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Daily Business Report — March 29, 2011

TEAL Electronics Gets $1 Million Order

TEAL Electronics of San Diego, a subsidiary of SL Industries Inc., has received a $1 million order from Energy Innovations, also in San Diego, for product designed specifically for the solar power market. “This is the initial order for a new TEAL product in a growing product family for the solar power industry,” the company said. TEAL delivered the initial units of a grid-tied power supply for Energy Innovations’ Sunflower highly concentrated photovoltaic tracking system. The grid-tied power supply is a device designed to provide electrical power from the grid to the tracking system of a solar array until the array begins producing power, at which point the power supply transitions off-line.

Coastkeeper Celebrates Earth Day in North Park

San Diego Coastkeeper will merge leisure with education by hosting Smart on the Water Earth Day Challenge on April 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at El Take It Easy restaurant at 3926 30th St. in North Park. The event includes a water trivia contest and a raffle with prizes. The crowning of San Diego’s first “Water Whiz” also will take place. Members can attend the fundraiser for $5 and nonmembers can join for $15, which comes with a one-year membership to Coastkeeper and a complementary “I Bottle My
Own” reusable water bottle. El Take It Easy will donate 15 percent of restaurant proceeds to protecting water. Besides the Smart on Water event, Coastkeeper provides residents with a variety of opportunities to act as partners in preservation, including ater quality monitoring and beach cleanups. For a list of cleanup events, visit

Brunson Howard Joins The Irving Group

Brunson Howard

Brunson Howard has joined The Irving Group brokerage firm as a vice president. Howard previously was with Cushman & Wakefield, where he was named to the Power Broker list in 2009 for total office leasing transaction volumn. Howard has specialized in commercial real estate brokerage for the several years following his service as both a Cobra attack helicopter and F/A-18 Hornet pilot with the U.S. Marine Corps. During his military career, he was awarded the Strike Flight Air Medal with Combat “V” and two Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medals for superior performance. Howard earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University. He is a 2010 graduate of LEAD San Diego and is pursuing the C.C.I.M. (Certified Commercial Investment Manager) designation.

Tony Duckett Joins Buzztime as Executive V.P. of Sales

Tony Duckett

Tony Duckett has been named executive vice president of sales for Buzztime, a social entertainment and marketing platform for bars and restaurants. Duckett, who has 23 years in sales, will lead the agency’s subscription sales and account retension staff. Duckett most recently was vice president of sales for Aramark Uniform Service in Los Angeles. Before that he was senior vice president of sales at Nexicon Inc., a technology-based venture capital firm. Duckett headed up the business development team as president of Umbrella Entertainment Inc.  He has also held executive level positions with Bowne & Co., Nortel Networks, Tandem Computers, Sony and IBM.  Duckett earned a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College. He played professional basketball in Europe and with the Atlanta Hawks.

Travis Trautvetter Promoted at Marcus & Millichap

Travis Trautvetter

Travis R. Trautvetter has been promoted from senior associate to associate vice president of investments for Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services. Trautvetter began his career at Marcus & Millichap in May 2005. He was named an associate a year later and in May 2008 he was promoted to senior associate. He has received eight internal sales awards from the firm, including one National Achievement Award in 2010.

Cubic’s New Zealand Unit Names General Manager

Cubic Defence New Zealand Ltd., part of the defense systems segment of Cubic Corp., has appointed Mike Toxopeus as its new general manager. Toxopeus will be in charge of operations in Auckland, where about 135 employees are stationed. Before joining Cubic in mid February, Toxopeus was the industrial services business manager for SGS in New Zealand.

SCORE San Diego Small Business Workshops:

• March 30 – Business Basics 101 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; No charge, please preregister).

• March 30 – 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).

For more information, call (619) 557-7272 or visit

North County:

The Business & Entrepreneur Center and the Small Business Development Center at MiraCosta College will offer free upcoming workshops to help businesses succeed. The workshops will be held at Vista City Hall, 200 Civic Center Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the following dates:

April 5:  Financing Options for Businesses: Direct lenders and the SBA will discuss financing options for a business.

May 3: Ways to Market A Business: Learn to identify the “right” customer for a business and easy ways to market your business to them.

June 7: Marketing A Business Using Google Tools: Learn how to use Google tools such as ad words, ad sense, Google trends and more.

Bring a lunch to the workshops. Drinks will be provided.

The Daily Business Report is produced by REP Publishing Inc., publisher of SD METRO, the North Park News, Kensington News and the West Coast Craftsman.

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