Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Need for Speed

Why Fast-Growing Companies Matter to Local Economy

Fast growth matters. Having a deep pool of fast-growing public companies is a plus on many fronts for Orange County’s economy and community.

Questcor’s $5.8B Bow

Big Revenue Gains Precede Big Pharma Deal

The company that topped the Business Journal’s 2014 list of the fastest-growing large public companies based in Orange County has already taken itself out of the running for next year’s title.

Much Bigger Homebuilder

TRI Pointe’s Revenue Jumps 1,621%—Before Big Buy From Weyerhaeuser

If you think TRI Pointe Homes Inc.’s revenue growth over the past 24 months is eye-opening, just wait until next year.

Cold Heat

Cryoport Gets Goods There Cold, Grows Revenue by Nearly 400%

Cryoport Inc.’s chilly business is fueling red-hot sales growth.

OC Lures Professionals in More Ways Than One

Chance for Independence, Creativity Part of Appeal

Sunny winters aren’t the only draw for financial industry professionals to move to Orange County from Wall Street and other finance centers on the East Coast.

Financial Firms Add Advisers, Cut Total Workforces

Reps Jump 3.4%, Overall Staff Down 5% at Top 23

Orange County’s financial advisory firms combined to deepen the pool of registered advisers here while reducing the size of their overall employment bases.

Manufacturers That Survived Storm on Path of Growth

Expanding Local Plants, Adding Training Facilities

Manufacturing in Orange County is in growth mode, with many local companies—those that have weathered the recession and managed to notch consistent business gains—making investments in facility expansions and upgrading their training resources.

Companies Look to New Generation for Future

Recovery Growth, Offshore Jobs Return, Spur Hunt

Manufacturing companies and industry organizations are aggressively searching for young talent, with schools and businesses coming together to showcase advanced technologies and provide opportunities for hands-on work experience.

MBA Programs Combine To Post 11% Decrease

Trend Comes With Economic Recovery

Enrollment in master of business administration programs serving Orange County fell 11% over the past year while the number of graduations was up at some schools.

Colleges Increasingly Engage Companies on Business

Research Meets Real Life In Industry Applications

The ivory tower is lowering the drawbridge as Orange County’s college campuses more directly connect their research and education efforts with business concerns.

Higher Ed Nonprofit Efforts Span County, Globe

EDUCATION: Research, Charity, Social Change Programs Up

Some of the smaller colleges and universities in Orange County are increasing nonprofit work, ranging from research and study—already within the scope of a school—to local charitable efforts and global social change.

OC Law Schools Up ABA Ante, Raise Bar on Skills

Further Integrate ‘Practice Ready’ Trend in Training

The “practice-ready” trend in law schools that began taking shape locally last year heated up this summer when the American Bar Association House of Delegates revised its Standard 303 to increase the number of credit hours.

Insurance Brokers Notch 8.6% Revenue Jump in 2013

Firms Benefit From Brighter Economy’s Boost to Clients

Orange County’s top insurance brokers picked up the pace in growing their revenues last year, benefiting in part from a generally improved economy that helped boost business prospects for their clients.

Rebranding Puts Consulting Firm on Path of Growth

Says Unique Identity Makes It Stand Out From Crowd

Stantec Consulting Services Inc. was able to put its best foot forward when competing for business this year, thanks to a major rebranding effort initiated by its parent, Stantec Inc. in Edmonton, Canada.

Focus on Wireless Networks Looks Like Good Call

Rome & Associates Built On Telecommunications Work

Jeffrey Rome never thought when he got his degree in architecture that he’d spend most of his time designing wireless networks. Now, some 24 years later, 90% of billings at his Jeffrey Rome & Associates Inc. firm come from projects for major telecommunications companies such as AT&T, Crown Castle International Corp. and Verizon.