Orange County Business Journal

APPAREL / RETAIL

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Bronstein Resigns From Wet Seal Board

Foothill Ranch-based teen and contemporary retailer Wet Seal Inc. said Monday that Kathy Bronstein has resigned and that it has eliminated two seats from its board.

Quiksilver Aims for Addition by Subtraction

APPAREL: Rethinks retail strategy, product development under Mooney

Ripping off Band-Aids. That’s what Quiksilver Inc. Chief Executive Andy Mooney has been doing since taking the helm on a turnaround bid at the Huntington Beach-based action- sports apparel maker and retailer.

Oakley Partners With Little League

Foothill Ranch-based Oakley Inc. said it has become the official eyewear sponsor of Little League Baseball and Little League Softball.

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TravisMathew Names VP Sales

Huntington Beach-based sportswear apparel maker TravisMathew said it hired John Mills as vice president of sales.

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March Sales Jump for Mitsubishi

March sales for Cypress-based Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. surged 70% from a year earlier to 8,996.

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Quiksilver, Kelly Slater End Partnership

Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. said it is ending its partnership with professional surfer Kelly Slater.

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Hobie Alter: Surfboard Shaper, Innovator

Hobart "Hobie" Alter, whose innovative surfboards and sailboats made him a legend in the surf industry, died on Saturday at the age of 80.

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Irvine Investor Adds RSM Restaurant

Irvine-based American Restaurant Holdings Inc., an investor in restaurants and food manufacturing companies, has acquired Canyon Fireside Grille on undisclosed terms.

PacSun Sales Up, Loss Narrowed for Year

Anaheim-based Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. took another step on the comeback trail with a gain in net sales and a narrowed loss for the year ended Feb. 1.

Facebook’s OC Focus

$2B Deal on Heals of Google Hookup With Oakley

Orange County gave Silicon Valley and the rest of the world plenty to talk about in a 24-hour burst last week.

McKernan to Join Horatio Alger’s OC Contingent

HONORS: Auto Club chairman due in D.C. for this week’s ceremony

Life got more humbling for Thomas McKernan as this week’s Horatio Alger Award ceremony in Washington, D.C., approached.

New Mission

Planning Helped Yogurt Chain Take Off, Founder Refocuses That Skill

Phillip Chang stepped down as chief executive of Irvine-based Yogurtland Franchising Inc. at the end of last year, but he’s not slowing down.

Element Skateboards Names Global GM

The parent of Element Skateboards promoted from within for the job of global general manager at the Costa Mesa-based brand.

ADDENDUM -- Week of March 31

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Va., awarded Boeing Co.’s operations in Huntington Beach a $30.7 million contract to support development of a system to use aircraft for satellite launches at a cost savings compared to rocket-fueled launches.