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New AutoGravity CEO Tries to Avoid Potholes

FINTECH: Vows smoother ride after leadership shakeupAutoGravity Corp., the Irvine fintech recently embroiled in management turmoil, is for sure keeping one thing: a wooden slide employees use to spirit themselves from the second floor to the first.

Disney Suspends Hotel Project

Walt Disney Co. has stopped work on its fourth hotel near Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, the company said.

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Alorica Hires 4 C-Suite Execs

Alorica Inc., an Irvine-based outsourcing company with 100,000 employees, said it hired several high-level executives: Chief Financial Officer KJ Tjon, who replaces Cindy Fiorillo; Chief Operating Officer Greg Haller, and Chief Information Officer Steve Phillips.

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NAMM, NAPEW Re-Up in Anaheim

Visit Anaheim said OC's two largest tradeshows by attendance—National Association of Music Merchants and Natural Products Expo West—have booked their slots at Anaheim Convention Center through 2023 and 2022, respectively.

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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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Nicholas Hires Top Defense Firm

Broadcom cofounder and billionaire philanthropist Henry Nicholas III has hired one of the most prolific, and high-profile defense attorneys in Nevada after his arrest late Wednesday night on suspicion of trafficking heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy and cocaine.

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Hotel Sales Down 50% YTD

Eight hotels with 955 rooms sold in Orange County through the first six months of the year, compared to 16 hotels with 1,803 rooms, year-over-year, according to Atlas Hospitality Group in Irvine.

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Windes Acquires Irvine Accounting Firm

Windes Inc., a Long Beach-based accounting firm, has acquired Irvine’s Allen, Haight & Monaghan LLP. Terms weren’t disclosed; the firms will practice under the moniker of Windes.

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Carrick Capital Adds Stake in Health Services Firm

Newport Beach’s Carrick Capital Partners LLC bought a majority stake in Discovery Health Partners, a payments company in the health industry. Terms weren’t disclosed.

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Lazy Dog Adds Georgia

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar will open a location in Georgia next spring, a new market for the Huntington Beach-based casual dining chain.

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Acacia Management Ousted, Board Resigns

Senior management of Acacia Research Corp. will leave the company by Friday and all board members who were in place before a recent proxy fight at the company have resigned.

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Disney Parks Tops in Growth

Year-over-year Walt Disney Co. parks and resorts’ operating income rose 15% to $1.34 billion in the most recent quarter on a 6% revenue bump to $5.2 billion. The income growth was the highest of the entertainment company’s four divisions, and the revenue increase was second-highest.

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5 Restaurant Chains in Top 50

Five quick service restaurant chains based in Orange County—or soon to be—made trade magazine QSR’s list of the 50 largest such companies in the U.S., ranked by 2017 systemwide sales.

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El Pollo Loco $8.8M Judgment Confirmed

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. must pay $8.8 million to franchisees who sued the fast food chicken chain when it opened corporate stores near their location, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge said.

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Poké Chain Gets Japan-Based Investment

Pokéworks in Irvine said it received an investment from Toridoll Holdings Corp. in Japan.

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Pacific Hospitality Group named Melanie Bucci chief financial officer;. She was most recently vice president of finance at Montage International for about eight years; both are hotel management companies based in Irvine.

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