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Awards & recognition

Assemblywoman Christine Kehoe was honored by the U.N. Association of San Diego with its Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award. Kehoe is recognized for her support of HIV/AIDS health care programs and fund raising, legislation that promotes equal rights for women and her commitment to the UNA-SD.


Kathryn Busch, vice president and district manager of US Bank, was installed as the 2004-05 San Diego County Group president of Financial Women International. Busch has 23 years of experience in the financial services industry, specializing in sales management, marketing and strategic planning.

Also elected to serve with Busch in 2004-05 are Gini Craig, vice president/branch manager of San Diego National Bank, elected as vice president of marketing and communications; Diana Hanes, vice president/operations manager of Landmark National Bank, elected as vice president of programming and education; Lucy Snow, cash vault manager at California Bank & Trust, elected as treasurer; Liz Garza, senior vice president of branch operations at Community First Bank, elected as director; Michelle Bergquist, president of the Corporate Basket, elected as director; and Jacqeline Rambo, attorney with the Law Offices of Jacqueline L. Rambo, elected as director. Adam Seltser joins the audit department of Lavine, Lofgren, Morris & Engelberg, LLP. Seltser, who previously worked for a large CPA firm in Boston, will be responsible for the firm’s audit practice in the manufacturing, advertising and service industries. Caris & Co. appointed Russell Gilbertson, M.D., senior vice president of equity research, covering the biotechnology sector. Gilbertson was previously the senior biotechnology analyst at Roth Capital Partners and served for 20 years as a clinical physician in anesthesiology and internal medicine. Gilbertson’s intended coverage list at Caris will include companies with market caps ranging from $100 million to $1.5 billion, with some diversity in technology platform.


Lisa Sumpter was appointed accounting manager with Hallmark Communities. In her new role, Sumpter will oversee all accounting functions for Hallmark Communities and its five projects that are under construction throughout San Diego County. Sumpter has more than eight years of accounting experience. Kleinfelder, Inc. promoted Bill Siegel to executive vice president, corporate development. Siegel formerly served as senior vice president of strategic initiatives for Kleinfelder and has 20 years’ experience serving in both business managerial roles in the engineering and construction field and providing technical oversight on geotechnical and environmental projects. Siegel has been with Kleinfelder for more than 16 years and is a member of its board of directors. Jeff Dunn, Ph.D., principal geotechnical engineer with Kleinfelder, Inc., was appointed to the company’s Technical Resource Council, a group of senior professionals with expertise in engineering geology and geotechnical, environmental and material engineering. Dunn, who has more than 27 years’ experience as a geotechnical engineer focusing on solid waste facilities and landfill design, remediation and construction, also serves as Kleinfelder’s solid waste practice leader. OCB Reprographics hired Tara Johnson and Kassey Wunderlich as reprographic sales consultants. Johnson and Wunderlich have extensive sales backgrounds tied to San Diego’s building, engineering and architecture trade organizations. Wunderlich has 20 years of sales experience in the local market, focusing on printing and reprographics companies.


Sharp HealthCare named John Cihomsky director of public relations and communications. Cihomsky, a 15-year veteran of San Diego’s public relations community, is responsible for managing Sharp HealthCare system’s public relations and internal communications, including four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals and three affiliated medical groups and facilities throughout San Diego. Bob Giargiari has joined Fleishman-Hillard San Diego as senior vice president. Giargiari will oversee the management and growth of FH San Diego’s expanding client base in the areas of health care, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Giargiari specializes in new company formation, corporate strategy, equity and debt placements, and investor/analyst communication.


Chad A. Abercrombie was recently appointed search engine marketing specialist at RosArt Multimedia, Inc. Abercrombie will be responsible for creating Web promotional programs, maintaining client accounts, researching new search engine tactics and launching and maintaining pay-per-click campaigns. Abercrombie previously worked as an Internet marketing specialist for several Web development firms in San Diego County. Information Systems Laboratories has added Bill Gang and Paul Gorman to its board of directors. Gang has more than 30 years of technical and management experience and serves as ISL’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Gang served as an assistant professor, earning an advanced engineering degree from Harvard University, and is a retired commanding general of the U.S. Southern Command.


Bailey Gardener Inc. added Stacey Reilly as a senior account executive to the advertising department. Reilly, a 10-year veteran in the advertising industry, joins BGI from the Addison Group and managed several hospitality and tourism accounts at the Meridian Group, working closely with the public relations and interactive departments for four years. Meryl Klemow and Regina Guzman have joined the McRae Agency. Klemow joins the agency as a public relations assistant and will be responsible for providing support for the firm’s local and national public relations accounts. Guzman joins McRae as a student intern and is responsible for assisting the agency’s team by monitoring trade and consumer media and maintaining media databases. Jennifer Roberts recently launched Rockstar Communications and will specialize in technology and consumer public relations services. Roberts previously served as director of corporate communications for Musicmatch and public relations manager for Intuit’s Turbo Tax.


Enterprise Rent-A-Car promoted Edward Prudy to area manager in charge of rental offices serving La Mesa and Lemon Grove. Previously the branch manager of the company’s San Diego International Airport branch, Prudy will be responsible for three offices and will be based out of the La Mesa branch. Polycomp Administrative Services of San Diego has hired Ronnie Pait as administrative consultant. Pait will be part of the administrative team for basic qualified retirement plans and has more than seven years’ experience in the retirement plan business. Before joining Polycomp, Pait worked with Scudder Kemper Investments and U.S. Pension Services. United Way of San Diego hired Hannah Cohen as a consultant to oversee the development of a countywide plan to end chronic homelessness within San Diego County’s borders. Cohen will speak at community meetings, organize committees, meet with community leaders, solicit volunteers and incorporate each of the six committees’ planning components into the Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in the San Diego region.


Grubb & Ellis/BRE Commercial has added South Bay commercial real estate specialists Regan Tully and Rodolfo Mendoza to its brokerage team. Tully and Mendoza will control more than 3.5 million square feet of commercial space in the South Bay area and will head the company’s new Otay Mesa satellite office. For the last 12 years, Tully has served as vice president of international real estate and a general partner in VTS Development Services. With more than $250 million in completed transactions, Tully is considered a leader in border real estate in the Otay Mesa area. Mendoza has almost 10 years of office and industrial real estate experience and was a broker for International Real Estate and an office and industrial specialist for Burnham Real Estate Services.

Executive Spotlight

Chris Moseley

Barnhart, Inc. recently announced the promotion of Chris Moseley to vice president. Moseley previously served as a project manager with the company and has more than 17 years of experience in the construction industry. Major projects with Barnhart include the Riverside Community College Digital Library, Hemet High School modernization, Riverside Community College Early Childhood Center and Mount San Jacinto Community College Learning Resource Center. “We are fortunate to have a construction executive like Chris on our team,” said Douglas Barnhart, the chief executive officer of Barnhart, Inc. “As vice president, he will continue the Barnhart tradition of delivering high quality projects to our clients.” In his new role, Moseley will be responsible for supervising the Riverside branch office and all projects in the region. Before joining Barnhart, Moseley lived in Texas and worked on commercial projects ranging from water treatment plants to casinos.

, Compiled by Sharon Gunderson


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