Board & Staff

Meet the movers and shakers of the Hillcrest Business Improvement 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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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.

     

    Matt Ramon,

    Matt Ramon is with Mo’s Universe.

    
    
    
    							
    						

    Tina Shirley,

    Tina Shirley has been the Office Manager for Medical Age Management (located on Normal St.) for the past 3 years.  Her previous experience was in the health and fitness industry which lasted 20 years.  She now manages a small medical office that specializes in anti-aging, hormone replacement therapy as well as aesthetics.  Born and raised in San Diego, Tina has worked all over the county.  She now looks forward to being more involved in Hillcrest, specifically the Hillcrest Business Association, where she can make a difference in the community. 

    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 dive 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.

    Colleen Cavalieri,

    Colleen Cavalieri operates VOM FASS San Diego

    Brian Casey,

    Brian is the owner of the clothing and adult novelty store Manfest (formerly Mankind) on University Avenue. He is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and moved to San Diego with his partner Don Bynum in 2011.  His career had been software marketing for both Fortune 500 Companies and venture capital-funded startups, but after 20 years was more than ready for a change, and fervently wanted to become more involved in the Hillcrest community.  When the opportunity to buy the store Mankind arose, he jumped at it, as he figured slutty clothing and sex toys would be a lot more fun than enterprise software. Prior to joining the Board, Brian had been active on various HBA Marketing Committees, and through the store, supports countless local charities and causes. Mr. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Babson College.


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    John Husler,

    John Husler is the Founder and Operator of Lestat’s Coffeehouses and has been in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries for his entire career.

    In 1997, John opened the original Lestat’s Coffeehouse in Normal Heights. Soon to follow was Lestat’s expansion, which provided a great outlet for local performers and artists with their award-winning Open Mic venue. A second Lestat’s opened in University Heights in 2010 and the third (and largest location) opened in Hillcrest in 2016.

    Lestats is consistently voted the Best Coffeehouse with Live Music, the Best Open Mic and winner or runner-up for the Best Coffeehouse in San Diego by San Diego CityBeat readers. John cherishes everyone who works with him as well as his customers and community. He looks forward to lending his dedication and expertise to the HBA Board.


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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.”

      Jeff Jackson,

      Jeff Jackson is the owner of Flicks, San Diego’s original Gay Video Bar. He has a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Buffalo, and more than 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry.

      Jessica Magers,

      Jessica Magers is the Regional Manager for Sunset Restaurant Management Group. She oversees Fiesta Cantina in Hillcrest.

      Benjamin Nicholls, Executive Director

      Benjamin Nicholls has been the Executive Director of the HBA for ten years. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of the Pacific Beach Business Association. He has produced over forty street fairs in his career and overseen dozens of municipal contracts and grants. Benjamin has over twenty years of experience in community and economic development specializing in areas including public safety, transportation, economic development, and special events. Benjamin has a masters degree in nonprofit management from the University of San Diego.

      Jonathan Lopez, Placemaking Program Manager

      Jonathan is HBA’s Placemaking Program Manager.

      Carolyn Osorio, Communications Manager

      Carolyn’s experience with non-profit communications began in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she worked with outreach initiatives targeting underserved youth and multicultural audiences. With marketing and outreach experience ranging from museums to public parks to performing arts, she has worked with and promoted public programs, events and special initiatives on both coasts. She has handled marketing and social media for organizations throughout San Diego, including Balboa Park where she served as spokeswoman for the inaugural year of Balboa Park After Dark. She has served on the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Advisory Council, the American Alliance of Museum’s National Program Committee and as an Advisory Panelist for the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

      Benjamin Nicholls, Executive Director

      Benjamin Nicholls has been the Executive Director of the HBA for ten years. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of the Pacific Beach Business Association. He has produced over forty street fairs in his career and overseen dozens of municipal contracts and grants. Benjamin has over twenty years of experience in community and economic development specializing in areas including public safety, transportation, economic development, and special events. Benjamin has a masters degree in nonprofit management from the University of San Diego.