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Based in San Diego ecoATM/Gazellewhich has created a huge market in the buying and selling of used smartphones and other devices at retail kiosks, said this week that Stan Pavlovsky joined the company as CEO.

Pavlovsky succeeds david maquerawho is retiring after leading ecoATM/Gazelle “during a seven-year period of transformation for the company and the industry,” according to a press release.

Before taking on his new role, Pavlovsky was an executive at a digital image retailer ShutterstockHe previously served as Executive Vice President of Meredith Digital at Meredith Corp.., a media and marketing company.

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More Executive Changes… InterContinental San Diego Announces Hospitality Veteran Brian Hughes is its new CEO.

Prior to joining the InterContinental San Diego, Hughes spent 11 years as the hotel’s general manager. Omni Hotel San Diego as good as Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. He was most recently with the iconic Omni La Costa Resort & Spaof which he was the general manager.

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Online plant dealer living root said it closed $4 million in seed funding. The company said in a press release that the investment will help fund the growth of its supply network of growers and nurseries across the country.

Seed round participants include top San Diego investors with extensive industry experience, such as Jake Goodall, former CEO of jack in the boxand Ken Cookfounder of McKenzie Farmsthe largest Christmas tree farm in the United States.

The company, founded in 2020, works with partners in California, Oregon and Florida to provide nurseries access to its platform as a fulfillment distributor. The company also said it plans to launch into new categories such as outdoor plants, vacation items and plant care accessories later this year.

The company said in a press release that it plans to launch its Series A fundraising later this year and continue to capitalize on vast market opportunities and disrupt this $60 billion-a-year industry.

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San Diego-based construction management service provider Gaffon announced the appointment of Heather Skaife as Director of Project Management and Construction.

According to a press release, Skaife is a construction and operations executive with more than 17 years of industry experience. In her previous roles, she served as Program Director and Director of Operations, overseeing project teams and all phases of large-scale construction and development programs.

Skaife will report to Robin Duveenthe company’s top executive.

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This cute article is worth noting… A Chula Vista McDonald’s restaurant recently threw a surprise end-of-year party at a local school after they received a very intriguing letter from a second-grader thanking them for making her feel special.

The student, Ariany Vasquez, who attends Heritage Elementary School, submitted the letter as part of a class assignment, said she hopes to celebrate her birthday there, the place is so nice.

McDonald’s is “the best restaurant for so many reasons”, she said, “It makes me happy like I’m floating on a cloud” and “the workers treat me like I’m God. I feel like a angel when I go there.

Workers at the local McDonald’s at 725 E St. said they wanted to show their appreciation for his sweet words. They thus donated food for the entire CE2 class during its end-of-year party which was held on June 2.

The party for the 90 students included burgers, cheeseburgers, fries and other menu items.

In return, the workers will be honored for their kindness with a celebration in the coming weeks at the restaurant, according to a spokeswoman.

The gift is just one of many that revolve around one of McDonald’s new initiatives, called “Thank You Crew”, were launched in April to focus on workers.

Chula Vista Restaurant is owned and operated by Jill Lindstedone of 13,500 such owner/operator stores in the United States

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Kintara therapy. which is pursuing treatments for various solid cancerous tumors, said recently that it received notification from Nasdaq granting a request for a 180-day extension to return to compliance with Nasdaq’s minimum bid price requirement. Kintara says he has until Nov. 28 to meet the requirement.

The stock is trading at less than $1 a share, the minimum required by the Nasdaq to maintain its bid requirement. The stock price was 17 cents, down 1 cent, or 4.28% in June 3 trading. The price over 52 weeks ranges from a low of 14 cents to a high of $2.85. The company has 65.5 million shares outstanding.

If at any time during the additional 180-day extension the bid price for the Company’s common stock closes at $1 or more per share for at least ten consecutive business days, Nasdaq staff will provide Kintara with a confirmation of compliance.

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The San Diego County Gun Owners PAC announced that its annual fundraising dinner will take place on June 18 at Town and Country Resort Hotel and Convention Center in the Mission Valley.

The dinner, which will help with the organization’s Second Amendment advocacy, is the organization’s sixth annual and is open to the public.

Ticket prices start at $99 per person. For more information, including sponsorship information, visit

Founded in 2015, the organization is considered San Diego’s largest registered PAC, according to one publicist, “with a diverse and inclusive membership with representatives from the LGBTQ, Latino, African American, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities.”

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San Diego-based weekly trade publication Weekly influence said it had reached the milestone of 20,000 subscribers.

According to a press release, the owner of the bulletin New Monegasque media has grown the influencer’s weekly newsletter by 300% since its acquisition in 2020.

“After Influence Weekly joined New Monaco Media’s digital portfolio of brands, our goal was to make the newsletter the go-to outlet for all influencer marketing news,” said David Adler, CEO of the parent company. “Since then, we’ve worked hard to find out what our readers are looking for and to build trust with our subscribers. Our team has expanded our newsletter strategy to include relevant content for everyone in the influencer space, from CMOs of national brands to creators looking to jump-start their careers.

Influence Weekly accompanies its Net Influencer website, which covers the influencer marketing industry. The company plans to expand its editorial coverage to include interviews with founders of creator businesses as well as provide a one-stop site for those working in the creator economy.

Tom York is a Carlsbad-based freelance journalist who specializes in business and economics writing. If you have any topical tips you’d like to share, send them to [email protected]

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