Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Management Consultant Gains Slow As Biggest Shrink

27 Firms Eke Out 1% Gain to 1,551 Jobs HereThe pace of employment growth at Orange County’s top management consulting firms slowed over the past year, driven primarily by job cuts at the biggest.

By Jane Yu July 13, 2015 midnight   $$ Share

‘One Firm’ Approach Treats Colleagues Like Clients

Bryan Cave’s Irvine Office Cultivates Mutual Regard

Bryan Cave LLP’s Irvine office projects a sense of elegance mingled with calm.

Builder Earns Employee Loyalty Through Relationships

New Home Co. Starts With Foundation of Camaraderie

Joan Marcus-Colvin’s life irrevocably changed on June 17, 2014, when her husband of 27 years, John, was struck by a car and killed while riding his bicycle near their Laguna Beach home while training for an Ironman Triathlon.

Law Firm Staff Say Evidence Clear It’s Workplace a Gem

Bisnar Chase Cultivates Respect, Appreciation

A plot was brewing at the law office of Bisnar Chase in Newport Beach.

How Best Companies Make Lists

The Business Journal’s Best Places to Work lists are the result of months of surveying workers and managers at local employers.

Q&A

A diversity of business sectors, ample capital held by investor groups, and demographic factors are some key drivers behind a robust mergers-and-acquisitions scene in Orange County. The fast pace of M&A activity means professional services providers, such as accountants, are in high demand to carry out sound due-diligence procedures and provide guidance. The Business Journal’s Jane Yu asked local accounting firm executives to share their thoughts on M&A activity in Orange County, as well as to discuss expectations for future trends and client concerns. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:

Accounting Firms Notch 4th Year of Workforce Gains

Employment Up 4.4%, Top Spots Unchanged

Orange County’s largest accounting firms combined to grow the sector’s local workforce by about 4% over the past year, marking the fourth straight year of modest gains.

Bundles Make Big Business for Maker of Security Systems

More Than $70M in Sales To A-List Customers

Priti Sharma moved to Chicago from India at age 16 and at the time had no idea that she would one day own a multimillion-dollar company.

Scripsense Cofounders Aim to Do Well By Doing Good

Gift Card Concept Makes Giving to Charity Easier

Lori Jackson “lived scrip,” as she puts it. The mother of four children attending Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita was retrieving gift cards worth thousands of dollars from their backpacks each month and distributing them to friends and family members around the county. The private school would get the cards at a discount, usually 1% to 13%, and resell them through students at face value to parents.

Golden Truffle’s Alan Greeley Has Recipe for Satisfaction

Creative, Eclectic, Friendly Style Cooks Up Delicious

I don’t even want to count how many restaurants I have eaten in this past year. But I can tell you that no chef has consistently impressed me more over a few decades, and still does, than Alan Greeley, the chef and owner of Golden Truffle in Costa Mesa. This special guy is my pick for Chef of the Year because he thinks globally about food and he makes culinary memories for all of us.

Fringe to Frontline: Deals Add Up Near Tustin Legacy

Developers Eye Sites Next to Former Air Station

This month’s opening of the 375-home Greenwood project near Jamboree Road and the District at Tustin Legacy shopping center marks another notable chapter in the redevelopment of the nearly 1,500-acre former military site.

PE Firms Establish Niches in Quest for Portfolio Growth

At least 8 Active OC Firms Chart Their Own Courses

Orange County’s private equity scene covers a wide range of industries and market segments, a reflection of the diversity in characteristics and specialties of the investment firms here.

More Deals, Smaller Checks on Local VC Landscape

100% Hike in Dollar Volume, 60% Increase Last Year

The biggest venture capital firms in Orange County continued to increase their investments in local companies, though the pace of growth slowed compared with a year earlier.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Every year, the Business Journal makes its best effort to compile a list of the local offices of banks and lenders, in addition to investment banks. A few changes this year include 1st Enterprise Bank now operating as California United Bank since its merger on Nov. 30. Previously listed Independence Bank was acquired by Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc. on Jan. 27.

Next Big Tourism Thing: Millennials’ Little Siblings?

‘Generation Z’ Emerges As Local Travel Market

Today’s teens are following hard on the heels of Millennials in terms of tourism.