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Olson Takes It Up a Notch in Spectrum

Full-Service Marriott Cost to Top $100M, Get $300+ a Night

R.D. Olson Development is going upscale—and tall—with its latest hotel project in the Irvine Spectrum.

Del Taco Tuesday

Vote on Sale to Chicago-Based Levy Expected to Bring Experience, Expansion

Lake Forest-based Del Taco Holdings Inc. is poised to change its name, be acquired and become a publicly traded company this Tuesday.

Quintana Sale Sets New Benchmark in Airport Area

REAL ESTATE: More deals likely as high end of office market heats up

A five-story office on the former Washington Mutual Inc. campus in Irvine has traded hands for nearly three times its value of five years ago.

Initial Reaction: DGWB Yields to Amusement Park

ADVERTISING: New top exec for 27-year-old Santa Ana ad shop

A new flag flies over the historic city hall building in Santa Ana, home to one of Orange County’s oldest independent advertising agencies.

Golden Truffle’s Alan Greeley Has Recipe for Satisfaction

Creative, Eclectic, Friendly Style Cooks Up Delicious

I don’t even want to count how many restaurants I have eaten in this past year. But I can tell you that no chef has consistently impressed me more over a few decades, and still does, than Alan Greeley, the chef and owner of Golden Truffle in Costa Mesa. This special guy is my pick for Chef of the Year because he thinks globally about food and he makes culinary memories for all of us.

Ko’s Call on Sleep Trend; McLarand’s Double Vision

Toni Ko had a crystal ball to go with her public-speaking chops as she held the crowd of more than 800 rapt with the keynote at the Business Journal’s 21st Annual Women in Business luncheon last week.

Irvine Device Maker Has Designs on Growth

HEALTHCARE: Study, new device build optimism

Irvine-based Breathe Technologies Inc. is looking to get a boost from new clinical study results and a device that’s scheduled to be introduced this year.

Investor Adds Law Firm in Maryland to Holdings

FINANCE: Deal brings eighth company to Plutos Sama stable

Investment holding company Plutos Sama LLC has acquired the Fisher Law Group PLLC, which focuses on resolution of delinquent real estate portfolios.

GenSpring Taps New Boss in Costa Mesa

GenSpring Family Offices LLC, an affiliate of Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks Inc., has tapped private banking industry veteran Chris Walters to head its western U.S. business from its regional headquarters in Orange County.

OC-Based Chains Serve Up 5.8% Increase in Revenue

RESTAURANTS: $14.9B in sales and 17,923 local workers

Business is strong for Orange County-based restaurant chains, mirroring a year of eating heartily nationwide.

Businesswomen Honored by Journal

A crowd of more than 800 attended the Business Journal’s 21st Annual Women in Business Awards, where cosmetics entrepreneur Toni Ko delivered the keynote address challenging female entrepreneurs to redefine the benchmarks of success in their professional and personal lives.

CSUF Appoints 3 to Foundation Board

California State University-Fullerton named Mark Costa, Bill Cheney and Ingrid Otero-Smart to its philanthropic foundation’s board of governors.

Alliant Gets New Largest Shareholder

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. received “a significant equity investment” from Stone Point Capital LLC, which now is the largest shareholder of the Newport Beach-based insurance brokerage firm.

Ingram Micro Makes Two Acquisitions

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro Inc. acquired two companies that add to its higher-margin and growing recycling and mobile services business, buying U.K.-based Canai Group and Clarity Technology in Portugal on undisclosed financial terms.


On May 30, 540 guests gathered at Orange County Great Park’s Palm Court Arts Complex in Irvine for the Susan G. Komen Orange County’s 9th Annual Pink Tie Ball.


Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 38, No. 26

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June 29-July 8, 2015

This week's business and other event listings.

Analysts Praise Sapien 3, Predict Continued Dominance

Low-Risk Patients Next Prize for Heart Valve Maker

Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. “ought to pull away again” from its competitors in the transcatheter heart valve market, according to a recent report published on the Seeking Alpha investor website.

Allergan Logo Goes for ‘Purposeful Paths of Change’

New Look Keeps Old Blue, Alters Font, Symbol

Actavis plc sealed its name change to Allergan plc with a new logo that “speaks to the strength of the company’s unique capabilities, the energy and passion of its people and its forward momentum.”

Gaming Heroes, Legacies and Rescues Star at E3 Show

Game Developers Parade New Titles, Talk Shop

Industry insiders and members of the media attending the recently concluded Electronic Entertainment Expo got a sneak peak at several new titles Orange County video game developers plan to introduce in coming months.

Real Estate Deals

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

KO’s HB Medical Building Inc. sold a medical office building in Huntington Beach to Blue Sky HB LLC for $7.8 million, or $160.21 per square foot.

Central, North OC Office Vacancies Drop in Q1

The Central and North Orange County office submarkets have traditionally trailed the Greater Airport Area and South Orange County office submarkets in terms of vacancy, average asking lease rates, and absorption of space. The start of 2015 was no different.

CT Realty, Xebec Start Work at Dallas Mega-Center

530-Acre Industrial Site, 3.8M SF Eyed for 1st Phase

A venture headed by Aliso Viejo-based CT Realty and Seal Beach-based Xebec Realty Partners has kicked off construction of one of the largest industrial developments currently on the books in the U.S. at a site they own in Texas.

Private Cos. Set Pace on Jobs

Biggest Based Here Surpass Broader Economy on New Hires

The biggest private companies based in Orange County have been big on building the local workforce over the past year, adding jobs at a faster pace than the county’s overall economy.

How Pac Life Rates

Diversification Keeps Firm Atop Private Companies in Era of Low Yields

The financial crisis is over, but uncertainty remains for any company whose profitability faces challenges in this era of persistent low interest rates—even if the company is the biggest privately held enterprise in Orange County, with $7.7 billion in annual revenue and more than 2,000 employees here and another 1,000 or so around the world.

Broadcom Buyer to Sell Emulex HQ

REAL ESTATE: Shift to Irvine from Costa Mesa looks to be Avago’s plan

The new owner of Emulex Corp. has put the networking equipment maker’s Costa Mesa headquarters campus up for sale, paving the way for local operations to be eventually relocated to Irvine, where it has a $37 billion acquisition of Broadcom Corp. pending.

Standard Pacific Could Skip Irvine, Rest of Golden State on HQ

REAL ESTATE: Combo with Ryland would create 4th largest homebuilder

Standard Pacific Corp.’s long run as the largest homebuilder based in Orange County could come to an end once the company’s pending acquisition of Ryland Group Inc. is complete.

Allergan Boss Gives Emphasis to Irvine

HEALTHCARE: Expects to split time between N.J., OC

Irvine will continue to play a critical role in the newly named Allergan plc as plans call for the drugmaker’s campus on Dupont Drive to remain the home of its biggest business lines.

Saunders Soaks Up OC Experience

Was Allergan CEO Brent Saunders simply spouting feel-good lines for the locals when he took the stage with Jim Mazzo during Octane’s ophthalmology summit at the Center Club last week and talked up the company’s commitment to Irvine?

Dana Point Land Sells, Slated for Townhomes

REAL ESTATE: Zephyr plans 168 units for land along PCH

Zephyr Partners, an Encinitas-based real estate development and investment company, has picked up a 9-acre site in Dana Point where it’s planning its first big residential project in Orange County.

Michelson to Anchor REIT on Singapore Exchange

REAL ESTATE: Trophy office value estimated at $310M

The Michelson office tower in Irvine, which traded hands three years ago in what’s believed to be the priciest single-building office sale ever in Orange County, is about to get a lot more interest from Asian investors.

Glaukos Sets IPO, Eyes Up to $77M

HEALTHCARE: Market cap could range upward of $445M

Orange County’s crop of privately held, venture-backed medical device companies is poised to graduate one of its best-funded members into the ranks of public companies.

MagnaFlow Owners Keep OC Ties Amid Expansion in SD

MANUFACTURING: $10M HQ in works next to factory there

A Rancho Santa Margarita-based manufacturer of catalytic converters and performance exhaust systems broke ground on a $10 million, 100,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility in Oceanside late last month.

Maker of Tiny Devices Goes Big With New Base

HEALTHCARE: MicroVention also plans hires to beef up R&D

Small devices are adding up to big growth for MicroVention Inc.

Mazda Takes Side Trip to E3 in Pursuit of Millennials

AUTOMOTIVE: Showcases Miata in contest, simulated drive

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations rolled into the Electronic Entertainment Expo last week for the first time in the event’s 20-year history, a cherry red Miata in tow.

Goodwill Data Plan to Connect Vets in Need, Service Providers

NONPROFITS: $1.6M for program at new Tierney Center

Goodwill of Orange County has received a $1.6 million grant from America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) and taken on a new challenge that follows a recent study that found social service programs for military veterans here are disjointed and would benefit from a new level of coordination.