Andrew Schweizer

Email: aschweizer@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-6359

Recent Stories

Whistleblower Laws Call for Sound, Clearly Defined Policies

LAW: Proliferation of Lawsuits Emphasizes Scope of the Problem

A tidal wave of new lawsuits claiming retaliation against so-called whistleblowers has been hitting business owners in recent years.

Executive Profile: Ann marie Houghtailing

Ann marie Houghtailing is principal of The Houghtailing Group, a boutique sales consulting and business development firm that empowers clients to create opportunities and generate revenue in every economic climate.

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Executive Profile: Douglas R. Korn

Douglas R. Korn is general manager of The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel. The hotel is owned by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts and is currently preparing for its centennial anniversary on Oct. 15.

Executive Profile: Craig Fravel

Craig Fravel is the newly appointed president and general manager of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Executive Profile: Erik Groset

Erik Groset is president and co-founder of Digital Group Audio, a Carlsbad-based manufacturer of portable audio products.

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Executive Profile: Stephen P. Doyle

Stephen P. Doyle is president of Brookfield San Diego Builders Inc., a land development and home building company with expertise in the industry stemming back to the 1990s.

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Ground Breaking: Rady School of Management Phase 2 at UC San Diego

Rady School of Management Phase 2 is a five-story structure that connects with an earlier project, Otterson Hall, on four levels.

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Executive Profile: Renée Schor

Renée Schor is partner of Schor & Freeland LLP, an employment law firm dedicated to helping create sustainable workplaces.

Executive Profile: Stephen L. Weber

Stephen L. Weber is the seventh president of San Diego State University in its 113-year history.

Ground Breaking: San Diego Miramar College’s Arts and Humanities Building and Business and Mathematics Building

The Arts and Humanities Building will consist of 45,000 square feet of new construction, including space for English, visual arts, music, speech and foreign language classrooms.

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Central Plant Upgrade at San Diego City College

Construction of a 4,800-square-foot Central Plant building producing chilled water and heating hot water to the majority of the San Diego City College campus.

Executive Profile

Scott Dennis

Scott Dennis is the chief executive officer and co-founder of D&K Engineering Inc., a San Diego-based research and development, engineering and contract manufacturing services company focused on developing and manufacturing electromechanical products and equipment.

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Executive Profile

Michael Gelfand

Michael Gelfand is president of Terra Vista Management Inc., a real estate investment management company specializing in luxury, water-oriented recreational vehicle parks, mobile home communities and marinas.

Automotive Technology Career Instructional Building at Miramar College

Groundbreaking

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The San Diego Miramar College Automotive Career Instructional Building will consist of approximately 6,500 square feet of classrooms, a computer lab, engine lab, transmission lab and additional classroom space and storage. The expansion will add several outdoor auto bays, some of which will be equipped with rotary lifts to gain access to the underside of vehicles. In addition, upgrades and minor renovations will be performed on the existing Automotive Technology Instructional Building.

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Executive Profile

Bella Heule

Bella Heule, president and chief executive officer of the World Trade Center San Diego, is responsible for strategic leadership and management, fundraising and community relations. WTCSD is a trade association that provides comprehensive international trade services and key global contacts to facilitate and expand trade for regional and worldwide clients.

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Executive Profile

Steve Shoemaker

Steve Shoemaker is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Advanced Web Offset, a Vista-based web printing and online publishing firm. Opened 21 years ago in North County, the company now operates in a 61,000-square-foot facility.

Executive Profile

Steve Shoemaker

Steve Shoemaker is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Advanced Web Offset, a Vista-based web printing and online publishing firm. Opened 21 years ago in North County, the company now operates in a 61,000-square-foot facility.

Executive Profile

Jim Tenuto

Jim Tenuto is president and chief executive officer of Renaissance Executive Forums, a peer-advisory service for entrepreneurs, business owners and executives, which serves to create a safe environment for business leaders to explore issues, opportunities and challenges.

Ad Agencies Look to New Media to Maximize Dwindling Resources

MARKETING: Industry Adapts to Ever-Changing Communication Formats

While organizations have been trimming their budgets the past couple of years, marketing and advertising were some of the first expenses to be dropped, leaving professionals in these industries scrambling to keep their agencies afloat and manage with fewer clients.

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Groundbreaking: Mar Vista High School, Sweetwater Union High School District

Upgrades planned at Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach include the construction of a 4,452-square-foot building to house a food sales area and provide a meeting place for the Associated Student Body.

Executive Profile: Stacy L. Fode

Stacy L. Fode is a partner and attorney at Brown Law Group, a boutique business litigation law firm specializing in employment law.

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Michael Hill

Michael Hill is vice president and owner of TTS Logistics Inc., a company that specializes in the transportation, setup and dismantling of trade show exhibits as well as air, ground and ocean freight solutions, and customs brokering.

Cal State San Marcos Social and Behavioral Science Building

Ground Breaking

Project description: This 106,509-square-foot building will house the social and behavioral science disciplines, including psychology, sociology, communications/mass media, economics, political science, anthropology, liberal studies, women’s studies, Native American studies and human development. The building is a venue designed to facilitate research and collaboration. The two centers, six classrooms, seven conference rooms, 13 labs and space for graduate research will be positive learning environments conducive to preparing Cal State San Marcos graduates to be insightful, service-oriented and collaborative professionals working within and for the increasingly global community.

Executive Profile: Dave Brown

Dave Brown is the CEO of Holiday Matinee, a creative studio that helps organizations manage brand identity, social media, trend spotting and philanthropic events.

Executive Profile - Jeff Nobbs

Jeff Nobbs is the founder and chief operating officer of Extrabux.com.

Executive Profile - John Strockis

John Strockis is executive managing director of asset services for Voit Real Estate Services, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage.

Executive Profile - Joby O’Brien

Joby O’Brien is vice president of development for BP Logix.

Executive Profile - Rick DiRienzo

Rick DiRienzo is president and founder of Rockin’ Baja Coastal Cantina, a restaurant chain that serves Baja-style seafood, chicken and meat.

Algae on Front Lines of Search for Fossil Fuel Replacements

ENERGY: Local Firms Help Kickoff Clean Tech Conference

As America’s dependence on foreign oil continues to grow, investors are looking to alternative fuels to usher in a new age of energy usage.

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Algae on Front Lines of Search for Fossil Fuel Replacements

As America's dependence on foreign oil continues to grow, investors are looking to alternative fuels to usher in a new age of energy usage.

Executive Profile - David A. Blackburn

David A. Blackburn is president of Forensic Imaging & Archiving.

Executive Profile - David A. Blackburn

David A. Blackburn is president of Forensic Imaging & Archiving.

Entrepreneur Profile - Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson runs Radiant Technologies, which sells and implements software systems for midsize manufacturers and distributors.

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Executive Profile - Tom Karlo

Tom Karlo is general manager of KPBS.

Rail Stops Envisioned as Starting Points for Development

As the nation and California work on financing a proposed high-speed rail project, developers, though cash-strapped, are eyeing the HSR as a promising business venture.

Stimulus, Bond Funds Send High-Speed Rail On Its Way

Piggybacking on President Obama's stimulus package, a high-speed rail system, similar to those in Europe and Japan, is being proposed in California to alleviate the load that existing transit lines such as highways and airports are under.

Power Couples: Yehudi and Pam Gaffen

Yehudi and Pam Gaffen

Executive Profile - Dan Khabie

Dan Khabie is CEO of Digitaria, a digital marketing and technology business based in downtown San Diego.

Executive Profile - Tracy Clark

Tracy Clark is senior vice president of Voit Real Estate Services.

County Ramps Up Projects

As the federal government funnels in economic stimulus money to various projects, portions are being set aside for improving infrastructure, specifically roads.

Contractors Find Work in Military and Education Projects

Although the economy has weakened the commercial construction market, certain general contractors have found a lifeline in projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or ARRA.

Now That Funding Has Arrived, Caltrans Gets Moving on Road Work

The California Department of Transportation is using several sources of funding to get work on county road projects rolling.

Academic Success Center at San Diego City College

Academic Success Center at San Diego City College

Executive Profile - Holly Lepre

Holly Lepre is vice president of CleanTECH San Diego, a private, nonprofit corporation formed in 2007 to accelerate the San Diego region as a world leader in the clean technology economy.

Executive Profile - John Ferrari

John Ferrari is president of Allegra Print & Imaging Mission Valley, a printing and graphics company that provides copying, design and consultation.

Executive Profile - Bruce Gresham

Bruce Gresham is president of Solana Beach-based Events Online.

Topping Off: San Diego City College Career Technology Center

San Diego City College Career Technology Center

Executive Profile - Peter Ronchetti

Peter Ronchetti is general manager of Legoland California in Carlsbad.

Topping Off: Claire's on Cedros, Bakery and Cafe

Claire's on Cedros, Bakery and Cafe

Executive Profile - Brad Perozzi

Brad Perozzi is managing director of Trammell Crow Residential, a real estate firm that designs, develops and builds multifamily housing in major markets across the country, including Southern California.

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