SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS
Sue Reynolds, president and CEO of Community HousingWorks, describes herself as a passionate social entreprenuer fiercely focused on CHWs long-term impact of sustainability, financial health and changing families’ futures.
CLEAN-TECH: Cos. Offer Green Alternatives to Help Meet Energy Needs and Provide Local Jobs
San Diego’s clean technology sector is flourishing: From solar power and wind technologies to clean transportation, algae-based industrial chemicals and biofuels, the region is lush with companies that are pushing new boundaries in sustainability – and creating new jobs.
It’s spring, which means time for many banks to release surveys of their small business clients.
Steven Sefton, president and CEO of Regents Bank, has spent his entire career in banking — much of it in top leadership positions.
Banking: Retailer Offers Services That Many Banks Stopped Due to Regulations
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., with some 4,000 stores nationally, recently launched a money transfer business that undercuts the fees charged by market leaders Western Union and MoneyGram, and is causing some distress among bankers.
FINANCE: Banks Compete for Customers With Assets Beyond Cash
The San Diego market may be overbanked by some measures but don’t tell that to Umpqua Bank and California Republic Bank, which just joined a group of 54 commercial lenders — not counting credit unions and finance companies — that do business here.
management: Hiring Consultants Can Help Leverage Growth
Throughout the recent recession and subsequent recovery, San Diego-area businesses have relied heavily on management consulting firms to help them make the most of their potential.
Jim Spain, the San Diego managing regional director for Colliers International, has been in commercial real estate since November of 1982, when he joined Iliff Thorn and Co., the predecessor company to Colliers in San Diego. Colliers, a global commercial real estate firm with offices in 63 countries and revenues of more than $2.1 billion, acquired Iliff Thorn in 1994.
Westfield Group is ratcheting up previously announced plans to overhaul its Plaza Camino Real mall in Carlsbad, with the tab now estimated at $300 million by the time it’s completed in fall 2016.
PROPERTY: Industrial, Office Demand Grow; Vacancy Rates Declining
Capstone Advisors Inc. recently did something that’s been relatively unusual for the Carlsbad-based investment firm during the past few years: it purchased an office building in La Jolla for $10 million.
HEALTH: Covered California Strived to Reach The Latino Population
Enrolling the Latino population in the state-run health insurance exchange has long been viewed a linchpin in the success of Covered California — and Obamacare as a whole.
Tony Chen co-founded Osiris Shoes in 1996, along with Tony Magnusson, Brian Reid and Doug Weston.