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Executive Spotlight: Rich Roge

Intercare Insurance Solutions has named Rich Roge principal and senior vice president. Roge will be responsible for leading the company’s business development and strategic acquisition initiatives in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Roge has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry and has held management and senior executive level positions. Most recently, Roge served as senior vice president for Pacificare/United Healthcare. “As a senior level executive with a broad health benefits background, Rich truly understands the inner workings of the industry,” said Mike Barone, president of Intercare.

Banking and Finance

Melanie Martin, Silvia Garcia and Rebecca Marie Tilghman have joined CEA LLP as staff accountants in its financial accounting services department.

Construction and Design

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John Oskam has joined Johnson & Jennings General Contracting as a project superintendent. He will be responsible for implementation, maintenance, quality control, management of field changes and ensuring safety. Oskam has more than 20 years of industry experience and most recently served as a superintendent for Warner Contractors.

Clark Realty has added three development executives. Bryan Lamb will take primary development responsibility for the Pacific Beacon, while Brian Driesse and Eliot Ward will assume leadership roles on projects currently in progress.

Health Care and Biotech

Ambit Biosciences has appointed Kerry Kelly to vice president and general counsel. Most recently, Kelly served as associate general counsel for the Scripps Research Institute. “Kerry’s experience in intellectual property, collaboration agreements and corporate affairs will allow Ambit to continue to expand our position as a leader in the discovery and development of kinase inhibitors,” said Scott Salka, chief executive officer of Ambit.

Technology and Manufacturing

Akonix Systems Inc. has hired Chris Gardner as director of channels and alliance. He will be responsible for growing Akonix’s presence, focusing on developing channel and partnership strategies. Most recently, Gardner served as vice president of North American sales at Patchlink.

Wiseguy Technologies has promoted Marty Shannon to president. He will be responsible for expanding business development and strategic initiatives.

Luxtera Inc. has added Ashok Krishnamoorthy, engineer and director for Sun Microsystems, to its advisory board.


Steven Lake has joined Best Best & Krieger as of counsel. He will focus on representing educational entities in litigation, administrative proceeding and mediations involving special education, student and personnel discipline. Lake is a former editorial director for LRP Publications.

Attorney Stacy Fode, who specializes in business litigation and employment law for Brown Law Group, was elected to the San Diego County Bar Association’s board of directors for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1.

Karen Clemes, Karolina Ericsson and Jason Femrite, attorneys at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, have been elected partners. Clemes specializes in employment discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, disability claims and trade secret issues. Ericsson specializes in real estate transactions. Femrite is a member of the firm’s business practice group, for which he serves as co-chairman of the mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance sections.

Hotels and Restaurants

Paradise Point Resort & Spa has appointed Greg Louie to general manager of Baleensandiego restaurant. He will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of restaurant operations, including hiring and training.


Norman DesRosiers, a tribal gaming commissioner for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, has been appointed to the National Indian Gaming Commission.

The Disability Management Employer Coalition has named Marcia Carruthers chief executive officer. Before Carruthers’ appointment, she served as chief operating officer since she co-founded DMEC in 1992.

Clarkston Consulting has added Charles Hutchison as an associate partner. Hutchison has 18 years of strategy and systems consulting experience.

Electra Bicycle Co. has named Elayne Fowler director of marketing. Fowler has more than 20 years of brand management, marketing and advertising experience and most recently served as vice president of marketing for Jetsetjoe.com.

Real Estate

Jeffrey Dowler, a real estate sales agent with Re/Max Associates’ Encinitas office, has been named an area vice president for the Council of Residential Specialists, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

, Compiled by Stacey Bengtson


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