Dong Il Kim earlier this month returned to US Metro Bank as its chief executive.
Fountain Valley-based MemorialCare Health System appointed Diane Laird to its new chief strategy officer post.
The parent of Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. announced a reorganization of its operations that adds international duties for Taco Bell Chief Executive Greg Creed.
Automobile Club of Southern California Chairman Thomas McKernan was selected to receive the Horatio Alger Award and will be honored with 11 others in April.
Irvine-based Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc. agreed to pay about $16 million to acquire Infinity Franchise Holdings LLC, a lender serving the fast-food franchise industry.
Feng Shui, 1920s History, Modern Perks and More
LUXURY HOMES Column by Kim Haman
Gets Amaris Device Rights From German Maker
Alphaeon Corp., a Newport Beach-based “lifestyle healthcare” company, acquired the U.S. licensing rights to the Amaris excimer laser device this month from Germany-based Schwind eye-tech-solutions GMBH.
Agency of Record On Top of Eyelash Product Ads
Allergan Inc. in Irvine selected its subsidiary Pacific Communications as its agency of record for its SkinMedica Skin Care’s professional business.
SF Building’s Sellers Said to Be Asking $121 Million
Newport Beach-based investor KBS Realty Advisors is nearing another blockbuster office purchase, this time in San Francisco.
REAL ESTATE WATCH: ORANGE COUNTY RETAIL MARKET
The Orange County retail market continued its momentum in the third quarter, recording the largest amount of positive absorption the market has produced all year: 214,418 square feet.
Part of New Chief Exec’s Changes After Review
Santa Ana-based Identive Group Inc. plans to sell off its noncore business assets as part of a plan to trim global operations and focus on high-growth products and markets.
Stand-Alone Marketing Shop Points to Ingram Micro’s Push for Higher Margins
Technology distribution giant Ingram Micro Inc. has launched the latest addition to its portfolio of services—Agency Ingram Micro.
Action-Sports Brand Gets Creative With New HQ in Costa Mesa
Incense burns inside Element Skateboards Inc.’s new headquarters as Chief Executive Johnny Schil-lereff walks to a desk stacked amid a pile of rusted industrial containers.
TECHNOLOGY: Board changer on way; marker challenges ahead
Emulex Corp. Chief Executive Jeff Benck will get a shot at turning around the networking equipment maker after getting a nod from activist investors that eluded his predecessor.
REAL ESTATE: Builder establishes new division for high-end residential
Newport Beach-based homebuilder City Ventures Inc. has launched a luxury home division that will focus on some of the company’s premier land locations in California
Buyers Hope Rents Start to Jibe With Big Sales Spurt
Investors and tenant brokers appear to be of two different minds when gauging the health of Orange County’s office market heading into 2014.
OC INSIDER Column by Jerry Sullivan
HEALTHCARE: Looks to boost cash, focus on core dental line
Irvine-based medical device maker Biolase Inc.’s move to sell noncore assets signals a plan to double down on its main dental laser business.
REAL ESTATE: Plans makeover in Irvine with weather in mind
Irvine-based Bixby Land Co. is bringing its model for creative office space redevelopment closer to home.
EMPLOYMENT: Exec searcher puts OCer in charge of SoCal bid
Global executive search firm Boyden World Corp. has re-entered Southern California and tapped Orange County resident Peter Santora as a managing partner to oversee its operations here and in the Los Angeles market.
FINANCE: Buys broker-dealer, eyes commonwealth’s bonds
Newport Beach-based investment bank Fairbridge Capital Partners LLC is making a play in Puerto Rico through an acquisition of one of the largest securities brokers there.
Nearly 400 on Hand at Business Journal, CSUF Event
A crowd of more than 375 turned out for a Nov. 13 luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Irvine to laud five honorees as part of the 14th annual Family Owned Business awards hosted by the Business Journal and California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Family Business.
Spectrum Group International Inc. said it plans to delist its shares from national securities exchanges and spin off a subsidiary.
Softer Demand, BK in Mix; 2 Newcomers Make List
Orange County’s largest chipmakers combined for a slight drop in jobs over the last 12 months as the local industry was hit by restructurings, a bankruptcy and generally soft demand. Includes the 2013 OC's LARGEST CHIPMAKERS list for download (pdf)
The parent of Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co. replaced Pimco asset managers with its own advisers
The parents of several local amusement parks had strong earnings in their recently ended quarters
The list of Surf Industry Manufacturers Association’s annual SIMA Image Award nominees is out and once again dominated by Orange County-based action-sports companies.
PHILANTHROPY Column by Kim Haman
Other news items of interest from the Orange County Business Journal
Orange County’s office market remained steady in the third quarter, posting small gains in rental rates, vacancy and absorption.
The downward trend of Orange County industrial vacancy rates continued through the third quarter
U.S. retail sales increased in August by a modest 0.1% over July, tempered by short-term economic concerns.
November 18-27, 2013
A listing of business events happening all around Orange County.
Says It Opens Up Product Pipeline, Expansion Paths
Executives of Irvine-based Quality Systems Inc. are bubbling over about their company’s newest deal.
Campaign Urges Kids of All Ages to Visit Parks
Walt Disney Co.’s new marketing campaign encourages fans to tap into their “Disney Side” and visit the local theme park—with or without the little ones.
Anaheim Buy Follows Yorba Linda Auction Win
Rexford Industrial Realty Inc., a Los Angeles-based industrial real estate investor that went public this year, has snapped up a pair of business parks in North County for about $23.3 million.