Orange County Business Journal


Exec Changes at William Lyon Homes

Newport Beach-based homebuilder William Lyon Homes made a series of executive management changes, including a new role for the company’s namesake and founder, Gen. William Lyon, and a new stand-alone chief executive.

SWELL Head Named Parent’s Co-CEO

Australia-based online retailer SurfStitch Group Ltd. named Lex Pedersen and Justin Stone co-chief executives.

Hospital Operator Cuts Nearly 200 Jobs

Fountain Valley-based MemorialCare Health System will cut 194 jobs as part of its planned closure of the San Clemente location of its Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, according to a state filing.

Healthcare Vet Brings Once-Shelved Device to Market

HEALTHCARE: Incontinence prevention product sold online

Longtime OC medical device executive Thomas Berryman is back in business with a new company and device to battle female stress urinary incontinence.


Music and wine proved to be a perfect pairing at the ninth Pacific Coast Wine Festival benefitting Pacific Symphony.


Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 39, No.13

Santa Ana College President Erlinda Martinez announced plans to retire at the end of June after 11 years at the helm. The Rancho Santiago Community College District has launched a nationwide search to fill the position.

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Insurance Unit Signs Deal With Drug Store Chain

Members Can Get Rx At Walgreens or By Mail

A unit of Minnesota health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group Inc. with an office in Irvine has struck a long-anticipated “preferred partnership” with a major drugstore chain.

Vans Gets Artistic With 50th Anniversary Campaign

Features French Drawings, LA-Produced Soundtrack

Cypress-based action sports footwear and apparel brand Vans Inc. launched The Story of Vans, a marketing campaign that combines “a mix of artistic methods to highlight iconic moments from the brand’s 50-year history.” It includes five short videos—one depicting “the journey of the Vans brand” and four others that “emphasize Vans’ core forms of creative expression.” 

Western Digital Makes Post-SanDisk Purchase Plans

International Restructure, Integration on Horizon

Western Digital Corp. plans to restructure its international operation “shortly after” closing its highly leveraged $17 billion acquisition of SanDisk Corp. in Milpitas.

Q4 Mixed for South OC Industrial Sectors

The South Orange County industrial market saw 39,262 square feet of negative net absorption in the fourth quarter, though the year-to-date total remained positive at 314,049 square feet.

San Clemente’s Largest Office Sells to LA Investor

$14.2M Sales Price Is Discount on 2007 Trade

The largest office building in San Clemente has been sold to a Los Angeles-based value-add investor.

Purchasing Platform Startup Wins ‘Most Fundable’

Aims to Boost Small Medical Device Makers

A Newport Beach-based startup won the “Most Fundable” award at Tech Coast Angels’ Celebration of Entrepreneurship on March 10.

He Felt Your Pain

Proove Helps Docs Manage Patients’ Discomfort

Brian Meshkin sought a way to help doctors make better decisions in the specialty of pain management, acting on the desire in 2009 when he created Irvine-based Proove Biosciences Inc.

Experian Offers New Experience

Seeks to Change Reputation From Credit Judge to Consumer Ally

No one wants to be seen as the bearer of bad news, even if it’s part of their job description. Experian plc, one of three major credit reporting agencies, is no exception.

Greenlaw Plans Rentals, Hotel Near Outlets Mall

REAL ESTATE: For-sale project in IBC also on developer’s agenda

Real estate investor and developer Greenlaw Partners is pushing ahead with plans to build more than 900 apartments and for-sale homes and a hotel in separate projects on land it owns in Orange and Irvine.

Comcast to Put $40M Into Supplier in Santa Ana

TECHNOLOGY: Cable outfit aims for Internet of Things

The largest U.S. cable TV provider plans to invest nearly $40 million in Santa Ana-based remote control maker Universal Electronics Inc. over the next six years.

Wylie and George Walk Into a Bar…; Re: Leader Board

Call it a St. Patrick’s Day miracle—or maybe just a simple, human reminder that it’s possible for folks to line up as political opponents rather than enemies, a distinction that can keep friendships alive, come what may.

LBA Sheds More Light on 9-Acre Mixed-Use Project

REAL ESTATE: 423,000 SF of space across from Park Place

LBA Realty Inc. has disclosed more details, plus early-stage renderings, of the mixed-use campus it’s targeting for a 9.4-acre site at the intersection of Jamboree Road and Michelson Drive in Irvine.

Volt Campus in Orange to Hines JV for $36 Million

REAL ESTATE: 15-year leaseback planned for office

The Irvine office of real estate developer and investor Hines Interests LP has made its first purchase in the city of Orange, picking up the office campus of Volt Information Sciences Inc.

Two OC Components Makers Join Forces

San Clemente-based rubber products maker IRP Group Holdings recently agreed to combine with Garden Grove-based ProPlas Technologies on undisclosed terms.

PIMCO Names Overseer, Eyes Cost Cuts

Newport Beach-Based Pacific Investment Management Co. will have a new “overseer” on July 1, when Jacqueline “Jackie” Hunt assumes responsibility for the U.S. asset management and life insurance businesses for PIMCO parent company Allianz, a Munich, Germany-based insurer.

UC-Irvine MBA Program Up in Ranking

The University of California-Irvine Paul Merage School of Business full-time MBA program rose five spots in the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, tying with Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business in Dallas at No. 48.

Device Maker Focal Raises $3.8 Million

Aliso Viejo-based Focal Therapeutics Inc. raised about $3.8 million in venture capital, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Taco Bell to Open First China Location

Taco Bell Corp. is planning to open its first location in China by the end of the year, executives of the Irvine-based chain said during a Bank of America Merrill Lynch consumer and retail conference in New York.

More Than One Way to Pull a Hill

Pedego Co-Founder Saw His Spot in Electric Bikes

A taxing task led to a global business for Don DiCostanzo. Tired of peddling his bike uphill on Superior Avenue in Newport Beach for volunteer work and recreation, he knew there had to be an easier way. His solution? An electric bike.

True Believer

Personal Philosophy Produces Impressive Track Record

It’s hard to believe that Twila True, co-founder of Newport Beach-based True Family Enterprises, was ever intimidated by Orange County.

Much More Than a Spaghetti Dinner

Anaheim White House’s Serato Gives as Restaurant Shines

Bruno Serato, owner of the Anaheim White House Restaurant, may be better known nationally and internationally for his charity work than his success as a business owner.

Environmental Consultants Feel Effect of Energy Slump

Slight Declines Seen In Jobs, Billings Flat

Orange County’s largest environmental consultants faced a tough landscape last year, with no big increase in government spending—a staple of the segment—and aftershocks from the difficulties in the energy sector.

Intelligent Reinvention

Husband-and-Wife Team Lead $40 Million Juice & Food Chain

Seeing Steve and Alexis Schulze at the podium at a Business Journal event is like NFL great Jim Brown arriving in the end zone—seems like they’ve been there before.


Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 39, No.12

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. sold Electric Visuals in San Clemente to the eyewear subsidiary’s chief executive, Eric Crane, for an undisclosed amount.

OC Still Coveted as Overseas Buyers Hit Pause Elsewhere

Expert Says Chinese Pullback Not Seen Here

Foreign investment in U.S. real estate is hitting the pause button, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors, and the pullback is most evident among Chinese buyers affected by China’s slowing economic growth, currency devaluation and tightened restrictions on capital outflows. Other reasons the report cites include a stronger U.S. dollar and rising home prices.

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Senate Committee Passes Pack of Device Reform Bills

Designed to Speed FDA OK for Certain Treatments

A cause dear to the hearts of medical device makers in Orange County and elsewhere—regulatory reform—is moving along in the U.S. Senate.

Agency Ups Role in Client Work With Startup Stakes

Gets Equity Share In Exchange for Services

Irvine-based agency INK is taking an active role in its startup clients. It launched an “equity based model for agency-client relationships” that enables it to acquire a stake in promising enterprises.

New Ingram Micro Owner to Invest in Distributor

Chinese Boss to ‘Acquire’ More Business, Up Hires

Don’t expect Irvine-based Ingram Micro Inc. to cut costs under new Chinese owner Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co. Ltd.

Real Estate Deals

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

The E-Land Co. sold a creative-office building in Irvine to the Parviz Ramezani Trust for $1.9 million, or about $375 per square foot.