Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ WEEKLY EDITION

Convention Center’s Summer Sleeper Hit: VidCon

YouTube Stars Put Annual Show on Fast Track

The once-a-year event that brings YouTube stars under one roof with their screaming fans is set to return to Anaheim.

KDOC-TV Gets Star Turn Out of Cable Spat

6-Game Windfall Includes Dodgers’ Clincher

KDOC-TV is the sole victor so far in Time Warner Cable Inc.’s ongoing fee dispute with other cable and satellite providers.

Can Valeant Keep It Up?

HEALTHCARE: Bid for Allergan looks light despite last week’s stir

Did Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. make David Pyott’s point last week?

Costa Mesa Circuit Board Maker Could Top Field

TECHNOLOGY: Deal for rival would lift TTM near top of global ranks

Thomas Edman’s first deal at the helm of Costa Mesa-based TTM Technologies Inc. could create the world’s largest printed circuit board maker.

Rebranding Puts Consulting Firm on Path of Growth

Says Unique Identity Makes It Stand Out From Crowd

Stantec Consulting Services Inc. was able to put its best foot forward when competing for business this year, thanks to a major rebranding effort initiated by its parent, Stantec Inc. in Edmonton, Canada.

Focus on Wireless Networks Looks Like Good Call

Rome & Associates Built On Telecommunications Work

Jeffrey Rome never thought when he got his degree in architecture that he’d spend most of his time designing wireless networks. Now, some 24 years later, 90% of billings at his Jeffrey Rome & Associates Inc. firm come from projects for major telecommunications companies such as AT&T, Crown Castle International Corp. and Verizon.

Architecture Firms’ Billings Up, Jobs About Flat

Combine For 1% Jump To $417 Million Locally

Orange County’s architecture firms combined for a 1.6% increase in local billings, modest growth after last year’s 13% surge.

Engineering Firms’ Revenues Drop After 3-Year Jump

39 Bring in $2.8 Billion In OC-Generated Billings

The top engineering firms with headquarters or significant operations in Orange County ended a three-year streak of gains with a 1.5% drop in local billings during the 12-month period ending June 30.

Newport Center in Line for Net Gain on Gross Move

The Insider has no dog in any fight between Bill Gross and whoever—but it now looks clear from this vantage point that a cadre of critics coordinated their condemnations of the cofounder and now ex-boss of Pimco in recent months.

Yokohama Tire Takes 57,624 SF in Santa Ana

REAL ESTATE: Distribution hub shifts from Fullerton to IE

Yokohama Tire Corp. has signed a deal to move its U.S. headquarters to Santa Ana in a shift that comes a few months after the company sold its longtime home in Fullerton.

Kelley Blue Book Markets New Product: Itself

AUTOMOTIVE: Car info firm hires first PR agency of record

Kelley Blue Book Co., in search of new audiences, has hired M Booth in New York as its first public relations agency of record.

Anton & Chia in San Diego on Latest Buy

Newport Beach-based accounting firm Anton & Chia LLP has acquired W. Michael Corson & Co. in San Diego on undisclosed terms, its second buy in recent months.

Sun Sees Rebound on Horizon for Pro Volleyball Circuit

SPORTS: Renews several key sponsors, seeks new TV deal

Donald Sun is facing another big challenge as his second year of running a revived professional beach volleyball tour comes to an end.

Auto Show’s 50th Birthday Gift: Relevance With Car Buyers

MARKETING: Data indicate event’s influence on purchases

The Orange County International Auto Show is set to start Oct. 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center, where organizers will mark the event’s 50th anniversary with something extra to tout: recent research that indicates the show still matters to the tens of thousands of visitors who are potential car buyers.

Fox Head in Irvine Said to Be For Sale

Irvine-based motorcross apparel company Fox Head Inc. is reportedly on the sales block and seeking more than $200 million.

Device Maker Raises $25M for Stent

Irvine-based Ivantis Inc. said it raised $25 million in its second round of financing. It said it plans to use the money to support ongoing clinical trials for its Hydrus microstent, which is implanted into the eye to treat glaucoma. Glaucoma is a major cause of blindness around the world.

$1 Million to Video Game Maker

MEK Entertainment Inc., an independent video game maker in Aliso Viejo established by a former Blizzard Entertainment Inc. programmer, secured $1 million in a seed round.

$10M Raised for Water Purity Projects

Irvine-based WaterHealth International Inc. raised $10 million in venture funding from a private equity firm in New York that targets infrastructure projects in developing nations.

5 Honored With General Counsel Awards

A crowd of more than 400 members of Orange County’s corporate and legal communities gathered to honor this year’s top in-house lawyers at the Business Journal’s fifth annual General Counsel Awards.

ADDENDUM

Veteran Orange County medical device executive James V. Mazzo was added to a federal grand jury indictment on insider trading charges, the Department of Justice said.

PHILANTHROPY

The Orange County chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association partnered with business and philanthropic leaders throughout OC to create the Go Purple OC campaign, a weeklong event that literally turned well-known OC landmarks purple from Sept. 15 through 21.

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September 29, 2014

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House Votes Yet Again to Repeal Medical Device Tax

Senate Divided on Levy Meant to Boost Reform

One of the medical device industry’s favorite topics—repealing a federal tax on its companies’ revenues—has resurfaced yet again in Congress.

‘Beautiful’ Vizio TV Ads Feature Clipper in New Role

Blake Griffin Waxes Poetic on Ultra HD Models

You can “see the beauty in everything” on Vizio Inc.’s Ultra HD TVs, suggest the new humorous commercials from the Irvine-based technology manufacturer.

Report: OC High-Tech Sector Strong, Room to Grow

63,000 Jobs in ‘Sleeper’ Market; No. 13 in US

Orange County’s employment base of about 63,000 high-tech jobs ranked No. 13 in a 34-market report released by Chicago-based JLL.

Real Estate Deals

A family trust sold an office building in Orange to JMJ Enterprise LLC for $2.4 million.

Retail Market Taps Brakes in Q2, Absorption Still Positive

The Orange County retail market slowed slightly in the second quarter, but there was continued positive net absorption going into the third quarter totaling 345 square feet.

Lehman Lists Stalled SJC Home Development for Sale

Pacifica San Juan Could Fetch $150M or More

Pacifica San Juan, a stalled new home development just off the San Diego (I-5) Freeway in San Juan Capistrano, is on the market for sale and could fetch a big price.

How Fast Is $18.7 Billion?

$5.5B Gain in 2 Years for 174 Fastest Growers Based in OC

There’s no shortage of numbers available to put some punch into this week’s coverage of the fastest-growing private companies based in Orange County.

Wilson’s Twin Waves

Rides Hot Market, Acquisitions Toward $2B in Sales

David Wilson knows a good market when he sees one.

View of Allergan as Buyer Revived

HEALTHCARE: Pyott says no rush for deal ahead of Dec. 18 meeting

Potential deals are once again taking center stage as Irvine-based Allergan Inc. continues its fight to keep its independence.

Oracle Tower Outlook Nears $100 Million

REAL ESTATE: 12-story office likely to set benchmark in JWA area

One of the better-known office buildings in the area around John Wayne Airport is up for sale and expected to fetch a price approaching $100 million, according to real estate sources.

Boeing Shifts on Sales of Seal Beach Buildings

MANUFACTURING: Once pegged for cost cuts, now home of new hires

Boeing Co.’s new Seal Beach support center for commercial airline customers reflects a significant change in plans for the Chicago-based aerospace giant’s sprawling real estate holdings along Orange County’s coastline.

Conditions Drove Contractor’s Meteoric Trajectory

Driver Urban’s Revenue Jumped 25,402% to $131.3M

Driver Urban had three things working for it in 2012 when it spun off from a large construction company—it entered the marketplace at the right time, at the right price, and with the right expertise.

Growth By Design

Alternative Lender Translates Conditions Into 2,236% Revenue Jump

Growth for Quick Bridge Funding LLC was fast but not too fast.

Serial Entrepreneur Went Big With Equipment Rentals

BigRentz.com on 1,268% Growth Spurt to $15M

Starting BigRentz.com was a no-brainer for Chief Executive Dallas Imbimbo.

Little Big List

$4.3B Revenue Increase Spread Over 13 Largest Fast Growers

Far fewer but much bigger. That’s one way to sum up the biggest of the fastest-growing private companies based in Orange County—13 companies that combined for $16.1 billion in revenue, a 37% jump.