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August 25, 2015

For more than six decades, Kilroy Realty Corporation has been a leader in West Coast commercial real estate markets - providing services to a diverse array of industries spanning the coast from Seattle to San Diego. This week Jamas Gwilliam, vice president of Southern California Development and Investments, elaborates on what the San Diego market means to Kilroy Realty.

1) Please tell us what your company/organization does.
We are committed to creating collaborative, sustainable, highly-amenitized work environments and improving the quality of life in the communities we are a part of. We are proud to work with some of the most innovative companies in technology, engineering, health care, biotechnology, entertainment and professional services.

Kilroy Realty was named #1 Landlord in North America by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark in 2014 across all asset classes and #5 in the world. Kilroy’s San Diego office, Kilroy Centre Del Mar was most recently awarded The International Office Building of the Year (TOBY) award in July 2015 which is a testament to the quality of operations the company stands for.

We are passionate about being environmentally responsible and improving the quality of life throughout the West Coast: Kilroy is the major donor for the Rozalia Project for a Cleaner Ocean, participating in furthering their mission of marine preservation and education.

2) What are some advantages to being located/doing business in San Diego?
San Diego has one of the most diversified economies in the world with a phenomenal bench of intellectual talent.  At the hub of this economy are some of the finest educational institutions in the world.  When you add in the great weather compared to other west coast markets and the relatively inexpensive cost of doing business here, San Diego is well positioned to compete globally for talent and future investment. Personally, having grown up here and recently having moved back to San Diego after 5 years in Los Angeles, I love that I can surf before work and still get to the office by 8:30. San Diego’s pace of life is just the right blend of laid-back and ambitious.

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.
Within our 3 million SF San Diego portfolio, we provide space to many innovative companies.  One dynamic organization that we have done business with is UCSD. The amount of innovation that they are fostering and investment they are making across almost every San Diego employment sector is immense.  As an example, the Altman Research Institute and Jacobs Medical Center are part of a $2 billion building campaign, transforming health and medicine for UC San Diego and for the region.

4) What do you anticipate for your company in five years? What do you anticipate for San Diego?
We hope to strategically increase our presence in San Diego by continuing to adjust our portfolio to reflect what we see are the changing demands in the modern workforce. Before the end of the year, we will complete The Heights Del Mar, a three-story 75,000 SF Class-A  office building prominently located in one of San Diego’s largest employment centers. And as most of San Diego has seen, we hope to begin construction on One Paseo which will be a unique mixed-use community unlike anything else in the county. We are also positioning ourselves to move forward with opportunities on a few of our projects: the Horizon at Carlsbad, in Sorrento Mesa at Pacifica, Sorrento Gateway, in UTC at 9455 Towne Centre Drive, and off SR-56 adjacent to our Intuit Campus, The Meridian at Santa Fe Summit.

Over the next five years, we believe that San Diego will continue to adapt in order to not only compete but also lead in areas of innovation and technology across a multitude of existing and emerging sectors.  We look forward to the opportunities that come with that innovation and change.

June 16, 2015

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This week we sat down with CEO and founder of Innovative Commercial Environments (ICE), DeLinda Forsythe to learn more about their full service capabilities providing office and hospitality furniture. ICE provides their customers with the ideal furniture solutions. 

1)Tell us about Innovative Commercial Environments (ICE).

ICE is a full service hospitality and office furniture dealership.  We help organizations consciously build their corporate culture.  Furniture design has truly evolved and is an unconventional effective way to build your business culture. ICE plans furniture solutions that encourage a company’s staff to connect, play, solve problems together, fail, learn, grow; and ultimately “create magic.”   We use furniture as a tool to build an empowered corporate culture.

Inspired by “The Rainforest” book a rainforest corporate culture is not a mere business theory; it provides a new paradigm for policies and strategies that transcend the way businesses have traditionally worked.  A rainforest environment in an office eliminates hierarchy and encourages teamwork.  The mechanisms of a rainforest touch the heart of a company, making it more efficient and innovative.  It creates an interior environment where vibrant engagement makes it possible to build a culture of inspiration.  Employees working for a common goal will build an inspired company.

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

I’ve been in the furniture business for 30 years, starting the first 7 years in Phoenix then San Ramon.  I know how it feels to work in other cities.  There is an amazing camaraderie, warmth and authenticity about San Diego.  We are an intimate 1.3 million!  People genuinely care and want to support each other, our charities and our homegrown companies.  There is no other city I’d rather work, play and live in because of our inclusive community spirit.  I started ICE from a spare bedroom 9 years ago.  From those humble beginnings we’ve made the SDBJ 100 Fastest Growing Companies in San Diego the last 3 years!  It is this inclusiveness that has led to our successful growth.

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.

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing industries and iboss Cybersecurity is one of San Diego’s fastest growing companies.  According to the Deloitte Fast 500, iboss is the #3 security company with over 60+ patents and patents pending. They also have an industry-leading customer retention rate of over 98.5%. iboss’ rapid growth has fueled both domestic and international expansion.  Its North American headquarters is in San Diego and they’re one to watch!

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

I believe San Diego, along with our neighbor to the south in Tijuana, is poised for explosive growth.  It is vital that we are all politically knowledgeable and engaged. It is our politicians that will lead us legislatively to grow intelligently and protect our environment.  Mixed-use urban and suburban development, which reduces the need to travel, serves every demographic from our seniors to our young families and we must support these projects and adequately plan for this essential, smart growth. 

Everyone now knows what we’ve all known. We are one of the world’s smartest cities and we should be very proud of what we’ve created.

 

June 2, 2015

This week we sat down with senior director at BNY Mellon, David Noosinow to learn more about what BNY Mellon has in store for the future - as they collaborate with businesses in the region, provide wealth management expertise and lead in global investment.

1) Tell us about BNY Mellon.

Started by Alexander Hamilton in 1784, BNY Mellon is one of the longest-lasting financial institutions in the world. We have endured, innovated and prospered through every economic event and market in the past 230 years. We serve exceptional clients-- many of the world’s leading investors. They rely on us to connect them to opportunities in 100 markets across 35 countries. Our extraordinary people –  experts in their field – make it possible.

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

When I moved to San Diego in December of 2013 to help establish our new office in Del Mar, my primary motivation was to be close to my family, especially my daughter Averi who is in her first year at Mesa College. Before I moved to San Diego, I did not know about the breadth of industries from cyber to healthcare. And innovation is happening in every industry. In San Diego, not only will you  find global leadership in life science, but also a growing technology center, cyber security, sports and active lifestyle, and let’s not forget all the great craft brewing companies on the 78 Corridor.

I would be remiss if I didn’t point out one of the biggest advantages the region provides is its active lifestyle. San Diego is where innovation and lifestyle collide.

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.

I prefer to share my thoughts on the San Diego business community: I have had the fortune to develop many markets in my career, however, I have never experienced a town where the business community and professionals are as collaborative and genuinely supportive of helping our firm establish our regional presence.

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

 In five years, I anticipate BNY Mellon will be the preeminent investment firm in San Diego; supporting innovation and the growth of the business community in the region, and the  business owners and entrepreneurs that our leading the way. After watching the National Geographic’s “World’s Smart Cites” documentary about San Diego, I see the region much in the same way I see many of the startup companies in our accelerators: thriving with life and global potential.   It’s a good time to be in San Diego.

 

 

May 19, 2015

Point Loma Nazarene LogoSan Diego Regional EDC’s Annual Dinner will be held on June 4, 2015 at Sea World San Diego. Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is once again serving as the underwriter for this year’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

We sat down with PLNU president, and EDC board member, Dr. Bob Brower to learn more about PLNU and what’s in store for the future - as they work together with the region’s other universities, to help develop San Diego’s next generation of leaders.

1) Tell us about PLNU.

Founded in Pasadena, California in 1902, PLNU moved to Point Loma in 1973 with 1,000 students. Since coming to San Diego, PLNU has experienced unprecedented institutional growth and development alongside the rapidly growing San Diego region. Today we serve over 3,600 students at our residential campus in Point Loma, in regional centers across Southern California and online.

As a liberal arts institution, PLNU is known for being forward-thinking. At PLNU, academics, faith, and community are all vital. Students benefit from this balanced approach to education and leave PLNU prepared to think, act, and contribute to San Diego and the world.  During our four decades in San Diego we have become an institution known for excellence in academic preparation, wholeness in personal development, and faithfulness to mission.

2) Ensuring San Diego has a steady stream of talented university grads is essential to our regional competitiveness strategy. What are some of the advantages to having your university located in San Diego?

It is the accessible and collaborative character of our region that provides an unparalleled advantage to our students and compels PLNU to remain invested in San Diego.

Dr. Brower on why PLNU thrives in SD

Our students benefit from a region that is invested in developing talent to compete on the world stage - while maintaining a distinctly regional focus. Furthermore, the collaborative relationships that exist among San Diego’s robust and diverse higher education and business communities further affirms our respective institutions’ commitment to educational quality for the benefit of our students and the future of San Diego.

Through faculty leadership and community support, our students and alumni actively contribute to regional dialogue and potential solutions on a variety of issues. PLNU’s Fermanian Business and Economic Institute is actively informing local economic policy in the areas of housing affordability, military economic impact and homelessness. The Center for Justice and Reconciliation at PLNU serves as a regional convener of local law enforcement, nonprofit agencies and policy makers in the continued campaign against human trafficking in San Diego. Our Institute for Politics and Public Service, through the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement, is engaged in the study and practice of civil discourse together with the promotion of the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. School of Nursing faculty and students are invested in the community of City Heights through PLNU’s Health Promotion Center, providing health education, screening and access to care.

3) What do you anticipate for PLNU in the next 5 years?

Steven Mintz, writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, explained more than two years ago that “higher education is now in a revolution of change.” American colleges and universities are experiencing the most rapid and dramatic changes in history – PLNU is no exception.

Preparing students as effective leaders in a rapidly changing world is not a new calling for PLNU; it is the foundation of our history and work. For generations, PLNU has developed students deep in conviction and life skills who were academically well prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of their day.

In effort to support this development, PLNU will celebrate the completion of our new science complex this summer. With nearly 40 percent of PLNU’s undergraduate students majoring in one of the STEM-related disciplines, this much-needed facility reflects the quality of our faculty and students, further strengthening the undergraduate research programs which offer students the ability to conduct faculty mentored research. This hallmark of the undergraduate science experience at PLNU produces graduates ready for future doctoral research and equipped to serve in San Diego’s life science and high tech clusters – but it is not unique to the STEM disciplines.  As in the past, we will continue to develop critical and ethical thinkers equipped to meet San Diego’s workforce needs in the STEM, humanities and business fields.

PLNU remains focused on strengthening and expanding our distinctive learning community and enhancing our ability to respond proactively to the dynamic environment of higher education and the San Diego region. We continue to develop strategies and programs for degree access beyond the traditional, residential campus. Whether through new hybrid and online programs in advanced studies or adult degree completion, or baccalaureate partnerships with the region’s community colleges, we strive to serve new populations of students, thus allowing PLNU to further meet the workforce development needs in our region and prepare effective leaders who impact San Diego and the world.

4) What do you anticipate for the San Diego region?

As a region, San Diego is not immune to change. Building upon a unique culture of creativity and collaboration, San Diego has - and will continue to - distinguish itself as a leader in innovation, defense, healthcare, and tourism sectors. This necessitates the training and development of human capital in a variety of ways to better meet San Diego’s current and future workforce needs.

April 21, 2015

iboss Cybersecurity is a leading provider of innovative APT defense, web security and mobile security solutions. It’s Cyber Week in Washington, DC and the RSA Conference — “where the world talks security” — opens today in San Francisco with a lot of San Diego companies, including iboss. With increasing cyber threats to both business and government,cybersecurity is ubiquitous in every industry.  

This week, we had the opportunity to sit down with Paul Martini, CEO at iboss Cybersecurity in San Diego, to learn more about the company’s relationship with the region, and what’s in store for the future.

 

1) Tell us about iboss Cybersecurity

iboss is on the cutting-edge of cybersecurity, protecting over four thousand organizations from evasive malware and data theft.  Founded in 2003, iboss was created to provide next-gen cybersecurity for today’s complex network environments. Unlike legacy technology, we saw an opportunity to address emerging technology phenomena including mobile connectivity, cloud adoption, increasing bandwidth demands as well as the growing use of non-standard and often hidden Web ports for data stealing attacks.  With the release of FireSphere in 2014 iboss has introduced lean forward patented technology designed to close the critical gap between malware infection and detection, and contain data theft before malware can complete its mission.

We’re very proud of the fact that our technology is consistently cited by customers as being easy to use and supported by world class technical support that has delivered an industry-leading customer retention rate of over 98.5% for the last two years.

                                                        

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

First, we consistently find prodigious talent in San Diego, including cybersecurity, engineering & software development experts.   Second, we have a many former UC San Diego (my alma mater) students working here, and we’re relocating our headquarters to be across the street from UCSD, which will make it even easier to access students and engage in collaborative research.  Lastly, one can’t forget the sometimes overlooked but significant benefit of being located in such a desirable travel destination, which always adds value for a wide range of visitors, from industry analysts and partners to customers and potential prospects.

 

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.

San Diego has always been known for defense and is of course a burgeoning hub for technology, cybersecurity and biotechnology.  We recently met with SPAWAR who is doing amazing things to keep our critical infrastructure and data safe.   There are many other great companies developing amazing technology and adding major value to customers and the region alike, including well-known enterprises such as Qualcomm, Solar Turbines, and CareFusion.

 

4) What do you anticipate for your company in five years? What do you anticipate for San Diego?
iboss is in a rapid growth phase and we look forward to meeting our goal of nearly doubling employees and overall revenue in 2015.  We’re also eager to move into our new location later this year, a 43,000 square foot facility off the I-5 in La Jolla, to house our worldwide headquarters and state of the art threat research center.   Our new facility is groundbreaking on construction in early April as part of a multi-million dollar renovation.  Once complete, it will house a cutting-edge threat research center, a technology incubator and engineering facilities. The building, which was previously home to SAIC worldwide data center, is primed to support iboss’ cloud infrastructure with multiple fiber drops, fully redundant power and suppression systems. The property will also feature an energy-efficient design, corporate fitness center, putting green, two-story slide and a technology incubator area.  iboss Cybersecurity has ambitious aspirations backed by innovative, patented technology.  Our goal is to be the next billion dollar Cybersecurity Enterprise in our region and we are putting the people and processes in place to achieve it.

 

April 15, 2015

With more than 100,000 employees worldwide, AECOM is a global company with a strong local presence. They’ve done it all; from rebuilding Ground Zero to helping San Diego County preserve water. Not only do they work on projects that positively impact our economy, but also those that impact our social and environmental well-being.

We sat down with Michael Kincaid, associate principal at AECOM in San Diego, to learn more about the company’s relationship with the region, and what’s in store for the future.

1) Tell us about AECOM
AECOM’s purpose — to positively impact lives, transform communities and make the world a better place — captures the essence of what we stand for and is intended to inspire us each day. Our core values support our purpose and are a reflection of AECOM’s culture. They include:

  • People. The expertise, passion and thought leadership of our talented people around the world make our success possible. We respect and encourage our people’s ideas, diversity and cultures.
  • Clients. We are committed to our clients and to setting industry standards for service and delivery. We take ownership for solving our clients’ problems and anticipating new opportunities.
  • Excellence. We believe in delivering unequivocal excellence in everything we do.
  • Integrity. We must always maintain our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity — in all that we do, every day of the year.
  • Safety. We are a company that puts safety first. We are all accountable for keeping ourselves and our colleague’s safe, and for delivering work safely to our clients.
  • Innovation. We differentiate our company by challenging ourselves to look for new and better ways to deliver our expertise through innovative solutions that enable each client to realize its vision.

These values, which reflect the culture of AECOM, guide the future that we forge together.

2) What are some advantages to doing business in San Diego?
Surf and sun meets innovation.” San Diego is uniquely positioned as a healthy and beautiful place to live, but also the West Coast hub of our military, the epicenter of a significant border region, and a dynamic and innovative center for business and research.  World class universities, clusters of biotechnology companies, defense industry, and communications companies attract talent to San Diego.  Unbeatable weather, world class beaches, parks, and countless opportunities for recreational activities keep people here.   But San Diego’s advantages don’t stop there.  Not only does it boast a bustling urban center promoting sustainable approaches to city living, but also preservation and careful stewardship of San Diego’s unique and precious natural resources continue to develop an environmental appreciation.

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.
Under the helm of Debra Reed, Sempra Energy is a global company pushing the envelope with sustainable fuels and renewable energy. It’s leading the way with investment in clean energy. Having recently broken ground on a new headquarters for its operations in the East Village, Sempra is leading the way in its commitment to its local community, for a safer, healthier, and environmentally more sustainable place to call home.

4) What do you anticipate for your company in five years?
Recognized by Fortune magazine as a World's Most Admired Company for the first time in our history, AECOM’s debut on the 2015 list is a significant accomplishment that primarily is a testament to the hard work, dedication and talent of our people around the world, who activate our vision and purpose every day. AECOM will continue to make our company even better in the months and years to come.

We will strive for excellence in nine key performance areas:

  1. Ability to attract and retain talented people
  2. Quality of management
  3. Social responsibility to the community and the environment
  4. Innovativeness
  5. Quality of products or services
  6. Wise use of corporate assets
  7. Financial soundness
  8. Long-term investment value
  9. Effectiveness in doing business globally

5) What do you anticipate for San Diego?
San Diego will continue to balance growth with its needs for improved and sustainable infrastructure and infill development along with preserving its local ecosystem, not only to generate and develop economically, but ensure the quality of life for its future generations. AECOM will be a partner with San Diego to realize its vision.

March 31, 2015

It was the early 1950s, and mudflats lined Mission Bay. WWII was over, and the tourism industry was beginning to boom. Where everyone else saw dirt and sand, the Evans family saw an opportunity. In 1953, Evans Hotels was born with the opening of the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay. Today, the company employs more than 1,000 people at its three award-winning properties: the Catamaran, The Lodge at Torrey Pines and the Bahia Resort Hotel.

We recently sat down with David Cherashore, executive board member at Evans Hotels, to learn more about the company's evolution and its future plans in the region.

1)      Tell us about Evans Hotels.
Recognizing a need for high quality hospitality in the San Diego area, in 1953, Evans Hotels was born with the opening of the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay. Today, we are three generations in the making as a family in the San Diego area, both as residents and as part of the business community. We pride ourselves in creating a strong, stable working environment for employees. We have 80 employees that have been with our company for more than 20 years. We are an integral part of this city, and the fact that we have employees choosing to make Evans Hotels their career, not just their job, speaks volumes about what we do for employees, customers, and San Diego.  

2)      What are some advantages to being located  in San Diego?
When people think of San Diego, they think about the weather. This is a huge advantage to the hotel industry, but sometimes, what goes unrecognized is the range of activities that are available to visitors. We have multi-generational families staying with us – children, parents and grandparents – and they often remark on how surprised they are on the number of activities available to them. There is the Zoo and SeaWorld for children; adults have nightspots, fine dining, museums and parks. Our region is truly different from other tourist destinations.  San Diego has a soul, a heart. The lifestyle, the weather, the fact is that San Diegans are happy—that’s one thing visitors notice immediately.  Our staff reflects that; we are friendlier, warmer,  and more hospitable. It’s just San Diego!

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.
 Look at your cell phone- you probably have Qualcomm to thank for it. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor is used in more than one billion devices worldwide. That’s innovation and a global trend by any definition. We also have companies like Mapp Biopharmaceutical which has collaborated in the creation of ZMapp, an experimental new therapy used to treat Ebola patients. Large and small, San Diego companies are addressing global problems.

4)      What do you anticipate for your company in five years? What do you anticipate for San Diego? 
The future of San Diego and Evans Hotels are interlocked.  In the 80s, people avoided downtown at night, but look at the Gaslamp District today: fine dining, dynamic living options, popular nightclubs, and trendy shops.  This didn’t happen overnight. It shows San Diego is consistently moving in the right direction.  Before 1953, there was nothing on this bay; now, we have two successful hotels there.  This story repeats itself all over San Diego.  At the moment, San Diego has a vibrant economy with an abundance of  innovative companies which are attracting talented individuals with equally innovative dreams and ideas.  This is creating excitement in our city and new opportunities for everyone.  Evans Hotels is part of that.  We want to grow, and we have several projects in development and we are depending on this influx of talent to materialize these plans.  Everything is coming together.

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March 24, 2015

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This year, Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) celebrates its 25th anniversary. As the only comprehensive public university in North County, they are a major source of talent for San Diego’s dynamic companies. Together with the region’s other universities, they help ensure San Diego’s global competitiveness.

We sat down with Dr. Haynes, president of CSUSM, to hear more about how the university has evolved over the past 25 years and what’s in store for the future.

1) Tell us about CSUSM.
For many years, the University was considered North County’s best-kept secret. Not anymore – the secret is out, Cal State San Marcos is THE university to be at. With 13,000 students and growing, we are nationally considered a large university and we are regionally a high-demand, first-choice institution. CSUSM is the place where dedicated and talented faculty facilitate the success of our students—our region’s future leaders and change-makers. It’s the place where area businesses and organizations partner to foster economic growth and create real-world learning experiences for the sake of stronger communities. And it’s a place with a track record of accomplishments. CSUSM has recently received national recognition for best practices as a model employer, a diverse and military-friendly campus, and a community-engaged institution.

2) Ensuring San Diego has a steady stream of talented university grads is essential to our regional competitiveness strategy. What are some of the advantages to having your university located in San Diego?
CSUSM on collaborations with the business community CSUSM is the only public comprehensive university in North San Diego County and we take that role very seriously. Beginning in 2006, we began establishing guaranteed admission agreements with 10 regional school districts, to ensure that students are prepared for college and supported throughout their entire educational journey.We are the only university in our state with a program of this magnitude – creating a college-bound culture for some 200,000 students from across our region.

We have also placed a particular focus on serving educationally at-risk students. We have the highest per-capita numbers, within the CSU system, of student populations often excluded or overlooked by higher education, including Veterans, former foster youth and Native Americans.For the last two years, 52 percent of our graduating classes were the first in their families to obtain a four-year degree.

We are very proud that not only do the vast majority of our students come from our region, but that after graduation some 85 percent of them remain here, equipped with profession-ready skills, creative talents, global awareness and homegrown commitment to help power the regional economy. Our sister public universities in the San Diego region have important roles, each of us filing a unique niche. While CSUSM serves all types of students, we have a strong focus on underrepresented and diverse student populations and those who stay after graduation to give back to their communities and contribute to the regional economy.

3) San Diego is full of dynamic companies, firms and service providers influencing global trends and innovation.   CSUSM is very engaged with many of them. Pick a San Diego-area company that’s at the top of its game.
One dynamic company and CSUSM corporate partner that comes to mind is ViaSat, a communication company located in Carlsbad.

Because it is always looking with an eye toward the future, ViaSat has been an invaluable CSUSM champion, providing support and expertise across campus to develop our students and provide real-world learning opportunities. Just to name a few examples:  They support our on-campus Summer Scholars program, which actively engages undergraduates in hands-on STEM research through a 10-week program; they provide multiple internship opportunities to our undergraduate students; and they sponsor events across campus, such as our recent Super STEM Saturday, a celebration of innovation and science education designed to expose and engage kids of all ages, and their families, to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Several of ViaSat’s senior leaders volunteer their time and expertise on multiple college advisory boards, and ViaSat’s President and COO, Rick Baldridge even offered leadership advice and insight into the company and his career path by speaking at “In the Executive’s Chair” – a business course where students hear and learn from regional business leaders. The company’s leadership and input was also invaluable as we developed our new Cybersecurity Professional Master’s Degree.

4) What do you anticipate for the CSUSM in the next 5 years? What do you anticipate for the San Diego region?
For 25 years, there has been great synergy between the University and our region. We have literally grown up together, coming of age as we have helped create, and were fed and nurtured by, regional businesses, organizations, schools, neighborhoods and cities.  Moving forward over the next five years and beyond, we will continue to drive forward as a place of community engagement, a place for academic excellence and research, and a place for welcoming and stimulating environments supporting the success of the rich diversity of students we serve.

We know that the San Diego region will continue to have workforce needs in multiple areas, including the life sciences, healthcare and information and communication technologies.  To meet these demands we continue to survey key stakeholders in multiple business and nonprofit sectors to learn about their expectations and create innovative degree and certificate programs to fill those needs.  Among these are new or planned programs such as our master’s degree program in public health and health information management; stackable certificates, potentially leading to master’s degrees, in international business, business intelligence, tourism and hospitality; and professional master’s degrees in cybersecurity and biotechnology.  Efforts like these are part of our commitment to ensure that our students graduate career-ready to serve the needs of our region.

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March 17, 2015

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Qualcomm. ThermoFisher (formerly Life Technologies).  BD BioSciences  (formerly CareFusion). These are some of San Diego’s most globally-recognized companies. They create products and innovations that are changing the world. But that’s not the only thing they have in common: each of these companies has also worked with DLA Piper – one of San Diego’s most recognized law firms. Although DLA Piper represents companies from a variety of industries, they focus on serving San Diego’s dynamic high tech and life sciences sectors.
 
This week we spoke with Robert Brownlie, managing partner in DLA Piper San Diego, to learn more about how they interact with some of San Diego’s most prominent companies and are helping to cement the region’s global identity. 
 
1) Tell us about DLA Piper.
DLA Piper LLP (US) is a global law firm with deep San Diego roots.  In 2005, San Diego’s Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye combined with the US firm Piper Rudnick and the international firm DLA to create DLA Piper.  
 
Our history in San Diego dates back to 1927 with the establishment of Gray Cary by Gordon Gray (a cousin of President Woodrow Wilson) and Judge William Cary.  The firm quickly grew into San Diego’s largest, with a heavy emphasis on litigation and a client list including both leading San Diego-headquartered companies and Fortune 500 companies.  Throughout our history, our lawyers have made a significant impact on San Diego – from Gordon Gray’s work in the founding of the San Diego Zoological Society to Jay Rains’ efforts in bringing the US Open to Torrey Pines.
 
Today, we represent a wide range of San Diego companies, including promising startups and the region’s largest companies in multi-national deals and cases.
 
2) What are some advantages to doing business in San Diego?
Why DLA Piper Chose San Diego with quote San Diego’s location and entrepreneurial spirit provide major advantages for our practice in San Diego.  For a global law firm, San Diego provides a strategic location at the crossroads for the Pacific Rim where US businesses and investors can come together with businesses and investors from Asia, Latin American and Europe.  We have been able to assist San Diego companies with transactions all over the globe.
 
Economic growth is as vital to law firms as it is to any other aspect of the economy.  San Diego’s entrepreneurial spirit, fed by institutions, like UC San Diego, and visionary business leaders, provide a strong engine for economic growth to compete with other markets.  We are fortunate to be positioned to assist with that growth by advising the region’s entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies.
 
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. 
Qualcomm has made itself into a global leader in wireless communications.  Through constant innovation, Qualcomm has managed to stay on top.  It has done this through terrific leadership and a commitment to hiring and retaining the most talented individuals.  It has also redefined itself seamlessly as wireless technology and the industry has evolved.  Few companies anywhere have been as influential or innovative as Qualcomm.
 
4) What do you anticipate for your company in five years? What do you anticipate for San Diego? 
Since DLA Piper was formed, it has grown into the world’s largest law firm, with 4,200 lawyers in offices throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.   However, being big is not the goal.  Our goal is to continue to efficiently provide top quality legal services to innovative companies locally and around the globe.  The evolution of DLA’s San Diego offices are representative of that goal.  
 
For the San Diego region, we anticipate becoming more global and continuing to catalyze leading technology.  The mega-region represented by San Diego County, Imperial County, and northern Baja California is a competitive advantage to addressing the increasingly global and complex business needs of our companies in our region.  In addition to geography, our region will continue to lead in life sciences, wireless communications, data analytics, UAV’s, clean energy, and more.  If we continue to harness these advantages, San Diego can become one of the leading regions in the world over the next 5 years.

February 24, 2015

Junior Achievement SDIf you’ve read our blog before, then this won’t be news to you: Across the globe, the classic recipe for economic development success has evolved. A high growth and innovative region, such as San Diego, no longer spends its days nipping at the heels of large corporations, hoping incentive packages will entice them to relocate its corporate headquarters to town. They know that the majority of growth will come from cultivating innovation and helping grow existing companies. These companies have many reasons for choosing San Diego, but one item usually trumps them all: the need for smart, highly-skilled workers.

Talent doesn’t just come to San Diego for then nice weather. It is also cultivated here: the region is home to some of the best universities and program in the world. However, if we want to ensure we have the workforce to compete in the global marketplace, we must engage students earlier.

Joanne Pastula is one person that gets this. As the president & CEO of Junior Achievement of San Diego County, she is working to make sure more than 53,000 K-12 students throughout San Diego have the entrepreneurial and business skills to get ahead in the real world.

This week, we sat down with her to learn more about how JA’s investment in students is paying dividends for our global growth plans.

1) Tell us about Junior Achievement.

Look at the young people around you. Do you think they’re ready to lead America’s Finest City? San Diego’s greatest resource is the next generation of young people.  It is our job to make sure they’re ready.

National surveys show nearly 60 percent of today’s teens don’t think they are ready to financially support themselves by the time they turn 24.  This lack of confidence is partially due to their apprehension about obtaining well-paying jobs.

To ensure the region’s continued growth and competitiveness, we need to cultivate tomorrow’s professional’s right here on our home turf. That is why Junior Achievement of San Diego works locally to impact 53,000 students in K-12 classrooms each year.  Our volunteer-based programs prepare kids for the real world by showing them how to get a job, start a business and how money works.

Why Junior Achievement thrives in San Diego

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

Here in San Diego we have a lot to celebrate when it comes to our business environment and quality of life. Forbes recently named San Diego the No. 1 city in the United States to launch a small business in 2014. We also hold the distinction of being one of the top cities for STEM-related careers.  These distinctions give JA’s students access to some of the greatest minds and companies in the nation.  

A great example is our collaboration with AT&T. Through our JA Job Shadow program and the AT&T Aspire grant, we impacted hundreds of students from low-income families by giving them meaningful workplace experiences. Recently, students from The Monarch School and Hoover High spent a half-a-day touring the company’s technology, sales, data and retail centers to learn about career opportunities. This partnership teaches students how to look someone in the eye, shake their hand, as well as, gain the confidence to compete for a job in our global economy.

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.

We recently partnered with The Control Group (#TCG), the developers of InstantCheckmate.com and one of the fastest growing local startup tech companies, to teach students how to code.  The need for these high-tech skills is critical to the San Diego workforce. We are thankful to TCG for providing the opportunity to teach technological literacy.  

It highlights the wonderful work TCG does and how they are inspiring the next generation of STEM-focused career professionals.

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

It is estimated 44 percent of millennials look at their phones more than six times an hour. We are embracing this by redeveloping curriculum onto a digital platform. Incorporating technology into student’s learning will help them make better connections, between what they learn in school, and how to apply it to the real world.

There is strong projected job growth in high-tech industries in San Diego. Despite high-demand in these fields, preparation is marginalized in our K-12 education system. We must change this. Moving forward, we must do more to help our students achieve their dream outside of the classroom by giving them meaningful workplace experiences. We invite you to help us prepare and inspire San Diego’s future leaders now and for years to come.

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