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Daily Business Report-June 25, 2013

Daily Business Report-June 25, 2013

Colkitt&Co turned the cafeteria at the Rock Church into a Dlush Lounge

Trendy Dlush Lounge Opens at Rock Church

The stodgy cafeteria at Point Loma’s Rock Church has been transformed into the trendy Dlush Lounge. Colkitt&Co. did the transformation. In order to create an atmosphere that encourages lounging and conversations after church services, Colkitt&Co went with an open design concept that features a stage for events, numerous tables and seating options and a full kitchen.

Dlush also expanded its brand, transitioning from only serving smoothies, coffee, tea, and milkshakes, to now offering a variety of food at Rock Church as well. The menu includes mid-priced gourmet sandwiches with a twist, homemade desserts and a variety of playful drink concoctions. Dlush also gives 5 percent of every sale back to Rock Ministries.

Meanwhile, Dlush is collaborating with Colkitt&Co to completely transform a 2,000-square-foot cafeteria space at UC San Diego into a lounge and restaurant for students, much like the one at Rock Church. Construction at Dlush UCSD will begin this summer and is expected to open in September in time for the fall semester.

City Should Develop Plan to Pay for Deferred Infrastructure Work, Budget Analyst Says

A report to the City Council’s Infrastructure Committee Monday recommended the development of plan to pay for deferred infrastructure work, City News Service reports. Putting off maintenance and renovation projects because of budget restraints in recent years has left the city with backlog of projects with a low-ball price tag around $900 million, according to Erin Noel of the city’s Independent Budget Analyst’s office. “Infrastructure issues impact the public health, safety and quality of life for San Diego communities, as well as the tourism industry, which is an important part of the city’s economy,” Noel said. “Addressing infrastructure issues is clearly one of the highest priorities for the city.” The committee agreed to forward the issue to the full City Council for consideration.

News In Brief:

• Taxis: The San Diego City Council agreed to extend its contract with the Metropolitan Transit System to run taxicabs in San Diego for one more year. KPBS.

• Poll on Filner: More San Diegans disapprove than approve of the job San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is doing, according to a new U-T San Diego/10News poll. It showed that 43 percent of 500 respondents disapproved of Filner’s job performance while 39 percent approved. Eighteen percent were not sure.

• Breweries: County Supervisor Dianne Jacob wants to make it more affordable for breweries, specialty food merchants and related enterprises to open shop in the unincorporated areas. On Wednesday, she will ask fellow supervisors to relax the rules for farm-related ventures such as micro-breweries and cheese makers. UT-San Diego.

Summit Performance Group and Adelman Travel Merge

Adelman Travel and San Diego-based Summit Performance Group have formed AdelmanSummit to offer comprehensive corporate and association meeting and event management, incentive travel, and sports hospitality services to businesses and organizations.  Adelman Travel, based in Milwaukee, Wisc., is the 22nd-largest travel agency in the United States and specializes in business travel and travel management services. Summit Performance group offers event management and incentive travel services.   “Partnering with Summit will offer our customers a turnkey solution to managing meetings and events of any size,” said Angela Abbate, vice president of global services for Adelman Travel.

Larry Campitiello Awarded Attorney of the Year Honors

Larry Campitiello a shareholder at Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel, has been named Attorney of the Year by the North County Bar Association. Campitiello was presented with the award at the bar association’s 25th Annual Bench & Bar Reception at The Crossings at Carlsbad on June 20. Jeffrey Lacy, NCBA president, presented the award to Campitiello, who was selected for achieving the highest level of professional performance and ethical conduct. Campitiello was president of the NCBA in 2011 and currently serves on the San Diego County Bar Association’s board of directors.

Lisa Klika Promoted at Guild Mortgage Co.

Lisa Klika

Lisa Klika

Lisa Klika has been promoted to senior vice president of compliance and quality assurance at San Diego-based Guild Mortgage Co. Klika directs 30 of Guild’s employees, managing state and federal regulatory agency filings, licensing, inquiries and audits, and analyze regulatory changes and areas of risk to assess impact to the company. She joined Guild as a compliance analyst in March 2003 and was promoted to quality assurance analyst in July 2004. She was named vice president in 2007 and senior vice president this month. At age 35, she is one of the youngest senior vice presidents in Guild history. Before joining Guild, Klika worked at the Challenge Center, helping rehabilitate individuals with debilitating diseases and long-term disabilities.


Sam Assael Named Regional Manager for Union Bank

Sam Assael has been named regional manager for Union Bank’s residential lending group based in San Diego — a newly created position. He is responsible for the growth of residential lending throughout the greater San Diego area, while managing mortgage consultants who serve branch clients in the region. Assael has 10 years of industry experience. Before joining Union Bank, he served as a mortgage consultant with First California Funding.  Prior to that, he was a partner, manager and mortgage consultant at Alliance Direct Home Loans

Linda Greenberg Joins Lee & Associates as Principal

Linda Greenberg

Linda Greenberg

Linda Greenberg has joined Lee & Associates as principal and is based at the firm’s San Diego-UTC office. Greenberg previously was a senior vice president with Colliers International. She has more than 30 years of experience in the field. Greenberg holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. She is past president and a current board member of the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, past San Diego chapter president and past national president of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the South County Economic Development Council and Working Waterfront Group.


Senior Counsel Omar Passons Honored by Lawyers of Color

Omar T. Passons, senior counsel at Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz APC in San Diego, has been named to Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural “Hot List,” to be profiled in the July issue of the publication. Honorees were selected among early to mid-career attorneys under 40 who are excelling in the legal profession, based on a combined editorial and peer nomination process.  Passons practices in the areas of public works, land use and civil litigation. His enthusiasm about education and civic leadership has led to serving as president-elect of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, launching the Craft Beer Debate Series and public speaking on legal issues that impact local communities, such as his recent presentation regarding solar power purchase agreements at the American Public Works Association “Sustainability in Public Works Conference.”

NewSchool of Architecture and Design Honors Pete Garcia and David Malmuth of I.D.E.A.

The NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) presented the Richard Welsh Distinguished Service Award to I.D.E.A. Partners founders Pete Garcia and David Malmuth during its June 22 commencement program. Garcia and Malmuth were chosen for their transformative initiatives through I.D.E.A Partners that aim to create over 10,000 design jobs over the next 12 years through the creation of the I.D.E.A. District (Innovation+Design+Education+Arts) in the East Village section of Downtown San Diego, where NSAD is located.

The I.D.E.A. District concept was first presented to the community in spring 2011. It was quickly embraced by local business and property owners, arts and culture, education, community and government leaders as a blueprint for economic revitalization in the upper East Village.

Recently, I.D.E.A. Partners and Lowe Enterprises were selected by the San Diego Community College District for what will be the first project in the District, an urban mixed-use development on a full city block bounded by E, F, Park and 13th Streets.


Federal Contracts

AEL Construction

AEL Construction, Escondido, won a $431,627 federal contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Service, Sacramento, for the construction of wastewater disposal systems.

UC Regents

Regents of the University of California, La Jolla, won a $52,518.48 federal contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Network 22 Logistics Office, Long Beach, for support services to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Ahntech Inc.

Ahntech Inc., San Diego, was awarded a $108,265,092 federal contract by the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., for fuel for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and federal civilian agencies.


General Dynamics National Steel & Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, was awarded an $11.2 million federal contract by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command for the detail design of Afloat Forward Staging Base modifications for the Mobile Landing Platform program to support the construction of MLP 3 and MLP 4 which will be AFSB variants.

Hamilton Sundstrand

Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., San Diego, won a $186,252 federal contract from the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., for electric wire, power and distribution equipment.



Adconion Direct’s name was misspelled in the June 24 Daily Business Report. The firm’s CEO, Kim Perell, was named one of seven Entrepreneurs of the Year for San Diego by Ernst & Young.


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