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Daily Business Report-June 8, 2017

Daily Business Report-June 8, 2017

Axio Observer inverted microscope from ZEISS (Photo courtesy of ZEISS)

Salk’s Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center

Partners with Imaging Giant ZEISS

The Salk Institute’s Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center has formed a partnership with ZEISS that will give it access to the German company’s cutting-edge optical technology for research before it’s commercially available.

“This is a unique opportunity that gives Salk scientists a chance to not only benefit from ZEISS technology as it is being developed, but also to influence how the next generation of microscopes are designed,” says Uri Manor, director of the Waitt Center and Salk staff scientist.

Imaging and the accompanying data needed to capture higher resolution visuals are becoming more essential to biomedical research. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to help advance critical technology so essential to many areas of cutting-edge biological fields,” said Elizabeth Blackburn, president of the Salk Institute. “This partnership enables us to have access to the latest imaging technology, and will have tremendous impact on our ability to visualize and better understand the workings of biology and disease.”

The Waitt Center was launched in 2011 with a $20 million gift from Salk board chair Ted Waitt’s Waitt Foundation.

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The Palmetto State. The LNG-ready ECO Class tankers are the most fuel-efficient product carriers to enter the Jones Act trade. (Courtesy of NASSCO)

The Palmetto State. The LNG-ready ECO Class tankers are the most fuel-efficient product carriers to enter the Jones Act trade. (Courtesy of NASSCO)

NASSCO Delivers Last of Eight

ECO Class Tankers to Customer

General Dynamics NASSCO on Wednesday delivered the final ECO Class tanker constructed as part of an eight-tanker, dual-customer program. The Palmetto State was delivered to longtime customer American Petroleum Tankers (APT) during a signing ceremony at the NASSCO shipyard.

In 2013, NASSCO entered into agreements with two companies, APT and SEA-Vista LLC, to design and construct a total of eight 610-foot-long, 50,000-ton, LNG-conversion-ready product tankers to include a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity each.

The Palmetto State and its sister ships are the most environmentally friendly tankers to enter the Jones Act trade. The tankers’ “ECO” design offer 33 percent increased fuel efficiency and a corresponding reduction in ship emissions.

In just under three years, NASSCO shipbuilders constructed and delivered all eight ECO tankers. During this time, the company achieved several first-time milestones, including a record throughput of 60,000 tons of steel per year and the delivery of six ships in 2016.

“The ECO Class tanker program pushed us to develop more efficient planning and production techniques, and fundamentally improved the way we perform every day,” said Kevin Graney, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “I credit the success of this program to the thousands of hardworking men and women who contributed to the design, construction and delivery of these ships. Their dedication to continuous improvement was demonstrated by the hull-to-hull learning we saw over the course of the ECO Class program. I also thank American Petroleum Tankers and SEA-Vista, LLC for their partnership and confidence in NASSCO.”


The doors officially opened on May 22, but a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the dealership and an on-site dog park is scheduled for June 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The doors officially opened on May 22, but a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the dealership and an on-site dog park is scheduled for June 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Frank Subaru Auto Dealership

Opens on National City Mile of Cars

Frank Subaru, located in National City on the Mile of Cars, has opened a new superstore, the largest in Southern California.

The doors officially opened on May 22, but a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the dealership and an on-site dog park is scheduled for June 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We are so excited to finally open our doors to the community and show everyone what we have been working so hard to accomplish,” said Ron Fornaca, president of Frank Subaru.

The new dealership is 22,000 square feet and contains state-of-the art service lanes, energy efficient features, two customer lounges (one equipped with technology and a charging bar and another for peace, quiet and relaxation), and over 40 service bays. Three service lanes that will provide complementary alignment and tire tread depth checks.

The grand opening of the dog park on June 17 is open to the public. Frank Subaru is partnering with the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility to host a pet adoption and there will be a pet tag machine, which the community can use free of charge to create a new Frank Subaru dog tag. Pet parents can get lunch from Little Italy’s Loading Dock.


Tamara Romeo Named Board Chair of

SDSU’s Lavin Entrepreneurship Center

Tamara Romeo

Tamara Romeo

Tamara Romeo has been named chair of the advisory board for San Diego State University’s Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.
Romeo, the founder and president of San Diego Office Design, earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from SDSU in 1992 and has been active on the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center’s advisory board for the past several years. She is well-known in the San Diego business community having been named as one of “20 Women Who Impact San Diego” by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine in 2015 and “Woman Business Owner of the Year” by the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2014. Romero is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program.
“As a successful business owner, Tamara brings a wealth of knowledge and entrepreneurial expertise to the board,” said Alex DeNoble, executive director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.


Cal State San Marcos Appoints

VP for University Advancement

Cathy Baur

Cathy Baur

Cathy Baur has been appointed vice president for university advancement at California State University San Marcos. Baur had been serving in the position in an interim role since November. Baur is responsible for division oversight of advancement, communications, alumni engagement, and events and conference services.

Baur also is overseeing CSUSM’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, Forward Together, a $50 million campaign. The university is more than 75 percent of the way toward its goal, having raised more than $37.5 million.

Baur has worked for CSUSM since December 2008 when she was hired as the university’s associate vice president for communications. She has more than 25 years of experience in public relations, management and communications in both the public and private sectors. She received her bachelor’s in journalism and public relations from Fresno State and her MBA from UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business.


A.C. Nielsen Co. VP to Speak at SDX

June 13 Meeting in Downtown San Diego

Kelly Abcarian

Kelly Abcarian

SDX, formerly the San Diego Advertising Club, will present “Measurement Myths and the Importance of Representation,” a presentation from TV ratings company A.C. Nielsen Co., from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 13, at Downtown Works, 550 West B St., San Diego. Cost is free for members and $40 per person for nonmembers.

Speaking will be Kelly Abcarian, senior vice president at A.C. Nielsen Co. She is currently responsible for the strategic vision and roadmap for Nielsen’s “Currency Services,” including national and local, audio and print. She has focused on the convergence of devices and cross platform audience measurement.

Topics will include the methodology behind rating points and how Nielsen combines panels and surveys with data to deliver deeper consumer insights for local TV stations.


Lisa Kalal Named VP of Philanthropy

for United Way of San Diego County

Lisa Kalal

Lisa Kalal

United Way of San Diego County has named Lisa Kalal as vice president of philanthropy. Kalal brings more than 20 years of experience in philanthropic development to the 97-year-old nonprofit, with expertise in areas such as major sponsorship acquisition, donor cultivation, board development and strategic planning. Her role in United Way will include growing major gifts, leadership giving, donor engagement, and dynamic donor recruitment and retention.

In her recent position as the director of women’s philanthropy for the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, Kalal was responsible for growing philanthropy and meaningful engagement with the Federation’s female donors, with an emphasis on major gift and mid-level donors. She also increased the Federation’s membership, portfolio and fundraising efforts.

During her time with the San Diego Opera, she raised over $26 million. As the director of development for major sponsorships and director of institutional giving, Kalal was instrumental in building a model fundraising program for the opera that secured five- and six-figure grants from various local and national organizations.


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