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Daily Business Report — April 28, 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.

Colliers International’s  San Diego Manager Stepping Down

James Zimsky

James J. Zimsky, senior managing director of Colliers International’s San Diego operation for 12 years, is stepping down to pursue personal interests. He will turn over the day-to-day management of the company to Jim Spain, the managing director of Colliers’ Carlsbad office. Zimsky, a veteran of 36 years in the commercial real estate industry, led the company’s local operations to multiple years of record earnings, achieving highest income producing honors in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He was named Manager of the Year by Colliers in 2008. While at Colliers, Zimsky promoted and championed the annual client/broker golf tournament, raising more than $150,000 to benefit local charities including the Navy League’s Warrior Foundation, The A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center, Head North Foundation and The American Red Cross. He will continue to keep involved in the industry through consulting work.

Prior to joining Colliers, Zimskywas a principal and president of Coast Income Properties, a San Diego-based investment and development firm.  He also served as president and manager of the commercial brokerage division of C. W. Clark Inc., headquartered in La Jolla. He started his real estate career at CB Commercial where he was a top producer specializing in land and investment sales. Heserved as a Navy officer from 1967 to 1970.

Downtown Marriott Selected for National Energy Competition

Courtyard by Marriott

The Courtyard by Marriott in Downtown San Diego has been chosen to take part in the Environmental Protection Agency’s first national competition among commercial buildings to save energy and fight climate change. The hotel will compete against 13 other buildings across the country to shed energy waste through improvements in energy efficiency. The building that sheds the most energy waste on a percentage basis will be recognized as the winner of EPA’s National Building Competition in late October. The Downtown Marriott is managed by Sage Hospitality Resources. Nearly 200 buildings applied to take part in the national competition, which will judge the energy performance of the 14 finalists from Sept. 1, 2009, to Aug. 31, 2010. The energy use of each building is being monitored with EPA’s online measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager.

Child Development Centers to be Built for the Navy

Child Development Center, NAS North Island

Child Development Center, NAB Coronado

Construction has begun on two child development centers at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and Naval Air Station North Island, each with a capacity to serve 286 children. The cost of the design and construction of the centers is $10.9 million and the work is to be finished by January 2011. Partnering on the centers are Barnhart Balfour Beatty and Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects. The contract was awarded and will be managed by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest. The centers will include play areas, landscaping, new parking lots, drop-off areas and service entrances.  Barnhart staff working on the project includes Senior Vice Presidents Dave Roach and Sumeet Gadi; Project Manager Shannon Brown; and Project Superintendents Ken Bingham and Mike Mizejewski.

Applied Micro Circuits and CareFusion in New Leases

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. and CareFusion have leased separate space in a Class A office building at 9868 Scranton Road in Sorrento Mesa for a combined lease value of $10.45 million. Applied Micro Circuits leased 20,000 square feet for seven years on the building’s first floor. The late Jim Hughes of NAI Capital represented AMCC. The tenant is moving to the new location from a facility located at 6310 Sequence Drive in the same submarket. CareFusion leased the remaining 95,000 square feet for five-years. Steve Holland of CB Richard Ellis’ Global Corporate Services represented CareFusion. The building will be used as expansion space for new hires. The building is part of a two-building, 200,000-square-foot project that had been vacant for more than two years. The four-story building is now fully leased. Jed Stirnkorb and Matt Pourcho of CB Richard Ellis are the marketing and leasing team for the two-building project on behalf of the sublessor, Conexant Systems Inc. The second building is at 9808 Scranton Road and has 72,000 square feet available for lease.

Industrial Condo Sold for $594,000

Thomas Dewell has purchased a 2,888-square-foot industrial condominium at 6650 Flanders Drive, Suite E, in San Diego, for use as an office and warehouse for a commercial bath refinishing business. The sale totaled $594,000. Sam Higgins of CB Richard Ellis represented the seller, Johnson K Partners LP. Phil Linton of Cassidy Turley represented the buyer.

InterAmerican College Becomes United States University

InterAmerican College in National City has changed its name to United State University, a change approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. “The change of name from a college to a university accurately describes our degree level as we take our academic programs to the next level,” said Yoram Neumman, president and CEO. “We recently added a master’s degree program in nursing and we have more master’s degree programs in development. Master’s and doctorate-level programs are typically offered at universities.” Neumman said most of the university’s students are either immigrants or first-generation offspring from underserved groups. “We aim at bringing them into higher education, facilitating their integration into the U.S. society and improving their economic condition,” he said.

General Manager Named for Andaz San Diego

Seventeen-year Hyatt veteran Rusty Middleton has been appointed general manager of the new Andaz San Diego, the 159-room hotel that opened in February. It is the fourth Andaz property in the world. Middleton most recently served as general manager of the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, a 218-room retreat located at the McDonald’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. Prior to that position, he worked at Hyatt Hotels headquarters in Chicago as the corporate director of rooms. His experience also includes roles as senior executive assistant manager of rooms at the 805-guestroom Hyatt Regency San Francisco and executive assistant manager of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Denver and Hyatt Regency Knoxville. He also managed the 2,019-room Hyatt Regency Chicago as assistant rooms executive and revenue manager and held various management positions at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. Middleton earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

University of San Diego Graduates to be Honored

Nine University of San Diego graduates will be honored on May 1 at the 15th annual Alumni Honors program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in USD’s Shiley Theatre. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. in the Camino Courtyard on campus. Barbara-Lee Edwards, co-anchor of CBS 8, is host.

Honorees include Christopher Yanov, the founder of Reality Changers, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income urban youth get off the street and into college. Since 2005, more than 200 students have been awarded $5 million in college scholarships.

Robert Mac Kay, vice president and general auditor of PepsiCo Inc., the largest food and beverage business in North America, and John Whitcomb, a Clemson University nursing professor decorated for his service in the war in Iraq, also will be honored.

Other honorees are David Rivera, founder of the Nativity Prep Academy in San Diego which provides 10-hour school days and a comprehensive high school program for at-risk youth, and Rich Newman, a principal at Monterey Ridge Elementary whose students posted the largest growth in student achievement measures in the Poway Unified School District in 2009.

Gerald McMahon, chair of Seltzer Caplan McMahon and Vitek, one of San Diego’s largest law firms will be honored, along with John Manson, CEO of San Diego-based G.M. Mortgage and Patrick Morrin, president of the Danvera Foundation.

Stan Washington, a three-time All American in basketball who held the university’s all-time scoring record for more than 34 years until 2009, will be inducted into the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Athletic Hall of Fame.

Tickets are $100 for the black-tie optional gala. To purchase tickets, go to or call (619) 260-4819.

La Jolla Gymnasiums Merge

The La Jolla Sports Club at 7825 Fay Ave. in La Jolla has purchased Club La Jolla a few blocks away. Nearly all 500 members have transferred to the La Jolla Sports Club and the former Club La Jolla property across from Vons is available for rent. Club La Jolla owner Gary Rubin said the buyout was a win-win situation. “It made a lot of sense from a business standpoint and from a growth opportunity for my staff and myself, and for my members to get a nice upgrade,” said Rubin, who owned Club La Jolla for 15 years and is now a stakeholder with the La Jolla Sports Club. All of Club La Jolla’s personal trainers have joined the staff of trainers at La Jolla Sports Club. San Diego Sports, parent company of La Jolla Sports Club, also owns the Sporting Club at Aventine on La Jolla Village Drive.

Small Business Workshops

Helping start-up and established small businesses throughout San Diego and Imperial counties prosper and excel, SCORE San Diego continues its series of low-cost workshops. Workshop fees range from $29 to $109.

Here is a schedule for the first week of May:

• May 1 – How to Start and Manage Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• May 4 – Intellectual Property – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• May 5 – Financing Your Business – 9:30 a.m. to noon at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• May 6 – Financial Statements – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• May 7 – Internet Marketing 302: Develop a Winning E-mail Marketing Success Strategy – Carlsbad – 9 a.m. to noon at National University (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• May 8 – Business Plan 101: How to Develop Your Best Competitive Advantage – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $79, $89 at the door).

Business Datebook

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

May 6

NETWORKING MIXER: Sponsored by the San Diego Better Business Bureau. 4 to 6 p.m., the Paradise Grille, 2690 Via de la Valle, in the Flower Hill Promenade retail center, San Diego. Public is invited. Admission is $10 per person. For information, visit or call Andrea McNelis at the BBB at (858) 637-6199.

May 10

SEMINAR: San Diego Tech Coast Angels presents a full-day seminar on angel investing to the San Diego community. Seminar was developed by the Kauffman Foundation. Presenter is John May, chair emeritus of the Angel Capital Association. Topics: how angel funding fits in; angel portfolio strategy; due diligence; structuring the deal; valuation; the post-investment relationship. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., offices of Mintz Levin, 3580 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 300, San Diego 92130. Free to SDTCA members, $250 to members of any TCA network or CONNECT, $350 general registration. To register, visit For more information, call Laura Parsons at (858) 964-1302.

May 13

GREEN PROGRAM: The Green Chamber of Commerce sponsors presentations by John Stein, CEO of Kirei USA, and Remy Meraz, area sales manager of ClearEdge Power, on “Marketing Green — Lessons from the Trenches.” 7:30 to 9 a.m., Sheraton Carlsbad, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. Speakers will discuss their experiences marketing green versus conventional products. Admission $10 if registered by May 12, $15 at the event. For more information, visit

May 14

SEMINAR: The National Association of Women Business Owners San Diego hosts a talk by Joon Han, founder of Better San Diego, speaking on “Get Ahead by Giving Back.” Noon to 1 p.m., Brandman University, 7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego. Han will share strategies to help entrepreneurs accelerate their businesses. NAWBO members free, $25 for nonmembers. Box lunches to be provided. Online registration and more information available at

May 19

WORKSHOP: San Diego Press Club sponsors “Life After Journalism,” a program presented by Joe Ames, former editor of the Orange County Register. Ames spent 30 years as a reporter and editor in radio, TV and newspapers and will discuss career options after journalism. 6 to 8 p.m., KGTV Studio, 4600 Air Way, San Diego. Free to Press Club members, $10 for nonmembers. To reserve, call Terry Williams, executive director, at (619) 231-4340 or visit

May 20

CLEANTECH PANEL: CONNECT presents a panel talk on “Cleantech & Renewable Energy Financing: From the Public to the Private and Beyond,” 9 to 11 a.m., AMN Healthcare, 12400 High Bluff Drive, No. 100, San Diego 92130. Panelists will discuss federal and state programs and incentives for the renewable and cleantech industry as well as the private marketplace. Panelists: Nick Leibham, of counsel, Dirk Michels, partner, Sue Hodges, administrative partner and Greg Brucia, senior associate, all of K&L Gates LLP; and Andrew McAllister, program director, California Center for Sustainable Energy. Cost is $45 for CONNECT members, $65 for nonmembers. For more information, call Bethany Kraynack at (858) 964-1312. Register at

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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