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         Headquarters in Heritage Fields, the old El                                                        At age 44, Yale Law graduate John

         Toro airfield site. Highland is also acting as                                                  Gomez is arguably the nation’s premier
         general contractor for a 250 unit, 17-story                                                     Latino trial lawyer.
         all-affordable housing project at 9th and                                                       A leader in San
         Broadway for Bridge Housing, scheduled                                                          Diego’s Latino
         to begin construction in the spring of                                                          business and
         2011. And, it is currently working with                                                         philanthropic
         Children’s Hospital on a planned medical                                                        communities,
         office building in Oceanside.                                                                   in 2005 John
                                                                                                         Gomez founded
                             ***                               Scott Lewis          Andrew Donohue       the Gomez Law
            Dean Loring, president and CEO of                                                            Firm, specializing
                                                          voiceofsandiego.org. Lewis oversees the        in employment law
         Burger Lounge Restaurants, grew up in
                                                          operation, which the Christian Science         and personal injury         John Gomez
                                 the food business
                                                          Monitor called “a ray of hope for a troubled   cases. Now, five years
                                 in Northern
                                                          industry.” He oversees its Website,            later, the firm has grown to six attorneys
                                 California. His
                                                          business, fundraising and marketing            and last year obtained verdicts and
                                 family owned
                                                          functions. Most importantly, though, he        settlements in excess of $1 million each in
                                 a small seafood
                                                          must ensure that it continues to grow          more than ten separate cases. Gomez was
                                                          and innovate appropriately as the news         named Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the
                                 company and later
                                                          industry changes.                              Year in 2006 by the Consumer Attorneys
                                 a meat processing
                                 operation. He                                                           of San Diego. He has been named a Top
                                                             Lewis began covering local politics         50 San Diego “Super Lawyer,” one of the
                                 started cooking at
                                                          for the voiceofsandiego.org in 2005 and        Best lawyers in America and a Top 10
               Dean Loring       home for friends
                                                          his weekly column was awarded best             Corporate and Insurance litigator.
                               during lunch while
                                                          column in San Diego by both the San
         in middle school. Loring started his first
                                                          Diego Press Club and San Diego Society            Last year he served as board president
         “better burger” concept in 1987 at age
                                                          of Professional Journalists in 2007. He        for La Cuna, a nonprofit dedicated to
         29 using grass-fed beef and handmade
                                                          maintains a political blog and regularly       Latino foster children, and endowed a
         buns in Humboldt County. He founded
                                                          breaks news and hosts some of the city’s       scholarship fund for La Raza Lawyers. In
         and continues to operate Cody’s La Jolla
                                                          most important discussions. He is a            2010, Gomez will tackle Toyota and Bob
         in 1998 at the cove in La Jolla. It was
                                                          graduate of the University of Utah and         Baker Lexis in his biggest case yet. The
         awarded the San Diego Zagat Guide 2008
                                                          held reporting jobs at the Salt Lake City      Saylor and Lastrella families have hired
         “Best American” designation.
                                                          Weekly and San Diego Daily Transcript          Gomez to represent them in their pending
                                                          before working with voiceofsandiego.org.       wrongful death case for the Aug. 28, 2009
            After years of wanting to get back to
         fast casual dining, Loring conceived and                                                        death of CHP Officer mark Saylor, his
                                                             Donohue is in charge of Voice’s content,    wife, child and brother-in-law. The family
         co-founded Burger Lounge in January
                                                          including everything from blogs and daily      all died when the accelerator of their loaner
         2007. His founding motto is: “success
                                                          news coverage to long-term investigative       Lexis stuck, prompting the largest recall
         is to do a common thing, uncommonly
                                                          projects. He is a national award-wining        in Toyota history and attracting national
         well.” Burger Lounge has grown to four
                                                          writer and editor, and his awards include      media attention.
         units over the past two years in La Jolla,
                                                          the 2008 Investigative Reporters and
         Kensington, Coronado and Little Italy and
                                                          Editors Certificate and 2006 Society of
         has received several Readers Awards for                                                                              ***
                                                          Professional Reporting’s Sigma Delta Chi
         “Best Burger” from area publications.                                                              As president and CEO of San Diego
                                                          award for investigative reporting. Donohue
                                                                                                         County Credit Union, San Diego’s largest
                                                          has fostered the online daily’s growth
            Now the company has its eyes on the                                                          locally based financial institution, Irene
                                                          from a small ragtag group of reporters
         Los Angeles market for 2010. “We are                                                            Oberbauer will continue to lead with
                                                          in a cramped, dark and dirty office to an
         exploring new equity partnerships while                                                         foresight, leadership and direction in
                                                          established and expanding news outlet
         we continue our self-funded organic                                                             2010 and beyond. Since Oberbauer was
                                                          that’s being replicated in other markets.
         growth,” says Loring. “The key to our                                                           appointed to her posts in 2007, SDCCU
         growth is two fold: we want to continue                                                         has continued to grow. Even in the midst
                                                             This year, voiceofsandiego has a new
         at a sustainable pace that is commensurate                                                      of adverse economic conditions, SDCCU’s
                                                          Website that will allow the news source
         with our infrastructure. This is hand-made                                                      customer base has
                                                          to introduce several new features that will
         food. It takes a lot on energy to maintain                                                      increased by 8
                                                          help it “tell better stories and keep local
         this level of quality and we do not want to                                                     percent , asset size
                                                          leaders accountable in innovative ways,”
         compromise that by growing too quickly.”                                                        by over $1 billion
                                                          Lewis said. ‘We have our largest editorial
                                                                                                         and membership
                                                          team ever and have received funding to
                              ***                                                                        has expanded to
                                                          expand into new areas our users have long
           Scott Lewis is CEO and Andrew                                                                 include Orange
                                                          asked us to consider.”
         Donohue is editor of the pioneering                                                             County residents
         nonprofit investigative news source,                                                            and workers. In
                                                                                                                                  Irene Oberbauer
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2010, the credit union will reach its $5                                                     district office herself

billion asset mark and continue to lead San                        ***                       and then records a
Diego-based credit unions, and maintain          Courtland Weisleder is the founder          practice CD of 20
its status as one of the largest and most     of Greener Dawn Inc., Greener Dawn             to 15 songs for each
successful credit unions in the nation.       Investment Group, and Greener Dawn             of the four voices
                                              Financial Corp. His passion for alternative    and insists that the
   Oberbauer and her senior management        energy, renewable energy, and clean            singers continue to
team plan to pay special attention to         technology led                                 grow and learn as
key technology issues in 2010 with new        him to define and                              they expand their
products launching that will expand online    build a vision for                             repertoire.
services to its customers. SDCCU will         the future. He first                                                     Eunice Willaims
also remain competitive by keeping its loan   became immersed                                   Williams also
rates low and its products competitive to     in this field while                            brings the joy of music to senior citizen
continue its drive for new loan and deposit   studying at the                                audiences all over the county. Many of
growth.                                       University of San                              these seniors are wheelchair bound and
                                              Diego in the                                   most appreciative of hearing voices lifted
   As a community leader, SDCCU, under        Masters of Science                             in song.
Oberbauer’s management, continues             in Real Estate           Courtland Weisleder
to support more than 75 nonprofit             program. Academic research as well as                                ***
organizations, including the San Diego        industry professionals contributed to his         Robert “Dukie” Valderrama from
Blood Bank, national Multiple Sclerosis       thirst for green knowledge and hunger          National City
Society, United Cerebral Palsy, San Diego     to build his vision. He attends numerous       will chair the San
Burn Institute, Rady Children’s Hospital      conferences, seminars, and trade group         Diego Unified Port
San Diego and Make-a-Wish Foundation          events and actively contributes in the clean   Commission in
of San Diego. SDCCU has also recently         tech sector. He is on the Sustainability       2010. Valderrama
announced its continued commitment            Committee of the Downtown Partnership,         believes that
to sponsor the Poinsettia Bowl, which         the Board of Directors of Clean Tech San       through the
benefits the Make-a-Wish Foundation of        Diego, and the Board of Directors of the       strength of
San Diego.                                    San Diego Green Chamber of Commerce.           partnerships,
                                                                                             ideas blossom and
                    ***                          Last month, Greener Dawn Residential        businesses flourish.      Robert Valderrama
   James Robbins is the principal in          was approved as a Building Performance         That is why he will lead the seven-member
charge of design at Robbins Jorgensen         Institute training affiliate, a nationally     Port of San Diego board with a focus on
Christopher                                   recognized certification and credentialing     the Port’s partners: its customers, tenants,
Architects. He                                organization for residential energy            neighbors stakeholders, the region’s
is NCARB                                      efficiency, and approved by the Obama          residents and the citizens of California.
certified and a                               administration as the standard required
LEED-accredited                               for contractors in the proposed “Cash for         Valderrama is a working-class man,
professional. Under                           Caulkers” program. Weisleder’s firm is the     born and raised in National City. He runs
Robbins direction,                            only BPI approved trainer headquartered        two businesses and knows government
RJC Architects                                in San Diego and looks to be an important      contracting well. Top on his list of
has won 35 design                             player on the national scene.                  priorities is the development of the Chula
awards since 1992.        James Robbins
                                                                                             Vista bay front; the ground-breaking
                                                                   ***                       for the North Embarcadero esplanade
  As a past president of AIA San                 Eunice Williams is the music director       along San Diego’s front porch; and the
Diego and a past board member of              of San Diego Continuing Education and          development of a park for the residents
AIA California Council, Robbins has a         conducts three choruses: Pacificaires,         of National City near the Sweetwater
long record of public service, including      Cedar Center Chorus and NOTEables.             Channel. Meanwhile, 2010 will also see
membership in the Mayor’s Design              She leads more than 100 adult singers in       Commissioner Valderrama and the Port
Advisory Group, the city of San Diego’s       over 20 hours of practice and rehearsals       District’s resources challenged by the
multi-family Design Guidelines Task Force     weekly. The majority of the singers are        proposed Convention Center Expansion
and the Old Town Trolley Extension Task       senior citizens and some are in their 90’s.    and the massive Lane Field Project.
Force. He served as consultant for historic   Williams provides all the singers with the
architect for the Centre City Development     opportunity to grow and improve their            So many opportunities challenged by
Corporation from 1996 – 2001.                 wellbeing through music.                       very limited resources. No question that
                                                                                             Commissioner Valderrama and the Port
  A graduate of Princeton University and        For each of her groups, Williams spends      District are poised to have a big impact on
with a masters of architecture from Rice      countless hours working to ensure that         San Diego and the region in 2010.
University, Robbins was named the Best        the singers have all the tools necessary to
Architect in San Diego in a reader’s poll     improve through music. She copies music
some years back from this magazine.           scores, concert fliers and programs at the

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