING: Influenza experts will discuss lessons learned from the swine flu pandemic at BIOCOM’s monthly breakfast meeting, 7 to 9 a.m., Hyatt Regency La Jolla, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego. Speakers: Brian Plew, head of public health, Life Technologies; Larry R. Smith, v.p., vaccine research, Vical Inc.; John D. Tamerius, senior v.p., clinical and regulatory affairs, Quidel Corp. For information, call Valerie Sanderson (858) 455-0300, Ext. 112.

MEETING: The March meeting of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) San Diego will feature Jo Dee Jacob presenting “Building and Nurturing a Winning Team.” 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton La Jolla, 3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla. Jacob is CEO of The San Diego-Imperial Council of Girl Scouts. $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. For more information, visit nawbo-sd.org.

LUNCHEON: “Retrofitting Buildings Green” is topic for presenters Sarah Friedman, Southern California sustainability director for Jones Lang LaSalle, and Dawn McFadyen, associate partner with Syska Hennessey Group, at Urban Land Institute luncheon. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 10300 Campus Point Drive, first floor conference room. Members $20, nonmembers $40. To register, call (800) 321-5011 or visit ulisd.org.

March 18

MEETING: Web content strategist Shelly Bowen, principal of Pybop LLC, will speak on “Virtual Story Telling: How to Grow Your Business with Social Media,” at the meeting of the San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/PEN), 6:30 p.m., Joyce Beers Community Center, Uptown Shopping Center, Hillcrest. Free and open to nonmembers. For more information, call (619) 281-6951 or visit sdpen.com. $45 for BIOCOM members, $90 for nonmembers.

March 23

LUNCHEON: Asian Business Association holds its March Rice Club Luncheon with guest speaker Ron Roberts, member of the county Board of Supervisors. noon to 1:30 p.m., San Diego Hall of Champions, Balboa park. Cost is $25 for ABA members, $30 for nonmembers, $35 at the door. To reserve, visit abasd.org.

March 24

EMPLOYMENT LAW: Brown Law Group will present an update on 2010 employment law, including latest court decisions, legislative amendments and proposed bills employers must be aware of to properly manage their businesses. 7:45 to 9 a.m., University Club, 750 B St., Downtown San Diego. To reserve space, e-mail Valeina: jack@brownlawgroup.com. Or call (619) 330-1700.

The Daily Business Report is produced by REP Publishing Inc., publisher of San Diego Metropolitan Magazine, the North Park News, Kensington News and the West Coast Craftsman. (619) 906-4104.

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