San Diego Business Journal Executive Spotlight

Scott Cook has been promoted to vice president of operations and a principal of Promus Management. He will oversee the operations of the company's portfolio of commercial assets, as well as property operations, client and tenant relations and quality control. Cook, who joined Promus Management in 2001 as a regional property manager, has been involved in management and leasing of income producing properties for 11 years. Cook is a licensed real estate broker and holds the designation of certified property manager from IREM.

Banking and Finance

Rancho Financial Mortgage Center has hired Beth Harris to develop and run their in-house mortgage banking underwriting office. Harris is an 18-year financial industry veteran and most recently managed the underwriting and sale of all loans closed at General Mortgage's lending department. Pacific Coast National Bank has added Robert Maag as senior vice president and regional lender for the North County commercial loan division. He has more than 20 years of commercial lending experience and has worked for various banking companies.

Construction and Design

Architects Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker have hired Harlan Tande as architect, Greg McClure as architect and David Salud as project manager. Tande has 35 years' experience in the architectural design industry and most recently served as senior associate at Conwell Shonkwiler & Associates. McClure has eight years' experience in the architectural design industry and most recently served as an architect at Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee. Salud has 27 years' experience in the architectural design industry and will be responsible for maintaining the project budget, schedules, scope and proposals. Todd Niemann, a vice president and construction manager for RBF Consulting's Carlsbad office, has been named president of the San Diego chapter of the Construction Management Association of America.

High-Tech and Manufacturing

Dudek & Associates has hired Fred Clark as senior right-of-way and Bill Whittenberg as a principal engineer. Clark will be responsible for managing and maintaining the right-of-way corridors of public utilities and government agencies. He has more than 34 years of ROW experience and was previously with San Diego County Water Authority. Whittenberg will be responsible for strategic planning, water resources, water supply and wastewater reclamation engineering. He has more than 26 years of management experience and most recently served as senior manager at El Toro Water District.

Media and Marketing

Ben Higgins, anchor for 10News, has been named morning sports anchor on Newsradio 600 KOGO-AM.

Miscellaneous

Magda Hanna has been appointed director of regional sales for Summit Performance Group. Hanna will be responsible for marketing the company's meeting planning, sports and hospitality services. Most recently, Hanna was national sales manager for Concepts Worldwide. Sandra Wagenaar, co-owner of Wagenaar Design Group, has been elected president of the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for the 2005-2006 term. Robert Haney, with more than 20 years' experience in the environmental industry, has been appointed to sales manager for Pacific Trans Environmental Services, Inc. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has announced the election of Dr. Dennis Carson to its membership. Carson is a professor of medicine at UCSD School of Medicine and director of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

Real Estate

Guadalupe De La Cruz, who has more than 20 years' experience in sales, has joined RE/MAX Professionals' San Marcos office as a real estate sales agent. Caitlin Leeger has joined RE/MAX Associates' La Costa office as a real estate sales agent. Tim Breslin has joined RE/MAX of Rancho Bernardo as a real estate sales agent.

Awards and Recognition

Human Resource Executive has named Karen Jennings, SBC Communications Inc.'s senior executive vice president of human resources and communications, its 2005 HR Executive of the Year for her outstanding contributions to their organizations. Former congressman Lionel van Deerlin received the Golden Dedication-Lifetime Achievement Award from the South County Economic Development Council for his support of economic development initiatives and cultural programs benefiting South County. Case Group Architects was honored by the Building Industry Association of San Diego with a 2005 SAM Award for best detached housing product. National Market Resource Center honored La Costa Glen Carlsbad with the 2005 National Mature Media Award for their advertising and marketing materials produced for mature adults. Fourth District San Diego City Councilman Tony Young has been honored by BOMA with the 2005 Public Official of the Year for his volunteer efforts and dedication to the organization. The Mail Systems Management Association has announced that Gordon Glazer, president of San Diego Postal & Shipping Equipment, has become a certified mail and distribution systems manager. The San Diego chapter of the American Jewish Committee has honored Justice Cynthia Aaron with the Judge Learned Hand Award for her work on the board of directors of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and her commitment to her legal profession. Catalyst Advancement LLC has been named one of the nation's Best Workplaces for Commuters by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Catalyst Advancement LLC was chosen for meeting EPA's National Standard of Excellence by providing a way for employers to encourage energy conservation with commuter benefits. Deloitte & Touche USA LLP was awarded the Silver Torch award from the National Black MBA Association for promoting equal opportunities for minority professionals to prove themselves and advance in strategic positions within the organization.

Philanthropy

San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, San Diego National Bank, the California Endowment, Alliance Healthcare Foundation, Price Galinson Collaborative Fund and Archstone Foundation awarded $1 million over four years to ElderHelp to launch Aging As Ourselves, a new program to provide health and social services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors in San Diego County.

Dr. Stephen Lawrence joined the Crown Council's Smiles for Life campaign by offering teeth whitening services at a significantly reduced price and donating 100 percent of the proceeds to help children facing serious health and educational problems. During the four-month campaign, Lawrence raised $3,800.

Old Globe has donated 500 tickets to the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA for its musical premiere of Dancer's Life.

Hurricane Katrina Donations and Fund Raising

California Coast Credit Union members contributed $11,469 while California Coast matched dollar-for-dollar totaling $22,938 to assist hurricane survivors.

Financial Profiles Inc. in partnership with the Financial Planning Association will donate one-year licenses of its software to FPA members affected by Hurricane Katrina and Rita.

Cavignac & Associates' employees, the corporate office, and principals, Jeff Cavignac, Scott Bedingfield and Jim Schabarum, have raised more than $7,400 for hurricane relief efforts.

Unitarian Universalist churches in San Diego County have raised more than $24,000 for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

, Compiled by Stacey Bengtson