Published October 21, 2003
Volume 11, Number 10

Business Bits
  • Hacienda-based Polycom, Inc., was included in Business 2.0 magazine’s B2 100, their ranking of the fastest-growing technology companies. “Polycom’s strong financial performance and twenty-one consecutive quarters of positive operating cash flow are a testament to the success of The Polycom Office, our unique Unified Communications solution integrating video, voice, web and data conferencing and collaboration,” said Mike Kourey, chief financial officer, Polycom, Inc.  Companies were ranked based on growth in revenue, profit, and operating cash flow during the past three years and the 12-month stock return. To be considered for the list, each company needed at least three years of trading on a major U.S. stock exchange, at least $50 million in annual revenue, and positive cash flow over the most recently reported 12 months.
  • Ezonics Corporation has introduced the latest in its line of high-performance digital camera products, the Freedom LX. The Freedom LX is a 3 megapixel camera which can capture 6 megapixel images through interpolation, along with a 4X digital zoom and a 1.5 inch TFT LCD. Unique to the Freedom LX is the SmartShell, a plastic case which both protects the camera and provides consumers an opportunity to express their personality by choosing any of the 120 colorful SmartShell designs.
  • Hatch Mott MacDonald, a full-service engineering firm, received the Construction Management Association of America’s “International Project of the Year” award for its work on the Sheppard Subway Project in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, owned by the Toronto Transit Commission.  Sheppard Subway is the first new subway line in Toronto in nearly four decades.  The 6.4 kilometer line was built largely underground, at a total cost of nearly US$700 million. It includes five passenger stations, three operational track crossings and two connections to an existing subway line. The project involved more than 50 design and construction contracts.
  • The annual Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation CEO Dinner, sponsored by a number of businesses including Hacienda’s PeopleSoft, raised over $60,000 for PPIE’s educational programs which benefit the Pleasanton Schools. Attending this evening of entertainment, gourmet food, music, and dancing were Tri Valley business executives, Pleasanton city officials, community leaders and Pleasanton Unified School District administrators.  Hosts for the night were Roberta Gonzales of CBS 5 Eyewitness News and Randy Hahn, “The Voice of the San Jose Sharks.” Executives from Robert Half International also participated in the event.
  • Roderick’s BBQ & Seafood was the only restaurant to medal in two categories in the 2003 Pleasanton Downtown Association Rib Cook Off. The Hacienda restaurant placed second in the “Best Sauce” category and took third in “Best Ribs.”

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