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Design Co. Doesn’t Fill Workspaces, It Helps Craft a Culture

DESIGN: Leader Doesn’t Lose Her Stride as She Meets Challenges, ChangesEight years ago, with the Great Recession in full swing, the San Diego company where Anne Benge worked as president suddenly closed.

By Sarah de Crescenzo February 16, 2017 2:20 p.m.   $$ Share

County Hotels Saw January Revenue Rise 4.8 Percent

Revenue at San Diego County hotels rose 4.8 percent from a year ago during the month of January, topping $180.5 million, according to the latest monthly data from research firm STR.

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It’s All In The Family

The San Diego Business Journal will host a forum on family-owned businesses with two panel discussions — one featuring local owners of family businesses and the other featuring experts who will speak to the unique challenges. Topics will cover a wide range of issues and include insights from multigenerational founders and perspectives from those assuming new leadership responsibilities. Members of the panels offer a preview here.

HCAP Partners Invests in Oakland Distributor

Private equity firm HCAP Partners has completed an undisclosed mezzanine debt investment in Progistics Distribution Inc., a company specializing in “last mile” delivery.

CGS3’s Attorney Additions Bring Real Estate Expertise

Michael Cato has joined Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) as partner and Jamie Altman Buggy and Collin Waring as associate attorneys, expanding its commercial real estate practice.

Compromise Is Worth The Cost for Utilities

UTILITY: Sempra Subsidiaries’ Proposed Agreement Sets ROE

Leave it to a utility owner like Sempra Energy to eke out a bump in its stock price after negotiating away tens of millions of dollars in core revenue.

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CEO Goes in Some Unusual Directions

On His Path, Commerce Must Intersect With Community

Ryan Sisson wasn’t like the people he surrounded himself with.

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Atlas Report: Local Hotel Property Deal Volume Down 67.8 Percent in 2016

San Diego County saw hotel property sales volume in 2016 decline 67.8 percent from the prior year, to $473.1 million, as the number of completed deals dropped from 30 to 21, according to the latest annual California data from Atlas Hospitality Group.

Department of Energy Grant Backs Project Being Overseen By Sempra Subsidiary

The U.S. Department of Energy has pledged up to $1.2 million in federal money to a wastewater demonstration project partly funded and overseen by a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy.

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UC Regents Buy 4 San Diego Office Buildings for $83.5 Million

The Oakland-based Regents of the University of California have acquired a four-building office portfolio in San Diego’s Governor Park neighborhood for approximately $83.5 million, according to CoStar Group and public data.

Donors Give $1.8 Million to Establish USD Center

The University of San Diego announced Thursday the creation of the Center for Ethics, Economics and Public Policy.

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Executive Q&A Mary Long, University of San Diego

Chicago, Dallas, Oakland, Florida, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, New Jersey. Mary Long’s career with major food manufacturers has taken her all over the map. She spent that time overseeing transportation, logistics and supply chain issues for big businesses such as Campbell’s Soup Co., General Mills and Pepsico. She recently left a vice president’s job with Domino’s Pizza Inc. in Ann Arbor, Mich. and made a detour — into academia.

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Mediation’s Pluses Add Up Versus Costs, Contention of Court

LAW: Quick Resolution, Less Publicity Often Important Factors

Things were about to get ugly fast. Paperwork had already been drawn up for a wrongful termination lawsuit pitting a former San Diego-area CEO against his privately held former employer. Both sides were bracing for a crush of negative publicity.

Talk of H-1B Changes Has Companies on Edge

LAW: 3,500 Visa Holders Seen As Vital to Innovation Economy

Not just anyone could have filled last year’s opening at Genben Lifesciences Corp. Founder Li Shen was looking for a bioinformatics scientist capable of applying advanced mathematical analysis to the human genome.

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L’Auberge Del Mar Completes $4 Million Redesign

L’Auberge Del Mar recently completed a $4 million redesign of the luxury hotel’s guest rooms and meeting spaces.