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Daily Business Report — May 11, 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.

McMillin Family Returns to Patriarch’s Roots to Build Homes

Scott McMillin

The late Corky McMillin

Mark McMillin

The Corky McMillin family of San Diego, which has been building homes in Southern California for the past 50 years, is going back to the Midwestern roots of its late patriarch by joining a partnership to oversee the development of a 6,500-acre master-planned community of 12,000 homes in Branson, Mo.

The family formed a new company, McMillin Communities, which will partner with GEP Inc. to develop the community just south of downtown Branson. The partnership is called McMillin Branson Creek LLC.

“My father, Corky McMillin, was born in Kansas City, Mo., and our family still has many relatives living in the Midwest,” said Southern California-bred Scott McMillin, chairman of McMillin Communities. “When Glenn Patch approached us about being his partner, we were impressed with his commitment and his success to date and wanted to be a part of that going forward.” Said Mark McMillin, Scott’s brother, who serves as president and CEO of the new company, ““With 8 million visitors a year, Branson boasts a steady income potential. We believe in going where the people are.”

Scott and Mark represent the third generation of home builders in their family. Mark is a past president of the San Diego County Building Industry Association. He and his father were both inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation’s Hall of Fame.

Tim Mahoney, president of GEP, will continue with the new partnership and serve as division manager for the Branson Creek development, working with Scott McFerran, McMillin’s project manager out of the company headquarters in San Diego.

The McMillin family has planned and developed 17 master-planned communities in Southern California over the past half-century. GEP Inc., founded by Patch, has been developing Branson Creek since purchasing the property in 1990. About $250 million has been invested in the resort development to date. The property includes two 18-hole golf courses, country club, marina and airport. Funding for the partnership is a subsidiary of a real estate fund managed by Oaktree Capital Management LP.

New San Diego Law Firm Launched

Dennis Stryker

Monica Slev

San Diego attorneys Dennis J. Stryker and Monica Slev have launched a new law firm — the Stryker Slev Law Group — to offer a range of legal services services. Their offices are at 3555 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest. “Monica and I bring more than 25 years of wide-ranging experiences to our broadly based business firm,” said Stryker. “Our focus is on practical, real world solutions at a value-added, reasonable cost.” Stryker has been chief legal officer for Rick Engineering Co. and will continue to provide legal counsel to the company.

Slev’s current practice focuses on civil litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in business and construction defect litigation. She has represented contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, architects and engineers in a wide range of defect claims, including delays, cost overruns, design and construction management.

The firm will primarily serve small and mid-sized businesses. The range of services offered will include corporate, commercial and contract law, construction, real estate, Native American and tribal law, labor and employment, civil litigation and alternative resolution, risk management and planning. The practice covers Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada. The phone is (619) 599-8266.

San Diego State’s Economic Impact: $6.5 Billion

San Diego State’s economic impact on California totals $6.5 billion, according to a report released Monday by the California State University Chancellor’s office. The university’s economic impact, which accounts for 36 percent of the entire Californa State University’s impact to the state, sustains more than 9,000 jobs in the region and more than 11,400 jobs statewide and generates more than $62 million in local taxes and nearly $86.7 million in state tax revenue. “The impact SDSU has on our economy is due in large part to our ability to supply graduates to the region and the state,” said SDSU President Stephen Weber. “Those graduates power the local work force and enhance our community’s quality of life,” said SDSU President Stephen Weber. According to the report, CSU-related expenditures create a return on investment of $5.43 for every $1 the state invests.

Small Business Contracting Opportunities

The San Diego North Economic Development Council is inviting small business contractors to attend a May 13 program to learn about construction projects in North County that they can bid on. The program will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Carlsbad, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, in Carlsbad. The program will include an 8 to 9 a.m. panel discussion on policies and decisions impacting the construction industry; a 9 to 10:15 a.m. presentation on the “Green Build” project at San Diego International Airport and opportunities for small contractors; a 10:15 to 11 a.m. sub-to-sub networking session and registration for the “Green Build” and Camp Pendleton, Caltrans and SANDAG projects; an 11 a.m. to noon session on Camp Pendleton construction opportunities; and a noon to 1 p.m. session on Caltrans and SANDAG contract opportunities.


An item in Monday’s Daily Business Report misspelled the name of Jen Jenkins, a former intern at Bailey Gardner who was hired as PR account coordinator for the agency. The Metropolitan regrets the error.

Spa Director Named at La Costa

Michelle Frye has been appointed spa director at La Costa Resort and Spa. She will manage the 43,000-square-foot spa, which includes interior space and an outdoor courtyard. Frye previously was spa director at Sé SPA at Se San Diego Hotel. Before that he held a variety of positions within the Hyatt Hotels & Resorts portfolio, including Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach and Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.

Vibra Healthcare Hires Regional CEO

Timothy Patten has joined Vibra Healthcare LLC as a regional CEO with responsibility for the company;s long-term acute care hospitals in San Diego and Denver. Patten has more than 25 years executive experience in the health care industry and most recently served as CEO of Promise Hospital in San Diego. Patten is to focus his efforts on developing intensive care services at both Vibra Hospital of San Diego and Vibra Hospital of Denver. A graduate of Andrews University, he holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration. Vibra Hospital of San Diego is at 555 Washington St.

Soupgraphix Signs La Mesa Lease

Soupgraphix has leased 3,000 square feet of office space at 4731 Palm Ave. in La Mesa, above the La Mesa Pharmacy, for five years.  The lessor, CEW Revocable Trust, was represented by Chuck Weinberger of NAI San Diego. Soupgraphix was represented by Robbie Cornell of Inland Pacific Commercial.


May 11

SEMINAR: Sales strategies and techniques for real estate professionals will be presented by motivational sales strategist Jeff Shore in a seminar hosted by the Building Industry Association of San Diego’s Sales & Marketing Council. Breakfast meeting, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Mission Valley Doubletree Hotel, 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego. Tickets $55 for BIA members, $85 for nonmembers. Register before May 10 by calling (858) 450-1221, Ext. 101, or visit

May 12

SMART GROWTH AWARDS: The San Diego/Tijuana district council of the Urban Land Institute presents its 2010 Smarth Growth Awards to honor pioneers, entrepreneurs, trendsetters and fans of sustainable development in the region. 6 to 8 p.m., McMillin Event Center, 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego 92106. San Diego Architectural Foundation will also presents its Community Vision Award for 2010. $45 for members and nonmembers, $25 for Young Leader members and $15 for student members. To purchase tickets, visit

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

May 27

WORKSHOP: San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union will present an identity protection workshop, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., credit union offices at 9212 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123. Free admission. For more information or reserve a seat, call (619) 278-5724 or send e-mail to:

June 15

PRESENTATION: Michael Bergthold of Odyssey Strategic Advisory Services and J. Barrett Marum of San Diego Sheppard Mullin will cover legal issues faced by buyers and sellers of distressed businesses or assets; cover Section 363 bankruptcy purchases and sales; and buying and selling out-of-state and federal receiverships in a program sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth San Diego. Doubletree Hotel Hazard Center, 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego 92108. 7 a.m. registration. 7:40 to 9 a.m., breakfast and program. Free for ACG members, $50 for nonmembers. Make reservations at or

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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