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Top Tech Execs 2018: Cancer Diagnosis Prompts a Renewed Sense of Priorities

Lifetime Achievement

In the words of Abraham Lincoln: It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years. At just 39 years old, Marine, husband, father and cancer fighter Casey Cotton is leaving his mark on San Diego’s technology field.

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Top Tech Execs 2018: Worldly Business View Helps Life Science Exec Thrive

Exemplary Service

Johnson Lai joined Life Technologies in 2006 and helped scale its information systems during its massive growth, which led to its $13.6 billion acquisition in 2014 by Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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Top Tech Execs 2018: Terry Loftus


Oceanside Unified School District Terry Loftus leads the Information Services, Educational Technology and Information Technology teams for the Oceanside Unified School District.

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Top Tech Execs 2018: Angela Moran

Nonprofit Small

Angela Moran is an innovative IT executive with experience in planning, developing and implementing IT solutions in both the public and private sectors.

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Top Tech Execs 2018: Jonathan Behnke


Jonathan Behnke has been CIO for the City of San Diego for the past three years and has led an initiative to upgrade the digital capabilities to serve its 1.3 million residents.

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Top Tech Execs 2018: Alicia Rodriguez

Nonprofit Large

In addition to her CIO duties, Alicia Rodriguez also serves as the vice president of strategic initiatives for San Ysidro Health. She is responsible for IT, the Enterprise Project Management Office, and the Data Governance and Reporting teams.

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Top Tech Execs 2018: Ryan Rusnak

Private Micro

Ryan Rusnak co-founded Airspace Technologies in January. As a technology-enabled logistics service provider, Rusnak has guided the organization to integrate technology, people, and services through an automated software platform.

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Top Tech Execs 2018: Jerome Fodor

Private Medium

Jerome Fodor joined AbacusNext in 2013 and led the strategic technology development of Abacus Private Cloud from concept to commercialization, building one of the largest commercially available private clouds for legal and accounting professionals.

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Top Tech Execs 2018: Ryan Fay

Private Small

Ryan Fay has demonstrated exceptional IT leadership that has contributed to the EAP company’s growth, client retention, and industry innovation.

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Top Tech Execs 2018: Brad Williams

Private Large

Brad Williams directs all customer service functions for Petco, a global organization, which includes managing the operations and engineering team for IT end user services to more than 25,000 employees and contractors worldwide.

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Top Tech Execs 2018: Michael Hawman

Private Mega

Michael Hawman is CIO of General Atomics and its affiliates, which are among the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to electromagnetic systems, remotely operated surveillance aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electronic, wireless, and laser technologies.

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Top Tech Execs 2018: Troy Seelye

Public Large

Teradata is a global provider of data warehousing and analytics solutions, with annual revenue of about $2.5 billion.

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Top Tech Execs 2018: Hudson Airom

Public Small

Hudson Airom is responsible for Mitek Systems Inc.’s critical access to cloud resources. Mitek Systems Inc. is a San Diego-based cloud consulting company, so it is essential that they operate on high speed with the capability to develop and improve products and services.

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Grandesign Relocates Headquarters to Historic Wonder Bread Building

Its new, 7,600-square-foot office is in the historic Wonder Bread building near Petco Park.

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Arena Quietly Returns With Promising Autoimmune Trials

PHARMA: Co. Transforms After Weight-Loss Flop

Arena Pharmaceuticals’ weight-loss drug flopped a few years ago, signaling a bleak future. That is, if you ignored Arena’s shelved compounds.

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Plenty of Legal Issues Come With Endless Possibilities of AI

INNOVATION: Potential For Abuses Is Huge as Machines Make Decisions

In the near future, attorneys and the court system will be challenged to sort out who is liable when products equipped with artificial intelligence cause harm to persons or property.

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Law Firm Readies for Role In Age of Autonomous Cars

Product Liability Becomes Focus, Legal Services May Be a Bigger Market Than They Are Today

Embracing an emerging field of law, the Tyson & Mendes civil litigation firm has launched a practice aimed at defending the insurers and manufacturers of self-driving cars.

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Mobile Industrial Robots Opens Office in S.D.

Mobile Industrial Robots (MIR) announced the opening of an office in San Diego, led by Nicholas Temple, which marks the company’s second office in the U.S.

SDG&E Gives Two Grants to Fund Fire Dispatch Tools

The utility donated a $131,600 to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation and another $32,000 to the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation.

Cali Bamboo Promotes President to CEO

Doug Jackson moves into the top post. Company co-founders Jeff Goldberg and Tanner Haigwood continue to serve on the board of directors as stewards of the company.