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Daily Business Report — June 24, 2011

Trigild Lender Conference Set for Oct. 19-21

Norm Miller, professor of real estate at University of San Diego, and economist Sam Chandan will be speakers at the 11th annual Trigild Lender Conference Oct. 19-21 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in Downtown San Diego. Conference theme is “Exiting the Storm: Leading Edge Strategies for Lenders and Distressed Loan Buyers. Miller is editor of the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate and co-founder of Collateral Intelligence,  a firm specializing in micro-level housing market analysis. He previously served as vice president of analytics for the CoStar Group, a public commercial real estate data and market analysis company headquartered in Washington, D.C. Chandan is an adjunct professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and heads Chandan Economics. For more conference information, visit

Law Firm Changes Name

Marks, Golia & Finch, LLP, a 30-attorney law firm serving the construction industry, is changing its name to Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP. Jason R. Thornton and Jeffrey B. Baird both started at the firm in early 1997 when the firm had six lawyers, and have been partners in the firm for many years.  Both Thornton and Baird have been recognized as Top Lawyers by the San Diego Daily Transcript in Construction and Real Estate Law. The other partners of the firm are Chad T. Wishchuk, head of the firm’s labor and employment practice; Louis J. Blum, a construction attorney mentored in trial advocacy for nearly 10 years; and David S. Demian, head of the firm’s transactional practice.

SDSU Business Alumni Network Networking

SDSU’s Business Alumni Network organization will hold its next networking event July 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Attending will be Michael Cunningham, the new dean of the College of Business Administration, and newly elected members of the board of directors. Tickets are $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. For reservations, call Chris Parks at (619) 855-0090 or visit

Manager Appointed for Mt. Woodson Golf Club

Golf industry veteran Grant Wingate has been named general manager at the Mt. Woodson Golf Club Ramona. Wingate joins Mt. Woodson after serving as director of golf tournament sales/director of golf at Sycuan Golf and Tennis Resort in El Cajon, where he oversaw operations for two championship golf courses and an executive golf course. Prior experience also includes serving as director of sales and marketing/director of golf at Salt Creek Golf Club in San Diego; tour director of the Golf Channel Amateur Tour, including operations of the Golf Channel National Championship; and project coordinator for Resort Golf Group in Scottsdale, Ariz. Wingate holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Magma Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Tim Miller has joined Magma in the newly created role of chief operating officer. Miller previously was CEO of Dolphin Interconnect Solutions. He was a founder a CEO of StarGen, which was acquired by Dolphin. He also worked at Digital Equipment Corp. where he held a number of marketing and general management positions in the systems and semiconductor businesses.

Credit Union Building Completed in Oceanside

Construction has been completed on a new branch of the San Diego County Credit Union in Oceanside. The branch is a freestanding building within the Towne Center North retail center at College Boulevard and Mission Avenue. The 4,700 square-foot commercial tenant improvement project began in October 2010 and included demolition and construction to transform the tenant space into a Class A credit union branch. KMA Architecture designed the project.

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.

• June 28 – Introduction to Starting Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• June 29 – Tax Considerations for Small Business – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• June 30 – Business Basics 101 – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; no charge – please pre-register).

• July 6 – Business Plan 101: How to Develop Your Best Competitive Advantage – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $79, $89 at the door)

• July 7 – Financing Your Business – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

Old Globe’s 2011 Shakespeare Festival

Ben Diskant as Ariel in ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare, directed by Adrian Noble.

The Old Globe Theatre’s 2011 Shakespeare Festival is in full swing with productions of “The Tempest,” “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Amadeus.” Performances in repertory run through Sept. 25 in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Tickets are available by subscription and prices range from $72 to $243. Single tickets are also available starting at $29. Subscription packages and single tickets may be purchased  online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the box office.

Adrian Noble is the artistic director for the festival and directs “The Tempest” and Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus.” Ron Daniels directs “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Jay Whittaker as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in ‘Amadeus’ by Peter Shaffer, directed by Adrian Noble.

Miles Anderson plays Prospero in “The Tempest” and Antonio Salieri in “Amadeus.” Jay Whittaker plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in “Amadeus” and Don John in “Much Ado About Nothing.” Jonno Roberts plays Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing” and Caliban in “The Tempest.” Georgia Hatzis plays Beatrie in “Much Ado About Nothing” and Venticella in “Amadeus.”

Anderson and Whittaker have received San Diego Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, in recognition of their performances in last season’s festival.

Georgia Hatzis as Beatrice and Jonno Roberts as Benedick in Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ directed by Ron Daniels.

The repertory company also features Michael Stewart Allen, John Cariani, Donald Carrier,  Anthony Cochrane, Winslow Corbett, Kevin Alan Daniels, Globe Associate Artist Charles Janasz, Jason Maddy and Adrian Sparks, as well as The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program students Shirine Babb, Adam Daveline, Grayson DeJesus, Ben Diskant, Christian Durso, Andrew Hutcheson, Rachael Jenison, Jesse Jensen, Allison Spratt Pearce, Deborah Radloff, Ryman Sneed and Jonathan Spivey. (Photos by Henry DiRocco)

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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