Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Company Culture Breeds Independence, Commitment

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.

Real Estate Company’s ‘Core Value’ Its People

Hughes Marino Involves, Builds Up Employees

When Shay Hughes, chief operating officer 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.

How Best Companies Make Lists

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

Hughes Marino’s 10 Core Values

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?

Hotels Get Creative With Modern Looks for Lobbies

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.

Tenant-Improvement Firms Ride Upturn for 29% Jump

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.

Q&A

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.

Accounting Firms Tally Up 4% in OC Staff Increases

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.

Management Consultants Grow OC Workforces 25%

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.

Q&A - Wealth Management Firms

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.

GenSpring Taps Deeper Into Abundant California Wealth

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.

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Q&A Healthcare - Nurse Shortage

The shortage of registered nurses was one of the hottest topics in the Orange County and California healthcare sector in the late 1990s and early to mid-2000s.

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Hoag Orthopedic Aims for Transparency, Engagement

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.

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Hospitals Have Mixed Year as Profits for Some Dip

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)

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Hospitals Stretch Selves Into More Innovation

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.