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Daily Business Report — Nov. 8, 2010

Treating Your Out-of-Town Guests

The Waterfront

SD METRO’s new Dining Guide in the November issue lists five restaurants you can take your out-of-town guests for fine dining. The Guide also presents our A-List of other great places to eat. Take a look. Also in this issue: The Amazing Career of J. Lawrence Irving; La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology develops San Diego’s first center for RNAi screening; a look at the healthy credit union industry in San Diego County; and much more.

Gail Naughton to Leave Post at SDSU

Gail Naughton

Gail Naughton will be stepping down as dean of San Diego State University’s College of Business Administration in the spring in order to focus her attention on Histogen Inc., the company she founded in 2007, where she is CEO and chairman of the board. The university has begun a search for a replacement and says her successor will be challenged to continue the work she accomplished since she began the job in 2002.

During her tenure, Naughton has overseen an increase in philanthropic support for the college, including $3 million to the Entrepreneurial Management Center, $1.5 million to establish The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate and $10 million from the estate of Charles Lamden to name the SDSU School of Accountancy.

Naughton’s accomplishments include increased alumni support and transforming the College’s Advisory Board, which includes a number of corporate-level executives from major local businesses including Qualcomm, San Diego Gas & Electric, Jack in the Box, Sempra Energy, Costco and Kyocera International.

The College of Business Administration has a number of SDSU’s highest nationally ranked programs including international business and entrepreneurship.  SDSU’s undergraduate business program also ranks among the nation’s best according to U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” and the Princeton Review.

Naughton led a number of unique MBA programs in partnership with industry, including the nation’s first Sports MBA program in the U.S., which is focused exclusively on the international sports business. The program partners with the San Diego Padres to provide experiential learning opportunities, here in San Diego and at the Padres’ developmental facility in the Dominican Republic.

SDSU’s Entrepreneurial Management Center has emerged as a national leader.  SDSU was ranked No. 27 in entrepreneurship according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2008.”  The undergraduate entrepreneur program has been listed on Fortune Magazine’s top 25 list of “America’s Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs.”

“The College of Business Administration at SDSU continues to grow in stature,” said Naughton.  “I am proud of what the college has accomplished and we will continue to build upon our success and look for new ways to provide students and faculty with the resources they need to be best prepared for the future.”

Besides running Histogen Inc., Naughton will continue her involvement with San Diego State by teaching a graduate-level entrepreneur course next fall. Naughton earned her Ph.D. in basic medical sciences and her master’s degree in histology from the New York University Medical Center. She earned an executive MBA in 2001 from the Anderson School at UCLA.

Grant Orchid Winner

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

UCSD’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall received the Grand Orchid — the highest honor — at San Diego’s annual Orchids and Onions Awards last week, sponsored by the San Diego Architectural Foundation. The award recognized the concert hall for its innovative design, which features an asymmetrical series of triangular bamboo panels that wrap around the ceiling and walls to diffuse sound evenly throughout the space. Considered one of the finest small concert halls in the world, the venue provides a space for community members throughout San Diego to enjoy performances by world-renowned musicians. The concert hall opened in May 2009 thanks to the generosity of San Diego community members, local business and university friends — including local philanthropist and developer Conrad Prebys, who provided a $9 million lead gift to fund the university’s new music center.

William Green Receives Gubernatorial Appointment

William L. Green, senior vice president and regional manager at RBF Consulting, has been appointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board by Gov. Schwarzenegger. The board monitors water quality in a territory that includes San Diego County and portions of western Riverside County and southern Orange County. Green has been extensively involved in professional activities on local, state, and national levels. He is a member of the Temecula Murrieta Group, Valley Action Group of Coachella Valley and Rotary Club of Temecula.

Jeremy Hayden Joins Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps

Jeremy B. Hayden has joined the San Diego office of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps as of counsel. He will primarily be a member of the real estate securities and finance practice group. Hayden previously was office counsel at Mintz Levin. he represents real estate investment trusts in a variety of matters, including SEC compliance and corporate governance. In addition to his REIT experience, Hayden also advises public and private companies regarding all aspects of their growth and development, including corporate formation and governance matters, capital raising transactions, mergers and acquisitions, licensing transactions and SEC compliance. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

Brazen BBQ Smokehouse to Replace Sushi Itto Restaurant

Brazen BBQ Smokehouse & Bar has signed a new lease for 3,344 square feet at 410 Washington Ave. in Hillcrest. The new restaurant will replace the former Sushi Itto Restaurant. The 10-year lease is valued at $1.5 million. Michael Spilky and Mike DiNorscia of Location Matters Restaurant & Retail Brokerage represented the lessee in the transaction.  Location Matters Development Services has been awarded the contract for the complete restaurant planning, design and construction of the new location.

La Mesa Pediatrician Awarded for Pioneering Work

David Chadwick, a pediatrician from La Mesa, has been presented the Scientific Achievement Award from the American Medical Association for his pioneering work in child abuse treatment and prevention. A practicing pediatrician for more than 50 years, Chadwick has engaged in clinical work with abused children since 1960, and authored the recently published book “The Child Abuse Doctors.” Chadwick founded the Center for Child Protection in 1985 at San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital and led it until his retirement in 1996. Now know as the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, the center is acclaimed to be one of the world’s leading hospital-based child protection centers. He was one of the founders of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children in 1986 and served as its third president.

Career Center Offers Job Seeker Assistance

Grossmont College Career Center’s Adult Reentry program will host “Would You Hire You,” a free informational meeting on how job seekers can put themselves in the shoes of hiring managers, from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 9 in Building 36, Room #332, on the college campus. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. Nancy Davis, Career Center coordinator, said the college’s adult reentry program serves adults who are interested in returning to school to reenter the work force, learn a new career, earn a college diploma or upgrade their skills for a job promotion. Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive,in El Cajon. For more information, phone Davis at (619) 644-7615 or Susan Esparza at (619) 644-7697, or visit grossmont.edu/careercenter.

Grossmont Sponsors All-Day Write-A-Thon Fundraiser

“Rock the Page,” an all-day creative write-a-thon fundraiser, will be staged from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 under the sponsorship of Grossmont College’s creative writing program. The program, open to the public, will have participants spending the day writing in four genres — fiction, poetry, drama and creative non-fiction. Cost to participate is a minimum donation of $50, which will include continental breakfast, lunch and an “I Rocked the Page” t-shirt. A raffle also will be held for a MacBook computer. Proceeds from the event will help pay speakers fees for the English Department’s Literary Arts Festival, to be held in April 2011. Check-in for “Rock the Page” begins at 8 a.m. in Room #575. For more information, visit grossmont.edu/english or call instructors Sydney Brown at (619) 644-7523 or Stephanie Mood at (619) 644-7495.

SCORE San Diego Small Business Workshops

• Nov. 9 – 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).

• Nov. 10 – Internet Marketing 303: Social Media – Carlsbad – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Nov. 12 – Women’s Networking Breakfast & Exhibits – 8 to 11 a.m. at Morgan Run Resort & Club (5690 Cancha De Golf, Rancho Santa Fe 92091; pre-paid registration $35 by 9/14, $45 thereafter; exhibitor rate: $85 by 9/14, $95 thereafter)

• Nov. 13 – 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).

• Nov. 15 – Professional Selling – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Nov. 16 – Legal Issues: 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).

• Nov. 16 – Restaurant 201 – Carlsbad – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Nov. 17 – 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).

• Nov. 19 – Internet Marketing 101 – 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 $69, $79 at the door).

• Nov. 19 – QuickBook Basics for Non-Profits – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The San Diego Foundation – Liberty Station (2508 Historic Decatur Rd #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Nov. 20 – Business Plan 201: How to Write a Business Plan – 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 $99, $109 at the door).

• Nov. 22 – Good Governance for Non-Profits – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation – Liberty Station (2508 Historic Decatur Rd #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• Nov. 22 – Restaurant 101 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University in Mission Valley (4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego 92108; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Nov. 23 – Internet Marketing 201: SEO – 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 $69, $79 at the door).

• Nov. 23 – Business Basics 101 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; FREE! Please pre-register).

• Nov. 30 – Tax Considerations for Small Business – 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).

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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