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The Edgy Interview: Jeff Marston

I’ve known Jeff Marston since we both walked precincts for Ronald Reagan’s re-election campaign – yep, it was Morning in America in 1984. Those Del Cerro doors we knocked on had a lot of eager Reaganites behind them, so my one (and still only) precinct walk was a good one with my buddy. Fast forward 30 years and now former State Assemblyman Marston recruited me to join his Marston Mets hardball club. Unfortunately for him and the team, I was a willing recruit and proceeded to keep the Mets out of the post-season for the two springs I played for Jeff. But, losing aside, the experience of playing for an honest and even keel manager who demonstrated class on the diamond was positive. Enjoy Jeff’s thoughts and stories in this great interview  – John Nienstedt Read more

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The Edgy Interview: Julie Meier Wright

Julie Meier Wright has been a tireless champion of San Diego since she moved to the city in 1996. During her 13-year tenure as President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Julie sold San Diego across the country and around the world. Perhaps just as important, she’s been an advocate for women taking strong roles in business and politics and serves as a mentor to many women. Julie is currently a Strategic Advisor at Collaborative Economics, a Senior Fellow with the US Council on Competitiveness and a Senior Fellow with the California Council on Science & Technology. As you can see from the following interview, she’s extremely thoughtful.   As Jim Rome would say, “Julie has a take and it doesn’t suck.”   – John Nienstedt Read more

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The Edgy Interview: Jason Roe

I first got to know Jason Roe over lunch I’d invited him to at the old-school Bully’s North in Del Mar.  I had a salad, he had some red meat dish. I pitched him on CERC’s abilities and how we help clients win.  He listened and talked about how he wanted to build Revolvis in San Diego.  We both put ourselves out there without pretense – something you don’t always get in the political game – and I found it refreshing.  The result is that, in a tough local environment, we’ve won a lot more than we’ve lost on efforts we’ve partnered on.  I expect that to continue with his new firm Roe Strategic.  Here’s Jason at his unvarnished, revealing and direct best.  – John Nienstedt Read more

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The Edgy Interview: Rachel Laing

Rachel has worked with Competitive Edge on a number of local projects here in San Diego. She’s also worked with John Nienstedt on the not-so-pleasant divorce of the local Alzehimer’s Association chapter from the Chicago-based national organization. Aside from being among San Diego’s most active and witty twitterati, Rachel notably stars (along with Jason Roe of Roe Strategic) in the Voice of San Diego banner ads you keep complementing us on. ~JN Read more

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The Edgy Interview: Jerry Kern

n Competitive Edge’s three decades we’ve had many successes that make us proud. We love helping clients win in whatever arena they find themselves. One of our most gratifying efforts was helping Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern beat back an attempted recall. Not only did we assist his campaign in crafting the message that would take him to victory and vindication, our poll was spot on. Yeah, we know that frequently happens; it’s what we’re paid to do. But in Kern’s case we conducted the poll five months before the election. ~ JN Read more

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