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Daily Business Report — May 6, 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.

Central Courthouse Plans to be Presented on May 18

The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) will give a May 18 presentation on the new $633.9 million San Diego Central Courthouse project, a development that will  replace the County Courthouse, the Family Courthouse and the Madge Bradley Courthouse in Downtown San Diego. The public will be given the opportunity to comment on the project and its potential environmental effects. The presentation will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Information Center, 193 Horton Plaza, above the CVS Pharmacy. The AOC has started preparing an environmental impact report that is to be offered for public review this summer. The buildings that would be supplanted by the project have been found to be unsafe, overcrowded, and inadequate for modern court operations. Construction costs will be funded by Senate Bill 1407, which finances critically needed courthouse construction, renovation, and repair through a portion of judicial branch fees, fines and penalties.

Leadership-Education Conference Set by Project Management Institute

Gene Kranz

Gene Kranz, the NASA flight control director instrumental in the 1970 rescue of Apollo 13, will lead off the seventh annual Project Management Institute’s leadership and education conference May 12-14 in San Diego. Kranz, author of “Failure is Not An Option,” will deliver an address during the conference kickoff May 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. Also speaking that evening will be Deborah Alderson of Science Applications International Corp. On May 13 and 14, the conference moves to the Handlery Hotel and will feature a variety of speakers. John G. Stenbeck, president of Project Management Institute’s San Diego chapter, said the Air & Space Museum was instrumental in bringing Krantz to the conference, and at an appropriate time, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission. For a full list of conference speakers and events, visit

DPR Construction Finishes Regional Headquarters

DPR Construction has finished building its new, 24,000-square-foot regional headquarters in University City an is pursuing Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) program. DPR estimates it will reduce the building’s energy consumption by 53 percent and that an outdoor view will be enjoyed in 90 percent of the office. To generate as much power as the building consumes, a 64 kilowatt AC photovoltaic system was installed. The solar panels are expected to produce enough power to offset the building’s energy consumption, annually. Other sustainable features include new preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, replacing the roof with an Energy Star product, diverting over 75 percent of construction waste from disposal in landfills, installing low-flow plumbing fixtures to decrease water usage 51 percent, modifying the existing irrigation to reduce landscape water usage by 60 percent and placing Dyson hand dryers in the bathrooms to decrease energy and waste from paper towels.

The DPR Construction project team was comprised of Elizabeth Barrie, Jeff Cole, Jerry McElfresh and Mark Seidl. Jonathan Wood of Seattle-based Callison served as the architect of the project. Other consultants and designers included KEMA for LEED consultation Hope Engineering for structural engineering, Latitude 33 Planning and Engineering for civil engineering, Howard Associates for landscape architecture, Bergelectric Corp. for electrical services and Pacific Rim Mechanical for plumbing and mechanical services.

First Business Bank Adds a Senior Vice President

Katherine Willey

Katherine Willey has joined First Business Bank as a senior vice president. Willey has more than 25 years of experience as a business development and lending officer. She has held senior business development and lending positions with 1st Pacific Bank of California, San Diego National Bank, Bank of Coronado and U.S. Bank. Willey received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in finance from Marymount University in Arlington, Va. She is a board member and immediate past president of the Old Mission Rotary Club, treasurer and audit committee chair of Walden Family Services, past president of the Art Pratt Foundation and a graduate of LEAD San Diego.

Credit Union Offers Deposit Service From Home

Cabrillo Credit Union is offering its customers the ability to deposit checks from home using the Internet, computer and a scanner. The remote deposit service, called EZ Deposit, was launched this month and is the first financial institution in San Diego to have it, according to the credit union. Funds deposited through EZ Deposit are available immediately, sayd Robin Lentz, president and CEO.


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 7

WORKSHOP ON HEALTH CARE: The Asian Business Association of San Diego presents a workshop on “The Impact of Health Care Reform on San Diego’s Business Community,” 11:30 a.m., Sheraton Mission Valley, 1433 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego 92108. Includes lunch. Speakers: Ruben Garcia, district director, U.S. Small Business Administration; Kamal Muilenburg, director of San Diegans for Healthcare Coverage; Lambert Hsu, principal of BenefitPro Insurance Services. ABA members $20, nonmembers $30. At the door, $35. RSVP to (858) 277-2822, Ext. 102.

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 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

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

Small Business Workshops

SCORE San Diego sponsors the following low-cost workshops. Fees range from $29 to $109:

• 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).

• May 11 – Legal Issues for Small Business: Organizational Structure – 9 a.m. to noon at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• May 11 – Business Plan 101: How to Develop Your Best Competitive Advantage – Carlsbad – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $79, $89 at the door).

• May 12 – QuickBooks Basic – 9 a.m. to 4 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 13 – Professional Selling: Increase Your Business Sales Now – 9 a.m. to 4 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 13 – How to Start a Nonprofit – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the San Diego Foundation ­– Liberty Station (2508 Historic Decatur Road, #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• May 14 – Women’s Networking Breakfast – 8 to 11 a.m. at Morgan Run Resort & Club (5690 Cancha De Golf, Rancho Santa Fe 92091; pre-paid registration $39 by May 11, $49 thereafter).

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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