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Daily Business Report — April 22, 2010

40 Under 40 Nominations

Nominations are now open for San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s 11th annual 40 Under 40 awards. The nomination period ends May 31. The honorees will be feted at our annual luncheon on Sept. 9 at the San Diego Convention Center and profiled in the September issue of the magazine. Visit for a nomination form.

Small Businesses Sought for Lindbergh Field’s $1 Billion Upgrade

The agency that owns and operates Lindbergh Field says it will be hiring as many small construction businesses as possible for the major upgrade taking place at the airport’s Terminal 2. Project coordinators are mounting a campaign to ensure that contractors are aware of the opportunity to be part of the project and the process for getting involved, according to Bob Silvas, director of small business development for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. “We’re strongly committed to bringing as many small businesses as possible into The Green Build and help them get the invaluable experience that comes from working on such a high-profile project,” said Silvas. (A list of upcoming events where construction firms can learn about contracting possibilities is at the end of this item.)

The Green Build is a three-year, $1 billion construction project that will bring major upgrades to San Diego International Airport. When work is completed in 2013, the airport will have 10 new gates, additional shopping and dining and a dual-level roadway to reduce curb congestion by providing separate areas for arriving and departing passengers.

Even for large, highly experienced firms, bidding on major government projects can be challenging, but airport officials said they are prepared to help smaller companies navigate the complex process. Beginning in mid-May and continuing throughout the next year, the Airport Authority will hold a series of informational events for interested businesses.

“These events will take place throughout San Diego County to help small businesses learn about the opportunities we’re offering and how they can get involved,” Silvas said. “We have developed resources to provide both online and hands-on training to help small businesses register, pre-qualify, and bid on construction packages geared toward small contractors. Many small local construction firms are overwhelmed with the government contracting process, so we want to make sure that we help by providing the training and guidance needed to make it easier for them to get through the process.”

Silvas said The Green Build team also is developing a grassroots and media campaign designed to reach the small business community and give them the information they need to bid on the available construction jobs. Contractors will be contacted through e-mail, direct mail, local print media and industry organizations. Special efforts will be directed toward firms that qualify as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. “The Green Build is already a great stimulus for San Diego’s economy,” Silvas said. “We want to make sure that we are extending those opportunities to our small contracting community as well.” More information is available at

Events where contractors can learn how to get airport contracts:

• May 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m., La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa 91942.

• May 12,  2-4:30 p.m., Marina Gateway, 700 Bay Marina Drive, National City, 91950.

• May 13, 9-11 a.m., Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad, 92008.

• May 19, 4-6 p.m. Market Creek Plaza, 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego 92114.

• June 3, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Santee Civic Center, 10601 Magnolia Ave., Santee, 92071.

Barona Tribal Government Building Receives LEED Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED Silver certification to the Barona Band of Mission Indians’ new, 35,412-square-foot, two-story tribal government building. The building was designed by Atlanta-based Baker Barrios Architects Inc. and built by Swinerton Builders of San Diego The building was designed to be ranked with the most sustainable governmental buildings in the nation, according to John Boggs, senior associate with Baker Barrios Architects.

Several design and construction features contributed to the LEED certification. Barona received points in Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design.
 By using a centralized mechanical plant, air cooled chiller, computerized controls for heating and air conditioning in 48 separate locations and motion sensor lights that adjust to natural lighting, the building reduces energy by about 14 percent. It also reduces water use by 40 to 50 percent with its low flow fixtures and drought-resistant plants, drip irrigation and minimal planting areas. During the building phase, construction waste was reduced by 75 percent by reusing and recycling building construction materials. The building itself is composed of 20 percent regional materials as well as low-emitting paint, carpet, adhesives, wood, insulation fiber and sealants.

Barona’s environmental sustainability program on the Barona Indian Reservation includes the Barona Resort & Casino and Barona Creek Golf Club. The program includes a water reclamation plant, water recovery program, landscaping and wildlife preservation, golf course turf reduction, resort conservation programs – carpooling, recycling and energy efficient practices – and community outreach to increase awareness of eco-friendly events and programs.

Platformic Hires Director of Business Development

Platformic, a San Diego-based Web development company, has hired Greg Gossler as director of business development. Gossler will be responsible for developing and executing the sales strategy for the software platform provider. He has 18 years of experience in the industry and formerly was director of monetization for Convera. He also held the position of director of sales and product management at CACI Products Co. Gossler holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and sales from Arizona State University.

Author Presentation: ‘Why Chinese Women Are Not Broke’

Giovanna Pang Garcia, author of “Why Chinese Women are not Broke,” will share the secrets of how she and 100 of America’s most successful Chinese-American women have achieved success at two upcoming free presentations and book signings. She will be featured at 7:30 p.m. on May 12 at Warwick’s Books, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. On May 13, Garcia will appear at Art Expressions Gallery in conjunction with an exhibition by Chinese contemporary artist Jian Wang.  There will be a hosted reception at 5:45 p.m. followed by her presentation at 6:30 p.m. Art Expressions Gallery is at 2645 Financial Court, Suite C, San Diego, just off Morena Boulevard in Rose Canyon. For more information, contact Garcia at (760) 494-1455.

Marina Field Heads Legal Administrators Chapter

Marina Field, office administrator for Troutman Sanders LLP, is the new president of the San Diego chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators. She succeeds Jennifer Severson, litigation support supervisor for Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps. Field has been a member of the association for nine years and will serve as president through March 2011. Other board members serving with Field: President Elect /Education Chair Liz Mackres,  office  administrator for Casey Gerry Reed & Schenk LLP; Vice President /Membership Chair Jeff Talcot,  office administrator for Goodwin Procter LLP; Treasurer Leslie Kaiser,  legal  administrator for The Maxham Firm APC; Secretary Monica Menzer, office administrator for Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory LLP; Director of Business Partner Relations Rita Hee, manager, human resources and administration for Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz APC; Director Gerald Hester, facilities manager for Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP; Director Yvonne Kilmer, human resources and benefits manager for Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP; and Severson.

Class B Building Sold for $2.92 Million

Mesa Rim Associates has purchased a 21,530-square-foot Class B office and R&D building in Sorrento Mesa for $2.92 million. The seller was Kroeze Koncepts Inc. The one-story building was constructed in 1985. In the transaction, Pat Rohan and Sean Williams of Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller. The buyer was represented by Debbi Houshar of Avalar San Diego.


April 28

WORKSHOP: Grossmont College Career Center will present “Job Interview Fitness,” a free workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Career Center, Room 627, on campus. Topics: job interview tips, ethics and etiquette. Speakers:  Nancy Davis, Grossmont College student development services supervisor, and Carole Martin of The Interview Coach. For more information or to reserve a seat, phone (619) 644-7614.

April 29

PROGRAM: The World Trade Center presents “Standards, Connections, Pathways and Problem Solving — the DNA of Lean,” featuring Samuel Obara of Honsha demonstrating why so many companies fail when trying to implement lean strategies. 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., World Trade Center conference room, Downtown. $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. Walk-ins, $55. For information, call (619) 615-0868, Ext. 111. To register, visit

June 12

INDUCTION DINNER: Inductee and Keynote Speaker Peter Ueberroth leads a class of six legends in the water polo community into the Hall of Fame.Ueberroth is best known as organizer of the 1984 Olympic Games, former Major League Baseball commissioner and former chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors. He is joined by longtime coaches Ed Rudloff and Jamey Wright, referee Bret Bernard, and Olympians and San Diego State alums Heather Moody and Kathy “Gubba” Sheehy. 8 p.m., San Diego Marriott Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, San Diego.

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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