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50 People to Watch in 2003


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terry russellTerry Russell
Two years ago, Russell, director of the Southwestern College Concert Choir, took her charges to New York’s famed Carnegie Hall to perform composer John Rutter’s Requiem, as well as a solo prelude.

This year, she’s taking them to Paris to represent California in the prestigious annual Music Celebration International Festival, with solo performances scheduled for Notre Dame, the American Cathedral and the Chartres Cathedral just outside Paris. “I’m very proud of what we do,” says Russell, 41, a Chicago native who holds a doctorate in choral music from the University of Miami. The choir’s road to the road began in 1997 with a concert in Tijuana; Russell used a recording of that performance to land subsequent bookings. Even so, she says, “I think we’re still the best-kept secret in the South Bay.”

Marty SchottenheimerMarty Schottenheimer
The Chargers’ head coach turned from villain to hero early in the season, when the long-suffering team began winning games again. This year, Schottenheimer will be in the spotlight as local football fans keep their fingers crossed he’ll be able to continue leading the team to victory. He’s got some work ahead of him—the Chargers’ defense is weak, and ever since the departure of John Carney, the kicking has been ho-hum, at best.

Schottenheimer is also a pivotal player in the Chargers’ quest for a new stadium—the more they win, the more likely San Diegans will be willing to shell out the bucks to help build the team’s field of dreams. “I have one goal—to help the Chargers win a world championship,” he says.

gad shaananGad Shaanan
Considered one of Canada’s foremost industrial designers, Shaanan has a heady task in front of him: designing the next-generation trolley for the city of San Diego. The contract, through Siemen’s, calls for Gad Shaanan Design to develop a prototype by April 2003, and already he’s got plenty of ideas. “The trolley will project an image of San Diego that is friendly, open and modern and won’t look outdated in five or 10 years,” he says. “The look will connote ocean, sunshine, cleanliness and our growing reputation as a mecca for the high-tech and biotech industry.”

Shaanan, 48, opened his first U.S. office here two years ago to be closer to clients such as Kyocera and Buck Knives.

scott silvermanScott Silverman
A year-long celebration in 2003 marks the 10th anniversary of Second Chance, founded by native San Diegan Silverman. The nonprofit organization provides jobs, housing and support services for homeless, unemployed or underemployed men and women, including many in recovery from substance abuse.

Silverman, who directs the $1.6 million agency, is passionate when it comes to forming community partnerships to assist those in need. To date, he has lined up more than 250 local employers who hire Second Chance graduates. About 5,000 were helped through Second Chance in 2002, Silverman says, and his goal for this year is to reach at least 7,500. With his drive and dedication—and knack for forming partnerships—look for him to make it.

dean spanosDean Spanos
The heir to the Chargers is becoming increasingly visible as his father, Alex, continues to hand over the reins of the team he’s commanded for two decades. The transfer of power comes at a time when the Chargers’ once-cozy relationship with the city—ex-Mayor Susan Golding was a frequent passenger on the Spanos jet—has turned icy. There’s been a public outcry over the ticket guarantee, and the team’s thinly veiled threat to leave town if they don’t get a new stadium has met with a frosty reception at City Hall.

Spanos says his No. 1 goal this year will be to “get the Chargers back to the Super Bowl—and I want to win it. That’s my dream.”

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