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Former Orange County Congressman and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Chris Cox joined the board of Leawood, Kan.-based Creative Planning Inc. as director of regulatory governance.
Auxilio Inc. in Mission Viejo bought CynergisTek in Austin, Texas for up to $34.3 million—$26.8 million upfront and up to $7.5 million in milestone payments over the next five years.
Foundation Building Materials Inc., a Tustin-based distributor of wallboard and suspended ceiling systems, among other items, has filed for an initial public offering.
Oakley Inc.’s Italy-based parent, Luxottica Group SPA, plans to combine operations with Essilor International S.A. in France, pending regulatory and shareholder approval.
Carrick Capital Partners in Newport Beach invested $22 million in Perfect Sense Inc. in Reston, Va.
Broncs Inc. in Compton has reached an initial deal with American Apparel LLC to take over the lease for its textile facility in Garden Grove, according to news reports.
The City of Irvine earned top marks from the Fiscal Times for fiscal strength among U.S. cities.
Marina Landscape Maintenance Inc. in Anaheim was bought by BrightView Landscapes LLC in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., on undisclosed terms on Jan. 1.
Pacifica Hotels in Irvine sold the 80-room Sommerset Suites in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego for $19.5 million to Sentre Partners, also in San Diego.
Newport Beach-based homebuilder RSI Communities said it has bought a 228-acre site in the Riverside County city of Beaumont, where it plans to build a 981-home development called Olivewood.
Biolase Inc. in Irvine said Chief Financial Officer David C. Dreyer will resign effective Jan. 13 for “personal reasons unrelated to the company’s financial condition.”
Lotus Innovations LLC in Irvine acquired Commerx Corp., a leading global provider of digital and telecommunications services.
Courtney Group Inc. in Newport Beach acquired sandal brand Flojos from Conscious Corp. in Thousand Oaks on undisclosed terms.
Aviation Capital Group Vice Chairman Denis Kalscheur has left that post and joined the board of Avolon.
Ivantis Inc. in Irvine closed on a $25 million Series C funding round for development and eventual marketing of a stent intended for use in glaucoma surgery.
The first Taco Bell restaurant in China opened in Shanghai’s central business district as part of the fast food chain’s plan to open 1,000 restaurants overseas by 2022.
Centennial Group Benefits in Costa Mesa merged with 23 other U.S. insurance brokers to form Alera Group, backed by San Francisco private equity firm Genstar Capital LLC.
The Los Angeles-based James Irvine Foundation awarded another $1.2 million grant to the Orange County-based Pacific Symphony to support efforts to strengthen its commitment to Orange County’s Chinese-American communities through arts engagement.
Confie Seguros bought Auto Insurance America Corp. on undisclosed terms.
Private equity firm Lotus Innovations LLC in Irvine acquired Edge Technologies Inc. in Reston, Va., on undisclosed terms.
Ensign Group Inc. in Mission Viejo bought the parcels under 15 assisted living facilities it runs in Wisconsin and plans to buy more land under the healthcare properties it operates in more than a dozen states.
Visit Anaheim plans to hold its first Sports Express show at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Jan. 11 to 13. The event will draw 15 to 20 sports event organizers and meeting planners, plus attendees from local hotels and cities.
Infinite Electronics Inc. in Irvine acquired KP Performance Antennas in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on undisclosed terms.
Foothill Ranch-based Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. has arranged for Citi Retail Services to offer consumer financing via Kawasaki-branded credit cards at motorcycle manufacturer’s 1,100 authorized dealers.
Rick Vitelle, chief financial officer, corporate secretary and executive vice president at CalAmp Corp., is retiring from the Irvine-based company.