Orange County Business Journal


Molina Mulls Medicare, Medi-Cal Moves in OC

Covered California Insurer Could Add to OC Offerings

We reported on Sept. 12 that Molina Healthcare Inc. will add OC to its Covered California service area next year.

Campaign Promotes BJ’s Chain as Chock Full of Value

Ads By New Agency Let the Good Times Roll

BJ’s Restaurants Inc.’s new “Moments That Count” marketing campaign was developed by its new advertising agency of record, DDB San Francisco, and features ads that emphasize the importance of consumers’ time off and that BJ’s is just the right place to enjoy it.

Skyworks Continues to Beef Up With Local Hire

CFO Second Recent Big Addition at Chipmaker

Another local addition to the executive brass of Skyworks Solutions Inc. points to Orange County’s growing influence at the Woburn, Mass.-based chipmaker.

Real Estate Deals

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

Sean Nguyen DDS signed a 10-year lease at 23642 Rockfield Blvd., Ste. 504, in Lake Forest for $1.1 million.

Deloitte Renews Lease at Park Tower in Costa Mesa

OC’s Largest Accountancy Takes Smaller Space

Deloitte LLP, the largest accounting firm in Orange County by employee count, has re-upped the lease on its local offices in Costa Mesa.

Prep for Healthcare’s Future

Providence St. Joe Strategist Had the Instinct

Annette Walker loves “architecting the future of an organization … figuring out how to make sure it’s here 100 years from now and how it anticipates the challenges.”

J&J Sees AMO As Fine Fit at $4.3 Billion

HEALTHCARE: Global push, new name coming to Santa Ana

The sale of Abbott Medical Optics puts the Santa Ana-based device maker under the umbrella of a new parent with a complementary line of eye care offerings.

Curious Commodity Case Crops Up in Irvine

REAL ESTATE: Building on Main in ‘brazen scheme’ on aluminum?

An unassuming industrial building in the heart of the Irvine Business Complex appears to be playing a part in an international trade caper that purportedly stretches from China to New Jersey to a desert in Mexico.

The Dirt at One Broadway

Harrah Mum on Tenants, Puts 28-Month Timeline on 37-Story Tower

One Broadway Plaza, the long proposed 37-story Santa Ana office tower that would be Orange County’s tallest building, is slated to approach nearly 500 feet when it’s built.

Auto Parts Supplier Diversifies Into Mobile Services

Bosch App Gets Busy Owners’ Cars to the Shop

An established supplier of automotive parts has launched a startup to help those on the go with car repairs.

Q & A

Orange County’s insurance brokers work in a dynamic market filled with startups, technology firms, plenty of new construction and new competitors. The Business Journal’s Michael de los Reyes asked local brokerage executives to share their thoughts about growth opportunities in the coming year, and they talked about benefits programs, the emerging risks of cybersecurity, and the continued need for support staff to provide high-level service to customers. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:

Insurance Brokers Grow Revenue 7% to $624 Million

Biggest Rise Fastest, Account 75% of Total

Orange County’s insurance brokerages grew for a sixth straight year to combine for about a 7% increase in local revenue to $623.6 million in 2015.

Presidential Presence for Big Canyon?; Ueberroth on Arnie

New Chapman U President Daniele Struppa is a soccer guy, a preference that tracks back to his native Italy.

JWA Cuts Allocation for Southwest Airlines in ’17

TOURISM: County supervisors to vote Oct. 11 on capacity remix

John Wayne Airport will cut the number of seats Southwest Airlines Co. can fill with fliers next year by nearly 1 million and maintain or increase totals for other major air carriers, the airport’s annual allocation plan shows.

Northgate González Aims for Latino Generation Next

RETAIL: ‘Grab-and-go’ part of grocer’s prototype in La Habra

Plans for Northgate González LLC’s upcoming store in La Habra call for a 4,000-square-foot “restaurant within the market” that will include a “coffee and juice bar, a deli, a hot foods section, and indoor and outdoor seating areas” for 33, according to documents filed with the city’s planning commission.

Packaging Outfit In San Clemente Sold

San Clemente-based Pacific Packaging Machinery Inc. has been acquired on undisclosed terms by Pro Mach Inc. in Covington, Ky.

To Move the Needle

Allergan Exec Guides Study of New Botox Uses

A slide in an electronic presentation Dr. Mitchell Brin gives when he talks about Botox reads “topical toxin.”

Cylance of the Worms

Founder Discovered Calling Through Bet After Cyberattack at Alma Mater

A friendly hacking wager in college ultimately led Stuart McClure into cybersecurity.

Sequence of Fortunate Events

Chief of Genetic Tester Rose With New Sector

Ambry Genetics Corp. in Aliso Viejo doesn’t say how many genetic tests it does annually, though if you count back to its 1999 founding, it recently passed the 1 million mark in total tests.

Super Charged

Phone Battery Entrepreneur Might Have Game Changer on His Hands

Benjamin Park understands his customers, a likely consequence of using several different smartphones throughout the day.


Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 39, No. 40

This year’s Orange County International Auto Show will occupy 25% more space at the Anaheim Convention Center for its Oct. 6-9 run to accommodate about 50 work trucks and vans in the inaugural So Cal Work Truck & Van Show.


First Foundation, Brookfield Residential, Kia Motors, Avalon Bay Communities, Southern California Gas, Ernst & Young and several other Orange County businesses joined together to sponsor Families Forward’s 32nd annual gala, An Evening of Hope.

Chefs Hopscotch Around OC, Keeping Eats Fresh

Roger’s Gardens Cafe Opens to Crowds

The chef shuffle has been quite the popular dance lately.

Masimo Pursues Cancer Detection Research, Prototype

Kiani Says Marketable Product 3-5 Years Away

Masimo Corp. in Irvine has begun work on “a prototype that can be manufactured and sold” to detect and help destroy cancer cells using nanoparticles, lasers and gold, said Chief Executive Joe Kiani.

Vans Goes Indie in Ad Campaign Shot on iPhones

Solicits Photogs’ Work For Worldwide Marketing Push

Vans Inc.’s newest global marketing campaign was shot exclusively on the iPhone 6s Plus.

OCBJ Calendar

Oct. 3-12, 2016

This week's business and other event listings.

Auto Parts Supplier Diversifies Into Mobile Services

Bosch App Gets Busy Owners’ Cars to the Shop

An established supplier of automotive parts has launched a startup to help those on the go with car repairs.

Software Maker Joins Data-Breach Resistance Group

Group Intends to Cut Off Cyber Attackers at the Pass

Irvine-based security software maker SecureAuth Corp. is taking a lead role in establishing a consortium of private and public entities to solve the growing problem of data breaches.

Hines Adds Land to Raytheon Campus Holdings

Follows 2012 Deal for 2 Offices at Fullerton Site

The local division of Houston-based Hines Interest LP has bought the ground under one of its larger Orange County office properties.

Real Estate Deals

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

The Rulloda Living Trust sold a medical building in Anaheim to Sandra Parker for $1.1 million, or about $253 per square foot.

Greenwave’s Latest Growth Spurt

Gets Analytics Operations in Predixion Deal

A number of local companies and investors stand to benefit from Irvine-based smart technology provider Greenwave Systems Inc.’s acquisition of Predixion Software in Aliso Viejo.

J.D. Power Play In Costa Mesa

Auto Vet at Helm as Renowned Ratings Specialist Sets Up HQ

It’s no surprise that J.D. Power and Associates—the outfit that cut its teeth on automotive industry ratings—moved its headquarters to Costa Mesa last fall.

Struppa’s Strong Start; About Our OC 500; Fall Fashion Find

Daniele Struppa is off to a strong start on establishing his own manner of maintaining the high profile of the president’s office he takes over from the ever-energetic Jim Doti at Chapman U.

LBA Nears Sale Of Industrial for $1.5B

REAL ESTATE: Blackstone under contract to buy nearly 50 buildings

Irvine-based real estate investor LBA Realty is close to making its largest deal in more than a decade with a blockbuster sale of a large portion of its industrial portfolio.

Kingston Milestone: Headset Sales Top 1 Million

TECHNOLOGY: Revenue about $100 million for 2 years

Kington Technology Inc. has sold more than 1 million headsets geared for gamers since releasing its first model a little over two years ago.

Shopoff Eyes Residential In Downtown Anaheim

REAL ESTATE: 21-acre industrial property would get 500+ units

Shopoff Realty Investments is looking to convert a nearly 21-acre industrial property in downtown Anaheim into a major residential development with more than 500 homes, townhomes and apartments.

OCVA Plans Promotional Push in San Francisco

TOURISM: Turn to domestic marketing expected in January

The Orange County Visitors Association has slated a $300,000 promotional blitz in hopes of enticing tourists from San Francisco.