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Daily Business Report — May 19, 2011

40 Under 40 Award Deadline

The deadline for submitting nominations for SD METRO’s 40 Under 40 Awards for 2011 is drawing near. You have until May 30 to nominate people you believe are making substantial contributions to their community, their companies, organizations or institutions. You will find a nomination form on the front page of our Website ( Fill it out and submit. Editor’s Tip: Describe your nominee in depth. Give plenty of examples of major accomplishments.

Navy Ship Naming Draws Criticism, Praise

A Navy cargo ship like this one will be named after farmworkers leader César Chavez.

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Wednesday named a new Navy supply ship after the late farmworkers leader César Chavez, a decision criticized by Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter as being “political” and praised by 15 Democratic Senators as a fitting tribute to a “great labor and civil rights leader and a Navy veteran.” Mabus announced the decision at an event at NASSCO in San Diego, where the T-AKE 14 ship is under construction.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus

César Chavez

Mabus has explained that the naming of the César Chávez is part of a tradition of naming these Navy supply ships after pioneers, explorers and visionaries to “celebrate the dreams and bold action of the American spirit” and “honor men and women who have changed our country and the world for the better.” In a statement released by his office, Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said the Navy is paying too much attention to politics and not enough to tradition. “Naming a ship after César Chavez goes right along with other recent decisions by the Navy that appears to be more about making a political statement than upholding the Navy’s history and tradition,” said Hunter.

Duncan Hunter

He said more worthy potential honorees were overlooked by the Navy. “If this decision were about recognizing the Hispanic community’s contribution to our nation, many other names come to mind, including Marine Corps Sergeant Rafael Peralta, who was nominated for the Medal of Honor for action in Iraq,” Hunter said in his statement. “Peralta is one of many Hispanic war heroes — some of whom are worthy of the same recognition.” In a letter commending Mabus, the 15 Senators admonished critics of the decision as demonstrating “a disappointing lack of knowledge of the standards and traditions that are such an important part of United States Navy history.” They pointed out the Navy’s tradition of naming ships in the T-AKE class after pioneers and visionaries “such as Native American explorer Sacagawea, aviator Amelia Earhart, Navy Master Diver Carl Brashear, astronaut Alan Shepard, explorers Lewis and Clark, and civil rights leader Medgar Evers.” Chávez enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and served for two years. He later went on to co-found the United Farm Workers. He died in 1993 at age 66. NASSCO suggested the name to the Navy because it wanted to honor its mostly Hispanic workforce and the neighborhood where it is located, according to a spokesman.

New Dean Named at Cal State San Marcos

Don Chu, former dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of West Florida, has been named dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Cal State University San Marcos. He will assume the post on July 1. The newly created college includes the current College of Education, School of Nursing and the Departments of Kinesiology and Human Development. “His record of scholarship, his demonstrated success in fundraising and his experience in leading a major college at a regional, comprehensive university are all indicative of a gifted academic leader,” said Emily Cutrer, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Cal Stae San Marcos. Before joining the University of West Florida, Chu was a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Cal State Chico and served as chair of the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science for nine years.

New SDSU President Welcomed

Elliot Hirshman greeted.

More than 200 San Diego State faculty, staff and students turned out for a campus reception earlier this week to welcome the university’s next president, Elliot Hirshman. Afterwards, Hirshman returned to his current responsibilities as provost and senior vice president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He will assume the presidency of SDSU following President Stephen Weber’s July 5 retirement. Hirshman will become San Diego State’s eighth president in its 114-year history. 

In his remarks, Hirshman acknowledged the university’s accomplishments in teaching, research and community involvement and vowed to continue emphasizing those areas. He also said he was impressed with the success of increasing diversity at SDSU.

 “You will hear me use the term ‘inclusive excellence,’ and I think it is very fitting to what’s happening here at San Diego State.”

General Atomics Celebrates Milestone

General Atomics celebrated a milestone on May 9 with the delivery of the first hardware components for the newest aircraft carrier, CVN 78. The delivery of the first set of Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, production components was to Naval Air Systems Command. The shipset consists of thousands of hardware items related to its launch and recovery systems. “This first delivery demonstrates how developing electromagnetic technologies can be brought to market in support of our customer, our defense and our nation,” said Dean Key, production program manager for General Atomics.

The Irving Group Names Sales and Marketing Director

Courtney Murphy

Courtney Murphy, previously affiliated with the CoStar Group, has joined The Irving Group as director of sales and marketing. At CoStar Group, Murphy ranked in the top 10 percent of the company’s research analysts nationwide with responsibility for monitoring a portfolio of more than 1,200 commercial properties. She later served as an account executive with responsibility for developing, managing and ensuring the profitability of accounts throughout the greater Inland Empire region. Murphy’s prior experience also includes McKinley Inc. in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she was a project manager and analyst with its Major Transactions Group. Prior to that, she was a paralegal and marketing coordinator for a major law firm in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.Murphy is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.  She also holds a certificate in real estate fundamentals from the Real Estate School of Michigan.

Eileen Haag Leads S.D. Women’s Foundation Board

Eileen Haag

Long-time community leader Eileen Haag has been named president of the San Diego Women’s Foundation board of directors for 2011. Haag published community newspapers for more than 20 years and has provided consulting services to a variety of clients. After the Witch Creek fires of 2007, she chaired the RB United Coalition, to help Rancho Bernardo recover and rebuild after losing more than 300 homes. She has also chaired the board of directors at Casa de las Campanas, a continuing care retirement community, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation and has served on the board of the Poway Center for Performing Arts Foundation. She has been named a Salvation Army Woman of Dedication, a Soroptimist Woman of Distinction, and has been inducted into the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame.

CB Richard Ellis Adds Executives

Tenant representation professionals Dennis Hearst and David Viani have joined CB Richard Ellis in San Diego. The two will advise office tenants in real estate transactions. Hearst is a senior vice president and Viani is a vice president based in the UTC office. Hearst has negotiated transactions for more than 6 million square feet of space for clients including Intuit, UCSD, Scripps Health, Novatel Wireless, Carl Zeiss Vision, Cisco Systems and LG Electronics. Viani has been specializing in tenant representation for the past eight years and has represented a variety of tenants throughout San Diego County, including Embassy CES, Woodbury University, Novatel Wireless, Synteract, Telepacific Communications, Wertz McDade Wallace Moot & Brower and Wells Publishing.

Ground Broken for New Condo Development

McMillin Realty has broken ground on Villas at Mission Trails, a condominium project east of Mission Trails Regional Park. The neighborhood will have 12 detached condos with three to four bedrooms, two-car garages and private front and rear yards. Prices will start in the high $300,000s. The neighborhood is located next door to the Mission Trails Regional Park where residents will have access to the park’s more than 40 miles of nature trails, camping and boating and fishing on Lake Murray.  The nearby Santee Lakes also offers outdoor recreation opportunities with paddle boats, trails and fishing.

Small Business Workshops

SCORE San Diego continues its series of low-cost workshops. Fees range from $29 to $109, depending on the program. To register online, visit For more information, call (619) 557-7272.

May 18 – Internet Marketing 301: Increase Sales Through Pay-Per-Click – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

May 21 – 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).

May 21 – Internet Marketing 101: Use the Internet to Successfully Market Your Business – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

May 23 – Restaurant 201 – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, San Diego 92011; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

May 24 – Marketing & Contracting with State & Local Governments – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

May 25 – QuickBooks Advanced – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

May 25 – How to Start a Nonprofit – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation in Point Loma (2508 Historic Decatur Road, #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

May 26 – Internet Marketing 302: Develop a Winning Email Marketing Success Strategy – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, San Diego 92011; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door). May 31 – Business Basics 101 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; No charge – please pre-register).

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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