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Executive Spotlight: Mike FitzGerald

ResortCom International LLC has named Mike FitzGerald its vice president of resort operations. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and joined the company early this year as director of sales and marketing. He spent 16 years with Sun International in southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. He first was general manager of the Sun City Cabanas and later moved to the Lost City, where he was instrumental in upgrading these properties to world-class products. Later, he became director of sales. “His diverse experience in the hospitality industry makes it possible for him to get to the bottom of challenges and opportunities with little difficulty,” said John Small, the chairman of ResortCom International.

Banking and Finance

San Diego National Bank has hired Dean Andersen as vice president/branch manager for its Oceanside branch. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the branch, including management of client services, staff and community development. Andersen has more than 20 years of banking experience and most recently was vice president and manager of the Carlsbad, Solana Beach and Pacific Beach financial centers of Washington Mutual.

Construction and Design

Newland Communities has hired Janna Kay as human resources specialist. She will be responsible for employee relations. Most recently, Kay was a human resource manager for Applied Biotech, Inc.


San Diego Christian College, formerly Christian Heritage College, has announced that Jerry Huson has been named president. Huson is a 1979 graduate of the school.

Government and Nonprofit

Oceanside City Councilman Jack Feller has announced the hire of Vickie Prosser to the position of his council aide. Prosser previously worked for the city of Oceanside as aide to former council members Don Rodee and Carol McCauley. She is director of public relations for Oceanside Marina Suites.

High-Tech and Manufacturing

Gregory Meacham has joined Wireless Facilities Inc. as vice president of business development and public safety. He has more than 25 years’ experience with various aspects of public safety, security and law enforcement. Science Applications International Corp. has announced that Andrew Palowitch has joined the company’s intelligence group as senior vice president and chief technology officer. DefenseWeb Technologies has appointed Owen Williams as vice president of sales. He has more than 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing, business development and enterprise architecture. Most recently, Williams was vice president of business development at SAIC. RF Industries announced that Victor Powers has joined as chief financial officer and secretary. Powers has 30 years of financial experience and most recently was with Robert Half Management Resources. Staccato Communications has announced the appointment of Ronald Brandt as vice president of operations. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry. Brandt most recently was chief operating officer at Silicon Optix.

Media and Marketing

Miriello Grafico Inc. has announced the promotions of Beth Garcia and Dennis Garcia as firm principals. Both joined the firm six years ago. Godbe Research has announced the promotion of Bryan Murray and the hires of Karen Waters and Brianna Rotter. Murray has been promoted to senior statistical analyst. He will be responsible for managing the data collection and data analysis unit and its staff. Waters has been hired as research analyst. She is charged with ensuring high quality data collection and data processing for the firm’s research projects. Rotter has been hired as marketing coordinator. She will be responsible for business development and marketing efforts.


Cyndy Day-Wilson, a partner with the San Diego office of Best Best & Krieger, has been appointed to the State Bar of California Environmental Law Section’s executive committee. As a member, Day-Wilson will serve a three-year term and will help oversee the strategy aspects of the section.


La Costa Glen Carlsbad has named Peter Ballantyne director of activities. He will be responsible for planning and implementing all events and activities. In addition, he will be responsible for La Costa Glen’s volunteer resident committees and monthly newsletters. Ballantyne has worked in the activities and recreational field for more than 20 years and most recently served as director of the La Jolla Firehouse YMCA. Tiffany Kalland has been appointed to assistant event manager for the Summit Performance Group. She will be responsible for providing administrative assistance and interfacing with SPG clients and vendors. Kalland was previously a guest service agent at the Marriott Mission Valley hotel.

Real Estate

Al Maldonado has joined Re/Max Associates’ Clairemont office as a real estate sales agent. Maldonado spent the last six years in the banking industry.

Awards and Recognition

FMT Consultants received the Great Plains Excellence Award by Microsoft Business Solutions. FMT Consultants was honored because it has demonstrated leadership in managing its business through new Microsoft Business Solutions-Great Plains. The National Association of Home Builders Research Center and Reed Residential Group honored Shea Homes San Diego with the National Housing Quality Gold Award for its quality achievement and world-class business practices. Rob Quigley has been honored with the Maybeck Award from the American Institute of Architects California Council. Quigley was recognized for his “outstanding lifetime achievement in producing consistently distinguished design,” the award jury said.


JoAn and Richard McMahan donated more than $2 million to Cal State San Marcos to help construct a 3,800-square-foot meeting and conference facility on campus.

Hurricane Katrina Donations and Fund Raising

Foley & Lardner LLP’s Hurricane Katrina relief donation program raised more than $300,000 , $100,000 came from the company’s matching program. Foley also raised more than 100 boxes of clothing, shoes and toys to donate to shelters in need.

The California Nurses Association has announced that it has sent 35 more volunteer registered nurses to Louisiana. The association has dispatched more than 200 registered nurse volunteers.

The crew of the USS New Orleans collected more than 100 pints of blood during a San Diego Blood Bank drive Sept. 23.

The La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club donated more than $10,000 toward the Rotary 6200 Foundation in Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Samurai Sam’s was scheduled to participate in a nationwide fund-raiser called Dine For America. The restaurant planned to donate a percentage of sales and all donations from guests and staff during the Oct. 5 event.

, Compiled by Stacey Bengtson


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