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Thor B

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Last Login 11/21/2015
Location San Diego, CA
Education Bachelors Degree
Status Inactive
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Summary of Experience
For the past 28 years Thor B was a reporter for the San Diego Daily Transcript, a business publication that had been in existence for 130 years until the newspaper closed on September 21. He specialized in commercial real estate and construction but have wrote about a wide range of topics from water to biotechnology to hospitality.
Since the paper closed (it also had an award winning website) he has been writing pieces for the San Diego Union Tribune and a consulting and construction management firm known as The Xpera Group. He also has a new assignment from Our City San Diego about the top office, industrial, retail and multifamily transactions of the year.
Commercial real estate and construction, REITs and finance
Astronomy, singing and classical music
San Diego State University Bachelor of Arts, English literature

Thor B spent three years at SDSU where he studied British and American literature, poetry, French, as well as choral music.
He had spent the previous two years at Southwestern Community College where he specialized in international literature, choral music and drama.

Honors and Awards
Scripps Howard Award for Outstanding Journalism This award was based on two stories the reporter wrote in 1985. One of these concerned how the funds gathered by the Mexican and American foundation were being spent.
The other was a story about bartering that included of all things, DC-10s and Yugoslavian hams.

Courting ADR: Novel ways to resolve disputes Thor B was the co-winner of the award on how alternative dispute resolution rather than litigation is making a huge difference in how cases are handled.

Community Gardens advance despite obstacles The story was about how community gardens are becoming more commonplace even with fewer parcels on which to put them.

Building fees appear to stifle construction Award of excellence for a story on the fact that impact fees have kept climbing, causing some to not to build at all.

Movers Vowing to avoid California due to onerous CARB rules For this story the reporter interviewed movers from around the country who said they would be avoiding driving into California because new regulations instituted by the California Air Resources Board would force them to make expensive retrofits on their trucks.

Association Memberships
San Diego Press Club The San Diego Press Club is a very useful networking organization.

Projects by Industry
Real Estate

Specialized in commercial real estate and construction, residential development with a focus on master planned communities, legal issues as they pertained to Residential and commercial real estate, hospitality construction, hotel occupancy and finance, and compiled statistics on residential, office, industrial, and retail properties.


All types of construction again including residential, office, industrial, retail and other categories ranging from freeway construction to the building of the Poseidon desalination plant in Carlsbad.


Experience in all types of finance from lending institutions to REITs affecting all types of commercial real estate including multifamily which is often categorized as commercial.

Projects by Asset Type
News Story

Every type of news story from the need for biotechnology space to how biotech REITs are working to fill that demand.


This story was about the upcoming sale of the Grand Del Mar to Richard Blum and Fairmont Hotels. Blum once helped save the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Projects By Expertise
Technical Writer

In this case the piece written for The Xpera Group concerns how condensation and differences in pressure can drive moisture right through a building.


In this example, the reporter discussed the impacts of the loss of redevelopment monies to the state of California

Projects by Writing Style

This work is a departure from the reporter's usual fare. It concerned a trip to the writer took to Italy as a member of the Southwestern Community College Choir (ages 18 to 85). A concert at St. Peter's Basilica was among the highlights of the tour that also included a trip to Assisi.

Projects by Company Size
Small Business

The San Diego Daily Transcript was a larger small business with about 50 employees. The reporter covered all aspects of real estate from multifamily to hotels. Water and agriculture were also topics of major coverage.


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