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Report: Advantage Sales & Marketing On Sales Block

The parent of Irvine-based Advantage Sales & Marketing is looking into a sale of the company in a deal that could approach $4 billion, according to a Reuters report.

By Kari Hamanaka April 9, 2014 noon   Share
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Mixed Q1 for Ingram Micro

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter revenue in line with Wall Street expectations and adjusted profit that beat estimates.

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Preferred Hotel Grows Membership in Q1

Preferred Hotel Group ended the first quarter with the addition of 29 hotels to its membership roster.

Hitachi Solutions Acquires S.C. Company

Irvine-based Hitachi Solutions America Ltd. bought Customer Effective in South Carolina on undisclosed terms.

ADDENDUM -- Week of April 21

Adventure City amusement park is adding a roller coaster that’s scheduled to open late summer. Rewind Racers, a $2 million coaster, will move both backward and forward. The two-acre park straddles the Stanton and Anaheim city line.

Q&A: Weighing the Value of Human Capital

Reporter Jane Yu asked a group of local chief financial officers—among the latest recipients of the Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards—how human capital relates to corporate performance and growth. How do companies measure human capital, and how do they assess returns on investment? The CFOs also addressed their plans for human-capital investments. Here are their edited responses.

CFO Role Widening, Businesses Need Help Filling It

Search Firms Busy Looking for Harder-to-Find Candidates

Executive search firms in Orange County that specialize in placing finance chiefs are getting stronger demand for their services.

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Irvine Call-Center Operator Expands Into Honduras

Irvine-based call-center operator Alorica Inc. is opening an office in Honduras to support increasing business opportunities there.

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New CMO for Vans

Cypress-based Vans Inc. has hired Fara Howard as its new global vice president of marketing.

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Irvine Snack Maker Brings President from Japan

Irvine-based confectionary company Ezaki Glico USA Corp. has named Shunsuke Nakai its new president.

Company Fuels Growth on Nuclear Energy Waste

SERVICES: WWII leavings, disasters give it valuable foothold

A little-known Irvine company that played a key role in stabilizing a contaminated nuclear power plant in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami three years ago is hunting for more acquisitions to capitalize on a stream of new opportunities.

Big Data Can Be Game Changer With Help

MARKETING: More companies seek analysis to pinpoint messages

The advertising world was much simpler in the 1800s, when industry pioneer John Wanamaker famously said, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.”

New Arrival Aims to Grow on OC Lifesciences Sectors

SERVICES: Sets engineering, construction base in Irvine

IPS-Integrated Project Services Inc., a multinational engineering and construction firm, is betting on Orange County’s host of medical device and drug makers to stir business opportunities and provide a base for its West Coast expansion.

Advantage Sales to Go on Auction Block?

The parent of Irvine-based Advantage Sales & Marketing was looking into a sale of the company in a deal that could range from $3 billion to $4 billion, according to a Reuters report.

Ad Agencies’ Revenues Up 5.7% on Client Spending

Top Agency With $57.9M, Jobs Up 4.4% to 1,713

Orange County’s advertising agencies posted an estimated 5.7% gain in revenue last year as clients opened their wallets on marketing budgets.

Commercial Printers Grow Revenue 4% to $558.7M

Top of List Little Changed, Mergers in Bottom Half

Orange County-based commercial printers brought in $558.7 million in revenue last year, a 3.9% increase over 2012, according to this week’s Business Journal list.