OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Tenant-Improvement Contractors ‘Crazy Busy’ in OC

33 Firms Pass $1 Billion In Sales With 19% Jump

Orange County’s tenant contractor industry is “crazy busy,” according to David Smith, president at Smith and Severson Builders of Lake Forest.

Mazda Dealerships Redo Mirrors New HQ Office

Incorporates ‘Subtle Japanese Influences’

Mazda North American Operations, in the midst of a “Retail Evolution,” has chosen a different agency to help it implement a new dealership design concept.

Q&A

Business executives are excited about the prospect of tax reform, according to some of Orange County’s top accountants.

Accounting Firms Grow Again on ‘Positive Trends’

6th Consecutive Rise In Employees 2% Bump

Orange County’s largest accounting firms increased their employee counts 2.3%, the sixth consecutive year of gains.

Consulting Firms Report 2.2% Rise in Headcount

List Adds Consultants From Accounting Firms

Orange County’s top management consulting firms reported a 2.2% bump in consultants to 1,924 in the year ended June 30, based on research for the Business Journal’s annual list.

Alorica Now U.S. No. 1 in ‘Customer Experience Solutions’

Ranks No. 10 on List; Grew Sales Fourfold

Two big acquisitions helped Irvine-based Alorica Inc. quintuple its revenue in two years.

Passco Adds Fla. Rentals, IE Retail in Buying Spree

$173M for 846 Rentals, Corona Site, Since May

Real estate investor Passco Cos. LLC, one of the fastest-growing private companies in Orange County in the past few years, isn’t showing signs of a slowdown, thanks to a recent active acquisition push inside and outside California.

Arbitech’s New Irvine HQ, Warehouse Adds 10K SF

Ranks No. 87 On List Of Largest Private Cos.

Arbitech LLC’s new headquarters and warehouse near the Irvine Spectrum were renovated to push more product while paying homage to its beachy roots.

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?