San Diego Business Journal


Finding a Way to Get an Education that Makes Economic Sense

EDUCATION: The Cost of Four-Year Institutions Out Of Reach for Many Students

Soaring education costs and stagnant wages have led some educators and students to question the benefit of attending traditional U.S. colleges and universities.

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Community Involvement

Education: Greater Community College Role Proposed to Meet Needs

The way to address the shortage of college graduates in nursing and other technical fields is to empower California community colleges to begin issuing four-year degrees, some San Diego County educators advocate.

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‘A Change of Venue’

MEETINGS: These Meeting Sites Redefine A Business Environment

The things that San Diego is known for — our waterfront, our dynamic downtown, our military history, our world famous zoo, and the historic Del Mar racetrack — are also popular affordable venues for parties and meetings.

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Executive profile; Jody Blackinton

Jody Blackinton was recently promoted to regional director of operations for the West Coast for Hersha Hospitality. Hersha is a major hotel management, investment and development firm. It provides turn-key management, asset management or receivership solutions for 130 hotels in 20 states, including the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown.

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Steady Leadership

PROPERTY: New CEO Carries on Realty Income’s Solid Investment Strategy

The new CEO of Realty Income Corp. had an education in real estate that began while he was still in the seventh grade, working on projects being built by his father’s development company along the Gulf Coast, near his Alabama home town of Mobile.

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Commercial Real Estate Professionals Agree Market Is on the Mend

PROPERTY: Experts Gather to Discuss the State of the Market

San Diego County’s commercial real estate industry is showing strong signs of recovery, although the recession isn’t over. That’s the view expressed by real estate professionals who took part in a recent roundtable discussion hosted by the San Diego Business Journal.

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Professional Profile: Leigh Kyle

Leigh Kyle is managing principal at Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects. Since joining the firm in 2004, she’s been project manager for a variety of work, including the San Diego Downtown Parks and Open Space Implementation Plan and the San Diego Federal Courthouse.

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Country Music Star Shares Life Story to Promote Foster Care

Kudos/Giving Column

Walden Family Services, a nonprofit foster care and adoption agency, recently held its 10th annual Wine D’Vine Gala fundraising event, which raised nearly $300K to further the organization’s mission of providing care and support to foster children and families.

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Data With Destiny

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.

Big Data Delivers Solutions to Real Human Problems in Real Time

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.

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Executive profile: Shayne Skaff

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.

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Gait-Way Technology

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.