Orange County Business Journal


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2013 Year in Review

New Energy Gets OC Back to Old Normal

Enough of all that talk about a “new normal” in the wake of the recent recession.

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2013 Year In Review: Real Estate

It was a year of construction, home sales and political victories for Emile Haddad, developer of Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine.

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2013 Year In Review: Healthcare

Our pick of Richard Afable was stoked by the fact that he was starting a new job this year—becoming the initial president and chief executive of Covenant Health Network in Irvine.

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2013 Year In Review: Finance

Steven Sugarman was named chief executive of First PacTrust Bancorp Inc. a year ago, a role he took on with the goal of growing and integrating the thrift company into a commercial bank.

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2013 Year In Review: Retail

The drama surrounding the sale of Irvine-based Billabong USA’s Australian parent dragged on for a couple of years, and perhaps its greatest fallout came with the August departure of former Americas President Paul Naudé.

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2013 Year In Review: Marketing/Media

We placed Irvine-based Specific Media LLC on our watch list last year as it prepared for the official relaunch of the social network Myspace, which the Irvine-based online advertising company bought for $35 million in 2011.

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2013 Year In Review: Manufacturing

We put agriculture chemicals maker American Vanguard Corp. on the watch list for 2013, as U.S. farmers were coming off of a severe drought in 2012 that affected harvests for corn and soybeans.

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2013 Year In Review: Technology

The Business Journal’s pick of Western Digital Corp. Chief Executive Steve Milligan hit the bull’s-eye.

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Good Behavior

Cambodian Refugee Thrives as Autism Therapy Specialist

Garden Grove-based Behavioral Health Works has a made a growth market out of teaching people with autism how to change their conduct in an effort to improve their lives.

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Home Cooking on New Hires

ECONOMY: OC-based firms fuel gain by biggest employers

Orange County’s largest employers combined to add 3,562 new hires over the past year, continuing a string of modest job gains in recent years. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST EMPLOYERS list for download (pdf)

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China Entry in Global Aircraft Market Buys Office in Newport

REAL ESTATE: $19.9M cash for 68,425 square feet near JWA

China’s entry in the market of commercial jet manufacturing has bought one of the better-known offices in the Koll Center Newport Beach business park.

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Hoag Commits to New Outpatient Center Next to Irvine Hospital

HEALTHCARE: Lease deal to add 150,000 SF to presence at Spectrum

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian plans a major expansion of its operations in Irvine after inking a lease for a new medical office complex that will be built along Sand Canyon Avenue.

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Cat’s Pajamas?

Sleepwear Maker Starts Home Ware Line as Part of Growth Bid

Peter Burke thinks people should look good even when they sleep.

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A Family’s Passion

Teen’s Interests Grow Into Film Maker With a Cause

Barbara and Greg MacGillivray met in a math class at Newport Harbor High School.

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Oceanside Oasis

Roger’s Gardens Has Plenty of Plants, Sets Self Apart With Uniqueness

Roger’s Gardens is the Disneyland of all things home and garden.