San Diego Business Journal

United Way of San Diego County has announced Tony R. Russell is its new board chair. He has served on the organization’s board since 2017 and has also served on multiple committees to advance the organization’s mission. Russell has also served two terms as chair of the board of advisors of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA and the YMCA of San Diego County. He has been with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority since 2003 in the role of director, board services/authority clerk, and has more than 30 years of experience in local and municipal government, specifically in corporate and information governance.

“Tony’s community-minded spirit and drive to foster a new generation of young leaders makes him the ideal board chair,” said United Way of San Diego County President and CEO Nancy Sasaki. “He has devoted much of his professional career to truly making San Diego a better place for everyone.”

A Serra Mesa resident, Russell served for four years in the United State Marine Corps and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

“Our mission statement declares that all children, young adults, and families deserve to succeed, regardless of zip code or income. Now, amid a pandemic that has upended many San Diego County families’ livelihoods, it’s more important than ever that we do all we can to help these families rebound and work toward the future they deserve,” he said.


A special webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on local seniors is planned for Aug. 20. The event is being sponsored by the San Diego Regional EDC’s San Diego: Life. Changing and will feature a virtual panel featuring leaders from three major nonprofits focused on aging, West Health, Serving Seniors, and the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center. The panel will share how they’re helping seniors navigate through this public health crisis and what we all can do for the seniors in our lives. You can register for the free event at .


San Diego’s CashCo Pawn Shop was recently chosen as one of only 20 pawn shops nationwide named a “Top Shop” by Pawn Leaders Magazine.

Recognized as one of the best in the nation and for making a significant impact on the pawnbroking industry, the 18-year-old company employs 29 and has two locations.

The company’s leaders are passionate about its ability to provide a needed financial service through pawning, buying, selling, and appraising.

“It is our priority to serve our community during this unprecedented time by providing a reliable source of alternative lending,” said Moris Adato, president of CashCo Pawn Shop and a member of the California Pawnbrokers Association board of directors. “We provide access to quick cash through non-recourse pawn loans that require no credit check for consumers and business owners alike that need cash now to make rent, payroll or other expenses.”

CashCo Pawn is also the first certified “green” pawn shop in the nation.