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Engineering Change

Our special report on architecture and engineering highlights the latest trends, the best of the best. Ingram Micro is on the sales block once more and Ruby’s Diner 2.0.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.1% in midday trading to 2,934.47.

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Mavenlink, Prepping for IPO, to Double OC Headcount

SOFTWARE: Goldman, Carrick among top investors

Business software maker Mavenlink Inc. has laid out an aggressive local expansion plan as it eyes an initial public offering.

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OC 500: Palmer Luckey

20-something tech entrepreneur made waves mid-2017 when paid $35M for Huntington Beach marina … did so again when asked 56K Twitter followers whether he should buy VR headset maker HTC Vive … 56% said yes … Luckey founded virtual reality co., sold to Facebook $2B … Forbes estimates wealth at $730M … Time magazine cover story … Business Journal Person of the Year 2014

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Innovators Honored

Members of Orange County’s business community gathered Thursday at Hotel Irvine for the Business Journal’s fourth annual Innovator of the Year Awards.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose about 0.75% to 2929.60

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Glaukos Assures Wall Street and Doctors on Stent Safety

Says Alcon Recall Product-Specific

Stockholders of San Clemente-based medical device maker Glaukos Corp. (NYSE: GKOS) got an early Christmas gift last month, as the product failure of a competitor firm in the emerging micro-invasive glaucoma surgical (MIGS) sector sent the company’s stock up about 40% to an all-time high, while adding about a billion dollars to its market value.

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OC 500: Tom McKernan

Longtime CEO ceded reins to Robert Bouttier May 2012, who stepped down in 2017 as OC 500’s John Boyle named to post … McKernan led group for 21 years, growing SoCal membership 70% to 6.2M, bought AAAs in several states … SoCal AAA is largest in US … began career in Pasadena branch 1966 … led information systems, financial management areas … Business Journal’s OC 50

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Habit Burger Signs Rare Franchise Deal

Habit Burger Restaurants Inc. said a franchisee will develop nine locations in Eastern Washington and Idaho, with the first ones scheduled to open early next year.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.2% in midday trading to 2,909.30.

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Nexem Connects to Skyrocketing Takeoff

Staffing Boom Grows Sales Nearly 2,000%

When Matthew Blake was asked how many offices Nexem Corp. has nationwide, he hesitated before saying, “That’s a dynamic number. It might be more than 50.”

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OC 500: Dan Young

Left No. 2 Irvine Co. role in 2016 to launch entitlement-development firm … remained adviser to Don Bren …now point man for Bren’s bid to bring Amazon’s HQ2 to Irvine … formal bids were due mid-October … Santa Ana mayor in 1980s and ’90s before current long-term pol OC 500’s Miguel Pulido elected

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UCI Adds to Campus

University of California, Irvine will be opening the doors to its new 65,000-square-foot “active learning” building next week.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.6% in midday trading to 2,906.09.

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Cattle Driven

Brea’s West Coast Prime Meats Joins the Herd of Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Craig Nickoloff’s bachelor’s degree in cartography and geography from California State University-Long Beach 44 years ago seems disconnected from his career of running restaurants and supplying them with great meat.

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OC 500: Robin Follman Otta

Companies make, sell complex precision components for aerospace, defense, oil and gas industries … R.A. is Markall’s manufacturing arm… 5th-gen OCer … left career as opera singer to earn Chapman MBA through

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Philharmonic Names President

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County in Irvine named Tommy Phillips president and artistic director, effective Oct. 1.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.3% in midday trading to 2,897.06.

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Stance Sets Sights on Stores, Ads

VC-Backed Sock Maker Expands Presence

San Clemente-based sock and underwear maker Stance was already one of Orange County’s fastest-growing private businesses the past few years, even without a stand-alone retail presence in the area or a formalized marketing brand campaign.

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Johnny Rockets Promotes President to CEO

Lake Forest-based Johnny Rockets Group Inc. named President Mike Nolan its chief executive, effective Oct. 1, replacing John Maguire, who has left the company.

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