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ACCOUNTING: Forensic Accountants Pursue Financial Facts With Variety of Skills
Sifting through mountains of financial records to figure out the net worth of a person may not sound glamorous, but it’s the stuff that gets forensic accountants excited.
FINANCE: Hiring Is Across the Board, Salaries on the Rise
Always in fairly high demand, workers with accounting and finance experience are finding increased job opportunities as companies gradually expand operations, and competition for top talent ratchets up.
CEO Matt Garrett founded TGG Accounting to improve the national small business success rate. Through a set of best practices — known as The TGG Way — his firm provides business owners and their management teams with high quality, timely and accurate financial statements that help them keep their companies in order, make better decisions and sleep better. A national Vistage speaker, Garrett built and sold two startups before he was 35.
BUILDING: A Process Called ‘Lean Construction’ Smooths Road to Renovation
Tenant improvements and site renovations have been crucial to the business enhancement efforts of local contracting companies over the past five years, as work assignments in new-construction projects remain tough to come by in San Diego County and elsewhere.
HEALTH CARE: Clinic Interior Promotes Healing; ‘Not Just a Decorating Job’
San Ysidro Health Center is using what’s called evidence-based design to inform the renovation of its new three-story clinic and urgent care center in Chula Vista — and streamlining health care in the process.
John Dempsey is president of Dempsey Construction Inc., a commercial general contracting and construction management firm, which he formed in 2010. Dempsey, who previously spent 28 years with Lusardi Construction, has built a business model that delivers a blend of large-company experience with the hands-on approach of a boutique company.
BANKING: Branch Banking Adapts to Technology Advances
Despite a quantum shift by more consumers doing their banking via the Internet and ATMs, most banks say they have no plans to eliminate their retail branch networks.
Nikki Hartung is senior vice president and market manager for Chase Consumer and Business Banking in San Diego. She has worked for JPMorgan Chase & Co. for 19 years, after joining the company in a management development program
FINANCE: The CDC Has Loaned Nearly $4B In Its 35 Years
Now in its 35th year, small business lender San Diego-based CDC Small Business Finance can take some pride in the legacy it’s created.
TECH: Qualcomm Sees Need to ‘Clear the Way’ For More Data, Devices
Qualcomm Inc. sees a torrent of data in its future — and ours. The amount of data going to mobile devices is doubling every year, said Rasmus Hellberg, senior director for technical marketing.
TECH: Needs for Assistance, Backup and Security Require Pros
Clive Harrison of San Diego-based CentrexIT says he sees the phenomenon much too often: business leaders making their information technology choices based on price alone.
AudaExplore is a leading provider of automotive claims, underwriting and information solutions to insurance carriers and collision repair shops. Since 2010, Wolfgang Ahrens has been managing director of AudaExplore, where he has overseen operations and accelerated the development of innovative products and services to serve the needs of the American market.