Orange County Business Journal


Retail Market Marks Healthy Q1

The retail market’s favorable start to the year included multiple positive changes to its market fundamentals.

Whole 9 for Anaheim Resort Hotel Market

Nexus’ Plan for 350-Room Entry on Katella Latest on Drawing Board

Nexus Development Corp. is the latest in a growing list of companies looking to build a hotel in the Anaheim Resort Area.

FivePoint’s Next Step: Commercial Landlord

REAL ESTATE: New structure takes in projects from here to Bay Area

Aliso Viejo-based master developer FivePoint Holdings LLC is planning the next step in its evolution: becoming one of Orange County’s largest commercial real estate landlords.

Consumer Electronics Hub Sees Cuts at Top On Larger Concerns

ECONOMY: WD, Toshiba react to external, internal factors, trim staff

Orange County is home to a vibrant sector of companies that make and market consumer electronics, the largest among them accounting for more than 4,500 jobs, even with a recent rough patch for local employment at the top.

Her Piece of the Pie

Gymboree Exec Divides Time, Conquers Challenges

Kimberly Sentovich looks at every day as a pie, slicing each as she sees fit, and almost never coming up with equal pieces for her work duties and personal life.

Smartphone Case Maker Spigen Plans Spectrum Buy

Irvine Unit of Korean Firm To Pay $13.2M for Office

Spigen Inc., an Irvine-based maker of smartphone cases, screen protectors and related accessories, appears to be expanding its local operations after entering into a deal to buy an office in the Spectrum area.

Olen Steps Up in Airport Area, Pays $44.8M for Office Park

Newport Beach-based real estate investor and developer Olen Properties Corp. has made its largest local purchase in nearly three years, buying a 15-building office park near John Wayne Airport.

Greenwave Grows Into Full Floor at Spectrum Showplace

Irvine-based smart technology company Greenwave Systems Inc., Orange County’s biggest recipient of venture capital funding this year to date, has signed a deal to move its headquarters to 200 Spectrum Center, the area’s newest office tower.

Our Annual Inventory of Influence

The OC50—the Business Journal’s annual inventory of influence of the prominent and powerful—owes its 10% turnover rate to factors ranging from the end of an era at a longtime pillar of the local tech industry to the emergence of a startup specialist in San Juan Capistrano.

Vans Takes on Olympian Challenge

Brand Hopes New Skate Circuit Will Lead to Tokyo Games

Vans Inc. is betting its future on what some consider a lifestyle rather than a sport.

Office, Industrial Construction Still Lags Demand

Industrial construction in Orange County slowed in the first quarter after 1 million square feet of supply was delivered last year, with just 231,068 square feet under construction during the period.

SCP Plays Carnegie Hall; Vogel Steps Up; Kiani Answers Call

The Insider hears that the “Segerstrom family and South Coast Plaza” intend to build on ties to Carnegie Hall in New York and “other respected arts institutions” in coming months.

New Great Park Home Phase to Start Early 2017

REAL ESTATE: 727-home project to feature six builders

The developer of Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine is planning to launch its next phase of home development in early 2017.

JWA-Area Office Deal Priciest of Year at $66M

REAL ESTATE: Georgia-based REIT also sells Brea property

Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. has sold its two Orange County office properties—in Irvine and Brea—for a combined $100 million.

Providence-St. Joseph Combo Verdict Soon

HEALTHCARE: Joint control, women’s services part of deal

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will decide by June 13 whether Irvine-based St. Joseph Health will be allowed to affiliate with Providence Health and Services.

Women Honored by Business Journal

About 900 people gathered at the Business Journal’s 22nd Annual Women in Business Awards, where Lisa Vogel, co-president of RAJ Swim in Tustin, delivered the keynote address, encouraging women in business to be open, humble and flexible.

NextVR Lands Live Concerts Deal

Laguna Beach-based virtual reality content maker NextVR Inc. struck a deal with one of the world’s largest event companies to bring “hundreds” of live concerts to fans across the world through virtual reality.

UCI Lab Tapped for Disease Training

University of California-Irvine’s high-containment, biosafety level 3, training laboratory has been selected as the third facility in the country designated by the National Institutes of Health’s National Biosafety & Biocontainment Training Program to provide continuing education to professionals in a simulated setting.

Sock Maker Secures $30M for Growth

San Clemente-based Stance Inc. received $30 million in Series D funding led by Mercato Partners in Salt Lake City. Other returning investors include August Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Menlo Ventures, Shasta Ventures, and Sherpa Capital.

Private Companies Wanted for Annual List

SPECIAL ISSUE: list will be centerpiece of June 20 edition

The Business Journal is preparing its annual list of privately owned companies for publication in June.

NC Firm Buys Distributor

Osterbauer Compressor Service, a distributor of heating and cooling systems in Buena Park, was acquired on undisclosed terms by Davidson, N.C.-based environmental-systems maker Ingersoll Rand.

B. Riley in $170M Buy

B. Riley Financial Inc., a Los Angeles-based investment firm that maintains an office in Newport Beach, is buying Internet service provider United Online Inc. for $11 a share, or about $170 million.


Applied Medical, Lugano Diamonds, PIMCO Foundation and Balenciaga were among the major sponsors of Court Appointed Special Advocates’ annual Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball on April 16 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point.


Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 39, No.19

Personal finance website WalletHub found that Irvine has the workforce with the highest percentage of college-educated workers among the 150 most populous U.S. cities: 66%, almost six times higher than the lowest percentage: 12% in San Bernardino.

OCBJ Calendar

May 9-19, 2016

This week's business and other event listings.

Edwards CFO Talks Manufacturing Capacity Boost

‘Aggressive Action’ To Leverage Momentum

Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. is gearing up to boost its transcatheter replacement heart valve manufacturing capacity, according to its chief financial officer.

Behr Ads Aim to Inspire Homeowners of All Stripes

Campaign Encourages DIYers’ Self-Expression

Paint maker Behr Process Corp. in Santa Ana released a flight of four TV spots that celebrate self-expression and aim to “inspire DIYers to transform their homes with colors that bring them joy,” according to Jodi Allen, the brand’s chief marketing officer. “This campaign is all about finding a color that’s right for you with paint that will give you a beautiful, lasting finish and a space that is all your own.”

Microsemi Makes First of Anticipated Unit Divestitures

Sells Broadband Unit To Carlsbad Firm for $21M

Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker Microsemi Corp. has begun unloading unwanted business units acquired in its $2.5 billion buy of PMC-Sierra Inc. in January.

Real Estate Deals

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

Oke Poke, a local seafood restaurant, has signed a 10-year lease at 23633-23646 Rockfield Blvd. in Lake Forest for $1.2 million.

Office, Industrial Construction Still Lags Demand

Industrial construction in Orange County slowed in the first quarter after 1 million square feet of supply was delivered last year, with just 231,068 square feet under construction during the period.

Real Estate Startup Exits Incubator to Meet Demand

Reaches Tenants, Landlords In ‘Underserved’ Market

A startup that helps local companies find and lease office space recently graduated from incubator EvoNexus in Irvine and moved into its own office in Newport Beach.

OC 50 (A-F)

Our Annual Inventory of Influence

Our Annual Inventory of Influence

OC 50 (G-M)

Our Annual Inventory of Influence

OC 50 (O-Y)

Our Annual Inventory of Influence

Gavin’s Other Big Idea

Environmental Outfit Started By Allergan Founder Wants Global Brand

Scott Wilson says he still suffers from sleepless nights as chief executive of Regenesis, a privately held maker of environmental decontamination products in San Clemente.

Speedo's Splash

New Line Launches in Time to Catch Buzz of Summer Olympics

It’s not your mother’s aqua aerobics, but both of you are welcome to join in.

Caltrans to Leave Irvine for New Santa Ana Digs

REAL ESTATE: 130,000-SF lease fills out State Fund building

The California Department of Transportation is moving its local operations from Irvine to Santa Ana after signing one of the largest new office leases reported in Orange County so far this year.