Board & Staff

Meet the movers and shakers of the Hillcrest business district. The HBA’s Board of Directors are Hillcrest business owners who demonstrate leadership and commitment to their neighborhood. Our staff works in conjunction with our Board of Directors and our 1,300 business members to develop leadership, beautification and promotions in the Hillcrest community.

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| President | Vice President | Treasurer | Secretary | | | | | | | | | | |

Tami Daiber, President

    Tami Daiber, RPA®, FMA® is Chief Operating Officer at Carleton Management. With more than 20 years in the real estate industry, Tami has managed suburban office buildings, retail shopping centers, industrial and medical office buildings for nationally recognized institutional owners, publicly traded real estate investment trusts as well as local San Diego investors. She has also managed multi-million dollar tenant improvement projects and has completed numerous building renovation projects.

    A graduate of University of San Diego, Tami holds a California Real Estate License and the Real Property Administrator (RPA) and Facilities Management Administrator (FMA) designations from the Building Owners and Managers Institute International (BOMI International).

    Glenn Younger, Vice President

    Glenn Younger is president of Grah Security / Grah Safe and Lock and they have been helping San Diegans to be Safe, Secure and Successful since 1914.  The Grah office is located at 10th and University Ave.

    In addition to the retail storefront, Grah dispatches service vehicles throughout San Diego country from their convenient Hillcrest location.

    The supply division of Grah also takes advantage of the Hillcrest location and serves facility and building professionals with their door and security hardware needs.

    Glenn has been involved with the HBA since 2006. He is also involved with  the Hillcrest Farmers Market, Hillcrest CDC, Metro CDC,  and the Uptown Community Plan Update committees.

     


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    (619) 295-2510

    Cecelia Moreno, Treasurer

    Cecelia Moreno , is one of the owners of Crest Cafe, a community leader, volunteer and a founding partner in the Hillcrest Pride flag project. As well as being the Chair of the Beautification Committee, Moreno also volunteers with the Parking District.

    Last July, Crest Cafe set the tone for Neighborhood involvement and creativity. The Installation of a whimsical anniversary-inspired mural of an elephant walking through a park helped to bring some excitement to an otherwise plain ally way on Robinson Ave.

    In a tumultuous economy, it is becoming rare to see any business reach a milestone like Crest Cafe 30th anniversary last July. Moreno says that their secrets are not as basic as you might think. “Being a part of local organizations is simply a must in any business plan.”-Cecelia Moreno

    
    
    
    							
    						

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    (619) 995-1306

    Michael Brennan, Secretary

      Michael grew up in Orange County and moved to the San Diego area in high school. He began his career in Landscape Architecture upon graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2002. For nearly 7 years he worked for one of the largest Landscape Architecture firms in San Diego where he was a project manager overseeing hundreds of projects through the design process. In 2009 Michael started a company called Urban Green to focus on his passion of bringing inspired sustainable landscape designs to a select clientele. For over 4 years Urban Green flourished and by 2013 could not grow any larger without a new vision. Carson Douglas was born out of that natural growth and an ongoing partnership with fellow Landscape Architect William Carson Joyce.

      Throughout his 13 years in the industry Michael has earned a reputation for creating award winning designs including two CLCA awards, a Laurel award, SAM award and an American Society of Landscape Architects national design award. Michael’s work has been featured in many industry articles and publications throughout his career including Dwell, San Diego Home / Garden, Riviera, San Diego Magazine and others. He is a California Registered Landscape Architect, LEED AP, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Uptown Community Parking District and Hillcrest Community Development Corporation.

      Maggie Roland,

      Maggie Roland is owner if Maggie Roland and Associates

      Paul Smith,

      Paul Smith has been a small business owner is Hillcrest since 2008 and currently the sole owner and operator of The Merrow, a welcoming divey bar featuring cocktails, craft beer and live entertainment most night of the week. Southern California born and raised, he moved to San Diego in 1993.  Paul is a graduate of the California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a graduate of the San Diego State University with a Master’s in Business Administration.

      He had more than 20 years of experience in the design, manufacturing, and management of consumer electronics and mobile telecommunications products, before taking on the challenge of owning and running his own business.

      Paul has been a supporter of the Hillcrest Business Association and has taken a more active role in recent years participating in committees and helping with events like CityFest.

      Bryan Lovering,

      Bryan Lovering is co-owner of Adam and Eve.

      Alphonso Tsang,

        Alphonso Tsang is a San Diego native and graduate of University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Economics.  He has been part of the Hillcrest community since 2008 and is currently the Banking Center Manager at Comerica Bank located on Washington Street in Hillcrest.  Alphonso brings with him more than 10 years of financial as well as real estate experience.  As an ongoing Hillcrest Business Association and GSDBA member, he continues to remain active by volunteering at numerous community events throughout the year.

        He is proud to be a patron of the many local businesses located here in Hillcrest.  This diverse neighborhood is an ever changing community that is full of life and prosperity.  There are businesses that have been here for more than 30 years and there are new ones that continue to emerge every year.  As a passionate member of this community, my goal is to encourage Hillcrest residents, business owners and its many visitors to see its true value and appreciate what this neighborhood has to offer.  Alphonso is committed to making Hillcrest the most sought after epicenter of San Diego helping our community to continue to thrive.  He understands that in order to maintain and grow healthy, stable service industries in Hillcrest, which are essential to long-term economic prosperity, will require leadership from an informed and engaged boards of directors that understand and practice the principle that “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

        Furthermore, Alphonso is a true believer in sending a strong message to others in the importance of integrity, compliance with the law, fair treatment to customers and overall good business ethics.  Leaders should demonstrate their commitment through the individual conduct.  This was best said by philosopher Dr. Albert Schweitzer, “Example is not the main thing influencing others, it is the only thing.”


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        Pete Katz,

          Pete Katz has been a property owner in Hillcrest since 1986. With 50 residential and commercial tenants in the Hillcrest area, he is fully invested in making sure the future of Hillcrest is as bright and prosperous as it could possibly be. He is always looking out for the welfare of his business tenants, and working to make Hillcrest vibrant and prosperous for everyone who lives and works here. He is committed to the future of Hillcrest into the neighborhood we all want it to be.

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          Ryan Bedrosian,

            Ryan Bedrosian is the general manager at Rich’s Nightclub.

             

            Charles Kauffman,

              In 1994, Charles and his wife opened Bread & Cie Bakery and Café in Hillcrest in 1993. The first artisan bread bakery in San Diego, Bread & Cie. (‘Cie.’ is short for ‘company’ in French)  is nationally recognized and continues to be the leading baker of hand-formed, European- style artisan breads and pastries in the San Diego area. Bread & Cie. currently serves over four hundred wholesale customers. Charles Kaufman was born and raised in New York City.  He attended the University of Connecticut as an undergraduate and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) graduate program in film.After leaving graduate school, Charles wrote and produced television news in New York and Los Angeles, was a comedy writer for Bob Hope and was the youngest professor of film and television at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Charles became an independent producer, director and screenwriter with a creative hand in over twelve feature films.  Among them, Mother’s Day, a horror film written, directed and produced by Charles is listed as one of Variety’s top 100 grossing independent films of all times.  Additionally, his films have garnered numerous awards including gold medals at the London Film Festival, and Paris Film Festivals. Charles has directed and written films all over the world including Jakarta, Indonesia and Durban, South Africa.


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              (619) 297-1274

              Dalour Younan,

              Dalour was born in Baghdad, Iraq and immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen, where he grew up in San Diego, CA. He continued his local education at San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1985. He proudly identifies as a San Diegan and cares deeply about the City of San Diego, especially the Uptown area.

              He and his wife Nancy own and operate the Hillcrest Shell gas station on Washington Ave. He has been active in the Uptown community since 1978 and is well versed with the area, the people and the local issues. Dalour and Nancy are both active volunteers of the Hillcrest Business Association. They take their volunteer positions very seriously. He says, “I want to give our business people – that work hard every day to make a living – a voice and representation. I care greatly about the wonderful people that live in the neighborhood. My goal is to help revitalize our area and to facilitate harmonious relationship between the local businesses and the community.”

              Gioia Marino-Fanelli,

              Owner of Gioia’s Room Boutique

              Larry Malone,

              Owner of Empire House Urban Palate

              Benjamin Nicholls, Executive Director

              Marisa Romero, Lifestyle and Events Director

              Megan Gamwell, Marketing and Communications Director