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Quick Bridge Funding in Irvine named Lisa Reickerd its first marketing director.
California State University-Fullerton received a $5.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a five-year project in partnership with eight community colleges to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income transfer students who complete bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and get jobs in these fields.
The Orange Coast College Foundation received $240,000 from PIMCO cofounder Bill Gross and his wife, Sue, to establish a “Sue and Bill Gross Scholars” program, which will support students pursuing vocational and technical education.
Newport Beach-based Alliant Insurance Services acquired on undisclosed terms the Hecht Group in Portland, Ore.
Santa Ana-based Allied Universal has acquired on undisclosed terms FJC Security Services in Floral Park, N.Y.
El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. in Costa Mesa has signed a franchise development deal with Listo Way Group LLC to enter the Louisiana market.
The Hass Avocado Board in Mission Viejo formed a four-year partnership with the American Heart Association “to galvanize Americans to eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables every day.”
The California Energy Efficiency Industry Council named Newport Beach-based Irvine Company one of three Energy Champions for 2016.
Opus Bank in Irvine was named official bank of the Pac-12 Conference and sponsor of Pac-12 Networks.
The Irvine Company named Chad Bustos senior vice president of sales and marketing for its resort properties, a new title.
Pacific Life Insurance Co. in Newport Beach named Darryl Button as chief financial officer effective March 2017.
Sandy Bond is Cal State University-Fullerton’s new director of its Real Estate and Land Use Institute, the university said.
Ensign Group Inc. in Mission Viejo plans to sell 16 urgent care facilities that are open or in development in the Seattle market to MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Wash.
The chief creative officer of Mazda North American Operations’ advertising agency of record, Garage Team Mazda in Costa Mesa, has “chosen to leave his position to pursue other interests,” according to the Irvine-based automaker.
Yasmine Abdel-Aal, a principal at Markah Legal PC, has been named a “Top 40 Young Lawyer” by the American Bar Association.