John Cox

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Sempra Betting on Its Power of Persuasion

ENERGY: Acquisition of Texas Utility Likely to Depend On Convincing State’s PUC

It wasn’t the sort of regulatory memo the head of a large public company looks forward to discussing on an earnings call. But the timing left Sempra Energy CEO Debra Reed little choice.

Putting MBAs on Fast Track

Schools Consider Offering Accelerated Programs As Time and Career Concerns Weigh on Students

Nikhil Varaiya knows how to deal with students who complain it takes them too long to complete the Master of Business Administration program where he works at San Diego State University. “I’ve asked them, ‘Are you willing to go three semesters at 12 to 15 units a semester? That’s when they start to have some sort of hesitation,” said Varaiya, a finance professor at SDSU and director of its graduate business programs.

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Synergy, Right Symbolism Required for Proper Naming of Schools

EDUCATION: Institutions Often Have Guidelines For Transformational Event

Despite its youthful 27 years, California State University San Marcos can boast philanthropist names on five of its facilities, including the library, the field house and the home of the business school.

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Craft Beer Attorney Taking Her Pursuits to National Level

LAW: Knowing Intricacies Of Beer Industry Makes Her an Asset to Brewers

Not long ago a California craft brewer with more passion than business know-how opted to launch without the benefit of legal assistance, and ended up wasting $1,000 on a patent because — who knew? — federal law forbids printing the word “strong” on a beer label.

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Sporting Goods Co. Takes on Tech Support Role for Youth Leagues

RETAIL: Acquisitions Used To Build Digital Platform Which Tracks User Data

Inside a 16,000-square-foot space in downtown San Diego, members of a national all-star team are vying for the future of sporting goods retailing.

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Medical Transportation Taps Ride-Sharing Tech

HEALTH: Predictive Software Delivers for Routine Transport

Sometimes there’s a specialized industry so ripe for advancement that all an innovator has to do is adapt technology that has already proved itself in the wider market.

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Scripps, Qualcomm Prepare ACO Offering

HEALTH: Provider Invests in System; Partnership Is First for S.D.

Scripps Health’s recent agreement with Qualcomm Inc. to build and manage a customized medical network represents San Diego’s boldest step yet toward a Medicare-born model that holds health care providers financially accountable for lowering costs and improving care.

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Shift to Components Drives Nortek Growth

HOME SECURITY: Company Becomes Key Supplier To Industry

When the wireless revolution hit the home security and automation industry several years ago, Carlsbad-based Nortek Security & Control LLC was confronted with more than just disruptive technology.

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Recruitment Challenges Continue to Vex Innovation Employers

JOBS: Employees Have Leverage in Engineering, Skilled Manufacturing

The employer Matt Haver was recruiting for wouldn’t budge.

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New Hospital to Meet Challenges, Change

Facility Is Boost to Kaiser’s Standing, Came In Under Budget

Kaiser Permanente has christened its first new hospital in the San Diego area since 1975, an $850 million facility in Kearny Mesa it says will better integrate care for its 610,000 local members.

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