OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS
Tech Firm Zumasys Uses Trust to Tap Workers’ Best
Nine years ago, someone special walked into Zumasys Inc.’s Irvine headquarters for a job interview for a warehouse position.
Hughes Marino Involves, Builds Up Employees
When Shay Hughes, chief executive of commercial real estate company Hughes Marino, started to plan the business’ quarterly retreat three years ago, she wanted it to be memorable, not only for its stunning location—Pelican Hills Golf Club—but also for what people would take away from the event.
The Business Journal’s Best Places to Work lists are the result of months of surveying workers and management at local employers.
Always do the right thing. Ask yourself these five questions: Is it right for the client? Is it right for the company? Is it ethical? Is it something you are willing to be held accountable for? Is it the right thing to do?
Renovations, New Construction Emphasize Open Design
Look to the lobbies of Orange County’s newest and most recently redesigned hotels to see the hospitality industry’s latest generation of interior design on display.
26 Firms Combine for $677 Million in Revenue Last Year
Orange County’s tenant-improvement industry posted its strongest year in more than a decade last year, buoyed by a spate of new construction work in addition to plenty of renovations at existing properties.
Some local accounting firm executives say an improving economy, increasingly complex client needs, and heightened regulation are combining to bring them more work, a phenomenon they say will likely require bigger staffs. Meanwhile, technology is becoming more of a crucial element in helping meet the growing workloads. The Business Journal’s Jane Yu recently asked several firms to talk about trends in supply and demand in the industry and about the pace of professionals entering the field, along with how the firms use and invest in information technology. Here are edited excerpts of their responses.
Gains Represent Third Year of Local Staff Jumps
Orange County’s top accounting firms combined to grow their local offices by 4%, continuing a run of employment gains for the third straight year.
Regulatory Changes, Plus Acquisition Fuel Increase
Orange County’s top management consulting firms grew their local offices by 25% over the past year, the highest rate since a recovery in hiring began in 2011.
A general rise in life expectancy has been the focus of many a conversation among wealth managers and their clients of late, regardless of how far the clients may be from planned retirement.
WEALTH MANAGEMENT: Family Office Grows in West
GenSpring Family Offices LLC is expanding the role and reach of its regional headquarters in Costa Mesa as it bolsters its service to the wealthy in California and the rest of the West.
Institute’s Surgery Volume Ranks High Nationally
Hoag Orthopedic Institute, an Irvine-based specialty hospital, looks up to a role model for the type of healthcare it strives to provide.
Profits of 30 Biggest Drop 7%, Revenue Up
Orange County’s largest hospitals posted mixed results on the profit side over the past year or so. Includes the 2014 OC's HOSPITALS list for download (pdf)
Seek Entrepreneurs to Improve Healthcare, Bottom Lines
Orange County hospital systems are moving deeper into the “business of innovation” as they seek to respond to changes in the healthcare sector.