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Daily Business Report — Aug. 26, 2011

SAIC Receives $20 Million Airport Security Contract

Science Applications International Corp. has been awarded a $20 million contract to provide security systems for San Diego International Airport. The contract was awarded by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Under the contract, SAIC will provide design-build services for security, network and building and maintenance management systems at the airport. “We look forward to playing a key role in the terminal expansion and implementation of a common use systems model at the San Diego International Airport,” said JT Grumski, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager. “These integrated solutions will bring the right people, technology, and systems together to provide a foundation for converged network, security, building management, and enterprise asset management systems throughout the airport.”

Clean Energy Road Show Starts Today

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) is kicking off its 18-month “Residential Energy Roadshow” in San Diego today to educate Southern Californians about energy-saving practices in home efficiency, solar technologies and alternative-fuel transportation. The center has partnered with ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader in propane autogas technology, and propane supplier Ferrellgas for the mobile exhibit that will travel via a Ford F-250 pickup truck equipped with a liquid propane fuel system.

ROUSH Propane Ford

Using the pickup truck with the ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel system, CCSE will transport the exhibit to community events throughout San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The truck will have access to Ferrellgas propane autogas stations for refueling at more than 200 locations in California.Vehicles powered by propane autogas emit up to 24 percent fewer greenhouse gasses and 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, with significantly fewer particulates. Historically, propane autogas costs 30 to 40 percent less than gasoline and requires less vehicle maintenance due to its clean-burning properties, making it an economical alternative.The CCSE Residential Energy Roadshow is today, Saturday and Sunday at the San Diego Home, Hot Tub & Landscape Show at the San Diego Convention Center. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

AT&T Deploys 2,000th Alternate-Fuel Vehicle in San Diego

AT&T on Thursday announced the San Diego deployment of its 2,000th alternate-fuel vehicle in its California-based corporate fleet. The vehicles are part of AT&T’s planned 10-year initiative to invest up to $565 million to replace 15,000 fleet vehicles with alternative fuel models through 2018. AT&T’s fleet nationwide currently numbers more than 71,500 vehicles. The vehicle deployed in San Diego uses compressed natural gas technology  and is one of 90 alternate-fuel vehicles deployed by AT&T in San Diego.

“The deployment of our 2,000th alternative fuel vehicle is a significant milestone in an ongoing effort to minimize our impact on the environment,” said Ignacio De La Torre, San Diego vice president of AT&T External Affairs. “AT&T recognizes that California leads the way in clean technology. We are proud to be a part of the solution and will continue to look for opportunities to add cleaner energy resources to power our business operations.” According to a 2009 Center for Automotive Research report, AT&T’s planned alternative fuel vehicle initiative would save 49 million gallons of gasoline over the 10-year deployment period and reduce carbon emissions by 211,000 metric tons — the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing 38,600 passenger vehicles from the road for one year.

Chef Competition Supports Domestic Violence Awareness

The seventh annual Chef Showdown 2011 on Oct. 6 — a fundraiser for the Center for Community Solutions — will feature a culinary competition involving chefs from some of San Diego’s top restaurants — among them Bali Hai, Kensington Grill, Cups, El Vitral, Harney Sushi, Sea Rocket Bistro, Sycuan, The Shores, Truluck’s, Kitchen 1540 and Viejas. The fundraiser — “Taking a Stand Against Domestic Violence” — honors Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Legacy Plaza, NTC Promenade, Point Loma. Funds raised will go to support sexual assault,  domestic violence and elder abuse prevention and intervention programs and services. Guests will sample food items from the restaurants while enjoying beverages, cocktails and live entertainment. Tickets can be purchased for $125. Call for details at (858) 272-5777 or visit ccssd.org.

USD Names Leadership Program Director

Christina de Vaca

Christina de Vaca has been named director of University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Executive Leadership program. De Vaca has held senior executive positions in operations, administration and  governance. She previously was chief governance officer, vice president and corporate secretary for Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, a global specialty pharmaceutical company. Prior to Valeant, she served as operations vice president at Premier Inc., a privately held group purchasing organization. De Vaca holds a bachelor’s degree from Dallas Baptist University and amaster’s from the University of  California, Irvine. The program she heads prepares candidates for business leadership.

Corporate Directors Forum to Honor Six Executives

The Corporate Directors Forum will honor six San Diego executives with Director of the Year awards at a Sept. 14 dinner at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in Downtown. The executives will be honored for high ethical conduct, integrity and high standards in corporate governance. The recipients are:

• Gary W. Pace, director, ResMed, honored as Director of the Year for Corporate Governance.

• Jay T. Flatley, president and CEO, Illumina Inc., honored as Director of the Year for Enhancement of Economic Value.

• Lisa Suennen, director, PatientSafe Solutions Inc., honored as Director of the Year for Companies in Transition.

• Alexis V. Lukianov, chairman and CEO, NuVasive Inc., honored as Director of the Year for Corporate Citizenship.

• Darlene Marcos Shiley, director, University of San Diego’s Board of Trustees and others, honored as Director of the Year for Corporate Governance, Not-for-Profit.

Irwin Jacobs, director, various boards, recognized for Lifetime Achievement in Corporate Governance.

The Director of the Year Awards dinner is open to the public and ticket prices are $225 per person or $2,000 for a table of 10. For reservations, call (858) 455-7930 or e-mail events@directorsforum.com.


Small Business Workshops

SCORE San Diego continues its series of small business workshops. For more information, call (619) 557-7272 or visit score-sandiego.org.

• Aug. 30 ­ Business Basics 101 ­ 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; no charge ­ please pre-register).

• Aug. 31 ­ Buying and Selling a Business ­ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Sept. 1 ­ Hiring and Managing Employees ­ 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).

Sept. 6 ­ 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 Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

Sept. 7 ­ Business Plan 101: How to Develop Your Best Competitive Advantage ­ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $79, $89 at the door).

Sept. 7 ­ QuickBooks Basic ­ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Sept. 8 ­ Internet Marketing 301: Increase Sales through Pay-Per-Click ­ 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Sept. 8 ­ Financing Your Business ­ 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Sept. 9 ­ Business Basics 101 ­ 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, 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 and the West Coast Craftsman. Contact: Manny Cruz (619) 287-1865.


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