Nels Jensen

Editor-in-Chief

Nels Jensen
Editor-in-Chief

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

Recent Stories

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 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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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

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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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SDBJ Insider: Standing Pat On Convention Space Is Losing Ground

Thoughts following a recent panel discussion on the impact of the convention center in the Distinguished Speaker Series at The University Club Atop Symphony Towers.

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Many Forces Driving Local Growth

FORECAST: Tax Reform, Low Interest Rates Fuel Capital

Dr. Lynn Reaser, chief economist for Point Loma Nazarene University’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, delivered a local economic forecast Jan. 9 at an SDBJ event.

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Employers Face Challenge In Attracting, Retaining Talent

WORKFORCE: Wage Growth Will Average 3%, More for the Tech Sector

Brett Good, Senior District President of Professional Staffing Services, Robert Half, Southern California and Arizona, talked about how the biggest challenge for companies in 2018 will be attracting and retaining talent. He also talked about work environments and perks and benefits.

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Disasters, Harassment Claims Will Lead To Increases In Rate

INSURANCE: Many Companies Are Buying More Cyber Coverage

Trindl Reeves, Principal and Chief Sales Officer for Marsh & McLennan Insurance Agency LLC, spoke about record property and casualty claims, cybersecurity insurance, harassment claims and workers’ compensation rates.

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Rising Premiums Continue to Drive Change in Health Plans

HEALTH CARE: Expect Wellness Programs to Increase in Popularity

Lynette Seid, Area Chief Financial Officer for Kaiser Permanente, spoke about trends in health care coverage, the future of the Affordable Care Act and how small group employers are under pressure to retain health care coverage as benefit while finding ways to minimize costs.

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Push for Amenities Drives Up Rents, Reduces Vacancies

REAL ESTATE: Region Is Comparably Affordable To Other Cities, Tech Hubs

Tom van Betten, Managing Director/Tenant Representation for Cushman & Wakefield, talked about the office market conditions, construction, amenities and adoption of co-working spaces.

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Lower Corporate Tax Rate Will Generate Free Cash Flow

REFORM: Cos. Have Incentives to Add Staff, Make Capitals Investments

Kevin Dusi, Senior Tax Manager with Moss Adams LLP,talked about many aspects of tax reform, including capital expenditures and rethinking trade.

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Index: Optimism Abounds Among Business Owners

The findings come from the San Diego Business Journal-Cal State University San Marcos Business Confidence Index.

Local Input Played Part In New Drone Rules

Egbert Oostburg, founder of Drone Aviator, was among the authors of new regulations that now require all recreational drones to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. The new rules require owners of drone and model aircraft weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds to pay a $5 registration fee and provide information linking them to a unique drone ID number that must be on the device at all times.

Here's Where to Get the Latest Information on Wildfires

Below are sources for information on the fires.

Here's Where to Get Latest Info on Wildfires

Below are some information sites with news and updates on the fires.

Nonprofits TERI Inc. and Crimson Center to Merge

Local nonprofits TERI Inc. and the Crimson Center for Speech & Language say they are merging effective Sept 1.

Burwood Group Is Opening Operations Center in Scripps Ranch

Burwood Group, a consulting firm that bridges business strategy and information technology solutions, is opening a new operations center in Scripps Ranch that will employ 22 people.

Consulting Firm Burwood Group Is Opening Operations Center in Scripps Ranch

Burwood Group, a consulting firm that bridges business strategy and information technology solutions, is opening a new operations center in Scripps Ranch that will employ 22 people.

Huntley Paton Named Publisher of San Diego Business Journal

Huntley Paton has been named president and publisher of the San Diego Business Journal effective Sept. 1. He will succeed longtime business journal Publisher Armon Mills, who will continue in a role as publisher emeritus.

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Huntley Paton Is Named Publisher of San Diego Business Journal

Huntley Paton has been named president and publisher of the San Diego Business Journal effective Sept. 1. He will succeed longtime business journal Publisher Armon Mills, who will continue in a role as publisher emeritus.

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Randy Frisch Gets New National University System Post

National University System Vice Chancellor Randy Frisch has been named president of City University of Seattle, the school announced.

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If Only Winning Was As Easy As Making Money

Four years ago this month, Ron Fowler led the group that purchased the San Diego Padres and pledged to create an organization and team the community could be proud of. To their credit, they continue to improve Petco Park and the fan experience, and they have delivered superstar concerts and a great All-Star weekend.

Stalwarts and startups - San Diego's Wealthiest

Tracking S.D.’s Wealthiest Provides Reflection of Community

The list of the wealthiest San Diegans is dynamic and evolving, much like the community it reflects. It shows a cross-section of the county’s key industries and inspiring success stories, from executives at promising life science companies to fast-growing craft brewers. It includes individuals and families that helped build this community and its innovative tech companies. It’s a snapshot of prominent philanthropists, political donors and power brokers. There is no question that publishing a list of a community’s wealthiest individuals can be viewed as a crass, voyeuristic exercise that has more entertainment value than journalistic value. Fair enough; we understand the criticism. Some people have argued that publishing

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NBC 7 San Diego Leaves Downtown for New and Expanded Facility

NBC 7 San Diego (KNSD) has shifted its operations to its new facility in Kearny Mesa after about 50 years downtown.

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Hal Dunning Promoted to President at Barney & Barney

Hal Dunning has been promoted to the additional role of president at Barney & Barney, a Marsh & McLennan Insurance Agency LLC company, the firm announced on Monday. Dunning maintains his role as chief operating officer, which he has held since 2006.

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Crawford Leaving United Way, Returning to City of Carlsbad

Kevin Crawford is leaving his position as CEO of the United Way of San Diego County to return to the City of Carlsbad as city manager, the city announced Wednesday.

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Two Thumbs Up For Innovative New Infrastructure

We need it, maybe we don’t No. 1: The Cross-Border Xpress in Otay Mesa opens Dec. 9.

Users Conserve Water But Will Still Get Soaked

While the term “PR disaster” often is applied to scandals or crisis situations, the most interesting public relations cases are the slowest-moving ones. Sometimes, they play out like the cruise ship heading for the iceberg — there seems like plenty of time to make course corrections, and sometimes a desperate move avoids disaster, but sometimes the obstacles below the surface are too vast to avoid or the captain isn’t up to the challenge of avoiding a collision. But enough about the Chargers.

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