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Suna Solutions is named one of San Diego Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies of 2013!

May 30th, 2013



CONTACT:  Patti Anderson

(858) 634-4234


San Diego Business Journal Announces

Fastest Growing Companies for 2013


SAN DIEGO, May 29, 2013 – The annual list of San Diego’s Fastest Growing Private Companies has been announced. The San Diego Business Journal is in its 10th year of producing this prestigious listing. From travel and high tech to marketing and microbrewing, the wide variety of companies making the cut represent the vitality and expansion being seen throughout San Diego’s reinvigorated economy.

The list includes startups such as centrexIT and Suna Solutions who in a few short years have established themselves in highly competitive industries. Also included are some of San Diego’s most dynamic organizations from Stone Brewing Co. to Sentek Global who not only maintained their growth positions, but brought notoriety and recognition to our region. The list, along with a showcase of the top 10 companies, will be published in a special section on July 15 and the organizations will be honored at a special private reception.

President and Publisher Armon Mills states, “This has been a very exciting event since its inception in 2004, and speaking for everyone at the San Diego Business Journal, we congratulate all 100 companies on their tremendous growth and success.”

To be considered, organizations are required to have generated revenues in excess of $200,000 in 2010, the starting point for the comparison. The financial details of each organization’s business operations in 2010, 2011 and 2012 were reviewed. The information was extensively analyzed and verified by CPA attestations. Additionally, businesses were required to be San Diego-based, independent and privately held; but, not a division or subsidiary of another organization, public or private.

Supporting the San Diego Business Journal in this year’s report and awards event are title sponsor, California Bank & Trust; gold sponsors, Barney & Barney, ESET North America, Kaiser Permanente, McGladrey, and Sullivan International Group, Inc., and silver sponsor Paradise Point.

The award-winning weekly San Diego Business Journal examines the many ways that the San Diego economy operates. First-rate editorial and research teams provide in-depth analysis of the community’s ever-changing business and economic scene in both a print and digital edition. One of the San Diego Business Journal’s most widely read features is The List, which ranks the top businesses in any given industry. Those surveys are then compiled into an invaluable resource – the annual Book of Lists.

The 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies for 2013 are:

858 Graphics

Airsis Inc.

Airsupply Tools Inc.

Alpha Mechanical Inc.

Andrew Arroyo Real Estate Inc.

Atlas General Insurance Services

Bald Eagle Security Services Inc.

Bekker’s Catering

Bird Rock Systems

bkm OfficeWorks



Cask LLC


Chassis Plans LLC

Coast Flight Training and Management Inc.

CPC Strategy

Curriculum Technology LLC

D&K Engineering Inc.

Dataskill Inc.

Digital Operative Inc.

Dobi & Associates Inc.

eMolecules Inc.

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gap intelligence

Global Strategic Management Institute

Golden Shine Cleaning Agency

Gunnar Optiks

High Rank Websites Inc.

I.E.-Pacific Inc.

Independent Financial Group LLC

Infocore Inc.

Ingenium Corp.

Innovative Commercial Environments

Integrated Practice Solutions Inc.

intelliSolutions Inc.

Intercare Insurance Solutions, a HUB

International Company

Internet Marketing Inc.

ITAV Solutions Inc.

J Public Relations

Jackson Design & Remodeling Inc.

La Vita Compounding Pharmacy LLC

LaCantina Doors

Ludus Tours

Lusardi Construction Co.

Managed Laboratory Services Inc. dba MLS

Technology Group

Managed Solution LLC

MCT Trading Inc.


MG Properties Group


Mingle LLC

Miva Merchant

National Funding Inc.

Norima Consulting U.S.

NPS/Payroll Centric Payroll and HRIS Solutions

Nuera Contracting & Consulting

Oceanhouse Media Inc.

On-site Tech Support

Pacific Building Group

PayLease LLC

Payment Logistics

Productivity Associates Inc.

Proven Solutions Inc.

Pure Financial Advisors Inc.

Quality Tax and Financial Services Inc.

R3 Strategic Support Group Inc.

Real Capital Markets.com LLC

Red Door Interactive Inc.

Reilly Financial Advisors

Reliant Services Group LLC

Republic Moving and Storage

Samuel Scott Financial Group


Sentek Global

Simply Biotech

SkillStorm Commercial Services LLC


Sonic Boom Wellness

Southland Technology Inc.

Stone Brewing Co.

Sullivan Solar Power

Suna Solutions


TGG Accounting

The Cydio Group Inc.

Thunder SEO

Titan SEO Inc.

Tobolski Watkins Engineering Inc.

Total Rebalance Expert

Transition Staffing Group

Tridea Partners

Tuscany Pavers Inc.

Underground Elephant

Vavi Inc.

Visual Communications Co. LLC

Web Shop Manager


Xpera Group

YYK Enterprises Inc.



Photography Club

May 8th, 2013
By Kim Hart, Marketing Specialist

Dane, one of our Account Managers, is an avid photographer. If you’ve been to our office, you’ve probably seen our giant San Diego skyline canvases. Dane is the artist behind the camera for that awesome shot, and he’s now hosting a photography club for Suna’s friends, colleagues and clients. Once a month, the group gathers at a predetermined location to shoot photos, chat, and get to know one another. Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Check out these shots from last month’s meeting, courtesy of our members, Jenn Toth and Lee Anne Middour. If you’re interested in joining, you can contact Dane at ddyck@suna.com.

Torrey Pine Trees SunsetTrees Daisies Sunset

Is Your Resume Objective Helping or Hurting You?

April 30th, 2013
By Kim Hart, Marketing Specialist


Crafting a resume that showcases your detailed skills and experience is essential to get noticed in today’s job market.  Often, a standard objective line exists at the top, right under your name. It tells employers and recruiters who you are and what you’re seeking. Seems straightforward, right? Unfortunately, objective writing is a facet of resume building that many job seekers struggle with.

First of all, it’s important to tailor your resume for each job that you apply to, and highlight the skills and experiences that are most beneficial for each position. In terms of your objective, utilize the space to specifically mention the company that you are applying at.  For example, “Obtain a customer service position at Suna Solutions, where I can maximize my people oriented experience, communication skills and my problem analysis and problem solving abilities,” would be a solid statement. It demonstrates that you pay attention to detail in your resume, and also highlights the skills needed for the position. At times, it will suffice to omit this type of objective and save the personal statements for a cover letter. However, if you’re going to include an objective, make sure that it packs a punch.

There are so many decent resumes that sadly get ignored due to objectives that go something like this: “A motivated self-starter with sufficient background in computer programming (or whatever your field may be.) Seeking a position to develop my professional experience and increase my knowledge in the field.” That’s great and all…but isn’t every job seeker trying to do those things? Doesn’t everyone prefer to describe his or herself as creative, proactive, and motivated? The problem here is that nothing about that objective stands out, and although you may truly mean those things, they simply don’t jump off the page to the reader.

When writing about yourself, it is wise to stear clear of cliche adjectives. If you list that you are creative, it adversely suggests that you’re not that creative simply because it’s so overused. Instead of mentioning general qualities, use the space to summarize your experience, and rely on it to show that you’re creative without outwardly stating it. “Project manager with 10 years of experience in digital design within two world-class museums, seeking a graphic design position for [company name]’s next big exhibition.”

See the difference?

Chances are, you will have to update your objective line more often than not. With every new position, you will likely have a slightly different objective. If all of your positions are very similar, it may not take drastic changes, but it will pay off to keep it sharp and current.



Vroom vroom!

April 22nd, 2013

Gotham Racing 2

We took it to the streets (of the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot) on Saturday to take part in the Gotham Dream Cars race!

The closed-course track allowed racers to drive an exotic car of their choice.  With a fleet including luxury names like Bentley, Ferrari, McLaren, Maserati, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Rolls Royce, there was no shortage of horse-power on the track.

We picked a beautiful San Diego day to go have fun and drive fast!



Gotham Racing

Join us in supporting Casa de Amparo!

April 18th, 2013
By Kim Hart, Marketing Specialist


Established in 1978, Casa de Amparo has been a leading force in child abuse prevention in San Diego County for over 30 years. “Our founders were a small group of local women concerned about domestic violence and the welfare of children. Led by an official of the Women’s Resource Center, and supported by local police, this small team pushed for a crisis nursery for children affected by or at risk of child abuse…and Casa de Amparo was born.”

We at Suna are all about community outreach and helping others in any way that we can. For several of our past events, we’ve partnered with Casa de Amparo to generate awareness and fundraising for abused and neglected children. We adore the people at Casa de Amparo and the cause that they stand for, and we are currently supporting two events to benefit their organization. We encourage all of our friends to participate – who doesn’t like having fun and helping kids, right?

 Upcoming events:


Thursday, May 16 | 6 to 8 p.m.

Please join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and let’s Build-A-Bar! Donations of liquor & spirits are needed for our FORE the Casa Kids Golf Tournament Build-A-Bar Opportunity Drawing.

Admission: One bottle of premium liquor or spirits for the drawing, and one bottle of your favorite liquor to share.




Friday, July 19, 2013 at Twin Oaks Golf Course, San Marcos, CA

Shotgun at 12:30 p.m. | Cocktails, Auction & Dinner at 5:00 p.m.

Now in it’s 14th year, the FORE the Casa Kids Golf Tournament is a popular event attracting over 100 avid golfers throughout San Diego County. The tournament plays a critical role in raising funds neede each year to contnue the many therapeutic and supportive programs and services Cas de Amparo provides to help heal abused, neglected and at-risk children in the San Diego community.

If you would like to participate in our events, email Casa de Amparo’s Director of Development, Kathy Karpe, at kkarpe@casadeamparo.org for more information.

The Art (and Importance) of Personal Branding

April 16th, 2013
By Kim Hart, Marketing Specialist

The job search in today’s economy, especially as a young professional, can be a lengthy and daunting process. With so many resumes flooding recruiter’s inboxes, how do we distinguish between the truly special candidates? Nowadays, it’s common knowledge that even a Bachelor’s Degree doesn’t go as far as it used to in the professional arena. Due to the fierce competition between job-seekers, and the exponential importance of the internet in all aspects of hiring, it is essential to create a positive personal brand. Unlike the pre-digital age, personal branding no longer refers to just the first impression in the interview. Although the first face-to-face meeting with your potential employer is crucial, it is important to begin planning your personal brand long before that first meeting.


Because it has such an overwhelming influence on society (especially the younger generation of jobseekers), let’s start with our social networks.

First, let me begin by asserting that very few aspects of the internet are confidential. “But my Facebook is set to private!” Sure, it’s great that you’re taking precautions, but sites like Facebook contain several loop holes in the fine print that ensure that everything you post exists in the public domain. Ever notice how they frequently change privacy settings without notifying you? Bingo. Not to say that the engineers behind Facebook are evil-doers, set out to foil your personal brand. However, it is safe to assume that anything that you post can be found by anyone. Forty percent of recruiters and employers do search for their candidates online as part of the screening process. In other words, a photo of you doing tequila shooters in Cabo last summer, or your profane and overtly political tweets, are unfavorable in the mind of your potential employer. If you are in the process of applying for positions, clean up your profile and untag inappropriate photos. If you can, you may want to make your newly-appropriate social media profiles readily available to search. This can make you appear approachable, genuine, and infer that you have nothing to hide.


If you’re a digital or creative professional, or simply want to establish yourself as an expert in your field, creating a website dedicated to you and your accomplishments is the way to go. Even if you don’t know a thing about website coding, you can set up a free account with WordPress, About.me or similar blogging sites that make it easy for you. Create a few landing pages that are easy to navigate, such as an About page, Resume, Work Samples, and Contact Information. This is where you include your picture (NEVER on your resume!) This makes it convenient for employers to visually digest who you are and the work that you do, and the scrolling pages allow you to add details and work samples that you can’t fit on one printed resume page. This instant portfolio helps you control your personal brand by allowing you to show, not tell, your strengths. Plus, it takes the guesswork out of finding you online, and indicates that you take pride in crafting your professional identity.

Click here to view my portfolio as a formatting example.


When you do finally meet face-to-face, even if you feel like the least-experienced person in the room, broadcast yourself confidently. You want to come across as honest, so boasting experience that you don’t have will get you into trouble. However, avoid shying away from networking opportunities or discussions that can make you shine. Include experience on your website and resume that you can actually have a conversation about. There’s nothing worse than getting asked about your experience, only to find that you can’t expand on it in the actual interview. Choose to include topics that you can confidently discuss, and your personal brand will be that much more impressive.



Administrative Professionals Day is Coming Up on 4/24

April 9th, 2013
 By Kim Hart, Marketing Support Specialist

Administrative Professionals Day

We at Suna Solutions, along with several other employers, believe it is important to recognize Administrative Professionals Day, and the employees that make our organizations great.  The holiday takes place on Wednesday of Adminstrative Professionals Week, which occurs in the last full week of April.

“Many employers and supervisors arrange events to show their appreciation of the work carried out by administrative professionals, to highlight their importance to the organization and to enhance their work-related skills,” according to timeanddate.com.  “During World War II, there was an increased need for skilled administrative personnel, particularly in the United States. The National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions of secretaries and other administrative personnel to the economy, to support their personal development and to help attract people to administrative careers in the field. The association’s name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998.”

We want to shout out to all of our Administrative Professionals for all of your hard work and dedication! Thank you all, and keep being rock stars!

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

April 8th, 2013
By Kim Hart, Marketing Support Specialist

Often, there are several outside-of-work factors that affect our at-work disposition, and no one is ever completely free of that. In addition to the pressures of life outside of work, sometimes, we can’t help but to feel like we’re going to explode when our computer crashes after working on a 3-day project, or feel hurt when a coworker lets us down. Regardless of the cause, the ability to control our own emotions and to evaluate and perceive them in others is an invaluable skill to possess, especially in the workplace.

This awareness is commonly known as emotional intelligence, or EQ, and is a key factor in working cooperatively and harmoniously with others. Having a high level of emotional intelligence is just as important as intellectual ability, and it actually often trumps it. For example, a candidate’s resume, test scores and alma mater may be extremely impressive. However, when placed in a challenging situation with others in the workplace, they easily get upset, irritated and take out their frustrations negatively on others.  In some cases, some of the “smartest” people can often be the least in tune with their own emotions, and especially unaware of those of the people around them.  In this regard, having a high emotional intelligence would trump a stellar college GPA.

There are two keys to being an all-star in the field of emotional intelligence. The first is being able to understand one’s emotions, sense when they may become outwardly inappropriate, and decide how long they will last. Very few people can completely suppress their emotions, especially when they are passionate (either positive or negative). However, it is important to recognize when to self-regulate and put on a professional face. Knowing when to harness an inappropriate emotion can make all the difference in a professional situation, and affect the outcome in the long term.

The other key to emotional intelligence is the ability to empathize with others. Being able to understand and harness your own emotions allow you to understand, interpret and even predict them in others. Ok, so you’re not a mind reader. But being able to empathize, or understand how others feel, will help you recognize and control the signals you send back to them. An emotionally intelligent worker is therefore able to better communicate with others and understand the social complexities of the business, including problem-solving and adapting to change. In many circumstances, companies interpret a candidate’s potential based on emotional intelligence, often referred to as “soft skills”. I’ve heard it said that, “Employees can always be trained to develop technical skills, but excellent soft skills are the natural foundation for a solid candidate.”

Where do you stand on the emotional intelligence scale? If you’re curious, you can test your “EQ” online.

Evergent Group Press Release featured in San Francisco Chronicle!

April 1st, 2013

We recently announced the refined name of our parent company, the Evergent Group. The press release was later published by the San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate). Take a look!

San Francisco Chronicle



Four Leading Industry Companies Unite Under

Evergent Group Brand

Walnut Creek, Calif. (April 1, 2013) – Industry leaders, Amerit Consulting, IC Advisor, Suna Solutions and Zempleo, announced today their union in service offerings under their new parent brand, Evergent Group.


By optimizing the workforce processes of today’s fast-paced businesses, Evergent Group’s companies create custom strategies that meet the needs of the ever-changing world of work.


“The creation of Evergent Group is the final step in aligning our operating companies under one, focused vision in terms of value proposition and marketplace awareness,” said Michael Larkins, President of Evergent Group.


“Evergent Group is uniquely positioned to leverage the infrastructure and experience required to be competitive in today’s dynamic business environment. Evergent Group is a seamless integration of four successful, independent operating companies under one parent brand.”


Evergent Group’s combined specializations include staffing, recruiting, payrolling, managed service programs, independent contractor compliance assessments, and business process optimization.


For more information on Evergent Group and its companies, visit www.evergentgroup.com.


About the Evergent Group: The Evergent Group (Amerit Consulting, Suna Solutions and Zempleo) are a united group of individual service companies joined together, not only by shared leadership, but by our common purpose of enabling our clients’ success and focus on exceeding customer’s expectations.


The Evergent Group is proud to be a certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) and a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). The Evergent Group celebrates diversity and supports our military heroes and their families.


Media contact:

Karen Vinton, Director of Marketing, Evergent Group

kvinton@evergentgroup.com | O: 925.482.3147 | C: 415.755.3302

We couldn’t fit all of our pictures in one post…

April 1st, 2013

So here we go!  We have some more awesome shots from our Dress for Success drive. Pictured below are two of our team members, Dane and Brenda, with ALL of our fabulous donations! Thank you, again, to all of our friends who participated. Also, here’s an inside look at the Dress for Success Boutique in downtown San Diego. Suna is so proud to have supported such a great organization!

DFS Boutique 2 DFS Boutique 3  DFS Boutique  The Loot