Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Health System Increases Oversight Due to Reform

Audit Unit; Punishment For Noncompliant at CalOptima

Orange-based CalOptima is intensifying its work with providers to tackle a tighter government regulatory landscape.

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Familiar Ties: Mexico-OC Business Remains Strong

Despite Blips, OC Trading Partner Still Number One

Mexico City-based discount airline InterJet ceased flights out of John Wayne Airport on July 19.

Q & A

The 12 largest hotels near the Anaheim Convention Center offer 588,000 square feet of convention space and about 8,200 rooms that can accommodate the big gatherings that converge on the area every year. But space can also be small when necessary. Many hotels and resorts offer space for small groups, whether the traveler or business groups needing a working “staycation” or some privacy. Those clients have specific needs and are willing to spend money for them. The meeting spaces can be as different as the clientele, with everything from the county’s largest hotel to a boutique beachfront experience, with prominent and premium resorts in the mix. Business groups also sometime include guests who have different needs but want the same attention to detail corporate clients require. The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked executives at local venues how they serve high-end meetings and conventions guests. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:

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Visitor Groups Rebrand for Business, Leisure, More

Changes Mirror National Trends, Cast Wider Net

What’s in a name? A lot more than before for Orange County business and tourist groups.

EVENTS Calendar

The following is a list of conventions, trade shows, consumer shows and events scheduled from Aug. 11 through July 31, 2015.

No Summer Swoon for Wealthiest

Markets Cooperate as Entries Tally $54B

All the ingredients pointed to another good year for the richest residents of Orange County: an extraordinarily strong run in stocks, continued briskness in the commercial and residential real estate sectors, and some surprising resilience in the bond market.

Company Culture Breeds Independence, Commitment

Tech Firm Zumasys Uses Trust to Tap Workers’ Best

Nine years ago, someone special walked into Zumasys Inc.’s Irvine headquarters for a job interview for a warehouse position.

Real Estate Company’s ‘Core Value’ Its People

Hughes Marino Involves, Builds Up Employees

When Shay Hughes, chief operating officer of commercial real estate company Hughes Marino, started to plan the business’ quarterly retreat three years ago, she wanted it to be memorable, not only for its stunning location—Pelican Hills Golf Club—but also for what people would take away from the event.

How Best Companies Make Lists

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

Hughes Marino’s 10 Core Values

Always do the right thing. Ask yourself these five questions: Is it right for the client? Is it right for the company? Is it ethical? Is it something you are willing to be held accountable for? Is it the right thing to do?

Hotels Get Creative With Modern Looks for Lobbies

Renovations, New Construction Emphasize Open Design

Look to the lobbies of Orange County’s newest and most recently redesigned hotels to see the hospitality industry’s latest generation of interior design on display.

Tenant-Improvement Firms Ride Upturn for 29% Jump

26 Firms Combine for $677 Million in Revenue Last Year

Orange County’s tenant-improvement industry posted its strongest year in more than a decade last year, buoyed by a spate of new construction work in addition to plenty of renovations at existing properties.

Q&A

Some local accounting firm executives say an improving economy, increasingly complex client needs, and heightened regulation are combining to bring them more work, a phenomenon they say will likely require bigger staffs. Meanwhile, technology is becoming more of a crucial element in helping meet the growing workloads. The Business Journal’s Jane Yu recently asked several firms to talk about trends in supply and demand in the industry and about the pace of professionals entering the field, along with how the firms use and invest in information technology. Here are edited excerpts of their responses.

Accounting Firms Tally Up 4% in OC Staff Increases

Gains Represent Third Year of Local Staff Jumps

Orange County’s top accounting firms combined to grow their local offices by 4%, continuing a run of employment gains for the third straight year.

Management Consultants Grow OC Workforces 25%

Regulatory Changes, Plus Acquisition Fuel Increase

Orange County’s top management consulting firms grew their local offices by 25% over the past year, the highest rate since a recovery in hiring began in 2011.