Orange County Business Journal


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Vizio Vaulter

CFO Helped Electronics Maker Hit $3.5B in Sales in Tough Market

Kurt Binder knew the books on Vizio Inc. well before he joined the company as vice president and corporate controller in April 2010.

Campaign Celebrates 25 Years of Quiksilver’s Roxy

Lauds ‘Iconic’ Surfers Who Inspired OC Brand

Quiksilver Inc.’s Roxy division is celebrating its silver anniversary by highlighting achievements of its “most iconic” athletes—Lisa Andersen, Kelia Moniz and Stephanie Gilmore—who have collectively won 12 world surfing titles.

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OC Firms Score at SIMA

Orange County brands dominated the Aliso Viejo-based Surf Industry Manufacturers Association’s 12th annual Image Awards Thursday evening, winning in the nine out of 13 categories.

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Chronic Tacos Charts Growth

Aliso Viejo-based Chronic Taco Enterprises said it has signed multiunit franchise deals for 12 locations in Colorado, three to 12 locations in Washington, and up to 14 in Arizona.

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Report: Del Taco Near Sale

Lake Forest-based Del Taco LLC may be bought as early as this week by Chicago-based Levy Acquisition Corp., according to Reuters.

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Taco Bell to Marketing Top 10

Fast Company magazine in New York named Taco Bell Corp. to its top-10 list of most innovative companies of 2015 in advertising and marketing.

Whale of a Tie-In; NBFF Scores in UK; Doti at Shea Center

Here are a couple of big OC names that make a natural marketing match: Pacific Life and filmmaker MacGillivray Freeman.

Pizza Chain Sticks to Recipe on Expansion

RESTAURANTS: Bucks trend of fast-casual, eyes Westminster

John’s Incredible Pizza Co. is in talks to open a restaurant in Westminster Mall as it doubles down on its long-standing family-oriented approach amid the recent popularity of fast-casual restaurants that appeal to food afficianados.

Red Digital, Surfer Magazine Team for Wave of Content

12 Photographers Will Shoot With 6K Dragons

Surfer Magazine, owned by San Clemente-based TEN: Action/Outdoor Group, has partnered with Red Digital Cinema Camera Co. in Irvine to put on REDirect Surf 2015.

Executive Puts ‘Sole’ Back Into Older Etnies Brand

APPAREL: Taps skate roots, adds divisions to reclaim energy

James Appleby has spent the past two years reclaiming the soul of etnies, one of five labels under Sole Technology Inc.’s umbrella.

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Aliso Viejo Delivery Company Part of $80M Buy

Aliso Viejo-based meal delivery service Restaurants on the Run is set to be acquired by Chicago-based GrubHub, according to news reports.

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Wienerschnitzel Hires CMO

Irvine-based fast food hot dog chain Wienerschnitzel said it named Doug Koegeboehn chief marketing officer.

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Mitsubishi January Sales Pace Strong

Orange County-based automakers posted year-over-year sales gains in January, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Ruby’s Plans Fast Casual Expansion

Irvine-based Ruby Restaurant Group Inc. said it wants to add 20 franchises of its smaller “dinette” restaurants in 2015 as part of a bid to bring the casual dining chain into the popular fast casual trend.

Mitsubishi Calls Play for Super Bowl in Spanish

ADVERTISING: Gets in game with spots on NBC Universo

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. highlighted its increasing focus on the Latino-American market with Super Bowl ads slotted for the Spanish-language telecast of the game on NBC Universo.