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Chapman Approves Doti’s Successor

EDUCATION: No immediate shift planned at Orange campus

Chapman University’s board of trustees named Chancellor Daniele Struppa “presidential designate,” making him the eventual successor to President Jim Doti.

Map of American Dream

Sunil Tolani Eyes Coast-to-Coast Portfolio of Hotels

A U.S. map on the wall of Sunil Tolani’s office in Fullerton is dotted with pushpins marking the hotels his company owns and operates.

New Mission

Planning Helped Yogurt Chain Take Off, Founder Refocuses That Skill

Phillip Chang stepped down as chief executive of Irvine-based Yogurtland Franchising Inc. at the end of last year, but he’s not slowing down.

ADDENDUM -- Week of March 31

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Va., awarded Boeing Co.’s operations in Huntington Beach a $30.7 million contract to support development of a system to use aircraft for satellite launches at a cost savings compared to rocket-fueled launches.

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Chapman Names Eventual Doti Replacement

Chapman University’s Board of Trustees named Chancellor Daniele Struppa as “presidential designate” and successor to President Jim Doti, effective upon Doti’s eventual retirement.

Robinson Eyes GM; Santa Ana Name Game; OC Hoop-La

Don’t be surprised if Mark Robinson surfaces once again as a key player on the national stage, now that General Motors is facing the legal music on a defect in ignition switches that appears to have kept some airbags from working and has been linked to 12 deaths.

Brady, Vorwerck Shutdown Puts Lawyers on Move

LAW: Partner wanted religious practice; firm in lease litigation

Orange County’s legal scene has experienced one of its largest shake-ups in half a dozen years following the dissolution of Orange-based Brady, Vorwerck, Ryder and Caspino.

Billings Down, Jobs Up for Environmental Consultants

More Work Across County Line for Biggest Offices Here

The largest environmental consultants with offices in Orange County collectively billed $594 million in 2013, a 2.7% drop from a year earlier.

5 Entrepreneurs Honored for Excellence

Members of the Orange County business community celebrated five winners of the Business Journal’s 13th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards last week.

ADDENDUM - March 24

Irvine-based Motorcycle Industry Council hired Erik Pritchard as its general counsel. The appointment was effective immediately and fills a spot left open by the departure of Paul Vitrano, who recently joined snowmobile and ATV maker Polaris Industries as vice president for global government relations.

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Obama Accepts UCI Commencement Invitation

University of California-Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake said President Barack Obama has accepted the school’s invitation to deliver the commencement address at its 2014 graduation ceremony on June 14, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

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Motorcycle Industry Council Hires GC

Irvine-based Motorcycle Industry Council said it hired Erik Pritchard to be the organization's general counsel.

$4.5M Round for Irvine Data Miner

An Irvine startup that mines information from websites, blogs, social media and email for business customers closed a $4.5 million inaugural fundraising round.

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Voila Hotel Rewards Adds Central, Eastern Europe Properties

Hotel loyalty program Voila Hotel Rewards, whose Americas headquarters are in Newport Beach, said it added Mamaison Hotels & Residences to its roster of member properties.

The New Fine Print

Costa Mesa Couple’s 3-D Machines Push Envelope on Materials, Sell Fast

A startup launched by a husband and wife in Costa Mesa who had no manufacturing experience is landing big-name customers for its evolving line of 3-D printers that can churn out everything from tools and toys to car components and machine parts.