Tom York on Business: New CEO at used smartphone retailer ecoATM/Gazelle

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

Pavlovsky succeeds dave maquerawho will retire after leading ecoATM/Gazelle “through a transformative seven-year period for both the company and the industry,” according to a press release.

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

More Board Changes… The InterContinental Hotel San Diego Announces Its Hospitality Vet Brian Hughes is the new general manager.

Before joining InterContinental San Diego, Hughes spent 11 years as general manager of the Omni San Diego Hotel just like the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa at Rancho Mirage, California. He was most recently with the iconic Omni La Costa Resort & Spawhere he was director.

Online plant dealer vibrant carrot said it has 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.

Participants in the seed round include top San Diego investors with extensive industrial backgrounds, such as: Jake Goodall, former CEO of Jack in the boxand Ken Cookfounder of McKenzie Farmsthe largest Christmas tree farm in the United States.

Founded in 2020, the company is working 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 move into new categories later this year, such as outdoor plants, vacation items and plant care accessories.

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

San Diego-based Construction Management Services Provider Gafcon has announced the appointment of Heather Skaife as director of project and construction management.

According to a press release, Skaife is a construction and operations executive with over 17 years of industry experience. In 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 CEO of the company.

This cute item is worth mentioning…A Chula Vista McDonald’s The restaurant recently held a surprise year-end party at a local school after receiving a very intriguing letter from a second grade student thanking them for making her feel special.

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

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

Employees at the local McDonald’s at 725 E St. said they wanted to show their appreciation for her kind words. At the New Year’s Eve party that was held on June 2, they therefore donated food for the entire second class.

The party for the 90 students consisted of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries and other menu items.

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

The donation is just one of many around one of New McDonald’s initiatives, titled “Thank You Crew,” launched in April to spotlight employees.

The Chula Vista restaurant is owned and operated by ? Jill Lindstedtone of 13,500 stores of such owners/operators in the US

Kintara Therapeutics. which is pursuing treatments for several solid cancer tumors, recently said it received a notification from Nasdaq granting a request for a 180-day extension to meet Nasdaq’s minimum bid price requirement again. Kintara says it has until November 28 to comply with the requirement.

The stock is trading at less than $1 per share, the minimum required by the Nasdaq to meet its bid requirement. The share price was 17 cents, down 1 cent, or 4.28% in trading on June 3. The 52-week price 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 offer price of the company’s common stock closes for at least ten consecutive business days at $1 per share or higher, Nasdaq Kintara employees will provide confirmation of compliance.

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

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

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

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

Weekly Trade Publication in San Diego Weekly influence said it has reached the 20,000 subscriber milestone.

According to a press release, the owner of the newsletter New Monaco Media The Influencer Weekly Newsletter has grown 300 percent since its purchase in 2020.

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

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

Tom York is an independent journalist from Carlsbad who specializes in writing about business and the economy. If you have any news tips you’d like to share, send them to [email protected]

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