OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

New American Funding’s Sales Jump 26%

Growth Organic; Climbs 6 Spots on List

Revenue at New American Funding in Tustin organically climbed 26% last year to $477.6 million.

Wilson Automotive Group Diversifying, Not Panicking

Other States Pick Up Slack for Business Journal’s No. 11

David Wilson is keeping things in perspective when it comes to cooling U.S. auto sales.

Not Satisfied With Big Merger, Allied Makes 5 More Deals

Security Services Firm Cracks the List’s Top 10

It wasn’t enough for Allied Universal to make one huge deal last August. Since then, it has gobbled up five more companies with at least $398 million in sales and about 12,000 employees.

Irvine’s Spectrum Takes Lead in Spec Office Projects

Few Such Project Developments Horizon Around Airport

The office market in Irvine around John Wayne Airport was the hub of speculative office development during the last building boom, with four office towers adding 55 floors and about 1.4 million square feet to Orange County’s largest base of high-end buildings between 2007 and 2009.

New Hotels, Retail Drive Commercial Development

Plenty Under Way, Less Finished Than Prior Year

Orange County’s top commercial real estate developers kept busy last year with a host of retail, hotel and office projects, although the number of buildings nearing the finish line was smaller than the previous few years.

Local Construction Cos. Post Best Year Since 2009

Employment Totals Now Top Prerecession Levels

Orange County’s largest commercial construction companies showed no signs of a slowdown in activity last year as a variety of large private and public-sector projects helped push revenues to a post-recession high.

The SEC Rule that Financial Advisers Don’t ‘Like’

Marketing Regulation Can Feel Like Gag Rule

How crazy are the regulations for financial advisers?

Wells Fargo Wealth Chief Sees Great Generational Transfer

Aims to Smooth Transition With OC’s Biggest Force

Even the rich worry about going broke, Christopher Rommel has learned.

Adviser Goes Hollywood With Passive Investment Tips

Documentary Meant To Reach Time-Pressed Public

Investment adviser Mark Hebner wrote a book on personal finance, but he had a hard time getting people to read it.

Financial Advisers Boost Representatives by 2.7%

OC Advisers Have Climbed 25% Since 2010

The combined pool of financial advisers in Orange County grew about 2.7% to 2,022 last year, led by increases at Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments and Raymond James Financial Services Inc.

Q&A

Local destination marketers say that as food adventures have taken more precedence in people’s lives—anchoring malls, driving a growing list of food halls, and ever more popular on TV cooking shows and food networks—their impact on tourism and travel has also increased.

Drones Give Tourism Promoters New Perspective

Destination Marketing By Drone Earns Its Wings

Sometimes a city looks its best from the air. Orange County tourism marketers say drones tap true avian-level elevations to produce compelling footage for video uses, from social media and city promotions to cable TV travel shows and news broadcasts.

Area Hospitality Steady in Rooms, Trends, Money

List Hotels Have Few, But Key Room Modifications

Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel shuttered six of its 290 rooms last year, but it had a very good reason—the move helped make way for about 150 more in a new tower that’s scheduled to open in September.

Mother, Daughter Immersed in 40-Year Labor of Love

Swimwear Maker Moves In Market In Its Own Way

Felicia Madrigal sees Laguna Beach-based Merrilee’s Swimwear returning to shelves at popular retail chains, including PacSun and Nordstrom.

Allegro Team Believes Third Time’s the Charm

Allegro Targets Third-Phase Clinical Trial Early 2018

Father and son Hampar and Vicken Karageozian plan to take their company to the exit sans venture capital. San Juan Capistrano-based Allegro Ophthalmics LLC, which develops drugs for vitreoretinal diseases—those that affect the back part of the eye, such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration—is the third company that Hampar Karageozian have co-founded. Previous endeavors include eye drugmakers Vitreoretinal Technologies Inc. in Irvine and ISTA Pharmaceuticals Inc., founded in 1999 and 2000, respectively.