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Montage Top-20 Global Brand

Irvine-based Montage International’s luxe resort unit, Montage Hotels & Resorts, is the 14th-best resort brand in the world, according to readers of Travel & Leisure magazine.

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OC 500: Russ Bendel

Longtime restaurateur—Cheesecake Factory, Mimi’s—heads burger chain … current role 10 years; IPO 2014 at top of fast-casual craze … $300M market cap … $153M revenue, up from $89M 2015 … $5M net, up from 2015 loss

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Dual Hotel-Office Project Proposed in Airport Area

REAL ESTATE: Backer of 9-story project has colorful history

A nine-story development featuring a boutique hotel and nearly 167,000 square feet of office space has been proposed for a vacant site on Jamboree Road in the John Wayne Airport area of Irvine, one of the largest commercial projects put forth there in recent years.

Family Man

Bill O’Connell married a hometown girl from the Midwest but had to take a job near Disneyland to do it.

Space Race

Al Stovall visited Disneyland in 1959.

Food Bites; Bruce’s Battles

While the region’s food scene has never been more vibrant, it’s been a tough year for lovers of great food writing in the Southland.

Fastest-Growing Private Cos. Wanted for OC Business Journal’s Annual List

ECONOMY: Centerpiece of Sept. 17 Special Report

Is your company growing fast?

PR Agencies’ Staffing Up 8% as They Help With Tech

Clients Tap Them For Targeted Ad Campaigns

Orange County’s biggest public relations firms added more desks in the 12 months ended July 31.

Hyundai Jumps on Amazon Wagon, an Industry First

Deepens Relationship With Vehicle Sales Page

Fountain Valley-based automaker Hyundai Motors North America launched a digital showroom last month in partnership with e-commerce giant Inc., making it the first manufacturer to have a dedicated web page under Amazon Vehicles.

Mynd Analytics Matches Seniors With Telehealth

Subsidiary Launches Behavioral Health Program

With the number of Americans 65 and older projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history by 2030—census estimates show all baby boomers will be older than 65 then, expanding the size of the older population to 78 million—healthy aging is ever more important.

Shea Homes Buys Seal Beach Luxe Home Site

$36.6M for 30-Unit Waterfront Project

An 11-acre waterfront site in Seal Beach whose fate has been in limbo for well over a decade has new ownership that plans a high-end housing project on part of the property.

Acacia Housecleaning Ends With C Suite, Board Exits

President, GC, CFO Fall In Post-Proxy Fight Redo

In less than two months, activist investors Sidus Investment Management LLC and BLR Partners LP have completely overhauled the board at Newport Beach-based patent licensing and technology investment firm Acacia Research Corp. and pushed out its management team.


• Irvine-based Eyes4Lives Inc. recently named Parham Javaherian chief executive.

Product Launches

• Cloud-based platform ZOTT joined with AT&T to give hospital patients access to DirecTV for Business through ZOTT’s content platform.

Business Execs Lay Down, Pull Up Residential Roots

Eisner Son Now OCer; OC500 Couple Moves

A moving van was already headed to pick up Western National Group Chief Executive Michael Hayde and his wife and Western National Property Management President Laura Khouri before they sold their former home a few doors down.

Real Estate Deals

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

Brea Metro LLC sold an office building to Miller Brothers Eureka Road One LLC for $8.7 million, or $202 per square foot.

OCBJ Calendar

Aug. 13-22, 2018

This week's business and other event listings.

Business Bites

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 33

Costa Mesa-based Orange Coast Auto Group acquired South Coast Acura in Costa Mesa for an undisclosed sum.


We launched a Draft Nitro program in late 2017 that features full draft beer and nitro coffee programs for groups.

Good Sportsmanship: Irvine Ups Old-School ‘Gaming’

DMO Hiring; Great Park Supports Athletic Events

Destination Irvine and area hotels are courting more sports-related meetings and events as facilities at the city’s Great Park continue to open.