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Little E Tells ‘Big Dog’ Pet Insurance Firm’s Story

MARKETING: Race star in ad showing Nationwide’s other sideNASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is starring in a new TV commercial for a Brea-based pet insurance company, compliments of the firm’s parent, Nationwide Insurance Co. in Columbus, Ohio.

By Mediha DiMartino August 15, 2016 midnight   $$ Share
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Irvine Company Names Resorts SVP

The Irvine Company named Chad Bustos senior vice president of sales and marketing for its resort properties, a new title.

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Mazda Ad Shop CCO Departs

The chief creative officer of Mazda North American Operations’ advertising agency of record, Garage Team Mazda in Costa Mesa, has “chosen to leave his position to pursue other interests,” according to the Irvine-based automaker.

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Auto Show Makes Room for Trucks

This year’s Orange County International Auto Show will occupy 25% more room at the Anaheim Convention Center for its Oct. 6-9 run.

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Business Journal Honors Innovators

About 365 people attended the Business Journal’s Second Annual Innovator of the Year Awards luncheon at Hotel Irvine on Thursday.

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Register to Move to Anaheim

The Orange County Register’s headquarters will move to Anaheim next March.

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JWA Traffic Dip on Southwest Drop

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic declined slightly in July compared with the same month a year earlier because of a “Southwest reduction,” an airport spokesperson said.

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AIA President’s Award for Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has received the President’s Award from the Orange County Chapter of the American Institute for Architects for its work on Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove.

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Irvine Marriott Nears End of $22M Work

The Irvine Marriott has begun a $1.3 million project to remake its arrival driveway area, the last stage of a $22 million overall project that includes room renovations.

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UCI to Open eSports Arena

University of California-Irvine next week opens the first eSports area run by a public university.

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UCI Leads Updraft on U.S. News’ Rankings

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of California-Irvine ninth among public universities nationwide in its 2017 Best Colleges report, released today.

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Ex-Blizzard Exec in Irvine Startup

Former Blizzard Entertainment Inc. Creative Director Rob Pardo has started a gaming studio in Irvine that aims to build the types of interactive worlds that made his former company a pioneer in the industry.

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JD Power Sale Complete

The $1.1 billion sale of J.D. Power and Associates, a Costa Mesa-based unit of McGraw Hill Financial Inc., to XIO Group in London is complete, the consumer data and analytics firm said today.

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Knobbe Martens Sponsors Cyclocross Team

Irvine-based Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP will sponsor the Aspire Racing team for the 2016-17 season, in the intellectual property law firm’s first foray into national sports marketing.

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Creditors Go After Freedom Insiders

Freedom Communications, the former owner of The Orange County Register, has agreed to allow a committee representing its unsecured creditors to investigate possible legal claims against company insiders, according to court documents filed Wednesday in the Santa Ana division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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Burba Adds Caribbean Hotels Show

Burba Hotel Network in Costa Mesa will manage the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) for the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.