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Building Blocks

Convention Center Space Spurs Business BumpThe 200,000-square-foot expansion of Anaheim Convention Center that opens Sept. 26 is the result of three to five years of wrangling, funding and construction—and the biggest new effort of several the area will get stretching forward another three to five.

PHG Names CFO, Ops Role; Moves GM

Pacific Hospitality Group in Irvine named Kent Crandall chief financial officer, hired a senior vice president of operations to report to COO Robb Walker, and shifted a GM to its Paséa resort.

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HyperX Nets First NBA Sponsorship

The gaming division of Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology Inc. has been named the official headset partner of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Ad Shop Bought

Newport Beach-based digital marketing agency ymarketing was acquired by Sandbox in Chicago on undisclosed terms.

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Opus’ Credit for Weinstein Scrutinized

Investors are scrutinizing Irvine-based Opus Bank for its credit lines given to the notorious Hollywood filmmaker The Weinstein Company.

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Southwest Could See More JWA Cuts

Southwest Airlines will see a second year of passenger cuts at John Wayne Airport if county supervisors approve the airport's 2018 seat allocation request Tuesday.

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J.D. Power CEO to Retire

J.D. Power Chief Executive Finbarr O’Neill will retire in March.

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Tech Vet Elevated at Ubiquity

Irvine-based Ubiquity, Inc. said Robert Fernander has been appointed chairman of its board of directors.

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Fashion Show Harvests $1M for Hunger

Anniversaries are good for giving. On the silver anniversary of South Coast Plaza’s Harvesters Fashion Show in the golden-anniversary year of the mall, the show took in more than $1 million.

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San Clemente ‘Kid’ Nets Big Catch on Shark Tank

The 12-year-old creator of a skateboard that fits into school lockers and backpacks received a $65,000 investment from Sir Richard Branson for a 20% stake in a company he created with his parents on the season premiere of “Shark Tank,” last night.

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PHG Sells Bacara

Irvine-based Pacific Hospitality Group has sold of one of its high-end hotel properties, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara County.

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Long Beach Airport August Traffic Up

Long Beach Airport said August commercial passenger traffic rose 16% to about 316,000, compared with the same period last year.

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Spectrum Marriott Names GM

Chris Harrison will be general manager of the Marriott Irvine Spectrum, which opens in December.

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ASICS Replaces Creative Agency

ASICS Corp., the parent of Irvine-based ASICS America Corp., selected Saatchi & Saatchi as its global creative agency.

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Mitsubishi Names Ad Agency

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. hired Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners as its advertising agency of record.

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JWA August Traffic Flat

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic in August ticked down 0.2% compared with the same month last year.

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