Orange County Business Journal


Construction Firm Builds Culture With Camaraderie

They’ve been to conferences in Vegas, although they have yet to claim spots at the Black Jack table. They’ve been to Germany during Oktoberfest but abstained from indulging in that country’s most famous beverage. They’ve sat in on some of Swinerton Builders’ most important meetings, a noticeable, if silent, presence. The pair stands stoically, one man holding a set of building plans, the other his arm outstretched, pointing off into the distance.

By Kim Haman July 25, 2016 midnight share »

Workers Real Estate-Focused Firm’s Best Investment

Kendall Parisi, corporate designer at Passco Companies LLC, looked over the numerous stacks of marketing supplies, brochures, and trade show materials spread across the conference room table.

By Kim Haman July 25, 2016 midnight share »

The ‘Why?’ Sets Wealth Management Firm Apart

Economists and financiers traditionally measure success by examining an organization’s income statement, balance sheets and cash flow statement.

By Kim Haman July 25, 2016 midnight share »

How 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.

By Dana Truong July 25, 2016 midnight share »

Built Orange County Tilts Mod Again in Brutalist Surge

Brutalism, a mid-20th-century architectural style, appears aggressive—even violent—but broke ground when Swiss architect Le Corbusier described the design look he sought: “béton brut” or “raw concrete.”

By Paul Hughes July 18, 2016 midnight share »

Tenant-Improvement Work Tops $900 Million Here

Orange County’s 30 largest tenant-improvement contractors continued to grow last year, combining for $909 million in local work.

By Michael de los Reyes July 18, 2016 midnight share »


Numerous changes occur in the U.S. financial accounting and reporting standards each year, but only a handful affect every company—large or small, technology-based or traditional service providers— and one of those takes effect soon.

By Michael de los Reyes July 11, 2016 midnight share »

Accounting Firms Expand for Fifth Consecutive Year

Orange County’s largest accounting firms combined to grow the industry’s local work force by 6% over the year through June for the fifth consecutive year of gains as the economy and business regulation expanded.

By Michael de los Reyes July 11, 2016 midnight share »

Management Consultants Continue Growth in OC

Orange County’s top management consulting firms experienced 9% growth to employ about 1,760 locally in the year ended June 30, many of them adding staffers.

By Michael de los Reyes July 11, 2016 midnight share »

Generation or More Proves Eateries’ Recipes Timeless

I did not realize until I started researching for this mini-tome that we had so many restaurants that have endured for at least 25 years in Orange County. I’d been to some of these in the reasonable past, but not all, so I was a busy gal catching up on the status of the others.

By Fifi Chao June 27, 2016 midnight share »

Italian With Drive to Cook Realizes Food Lover’s Dream

It’s part of my job to watch what a lot of chefs are doing. Some, of course, are more impressive than others. Watching a fine chef open a restaurant and keep on doing his job so well that the public, year after year, continues to embrace the concept and the food makes for a great candidate for Chef of the Year.

By Fifi Chao June 27, 2016 midnight share »

Commercial Development at Highest Level Since ’07

Orange County’s top commercial real estate developers posted their most active year of completed projects in a decade with a variety of sizeable product types opening across the region over the year ended April 30.

By Mark Mueller June 13, 2016 midnight share »

Commercial Construction Up, Uncertainty on Horizon

Orange County’s largest commercial construction companies took in the most revenue since the Great Recession, although a shrinking backlog and ominous economic reports raise questions about the industry’s continued growth.

By Mark Mueller June 13, 2016 midnight share »

Hybrid Investor Offers Back-Office Operations

Irvine-based Lotus Innovations LLC is a hybrid private equity firm that focuses on emerging technology companies and provides back-office operations and staffers to its entrepreneurs, both rarities in the sector.

By Michael de los Reyes June 6, 2016 midnight share »


Every year, the Business Journal makes its best effort to compile a list of local banks and lenders, in addition to investment banks. Some changes this year include Orange County Business Bank, which now operates as HomeStreet Bank since its merger on Feb. 1. Among other changes: Previously listed Johnson Capital Group Inc. was acquired by Bethesda, Md.-based Walker & Dunlop on Nov. 3, 2014; CIT Group Inc. acquired OneWest Bank on Aug. 3, 2015 and now operates as OneWest Bank, a division of CIT Bank, N.A. First Security Business Bank closed its single branch in Orange; FBR & Co. and CW Financial Services LLC closed their offices in Irvine; and Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP is now HFF LP.

By Alyssa Matsuhara June 6, 2016 midnight share »