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Executive Spotlight

Executive Spotlight

September 6, 2011

Jennifer Adams-Brooks

Jennifer Adams-Brooks has been named chair of The San Diego Foundation’s board of governors. She is president of Clark Consultants, a firm that specializes in human resource counsulting and executive coaching. Former posts include chief of staff for members of the state Assembly and San Diego City Council, and interim executive director for the Southeast Economic Development Corp. She serves on several local boards, including vice chair of the San Diego Housing Commission, the UCSD Board of Overseers and the Springall Academy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and urban planning from UCSD. Adams-Brooks is chair of Friends of The Foundation and the Civil Society Working Group.

JP Roach

JP Roach has joined Hughes Marino as an associate and assistant general counsel. Prior to joining the company Roach worked as a law clerk and later as an attorney at several San Diego plaintiffs’ litigation firms. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Southern District of California. Roach graduated from law school in San Diego with a dual JD/MBA degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and Point Loma Nazarene University. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree.

Phil Rush

Real estate veteran Phil L. Rush has been named president and chief operating officer of Brehm Residential, the San Diego-based homebuilding and community development company. A 30-year veteran of the homebuilding industry, Rush most recently served as president of Carlsbad-based RPR Realty Advisors Inc. During his career as a senior executive, Rush has represented institutional investors including CalPERS, The Prudential Insurance Company of America, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in the acquisition, development, and management of residential projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Riverside and completed post-graduate work in real estate development at UCSD.

Thomas Olson

Alan Scott

Veteran real estate brokers Thomas Olson and Alan Scott have rejoined the Douglas Wilson Cos. Both formerly were with Coldwell Banker Commercial Almar Real Estate. Olson and Scott last worked at the Douglas Wilson Cos. in the late 1990s and handled such projects as the $85 million sale of the China Basin Landing office complex in San Francisco; the $60 million sale of the Super Shops portfolio, a portfolio in bankruptcy consisting of 77 freestanding retail stores located in 27 states; and the $32 million sale of the Flower Hill Mall in Del Mar. While at Coldwell Banker Commercial, they handled the $43 million sale of the leasehold interest in bankruptcy of the Queen Mary ocean liner and surrounding property in Long Beach.

Susan Schreyer

Susan McNeil Schreyer has been named chief development officer of Girl Scouts San Diego. Leading the fundraising campaign during Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary year will be one of her initial responsibilities. Schreyer began her career in Washington, D.C., conducting campaign seminars throughout the United States. She later served locally elected officials, including Mayor Susan Golding, Councilwoman Judy McCarty and county Supervisor Ron Roberts. She directed San Diego READS, a partnership between San Diego City Schools and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Schreyer earned a bachelor’s degree from UCSD and a master’s degree from San Diego State University.

Stephanie Whitmore

Stephanie Morgan Whitmore has joined RECON’s San Diego-based corporate office as a senior environmental analyst and project manager. For the past 10 years, Whitmore has worked as a project manager, leading large, interdisciplinary consultant teams for a variety of residential, commercial, industrial and mixed-use land development projects throughout Southern California. Her previous positions have entailed the oversight and preparation of environmental documents in conformance with California Environmental Quality Act. She holds a master’s degree from San Diego State and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Board.

Michael Neil

Michael Neil, a trial lawyer and senior partner of Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall & Trexler, has been elected president of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Council, an international organization composed of the nation’s leaders in the legal community. Neil is a past president of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and holds the rank of Diplomate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is retired from the Marine Corps Reserve with the rank of brigadier general and is a recipient of the Navy Cross. In 2008, Neil was the recipient of the Daniel T. Broderick Award for civility, integrity and professionalism in trial advocacy presented by the San Diego County Bar Association.

Carlos Riva

Carlos A. Riva has been named chief executive officer of Poseidon Resources, which is developing a number of seawater desalination projects, including one in Carlsbad. Riva has been president or CEO of a number of infrastructure companies over the years, including J. Makowski Co., Intergen, Amec Group Ltd. and most recently as CEO of Verenium Corp., a leader in the fields of advanced biofuels and industrial enzymes.  He holds engineering degrees from M.I.T. and Stanford University and a master’s degree from Harvard Business School. The 50-million-gallon-per-day Carlsbad project, the first large-scale seawater desalination project permitted in California, is set to close project financing later this year.


Executive Spotlight is produced by SD METRO Magazine (sandiegometro.com). Contact: Manny Cruz (619) 287-1865.


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