Nels Jensen

Editor-in-Chief

Nels Jensen
Editor-in-Chief

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

Recent Stories

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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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 - 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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SD 500 Update: Biotech Veteran Hale Raises $60 Million

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

David Hale, one of San Diego’s most prominent life science leaders, has announced the completion of a $60 million Series A financing for Neurana Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Biotech Titan Honored to Meet A Humble Servant

An insider’s takeaway from our Life Science book cover photo shoot with local titans Peter Farrell, Jay Flatley, Ivor Royston and J. Craig Venter at the Alexandria Center for Life Science at Campus Pointe: Bragging rights went to the humble Farrell for his recent up close at the Vatican with the pope.

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SD 500: Brewers Association Honors Tomme Arthur

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

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SDBJ INSIDER: Mentoring Gives Leaders a Very Active Retirement

Jeff Campbell became CEO of Burger King at age 39 and says he was smart enough to do the job but wasn’t wise enough. Brainpower and energy can go a long way, but he points out experience brings patience and proper detachment. He held several other high-profile executive roles but last held a fulltime business gig in 2004.

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SD 500 Update: Cole to Keynote MetroConnect; RippleNami Honored

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

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SDBJ INSIDER: Local Brewmaster Buys Into Where Green Flash Failed

One San Diego brewer’s East Coast pain is another’s prospect.

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SD 500 Update: Brown Will Chair San Diego EDC; Malmuth Eyes Malls

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

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SDBJ Insider: Leadership Search Leads to Merger For BBB Chapters

Faced with finding a new executive for the local chapter of the nonprofit Better Business Bureau, chair Jonathan Gallagher and the leadership did the sensible thing by recruiting the highest functioning BBB executive they could find, CEO Matthew Fehling of the award-winning Greater Arizona chapter. At some point, they fielded a call asking them to consider a merger, which seemed out of the question until a few of them made a visit to check out what Fehling had going in Phoenix. They were blown away.

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SD 500 Update: Dupper Founds PE Firm in Carlsbad; Gurtin Adds 3rd Office

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

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SD 500 update: Walshok Honored; Rippetoe Nominated For Industry Board

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

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SDBJ INSIDER: Knowledge Empowers at Marketing Firm

Kate Lobel heard from several of her millennial peers at Power Digital Marketing that while they understood the nuances and terminology of their marketing specialty, when clients shifted into discussing other areas of business they were not so comfortable.

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SDBJ INSIDER: A Rare Opening For a Well-Done Restaurant

West Village in Carlsbad is looking for a tenant. But it’s not just any landlord.

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SD 500 Update: SBA Honors Hanson; Becker Will Speak At Aviation Event

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

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SDBJ INSIDER: Green Flash Sees Red Ink, Scales Back

The rapid rise and retreat of Green Flash Brewing would make a great case study on expansion.

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SD 500 Update: Schubach Takes Flight From His Office Job

Henry Schubach was a true owner-operator as he built the region’s top local private aviation company. He piloted many flights of San Diego business leaders over 25 years as he grew Schubach Aviation from a single airplane to a fleet of 16 jets with worldwide operating authority.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Summit Assembles Heavy Hitters to Tackle Education

The ASU+GSV Summit sounds a bit like organized madness, with up to 10 simultaneous stages of content, but the organizers must know what they are doing if they can get more than 3,000 people to pony up $3,095 each to attend the conference.

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CFO Awards Lifetime Achievement: Jack CFO Makes Impact at Company and in the Community

LEADERSHIP: Guided New Business Model, Served In Roles at Nonprofits

Like many CFOs, Jerry Rebel appreciates thoughtful and effective planning, which is why he gave his employer, Jack in the Box Inc., a year advance notice that he would be retiring this spring. The timeframe also helped he and his wife plan a move to Texas to be closer to family.

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Accounting Outsourcing Firm Fills Holes in Cos.’ Finance Teams

FINANCE: Signature Covers Bookkeeping To Business Insights

Signature Analytics CEO Peter Heald sees the scope of the rapidly growing financial firm’s opportunity through the lens of “the second black box” of small business — operational finance.

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SD 500 Update: Retiring Types & Bragging Rights

Sempra Energy CEO Debra Reed becomes the fifth member of the SD 500 in 2018 to choose retirement. Her successor, current Sempra CFO and EVP Jeffrey Martin, also is in the SD 500.

SDBJ Insider: Leaders Find Urgent Need to Address Issues

Steven Jones founded his diversity and inclusion consulting firm in 1993, and while there has never been a shortage of need for its services, there hasn’t always been this much demand.

SDBJ Insider: Suddenly, Our Path Is Strewn With Bikes

When did public sidewalks become acceptable places for companies to leave unattended equipment or materials?

Health Care Heroes: Leader Builds Legacy at North County Health Services

NONPROFIT: Cota Helped Grow Organization To 13 Clinics, 700 staff

Irma Cota recalls the beginnings of her health care career in the most simple way: As a young farmworker traveling the Central Valley with her sister, mom and aunt, she was one of the few workers who fluently spoke English and Spanish, so she frequently was put into a role as an interpreter.

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SDBJ Insider: Top Transaction Sitting Pretty on Del Mar Bluff

John Hood and his wife Sally have bought a $21.5 million mansion on an oceanside bluff in Del Mar in the county’s most expensive real estate transaction since 2007.

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SD 500 Update: Real Estate Firms Play Leading Role In These Big Deals

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

CBX Lands More Flights, More Passengers

The Cross Border Xpress terminal, the world’s first cross-border airline passenger terminal, has been a great success story, with about 1.9 million passengers in 2017, up from 600,000 in its first full year.

SDBJ Insider: Marketer Drafts Brewers For Good Cause

How do you single-handedly organize a campaign to raise $100,000 for charity in San Diego? If you are Brandon Hernandez, you tap into your extensive network in the craft beer industry.

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