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Unisource Solutions

March 22, 2016

This week, we sat down with Anne Benge, president of Unisource Solutions to discuss how the company is helping revolutionize office space - creating dynamic, collaborative working environments for San Diego's most innovative companies. With offices first in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the company expanded its California footprint with an expansion in San Diego in 2009. Listed among San Diego Metro Magazine's Most Admired Companies, Unisource Solutions has serviced 678 companies in San Diego since its inception.

1) Please tell us what your company/organization does.

Unisource Solutions creates amazing workspaces for clients throughout San Diego, the state of California and across the U.S. Where do you work? Where is your favorite place to think? Where do you go to read financials? Our superior design team works with architecture, real estate, buildings and companies to marry space and culture. Personally, my best thinking is done while I run, I cannot read financials standing (this I have learned since I have a standing desk and when I study our P&L, I move to the kitchen in our office to think). The two biggest issues facing every single CEO that I talk to are how to get the best talent and how to develop or change their company’s culture. Your space, the design of your space and your furniture all make an impact.

2) What are some advantages to being located/doing business in San Diego?

San Diego is a diverse, fragmented, fantastic market. Educated, entrepreneurial, loyal and international are how we think of this market. I doubt that I could actually be more pro-California. The scale of our city aligns with other powerhouses around the globe and it amazes me during my travels just how exciting that can be – think Helsinki, think Kyoto, think Stockholm, my list goes on and on. The inherent collaborative nature of San Diego makes it the best place in California.

3) San Diego is full of dynamic companies, firms and service providers influencing global trends and innovation. Pick another San Diego company that is at the top of its game.

True to San Diego thinking, I think of people and their companies. Renovate America with Dan Cancelleri building their spaces, Helix with David Becker creating a completely great lab space and John Frager taking CBRE to another level in San Diego.

4) What do you anticipate for your company in five years? What do you anticipate for San Diego?

Our business is shifting and adapting, along with everyone else. While we are considered a distribution and warehousing company, our growing business is design, project management and facilities management services. We will continue to see healthcare facilities look like five-star hotels, while hotels and offices strive to look like homes and restaurants. Importing global thinking to San Diego will continue to move us forward. Life sciences, defense and technology are thriving and the need for attracting and retaining talent and providing an inspiring place to work will to push us forward.  

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