SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Regional Banks Find the Right Balance

BANKING: Institutions Increase Market Share With Their Approach to Service

Smaller than the biggest national banks but far larger than most community banks, regional banks, or those doing business in multiple states, are finding fertile ground in San Diego.

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Local Lending Climate Improves, Recovery Taking Hold

FINANCE: Increasing Confidence Brings an Upswing in Business

Local banks and credit unions saw a spike in lending activity last year, a clear indicator that an economic recovery is gradually taking hold.

Executive Profile: Steven D. Sefton

Steve Sefton is president and CEO of Regents Bank. Having worked together previously, Dan Yates, former president and CEO, recruited Sefton in 2011 for the job of president when Yates took on the role of president of Regents Bank’s holding company, Grandpoint Capital. In 2012, Sefton assumed the role of CEO as well. Regents Bank specializes in serving small to midsized businesses and offering a unique brand of consultative banking.

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Acquisition of Horizon Hospice Expands Scripps’ End-of-Life Care

HEALTH: Bankruptcy Filing by S.D. Hospice Is Catalyst for Purchase

After several months of layoffs, cutbacks and financial uncertainty, San Diego Hospice has filed for bankruptcy protection. Scripps Health has announced that it purchased a small hospice in Poway to help lessen the blow for patients. The health system has plans to expand its end-of-life care, said Scripps Health CEO Chris Van Gorder.

Do you have it in camouflage?

DEFENSE: Technology, Robots and Ships Can Be Bought ‘Off the Shelf’

This cousin to R2D2 cuts a squatty, homely figure at 21 inches long, 20 inches wide and 16 inches tall. But it has a tenacity that military commanders like.

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How Military Technology Changes the World We Live In

TECHNOLOGY: The Internet, GPS, CDMA, Among the Examples

The military frequently adapts civilian technology for its own uses. But the process also works in reverse. Military technology frequently goes commercial.

Creating Centers of Attention

RETAIL: Shopping Hubs ‘Make a Scene’ Through Renovations

Jeffrey Essakow likens the recent local wave of big-money retail center renovations to the shakeup that occurred when Tiger Woods began dominating the pro golf circuit a decade ago. “It forced all of the other players to improve their game,” said Essakow, CEO of Protea Properties LLC of La Jolla, which owns the newly renovated Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar.

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Executive Profile: Lynn LaChapelle

As a Regional Director of Investment Sales, Lynn LaChapelle executes Capital Markets transactions with a focus on Southern California.

Ballpark Shines as a 'Utility Player'

MEETINGS: In Season Or Off, Petco Park Is The Place to Meet

Petco Park remains one of the best baseball venues in the country, but it is also one of San Diego’s most unique places for meetings and parties, both on game days as well as the off season.

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Executive Profile: Joe Terzi

Joe Terzi is the president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority, previously known as the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, or ConVis, a nonprofit 501C 6 corporation with a history dating back to 1954.

Taking a Defensive Posture

MILITARY: Contractors, Forces Brace for Change As Fiscal Forces Play Out

What does lean look like?

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Local Defense Contractors Adjust to Changing Budget Realities

DEFENSE: They Pursue Key Technologies and International Markets

The prospect of Pentagon budget cuts has federal contractors rethinking their business plans.

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