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Executive Spotlight: David Schull

Euro RSCG Life PR and Noonan Russo has appointed David Schull to senior vice president and managing director of the San Diego office. He will be responsible for expanding the company’s operations on the West Coast. Schull has more than 13 years of public relations and marketing communications experience and most recently was the senior vice president of Thorp & Co. Before that, Schull managed public relation programs for corporate events at Burson-Marsteller. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Banking and Finance

Polycomp has hired Jeff Lamberson as pension plan administration manager and Katherine Yeargain, former pension manager, has been named pension marketing consultant. Lamberson has more than 10 years’ experience in pension and financial services and most recently was with AIG SunAmerica. Yeargain has 25 years’ experience in the pension industry and has been with Polycomp for six years. Countrywide Home Loans Inc. has appointed Kate Sappenfield as co-branch manager for the San Diego area. She has 18 years of industry experience and previously served as a mortgage consultant with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Construction and Design

JCJ/Blackman Architecture, Inc. has hired Joseph Sandofer and Mei Barry as architects, Sharmista Mitra-Kelly as interior designer and Maria Mobley as marketing coordinator. John Wayne Heusner has joined Cumming LLC as senior cost manager. He will be responsible for training, mentoring and developing a team of 14 cost managers. Heusner has 30 years of construction experience and most recently was with O’Connor Construction Management. Brian Mansell has joined TSA Contracting as project manager. He will be responsible for overseeing the construction of Faraday Spectrum. Most recently, Mansell was a consultant to commercial contractors as well as a project manager for DPR Construction. EDAW has announced the promotions of Michael Kincaid to senior associate, and Scott McMillan, Cecilia Meyer Lovell, Tanya Wahoff and Valarie Yruretagoyena to associates.


Deborah Stanley, the executive director of Palomar College Foundation, has been elected to the Network of California Community College Foundations board of directors. Since Stanley joined the foundation earlier this year, more than $1 million has been raised for the college.

Government and Nonprofit

Jeff Lamp, a former NBA player, has joined High Five America as general manager of basketball operations. He will be responsible for marketing and sales of all on-court programs and will also lend his basketball expertise to both the players and coaches. Mayor Mickey Cafagna has appointed Rodney Gould as Poway city manager. He will assume the position on Jan. 3 following the December retirement of Jim Bowersox, who has served as city manager since 1981. Gould was previously the city manager of San Rafael.

Media and Marketing

Anderson Direct Marketing has promoted Amanda Bergara to director of agency services. She will be responsible for developing and managing the agency’s account, creative and media teams. Bergara was previously the director of strategy since the agency’s inception. Monica Moon has joined Studio 2055 as a graphic designer. She previously was a freelance graphic designer.


Shred-It has hired David Walker and Tim Crawford as customer service representatives. Amber Owen has been appointed to account manager for Summit Performance Group. Owen will be responsible for managing all aspects of SPG’s corporate meetings, incentive and special event programs as well as maintaining client relationships.

Real Estate

Michelle Hickin, Melina Ayala-Foster and Ella Ruiz have joined Stewart Title of California. All three will be responsible for processing both refinance and resale escrows as well as provide costumer service to clients. Dan Kem has joined Re/Max Associates’ Oceanside office as a real estate sales agent and Carol Fulkerson has joined Re/Max Professionals’ San Marcos office as a real estate sales agent.

Awards and Recognition

Galcon, Inc. was selected as a gold and silver award recipient for Constructech magazine’s 2005 Vision Awards. The award recognizes construction firms that apply technology to everyday business in unique and innovative ways. The county of San Diego has won the Crystal Award for Workplace Excellence given by the San Diego Society of Human Resource Management for employee satisfaction in organizations. Gary Mihalko Jr., a security guard for Elite Show Services, Inc., earned the first Security Officer of the Year award from the California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards and Associates. Mihalko was selected for his actions while supervising security operations at a San Diego Chargers football game. The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego was listed in the top 400 charities in the United States in the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Philanthropy 400. The rankings are based on the amount of contributions to the nonprofit organizations in fiscal year 2003-04. Marti Gellens-Stubbs, Realtor associate with Prudential California Realty, is the 44th recipient of the McNaught-Davis Knox Award, which was presented by the La Jolla Real Estate Brokers Association. Gellens-Stubbs was chosen for her integrity, community activity, service to the real estate profession, salesmanship and cooperation with associates.


Vice Chairman Bill Horn has donated $150,000 out of his discretionary Community Project Fund to help start Angel Depot, a program to help seniors with nutritional needs who are at or near the poverty level. Harrah’s Foundation contributed $60,000 for a delivery truck, the Rincon tribe donated $20,000 and Chairman John Currier committed $40,000, distributed throughout the next two years, and $5,000 from Gladys Young.

The McCarthy Building Co.’s San Diego employee team dedicated two days to paint three modular trailers at the Children’s Hospital and Health Center.

, Compiled by Stacey Bengtson


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