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EVENTS Calendar

Our list of conventions, trade and consumer shows, and other happenings includes events scheduled from Aug. 14 through July 31, 2018.

OC's Wealthiest

Irvine’s red-hot economy is doing wonders to the bottom line of Orange County’s dominant businessperson.

Hughes Marino Team Lives, Breathes ‘Core Values’

10 Guiding Principles Keep Staff on Same Team

All over America, companies large and small adorn their offices with images of the values that guide them, reminders of how they should conduct business on a day-to-day basis.

Trust, Transparency, Togetherness Make Firm Tops

Employees Collaborate To Keep Recruiter Competitive

They were trapped. The room was nearly dark, the scant light increasing the shadows rather than alleviating them. As the numbers on the timer continued their inexorable descent, the group searched fruitlessly for an escape route—a key to unlock a door, a hidden escape hatch, anything—growing ever more desperate. Meanwhile, they knew they were being watched via surveillance cameras and …

Law Firm Employees Testify to Unmatched Culture

Managers Go Above Board To Make Them Feel Valued

It’s not unusual for lawyers and their teams to log long hours. What is unusual, though, is when they do so not only without complaint but willingly, even eagerly. That’s the scenario that Bisnar Chase LLC Managing Partner Scott Ritsema experienced when he found himself in a severe time crunch as he prepared an important case.

How Best Companies Make Lists

The Business Journal’s Best Places to Work lists are the result of months of surveying workers and managers at local employers.

MVE Teams With China Developer to Build ‘Blue Bay’

Talks Up New, Less Costly Building Materials Mix

The planned seven-story, 120-unit Blue Bay condominium project has no bay view.

Healthcare Players Embrace Architectural Change

Workplace Design Enables Safety, Healing, Teamwork

People interact with buildings on a daily basis—in workplaces, neighborhoods and the places of business we frequent. In fact, we spend quite a lot of time inside them, and our behaviors are influenced by our surroundings.

Many Tenants Now Seek ‘Pitch Room’ With Sizzle

Tenants upgrading nowadays are trying to impress their clients with conference rooms that have the latest audio visual equipment, like touch screens, and for their brands to be everywhere in the office, according to Daniel Walker, vice president of development for the Irvine office of brokerage JLL.

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.