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Pleasanton Weekly

Column - January 4, 2013

A Book of Lists that's well worth reading

by Jeb Bing

The mammoth 254-page 2013 Bay Area "Book of Lists" just published by the San Francisco Business Times is far too big to grace an office counter or even to fit inside a file cabinet, but it sure makes for interesting reading. This well-researched publication is just what the title says, a list compiling local information that's otherwise hard to come by, even through Google or other Internet search engines.

For instance, I learned by leafing through the pages that one of the largest environmental firms in the Bay Area is right here in Pleasanton, Kleinfelder in Hacienda Business Park, which conducts air emissions tests, soil and water samplings and advises on waste management. One of the largest civil engineering firms, MacKay & Somps, is right down the road on Franklin Drive. Five of the Bay Area's largest residential builders also have headquarters here: Pulte Group Inc., D.R. Horton, Standard Pacific Homes, Signature Homes and Ponderosa Homes. KB Home and Toll Brothers, also Pleasanton builders, have their headquarters in nearby San Ramon.

As a subscriber to the S.F. Business Times, I am sent a complimentary copy of the Book of Lists by Mary Huss, the publisher. Otherwise, it costs $70. Together with the Bay Area business data the Business Times publishes on a weekly basis, the Book of Lists adds a powerful tool for making connections and doing business here. Huss says it's one of the largest, most data-rich and most widely circulated business resources in the Bay Area, and I know of no other publication -- online or in print -- that comes close. As Huss points out, it is packed with names, numbers and contact information for the top people and companies in the myriad of industries that make up our region's dynamic economy.

The Book of Lists contains the names of more than 2,000 executives whose key roles make them vital to their companies' success. It also provides access to the most successful and influential companies in the area, with a range of topics and industries reflecting the depth, breadth and vitality of the Bay Area business community. To make finding contacts easier, the Book also has 14 pages of indexes of executives' names in the publication, and also of organizations. It's the Business Times print version of a search engine and it also makes for good reading.

Pleasanton fares well in the Book with Lee & Associates on Stoneridge Drive named as one of the top commercial real estate brokerages in the Bay Area. Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, known for its design work on behalf of the city of Pleasanton and located on Owens Drive, is among the top 25 architecture firms in the area, with AAI on Hacienda Drive one of the top 50. Stoneridge Creek, the multi-million-dollar retirement community now being built on Staples Ranch, is listed as one of the top 25 Bay Area construction projects.

Tucknott Electric Co., owned by Bob Tucknott, who received the Pleasanton Weekly's Heroes award for Lifetime Achievement last fall, is listed as the Bay Area's 20th largest electrical contractor. Pleasanton is also home to three of the largest credit unions in the area: Patelco, 1st United Services and SafeAmerica Federal Credit Union, all headquartered in Hacienda Business Park. ValleyCare Medical Center is the 21st busiest hospital.

Safeway Corp. and the Cooper Cos. Inc., both headquartered here, are also listed among the top "healthiest" employers, with both Safeway and Ross Stores on Rosewood Drive listed as the 7th and 18th largest public companies, respectively. Ross Stores' CEO Michael Balmuth is also one of the 18th highest paid executives in the Bay Area, with his total compensation listed last year at $12.5 million. Chairman Steve Burd at Safeway finished 27th, with his annual salary of $1.5 million and a total compensation package of $9.9 million.

Credit for the detailed, exhaustive research that went into the Book of Lists goes to Mary Huss' researchers although she no doubt was much involved in the proof-reading, a task as challenging as the research, itself. The Book is quite an accomplishment.

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