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Executive Spotlight: James Jackson

The San Diego Food Bank has announced James Jackson as its new executive director.

In his new role, Jackson will seek to revitalize the organization of the food bank during the next five years.

The former president and chief executive officer of San Diego Rescue Mission, Jackson served that role for seven years, following a 20-year period serving as a history professor at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Banking and Finance

Regents Bank has promoted Meghan Federico, one of the bank’s co-founders, to vice president, business banking. Federico’s duties include business development and client management, and she will work out of Regents’ Carlsbad office. Previously, Federico served as assistant vice president, business banking, and before joining Regents, she worked at San Diego-based Scripps Bank.

U.S. Trust, a unit of Bank of America, has announced the appointments of DeAnne Steele as director of investments and Robert Pitois as private client manager in its San Diego office. Steele joins U.S. Trust from U.S. Bank, where she served as senior portfolio manager and managing director. Pitois joins from Citigroup, where he served as a Smith Barney commercial banker.

La Jolla’s First Business Bank has announced four new appointments. Sharon Fraher has been named senior vice president and chief administrative officer; Brett Pivoriunas has joined the bank as a business banking associate; Rick Martinez also has been named a business banking associate; and Richard Marquez has joined First Business as a relationship manager.

San Diego-based BancForce Financial Staffing has appointed Bobbe Sigler to its Irvine office as an account manager to focus on sales and customer relations management in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Construction and Design

Fusion Construction Inc. has named Ken Buck its executive vice president, responsible for managing the corporate strategy, business development and real estate consulting operations. Buck brings more than 15 years of real estate, construction and corporate management experience, including serving as president of his own consulting company and holding senior-level positions at Amgen, Pfizer and Verizon.


Sempra Energy has named J. William Ichord to the position of vice president of government relations to direct local, state and federal governmental affairs. Previously, Ichord was managing director of global affairs and international counsel of the American Chemistry Council, an industrial trade group representing companies engaged in the business of chemistry. Before that, Ichord had a 17-year career with Unocal Corp., where he served as vice president and general manager of government and international relations.


Cristobal Ramirez has been promoted to the position of staff professional by the San Diego office of SCS Engineers. In his new position, Ramirez will serve as an environmental professional, providing related services to Southern California clients.

Hope Engineering has announced the appointment of Jim Conley to the position of associate for the structural engineering firm. Conley serves as project manager on multiple projects, including the MetroWork project located in downtown San Diego.

Government and Nonprofit

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has announced the appointment of Roger Guillemin as interim president. Having received the Nobel Prize for medicine and physiology in 1977 for foundational discoveries in brain hormone research, Guillemin worked for 17 years at Baylor College of Medicine before joining the Salk Institute in 1970 as a professor.

Lynne Byrd, a physician of the division of dysmorphology and genetics of children’s specialists at the Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center in San Diego, has joined the March of Dimes California chapter state program services committee.


Grand Pacific Resorts Inc. has appointed five new employees to staff its Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, set to open January of 2008. New hires are Stan Kaminski as general manager; Rachel Blake as director of operations; Laurel Wykes as associate director of sales; Patricia Gunn as director of corporate sales; and Debra Ayala as director of catering and conference services.


Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP has added attorney John McNutt to its real estate and environmental litigation practice group as an associate in the firm’s San Diego office. Previously, McNutt was a legislative staff member on Capitol Hill, before working as an associate attorney with Allen Matkins in San Diego.

Atlanta-based law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP has announced the appointment of two San Diego residents to its Irvine office. Associates Gabriela Salazar Burns of San Diego and Tessa Yutadco of Carlsbad will represent clients in employment-related litigation while offering preventive advice regarding proper employee policies and compliance with federal and state laws.

Media and Marketing

KSWB, San Diego’s CW Network affiliate, has announced the hiring of Alex Welch and Donathan Rich to the station’s local marketing team. Welch joins KSWB from KGTV Channel 10 in San Diego, where he served as local account manager since 2004. Rich comes to CW 5 from Comcast Spotlight in Fresno, where he served as a local account executive since 2005.

ID Studios has hired Andrew Fordham as a project manager and job captain on various corporate, commercial and institutional projects. Fordham will work from the design firm’s Solana Beach office.

Real Estate

Willis Allen Real Estate’s Coronado office has hired Eugene Kocherga as a realtor. Previously, Kocherga worked in sales for more than 10 years, including marketing and project management for Philips Engineering and FloStor Engineering.

Johnson Capital has announced the hiring of Rob Friederich as vice president. Friederich will be responsible for loan origination and structuring secured debt financing. Bringing more than 30 years of industry experience to his new position, Friederich previously held an executive position at Benchmark Financial, as well as a position as vice president of business banking at U.S. Bank.


Mama Mellace’s Old World Treats has hired Lori Pierson Cripe as director of national sales. Cripe will be responsible for developing and managing accounts and will build a national broker network to further product distribution. Previously, Cripe worked with the American Licorice Co., managing its grocery division.

Technology and Manufacturing

ProfitLine, a San Diego-based provider of outsourced telecom expense management solutions, has announced the promotion of Keith Boyle to chief operating officer. In his new role, Boyle will manage all company operations and implementation teams. Boyle joined ProfitLine in 2006 and served as senior vice president of operations. He has nearly 30 years of experience managing operations, quality management and improvement programs.

, Compiled by Liz Wiedemann


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