Chairman's Kudos: Recognizing those who are reaching beyond the stars

By Carlton Lund
Jan 01, 2012

ku·dos | 'k(y)oo,dos;

N. Praise and honor received for an achievement.

ORIGIN late 18th cent.: Greek.

USAGE Kudos comes from Greek and means ‘glory.’ 

“New Oxford American Dictionary”


Employees of ViaSat watch the launch of the company’s communications satellite Via-Sat 1 at the Carlsbad campus.

It is an honor to write this column, my first as chairman of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

This space will be different from the columns that have come before. I’m going to be highlighting some of the good news coming from our members, bringing attention to the significant impact that our members are having in the community in both big and small ways.

I’ve always been a proponent of accentuating the positive, and that’s something that I’d like to accomplish each month through this column. For my first column, I’d like to recognize a couple of businesses that — much like the theme of our 2012 Annual Awards Dinner — have shown to us that the sky is limitless. These are the kudos for January.

KUDOS to ViaSat for an achievement that is truly out of this world.

The Carlsbad-based company launched the ViaSat-1, the highest capacity satellite in the world in October. The launch, which took place in Kazhakstan, was watched live by employees of the company at its headquarters. The company reports that everything has gone smoothly. The satellite is now positioned in geosynchronous orbit and was scheduled to start providing service at the end of last year. Services are expected to sequentially expand across the United States over the following months.

The technology is expected to elevate satellite into a much more competitive position in the broadband service marketplace, with the capacity to serve the accelerating growth in bandwidth demand for multimedia Internet access over the next decade.

KUDOS to California Pacific Airlines for making progress on its goal of launching flights to the U.S. (and eventually to destinations in Mexico) from Carlsbad’s airport. The company passed its first federal regulatory hurdle in September, and announced the appointment of Dave Hopkins as director of aircraft programs and commercial agreements and Diane Smith as vice president of customer experience. The company is now accepting applications for several positions, including for its initial cadre of check airmen. Way to go!

KUDOS to the Angels Depot’s founder Susan H. Hall for being one of the finalists for the AARP’s Hunger Heroes Award. Though it did not get the top award, the Vista-based nonprofit has distributed 34,295 meal boxes to the area’s senior community since its funding. That translates to 720,195 meals and 754,490 pounds of food, a major feat any way you look at it.

KUDOS to my good friend, Dr. Ed Culbertson, who was named a professor emeritus at MiraCosta college following his retirement last summer. I guest lectured in his class many times and I don’t know anyone that can teach real estate better than him. 

KUDOS to  my predecessor, Gina McBride, who was awarded the Fran Aleshire Award for her outstanding leadership and regional involvement at the San Diego North Economic Development Council’s Annual Holiday Luncheon and Awards Presentation on Dec. 1.

I’d like to give KUDOS to Regents Bank President and CEO Dan Yates and Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Owen, who were included in the San Diego Metropolitan Magazines “Top 20 Men Who Impact San Diego.” 

Speaking of Owen, I’d like to give him KUDOS for being named one of the San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs. Also, KUDOS to Toni Padron, the Chambers Executive Vice President and chief operating officer, who was named one of the 2011 Women Who Mean Businesss.

Finally, I’d like to close with an appeal. I want you, the members of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, to send me tips and suggestions for my upcoming columns. Who should I give kudos? Was an employee or representative of our company or organization recently recognized? Please let me know. Though there is a lot to be celebrated among our members, your help will help me make my spotlight on the positive even larger.

Email suggestions for Kudos to José A. López, the Carlsbad Business Journal’s editor at

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