OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Q & A

The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked hospitality companies and academic programs they work with about formal, systemic efforts properties take to recruit, hire, train and advance personnel—including technical staff, line workers and executives.

Economics, Expansion Drive Hotel Renovations

Still-Rising Tourism Tide Lifts OC Resorts’ Boats

Sometimes, it’s just time. Hotels and resorts refresh their looks about every seven to 10 years as styles change in “linens and lotions” and as food and beverage and design trends emerge, even in the kinds of cocktails crafted for travelers.

Hotel Rooms Snapshot: Hilton Still Tops, Others Move

51 Properties’ Total Stable; Tower, Refreshes Added

In the league of Business Journal lists, hotels sketch out a stable game. Room totals—the metric for this week’s list—pivot little, if at all.

Barry Family Engineers Firm That Stands Time’s Test

64-Year-Old Business Shows Their Teamwork

Bob Barry decided a decade ago to emphasize more family values at his dozen-employee firm, John Barry & Associates.

Bob’s Watches CEO Calls Site Marketing Company

It’s Top Online Seller; Seeks Larger Headquarters

“First, I am not Bob,” said Bob’s Watches owner Paul Altieri.

They Feed Others From the Overflow of Kinship

Foodmakers Live Traditions, Ventures

Family-owned food enterprises naturally have a special something in their recipes.

Lido Revival Continues With Projects Near Water

Slew of Development Revives Peninsula Area

When Lido House, Newport Beach’s first newly built hotel in a decade, held its grand opening ceremony last month, the property was given a blessing by the Rev. Canon Cindy Evans Voorhees of the neighboring St. James Episcopal Church.

Lease Rates Hit All-Time High in Q1

The average monthly Orange County asking lease rate increased 2 cents to $2.90 per square foot in the first quarter, driven by supply constraints that spurred steady demand. Asking rates were the highest ever, though the impact was mitigated by larger tenant improvement packages that offset rising construction costs associated with demand for premium amenities.

Industrial Market Picks Up in Q1

Last year ended on a sour note, but Orange County’s industrial market bounced back nicely in the first quarter, garnering plenty of attention as occupancy gains improved. With an ever-shrinking industrial base and no significant new product delivered, rents continued to increase.

This Carpenter Builds Banks in California

FINANCE: Anticipates fintech will be shaking up banking industry

Ed Carpenter likes to call his banking company “a 1974 startup.” When did he know Carpenter & Co. would make it?

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‘If That Person Calls, Do You Pick Up the Phone?’

Looking for A Trademark in ’93

In late 1992, early 1993 Business Journal Publisher Richard Reisman and Editor Rick Reiff had been on the job just over two years, “learning fast but a lot to learn,” Reiff recalled.

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Mobilitie's Next Moves

Telecom Firm Grows With Beer, Books, R.E.

As the founder of the largest telecommunications firm based in Orange County, Gary Jabara has been a mainstay on the Business Journal’s annual listing of the area’s most influential and prominent businesspeople for nearly a decade.

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OC 50

Our Annual Inventory of Influence

25 Years of OC 50

Yield of Dreams: Candy Man’s Passions Are Child’s Play

Hydrox Hawker Goes Toy Shopping in Newest Push

The business plans at Strategic Marks LLC are in constant motion, as is Ellia Kassoff, the man with the plans, but the business of adolescence takes longer than you think.

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Orange-Based Cirtech Carves Bomb-Parts Niche

Fights Against Rivals for Survival

Brad Reese, during a recent tour of his Cirtech Inc. factory in Orange, pointed out an unusually shaped semiconductor board.