SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS
TECH: Big Data’s Future Includes a Huge Role in Business
As San Diego County companies strive to match the products they make with the buyers who need them, they increasingly are turning to “big data,” the science of sorting through multiple layers of computer-generated information to identify likely clients.
TECHNOLOGY: Tools Address Clean Water, Sanitation, Rogue Armies
A local digital marketing and engineering agency and one of the world’s largest information technology product makers are demonstrating that big data is about more than lofty concepts and ones and zeros without end; it’s about people.
Shayne Skaff is co-founder and president of MaintenanceNet Inc. and a long-time surfer and exercise fanatic. At MaintenanceNet, he has helped create a successful business that has attracted tech giants such as Cisco Systems Inc., Panasonic Corp. of North America and Ingram Micro as customers, according to the company.
HEALTH: DJO Sees Aging Population Needing Its Devices to Stay Mobile
Vista-based DJO Global Inc.’s DonJoy brand has minor celebrity status in the football circuit, with its knee braces making regular cameos on national television.
Mary Lacroix is CEO of Cognitive Medical Systems. The company develops custom clinical decision support solutions from its stable of software tools. With headquarters in San Diego, it is a certified HUBZone, service-disabled, veteran-owned and economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business.
TRAINING: Universities Provide Custom Courses For Local Companies
Local businesses increasingly are partnering with universities that offer customized classes as they look for ways to provide training for workers that keeps them up to date.
GROWTH: Newcomers to The Largest Private Companies List a Diverse Group
Welk Hospitality Group Inc. acquired three geographically distinct properties for its time-share resort business in 2013, making this a watershed year for the privately held company.
GROWTH: Private Companies Post Gains In Revenue for 2012
Lusardi Construction Co. is notable on the 2013 San Diego Business Journal’s Largest Private Companies list as the top 10 company making the largest leap in ranking from last year.
Valorie Seyfert is president, CEO and co-founder of CUSO Financial Services LP and Sorrento Pacific Financial LLC. She has more than 25 years of experience in the securities industry and is a recognized expert on the structure and strategy of successful investment services programs in banks and credit unions.
MEDICINE: Insurance Coverage Often a Missing Link in New Treatment
Telemedicine — a trend in health care that many agree has the potential to improve care and reduce costs — faces a significant problem: Very few health plans cover it. Of those that do, it’s complicated and restrictive.
INSURANCE: ACA, Demographics, Agent Training Among Issues
The San Diego Business Journal asked five local insurance providers what they see as the greatest challenge during the next five years:
Byron Johnston is president of Teague Insurance Agency Inc. in La Mesa. Established in 1954, Teague is one of the largest San Diego insurance agencies with a focus on property and casualty insurance.