Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Credit Unions Grow Assets 8% to $19.4 Billion

It’s been a mixed year for Orange County’s credit unions as they grew assets by about 7.8% to $19.4 billion for the year ended June 30 while combining for a 1.3% decline in net income to about $73.4 million for the first six months of 2016.

By Michael de los Reyes November 7, 2016 midnight share »

From Fee Builder to Fastest Grower

You can add another first to the resume of TRI Pointe Group Inc., a homebuilder whose growth over the past seven years is among the most rapid of any Orange County company on record.

By Mark Mueller October 31, 2016 midnight share »

Ding King Lives Up to Title on Small Companies List

The fastest-growing public company in the small company category on this week’s Business Journal list doesn’t really live up to its name anymore.

By Deirdre Newman October 31, 2016 midnight share »

Q&A

A lot has been said about the U.S. Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule and clients’ recent moves toward indexed investments and robo advisers. The new rule requires financial advisers to place clients’ interests before their own profits. It’s meant to protect investors from hidden fees and excessive payments that are poorly explained or concealed in fine print and that consequently lower returns on retirement savings. Many savers have started moving funds away from active investment advisers and toward computerized advisers and indexed funds because the latter methods are believed to provide comparable or better investment returns and to do better over time at a lower cost. The Business Journal’s Michael de los Reyes asked Orange County’s financial advisory firms for their insights on those issues. Here are the edited excerpts of firm leaders’ responses:

By Michael de los Reyes October 24, 2016 midnight share »

Financial Advisories Add 200 Local Reps, Up 12%

The combined pool of registered investment advisers in Orange County grew about 12% to 1,905, and the 29 firms on the Business Journal’s list combined to employ overall staffs totaling 7,022, up 16.5%.

By Michael de los Reyes October 24, 2016 midnight share »

More OC Schools Write a New Program Prescription

Pharmacy schools in Orange County are growing their programs as a new player prepares to enter the field.

By Deirdre Newman October 10, 2016 midnight share »

Chapman Digs Deeper Into Research With New VP

Chapman University has recently redoubled its research pursuits, bringing on Thomas Piechota as first vice president of research.

By Deirdre Newman October 10, 2016 midnight share »

Ophthalmology Program Leverages VR for Training

Students in a lab on the campus of Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton wear virtual reality headsets to examine a retina. The optometry students are practicing how to perform an eye exam on virtual patients.

By Deirdre Newman October 10, 2016 midnight share »

OC MBA Enrollment Up 25%, Number of Grads Down

Numbers are up in the Business Journal’s annual survey of MBA programs in Orange County. The Business Journal publishes an unranked list of 41 MBA programs throughout Southern California (see related graphic, page 25).

By Deirdre Newman October 10, 2016 midnight share »

Burgeoning Cybersecurity Lifts Cylance Nearly 2,000%

Cylance Inc.’s security software was lauded recently by federal officials for playing a key role in discovering and mitigating one of the largest government data breaches in U.S. history.

By Chris Casacchia September 19, 2016 midnight share »

Hybrid Approach Drives Irvine-Based Builder

Family-owned WJK Development Co. in Irvine didn’t take long to grab the top spot as the Business Journal’s Fastest-Growing Small Company.

By Michael de los Reyes September 19, 2016 midnight share »

About Our Annual Fastest- Growing Private Companies List

The Business Journal’s annual list of fastest-growing private companies includes OC-based businesses owned by individuals, groups of people, families, venture capitalists, private-equity firms and other investors.

By Hannah Mitchell September 19, 2016 midnight share »

Medical Marijuana Drug Industry Takes Root in OC

Orange County, which is known for its concentrations of medical device makers and drugmakers, is quietly building a medical cannabis industry.

By Vita Reed September 12, 2016 midnight share »

Employment Up at Biggest Medical Device Makers

Medical device makers with operations in Orange County added nearly 1,000 employees over the past 12 months for a growth rate of nearly 6%, according to Business Journal research.

By Paul Hughes September 12, 2016 midnight share »

Biggest Drugmakers Hold Steady on OC Jobs

The largest drugmakers with headquarters or significant operations in Orange County employed 3,210 here during the 12-month period that ended Aug. 30, about the same as a year earlier.

By Mediha DiMartino September 12, 2016 midnight share »