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Daily Business Report — April 22, 2011

Women Rock!

SD METRO is asking readers to send us the names of women who have made a big impact on San Diego — in business, government, education, health, the nonprofit industry and the community at large. After compiling the information, we will select “20 Women Who Impact San Diego” in our June issue. Send us the name, title and contact information for the individual and a short explanation of why she should be honored. E-mail them to Bob Page at or Rebeca Page at

Takeda San Diego Gives $250,000 to Center for Children

Takeda San Diego, a drug discovery research company, has made a $250,000 gift to the San Diego Center for Children to support a new behavioral health diagnostic program. Center officials said the program will lead to more individualized diagnoses and treatments for center residents and promote their faster return to healthy and full childhoods. “Given the complexity of the children we help, we believe that more refined and individualized diagnosis and treatment plans are critical to help ensure each child’s success,” said Cheryl Rode, director of clinical operations at the center. “Until now, no funding has been available to complete as comprehensive a psychological diagnostic assessment as we believe is needed for treatment of children at this high level of care. Psychological testing and academic testing are sometimes available through school referrals to the center, but may not be complete or current to address the severity of concerns leading to residential placement.” With the Takeda San Diego funding, the center will develop a state-of-the-art behavioral health diagnostic program allowing every child entering the center’s residential program to benefit from a more comprehensive assessment of their neurocognitive functioning, psychopathology, behavioral patterns, social history and individual strengths, said Rode. The assessments will then fine tune each child’s treatment throughout their stay at the center.

Takeda San Diego designs innovative new medicines to treat cancer, diabetes and arthritis.  Its scientists use leading technologies to take pictures of human proteins involved in disease and then use those pictures to invent new drugs.  The staff also mobilizes frequent company-wide community efforts to help local nonprofit organizations, schools and the environment.

Studio E Architects Wins Sustainable Award

High Tech High Chula Vista has been chosen as one of the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture in the nation by the American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment (COTE). The school was designed by Studio E. Architects to minimize energy demand through compact planning, natural ventilation, daylighting and efficient building design. According to Studio E Architects, the school is the first and only new construction project in the county to win the national award. The building was broken into smaller parts with internal shaded courtyards to provide natural light and ventilation to learning spaces and hallways on the interior. Daylight is the primary lighting source for all circulation and learning areas. By orienting the building to capture the prevailing breezes, break-out spaces between classrooms and the hallways are passively air conditioned, the architectural firm said. A large south-facing roof canopy shades these areas and hosts a photovoltaic array which generates nearly 80 percent of the project’s energy demand. “The organization of the building’s floor plan blurs the line between indoor and outdoor space and offers every opportunity for students and staff to connect to nature,” the firm said. “The design is porous and open in character, while being easily-managed and maintained by teachers and staff.”

The school has been recognized as a model of good design by the United States Green Building Council, The Environmental Protection Agency and The Collaborative for High Performance Schools. The 47,000 square-foot school was completed in 2009 by Bycor General Contractors for  $11.5 million, using a combination of off-site modular and on-site conventional construction in an effort to reduce construction waste, increase construction quality and provide the building on a fast-track schedule.

Yasuhiro Oishi Appointed President of Kyocera Communications

Yasuhiro Oishi has been appointed president of San Diego-based Kyocera Communications Inc. (KCI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc. KCI provides services for Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless devices in the Americas. Oishi previously was vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing for KCI. He replaces Eiichi Toriyama, who served as KCI’s president since 2008 and accepts a new role as KCI’s chairman. The changes took effect as the company began its new fiscal year on April 1. Oishi joined Kyocera Corp. in 1985 with a degree in commercial science from Doshisha University in Japan. Upon Kyocera’s acquisition of the mobile phone division of Qualcomm Inc. in 2000, he moved to San Diego to become part of Kyocera’s U.S. wireless equipment business. Through 2008 he served as vice president of procurement, after which he spent two years as vice president of supply chain and production. Kyocera acquired the global mobile phone division of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. in 2008, and consolidated its U.S. wireless operations to create KCI the following year. Oishi became KCI’s vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing in 2010.

Sycamore Ventures to Acquire Two Hawthorne Companies

Sycamore Ventures of San Diego has signed a letter of intent to acquire Glen-Mac Swiss Co. and American Valve Manufacturing Corp. Glen-Mac, located in Hawthorne, Calif.,  specializes in parts manufacturing for commercial use. American Valve Manufacturing, also in Hawthorne, produces charging valves for military and commercial applications. Sycamore Ventures officials said combined revenues of the companies are about $1.9 million annually. “Both companies are firmly entrenched in their industries, generating solid sales and have significant potential for future growth,” said Harsh Shetty, CEO of Sycamore Ventures. The company was formed to develop into a diversified holding company.

Michael Feeley Gets Lockheed Martin Appointment

Michael Feeley has been named vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s San Diego site for its Mission Systems and Sensors (MS2) business. Feeley also will serve as vice president of Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence within MS2’s undersea systems business area. Feeley, a former Navy officer, joined Lockheed Martin in 1998, serving in a number of leadership positions within program management and business development. In his most recent assignment, he led the business development team for the undersea systems business. His Navy career spanned 27 years and included assignments as commanding officer, USS Phoenix and commodore, Submarine Squadron 3. Feeley served multiple tours in headquarters staffs including those of the Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of Naval Personnel and Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff.  Feeley is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

San Diego Investment Conference May 6-7

The San Diego Investment Conference will hold its second quarter conference on May 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla Aventine in La Jolla. Keynote speaker will be Doug Smith, founder and CEO of Village Green Global. Presenting companies during the conference will include Earth Wind and Solar, Golden Phoenix Minerals, American Motor Products, Ovagene Oncology, Cap Flow Funding, among others.

Art Show to Benefit Lois Merrill Foundation

Emma Henry artwork

Sean Dietrich artwork

The B3 Affair will host a free urban art show — “Art on the Edge” — on April 30 to benefit the Lois Merrill Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in honor of a Merrill, who died in 2006 from carcinoid cancer, a rare neuroendocrine cancer. The free-admission event will be staged from 4 to 8 p.m. at Eden, 1202 University Ave., Hillcrest. The event, produced by Michele Jones, will include a silent auction, food and drink specials and music by DJ Glenn Red. Silent auction items will include a guitar autographed by Maroon 5, a basketball autographed by Bobby Knight, vacations, spa packages, among others. Participating artists are Sharla Kay Bafia, Jennifer Baker, Constantine Bautista, Sean Dietrich, David M. Gallegos, Lena Gardelli, Emma Henry, Michele Jones, Carol Livingston, Julie London, Matt Milano, Renee Miller, The PGK Project and Emily Rood. The mission of The Lois Merrill Foundation is to help people affected by carcinoid cancer through funding research for new treatments, providing financial support for patients and their families and promoting awareness and education for carcinoid and other rare cancers. For more information on the event, visit:

Ryan March Promoted at West Inn & Suites

Ryan March has been promoted to front office manager of the West Inn & Suites, a boutique hotel in Carlsbad. March joined West Inn & Suites in July 2007 as a part-time bell person while working a second job as a host at the hotelʼs Bistro West restaurant and turned the seasonal position into a full-time position at the hotel as a guest services associate. March was promoted to front desk supervisor in July 2008.

SCORE San Diego Small Business Workshops

• April 26 – Introduction to Starting Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• April 26 – Financial Statements – What They Mean, How to Use Them – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• April 27 – Financing Your Business – 9:30 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92009; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• April 27 – Good Governance for Nonprofits: Effective Board Performance – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation in Liberty Station (2508 Historic Decatur Road, #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• April 29 – 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 Pre-Register).

• April 29 – Tax Considerations for Small Business – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92009; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

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. Contact: Manny Cruz (619) 287-1865.

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