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Daily Business Report — Aug. 10, 2010

The Big Building Negotiator

Earlier this year, the San Diego Convention Center Corp. hired real estate attorney Charles Black to manage its proposed $753 million expansion. That was soon after Black finished negotiating against the Convention Center, working out a deal that gave the city control of the land needed for the expansion. Read Black’s opinions on the proposed expansion and the proposed Civic Center project in the August issue of San Diego Metropolitan Magazine.

Padres to Offer Free Online Game Broadcasts

The San Diego Padres will make selected Padre games available online for free to fans living in the team’s home broadcast territory. The live video stream will be available exclusively on padres.com for five games, starting with a paid of games Aug. 18-19 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. “These online broadcasts will allow fans in the San Diego market to see games that were not previously scheduled to be shown here,” said Tom Garfinkel, the club’s president and chief operating officer. The games being made available online are not currently scheduled to be televised by the Padres’ broadcast rights holder, Cox Communications. In order to gain access to the free live video stream, Padres fans will be required to complete a registration form on padres.com to validate their location. The stream will feature video and play-by-play from the opposing team’s broadcast.

The schedule:

Aug. 18: 11:20 a.m. at Chicago Cubs

Aug. 19: 11:20 a.m. at Chicago Cubs

Aug. 26: 3:35 p.m. vs. Arizona

Sept. 1: 3:10 p.m. at Arizona

Sept. 15: 12.10 p.m. at Colorado

UCSD Creates iPhone App For Alumni

UCSD, the first public university to create its own iPhone application, now has launched a new app for alumni. The UCSD Alumni Association’s new app allows alumni around the world to keep in contact with the university. The free application, available for iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, gives alumni access to the latest news and events from their alma matter and offers tools to reconnect with alumni in their area. The university’s network of graduates now have access to an alumni finder, which allows graduates to enter their ZIP code and find out how many fellow alums live in their area. The application, created by alumnus John Van Zandt, also features profiles of notable alumni, a campus map with current parking and building information, upcoming university events, registration information for alumni programs and a photo of the day to give graduates a daily reminder of the beauty and uniqueness of the campus. The UCSD Alumni Association app is free on the iPhone App Store which can be found at http://alumni.ucsd.edu/iphone.

Cubic Shares in ‘Go Card’ Success in Australia

Cubic Transportation Systems-Australia, a subsidiary of San Diego’s Cubic Corp., shared the accomplishment when the state of Queensland, Australia celebrated the issuance of the 1 millionth “go card” in July. Cubic installed and operates the TransLink smartcard ticketing system for the public transportation system. The go card system in South East Queensland was fully installed across TransLink buses, ferries and rail in mid-2008. The TransLink network covers an area of more than 10,000 square kilometers, from Brisbane to Coolangatta on the south coast of Queensland, up to Gympie and west to Helidon. “The Brisbane go card system is a great example of a modern integrated ticketing system. TransLink is already starting to see the benefits of shorter boarding times and better data on transport usage patterns,” said  Matt Cole, Cubic’s Australasian managing director .

NAWBO Member Gets Statewide Post

Adrienne Moch, immediate past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners San Diego, has been elected to the NAWBO California board of directors as secretary/public relations director. Moch, who provides writing and editing services to corporate clients, served as NAWBO San Diego president for 18 months. During her tenure, which ended last month, the chapter more than doubled in size. NAWBO California is a consortium of the nine California NAWBO chapters.

Imagine Communications Selects Richard Stanfield as CEO

Richard Stanfield, a veteran of the technology industry, has been named CEO of Imagine Communications in San Diego. Stanfield has more than 25 years of experience with six start-up companies in the communications and digital media sectors. Prior to Imagine, he held the position of COO for Envivio Inc. Before that, Stanfield was executive vice president with Modulus Video, which was sold to Motorola in 2007. From 1999 to 2005, he was co-founder and executive vice president of Turin Networks. Prior to Turin Networks, Stanfield was vice president of sales and an executive officer for AFC.

XIFIN Appoints Craig Kussman as CFO

Craig Kussman has been appoined chief financial officer for XIFIN Inc. Kussman is former CFO of Breach Security and has more than 25 years of leadership experience. As CFO and co-CEO at Breach Security, he successfully negotiating its sale to Trustwave. Kussman formerly served as CFO and senior vice president of corporate development for Ascenta Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company that develops medicines for the treatment of cancer, and CAO of Discovery Partners International,Inc., where he shepherded the merger of Discovery Partners with Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Jami Sherr Promoted at Dimont & Associates

Dimont & Associates in El Cajon has promoted Jami Sherr to senior vice president of client and operational development.  Sherr, a 14-year veteran of the company, has provided expertise in claims adjusting and carrier relations. Sherr has led educational sessions for industry organizations across the country. Earlier this year, she led a panel discussion on REO damage issues for the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association’s Southern States Loan Servicing Conference. She will be leading a panel on Understanding Mortgagee Rights and Maximizing Hazard Claims at the California Mortgage Bankers Association’s Western States Loan Servicing Conference being held in Las Vegas.

Small Business Workshops

Upcoming SCORE San Diego Workshops:

• Aug. 11 – 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).

• Aug. 12 – Internet Marketing 301: Pay-Per-Click – 9 a.m. to noon at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Aug. 13 – Legal Issues for Small Businesses: 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).

• Aug. 14 – 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).

• Aug. 16 – Customer Service: The Key to Business Success – 9 a.m. to noon at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

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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