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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John Husler,

John Husler … Founder and Operator of Lestat’s Coffeehouses in Nml Hts, Univ Hts and Hillcrest …. Been in the food, beverage and hospitality industries for his entire adult life and career. Moved to San Diego from IL in 1988. Managed the Nordstrom Kiosk and Cafe at UTC until 1992 with notable success. The University of San Diego then hired John away to create and open their first on-campus coffeehouse, Aromas. A frequent customer was then-student, Todd Gloria.

In 1997, John opened his own enterprise, the original Lestat’s Coffeehouse on Adams Ave in Normal Heights, which operated 24/7/365. Soon to follow was Lestat’s West, which provided a great outlet for local performers and artists with their award-winning Monday night Open Mic venue, as well as excellent live entertainment every night of the week. A second Lestat’s opened in University Hts in 2010 and their largest location opened in Hillcrest in 2016, all open 24/7/365 and thriving. John has cultivated admirable relationships with many SD police, fire and rescue workers who have become a regular presence at his establishments.

The readers of SD CityBeat in their “Best of SD” annual poll have consistently voted Lestats as the Best Coffeehouse with Live Music, the Best Open Mic and winner or runner-up for the Best Coffeehouse in San Diego for several years. John has been a model business owner who 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 in support of the effort to improve Hillcrest and the surrounding region to the greatest extent possible.

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,

    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


    Maggie Roland, Treasurer

    Maggie Roland is owner if Maggie Roland and Associates

    Paul Smith, Secretary

    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.

    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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      (858) 945-5710

      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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        (619) 255-7048

        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.”

          Larry Malone,

          Owner of Empire House Urban Palate

          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 experience in the food and beverage. industry.

          Jessica Baro,

          Jessica Baro is the Manager at Fiesta Cantina

          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.

          Carolyn Osorio, Social Media & Marketing 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.