San Diego Business Journal


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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.

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Executive Profile: Mary Lacroix

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.

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Private Lessons

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.

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Welcome to the Big Show

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.

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Family Construction Co. Highlights Big Upward Movers on List

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.

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Executive Profile: Valorie Seyfert

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.

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Making the Telemedicine Connection

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 Providers see Many Challenges in the Next Five Years

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:

Executive Profile: Byron Johnston

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.