Nels Jensen

Editor-in-Chief

Nels Jensen
Editor-in-Chief

Email: njensen@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-6897 Extension: 3125

Recent Stories

SDBJ INSIDER: Active Lifestyle Helps Keep Our Economy in Shape

One of the challenges facing Bill Walton and the San Diego Sport Innovators when they spun out of Connect in 2010 was how to define the Sports and Active Lifestyle (SAL).

SDBJ INSIDER Pack You Baggies: Here Comes Cannabis Tourism

One of my must-reads every December is the Hotel Guru’s Top 10 Hospitality Market Trends, in which Robert Rauch of RAR Hospitality predicts what will be making news in the coming year.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Moxy San Diego Is Place to Play It Cool

Branding run amok: Marriott International now has 30 brands among its hotel and resort properties.

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SDBJ INSIDER: This Founder Seeking Time To Chill Out

How many irons do you have in your fire? Probably not as many as Dylan Whitman.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Internet Bank Has New Home With Quite a View

San Diego’s high flying digital banking trendsetter has made it to another peak, this one on top floors of the Pacifica Tower at The Plaza office center in UTC.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Homeless Advocate Ups Commitment; SDSU Owes Thanks

Longtime homeless advocate Michael McConnell announced that he has transferred his share of ownership in San Diego Coin & Bullion to co-owner Chad Martin in order to devote more time to his civic passion and quest to develop permanent housing solutions.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Few Are Worthy Of the Coveted Trident Paddle

Thanks to Stephanie Brown and The Rosie Network, for the second straight year we handed out the coolest business trophies in the market at our recent Veteran & Military Entrepreneur Conference and Awards.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Movers, Shakers Find New Homes In Del Mar Heights

Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Management is a great local success story, having grown over its 28 years to more than 1,000 clients and more than $3.5 billion in assets under management. It is consistently recognized among the nation’s top registered investment advisors.

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SD 500 Update: 2-1-1 Will Again Host Conference; Altman Departs From KPMG

John Ohanian and 2-1-1 San Diego’s first national Community Information Exchange Summit was such a success they have signed up to host it again in April 2019. Last year’s event sold out with 350 leaders from across the country attending.

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SD 500 Update: Reality Changers Founder Steps Down After 17 Years

Christopher Yanov is stepping down from his executive director role at Reality Changers, the nonprofit he founded in 2001. He describes it as a founder’s dream, that the organization has a strong interim leader, a supportive board and a staff able to operate without him.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Learning Vital Lessons For the Next Climbs

When Aaron Fulkerson stepped down as CEO in May some 13 years into his tech startup MindTouch, he said he wanted to get away to reflect and recharge.

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San Diego's Wealthiest

The Wealthiest San Diegans list includes individuals with a primary residence in San Diego County.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Open Boardrooms Good for Players And Perspectives

News from the board room: Viasat recently invited one of its longtime investors, Baupost, to take part in its board meetings as a non-voting observer. Why might they do such a thing? Baupost is an investment fund with about $30 billion in assets under management. A recent filing states they have a 23.06 percent stake in Viasat and are an active investor as opposed to a passive investor.

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SD 500 Update: UCSD’s Khosla to Share Success Story At Philanthropy Day

UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla will be the keynote speaker at the 46th annual National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 5 at the Town and Country hotel.

SDBJ INSIDER: Perseverance Puts Living Lab in Its Home Port

Shara Fisler and the Ocean Discovery Institute this past weekend celebrated the grand opening of their $17 million Living Lab facility in City Heights. The project began 10 years ago with the concept of an $8 million permanent home for the nonprofit and its programming, which annually serves about 4,000 students with access to a rich science environment.

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SD 500 Update: Legoland’s Ronchetti Now A U.S. Citizen

Legoland California Resort general manager Peter Ronchetti was recently sworn in as a U.S. citizen during a ceremony at Golden Hall. Ronchetti, a native of England, has been at the Carlsbad resort since 2008, overseeing not only theme park operations but also development of their hotel properties.

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SD 500 Update: Schmid Named Builder of the Year At Icon Awards

Chelsea Investment Corp. and CEO Jim Schmid have been honored as the 2018 Builder of the Year by the Building Industry Association of San Diego County.

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SDBJ INSIDER - Golf Cart Leader: Not So Fast On Slow-Speed Law

San Marcos-based Cart Mart Inc. has been in the slow-vehicle space since 1959, and owner Brian Rott has diversified its offerings from golf carts to on-campus electric vehicles and expanded the service area to include Orange County, the Coachella Valley and Los Angeles County.

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SD 500: Lifetime Laureates Honored By Junior Achievement

Chris Cramer and Michael Cunningham will be inducted as Lifetime Laureates at Junior Achievement’s 30th annual San Diego Business Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 25 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

SDBJ INSIDER: ElliptiGo Seeks to Follow Success of Other Disrupters

ElliptiGo Seeks to Follow Success of Other Disrupters

Sometimes it takes a few years, or even decades, for disrupters to find the right formula to scale their consumer-facing fitness products.

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SD 500 Update: Dankberg Earns Hall of Fame Recognition

Mark Dankberg will be inducted in the Connect Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at the organization’s 31st annual Most Innovative New Product Awards on Nov. 29 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Qualcomm Has Many Chips in Intel CEO Search

At least four candidates in Intel’s search for its next CEO have Qualcomm Inc. ties.

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SD 500 Update: Van Zeeland Joins Illumina; Bogle Retires from SDMAC

Ashley Van Zeeland, one of the region’s rising entrepreneurial stars in the personalized medicine space, has taken a job with Illumina Inc.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Comic-Con Plants More Local Roots, And Wins Suit

A key argument to expand the San Diego Convention Center is to ensure it remains the long-term home of Comic-Con International.

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SD 500: IP Attorney Brooks Receives Lifetime Honor

Items of interest about people in 2018 The San Diego 500, The Book of Influential Business Leaders:

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SDBJ INSIDER: ABC License Process Needs A Sober Review

What’s the business equivalent of a trip to the DMV? It might be dealing with the ABC — the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

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SD 500: Quartet Among Next 40 Honorees

Scot Chisholm, Matt Cole, Keith Jones and Ashok Kamal were among the 40 honorees in the San Diego Business Journal event, San Diego’s Next 40 Top Business Leaders Under 40.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Craft Brewers Have a Normal Business Dispute

Trademark disputes in the craft brewing world are not restricted to big beer vs. little beer.

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SDBJ INSIDER - Ballot Box Woes: Convention Center Not Only Issue

Angst is justified on many fronts over the struggles to get the San Diego Convention Center expansion on the November ballot.

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SD 500 Update: Grantmakers CEO Sees Active Role Following Retirement

Nancy Jamison says her decision to retire from the role of president and CEO of San Diego Grantmakers at the end of 2018 emanates from her desire for a schedule with a different pace and the realization that it is time for someone else to take a turn with a great organization.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Developers Face More Hazards On This Course

The latest stakeholder clash over what to do with a closed golf course could be shaping up as the most difficult yet among the seven in San Diego County in the past five years.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Fast Feat Wins The Day at Brandathon

In his keynote address at the recent SDBJ 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies event, Tech Coast Angels – San Diego executive director Ashok Kamal referred to speed as the oxygen of any startup.

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SD 500 Update: Port, Brigantine Cheer Construction At Portside Pier

Port of San Diego CEO Randa Coniglio and restaurateur Mike Morton Jr. were among those on hand last week to celebrate the groundbreaking of one of the high-profile redevelopments on the bay front.

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SD 500: Komadina Will Lead CBRE’s Operation Throughout Arizona

Paul Komadina has been tapped to lead CBRE’s operations in Arizona. Komadina, who was born and raised in Phoenix, will be senior managing director.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Gambling App Rides to Rescue Of Horse Racing

When we last checked in with Fantasy Sports Co. in Carlsbad, they had been named a “cool company” by the San Diego Venture Group, were a finalist in the region’s largest quick pitch competition and had raised $450,000 from Howard Lindzon’s local super angel venture fund Social Leverage.

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SD 500: Mission Federal CEO Continues National Role

Items of interest about people in 2018 The San Diego 500, The Book of Influential Business Leaders:

Debra Schwartz, president and CEO of Mission Federal Credit Union, has been re-elected to the board of the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions for a third three-year term.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Space Warfare At Convention Centers In Calif.

Comic-Con’s invasion of San Diego for the 49th time this week will essentially kick off the public campaign to expand the San Diego Convention Center by more than 300,000 square feet at a cost of about $685 million.

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SD 500 UPDATE: Terry Moore Sets Sail With MVP Fund III

Terry Moore and Moore Venture Partners have launched their third fund.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Startup Ecosystem Growing But Longs For Power Hitters

It was quintessential North County, with a small group of stakeholders in a coworking/coliving space in Encinitas, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, contemplating how the county’s geographic diversity fits into its startup ecosystem.

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SD 500 Update: Exiting Leaders Have Startup Plans

Items of interest about people in The San Diego 500, The Book of Influential Business Leaders:

SDBJ INSIDER: San Diego Cos. Make Gains in Russell Rebalance

With only two companies in the Fortune 500, San Diego is not a big corporate headquarters region. That’s unlikely to change given land and employee costs and, of course, our regulatory pals in Sacramento.

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SD 500 Update: Some Surprising Leadership Changes

Joel Davis is departing KGTV/ABC 10 for a similar position in Raleigh, N.C., which might prompt a few raised eyebrows. Really, Raleigh?

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SDBJ INSIDER: Fighting Irish Have JMI Sports On Their Team

The Notre Dame-Navy football game on Oct. 27 at SDCCU Stadium will have an obvious built-in fan base given the military presence here. But there are some new Notre Dame stakeholders in the market as well.

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SD 500 UPDATE: Awards Season Puts Spotlight on CEOs

Several CEOs pulled double duty recently in attending the SDBJ’s Most Admired CEO event at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year festivities at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Startup Week Is Taking Big Strides

San Diego Startup Week arrives June 25 for its 6th edition. In entrepreneurial years the event may not yet equate to being a full-fledged adult, but perhaps it is a teen with keys to a car or is heading off to college.

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SD 500 UPDATE: Bartell Elected Chair Of San Diego TMD

Two of San Diego’s longtime hoteliers have been elected to lead the San Diego Tourism Marketing District.

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SDBJ INSIDER - Keeping $100M Secret: More Than Priceless

Major philanthropy gifts can be the best or worst kept secrets in town.

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SDBJ INSIDER: February Could Begin Football Season in S.D.

Former NFL team executive Jim Bailey is watching with interest as the Alliance of American Football trots out its plans to play pro ball in San Diego beginning in February.

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SD 500 Update: Manchester, EDC Draw Big Crowds

Doug Manchester had plenty of company from the San Diego 500 at the groundbreaking for the $1.5 billion Manchester Pacific Gateway project, the largest development of its kind in city history. The 12-acre project,12 years in the making so far, will cover eight city blocks at the waterfront and contain seven buildings.

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SDBJ INSIDER: A Crash Course On Aging Well And Tough

Skateboard legend Tony Hawk has a new gig pitching a small business credit card for Chase.

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