Orange County Business Journal

Aitken Defers; Medley Shows; Hartenstein Sticks

The Insider was ready to call Wylie Aitken true to our school when it came to his role in the recent selection of Matthew Parlow to succeed Tom Campbell as dean of the Fowler School of Law at Chapman U in Orange.

OC-LB Ties Displayed at ‘State of Port;’ CFOs & Shakespeare

Score a hit for the Port of Long Beach and a tally of ties to OC at the State of the Port last week, a first-class affair from the decor of the hall at the city’s convention center to the impressive talks by Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán and CEO John Slangerup …

Simon Hire Points to Larger OC Strength

The silliness of an election season abounds, the stock market has dropped into “correction territory”—and business continues strong in Orange County.

Augie’s Other Job: OCMA’s Other Menu; IrvCo.’s Other Plan

How’s Augie Nieto these days?

Another Case of Select Company for Ueberroth

Thoughts turn to baseball when Peter Ueberroth’s name comes up—logical enough, since the fellow who now runs the Contrarian Group in Newport Center made a big mark as commissioner of the game. He ran the L.A. Olympics before MLB, of course, so he’s got ties to just about any sporting endeavor. Need more?

Expect Sparks to Go Sooner; Kelly’s Tour de Fleur

Tough to top the New Year’s plans of a couple of the best of the better halves around these parts.

Oyler the Toiler; Dapper Doti; Trieu Enough

Sound out this apt email address for Tennyson Oyler, VP of brand management and public affairs for Pac Life: TOyler@pacificlife.com.

Alzheimer’s Outfit Ponders Split; El Sol’s Star

The Insider has picked up on rumblings that the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County is taking a hard look at whether to stay with the Chicago-based national organization or become independent.

Musco’s Next Mark; Standing Room Only For Sunwest Forum

Paul Musco is a self-made man who has shown the Midas touch on everything from catalytic converters to big data to Texas oil. Imagine what he’ll do with Oprah Winfrey on his side?

Feuerstein’s Low Profile, High Impact; Caan-Do at Chapman

Members of OC’s Jewish community are sitting Shiva with the latest passing of a nonagenarian giant.

Freedom Rings From OC to Boston; Pyott Proves Prescient

What do OC and Boston have in common?

Octane’s Timely Take; Rome Is the New Beige

Octane does plenty of work to stir the atmosphere and foster an environment where “entrepreneurs, investors, executives, academics, clinicians, and business advisors come together to collaborate, create, and grow.”

Rome-ing Around; Governor Magnet; Kareem & Sandra

The Insider has been in Rome, marveling over the bunch of rustic hilltop settlements that grew into the Eternal City by welcoming talent from anywhere, absorbing and adapting the best that newcomers of all stripes have had to offer over the past 2,700 years

Campbell’s Gut; APU’s Cheek; Hawkeye’s Ride

Tom Campbell is nowhere near Washington—he’s busy packing his office as dean of the Dale Fowler School of Law at Chapman University in Orange, and seems to be looking quite forward to taking a faculty post early next year with more time for writing.

Name Game at Montage; Gillman Shows for Cove

Can’t blame anyone for doing a double take on the lineup for the Oct. 19-21 run of the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital conference at the Montage, where Apple CEO Tim Cook gets top billing and a star-studded undercard includes Tony Hsieh and Chris Cox.

Innovator Award Catches Morales With Pants Up

A lot of good lines at the Business Journal’s inaugural Innovator of the Year Awards last week, including one that helped sum up how the event reaches beyond the buzzword for a comprehensive look at one of Orange County’s most valuable and broad-based assets—businesses of all sorts that turn fresh thinking into new products, processes or practices (see news item, page 7).

Stump Speech for Pyott? Carter Backs Kiani’s Cause

David Pyott was his sharp-witted self and then some at last week’s British American Business Awards at the Hotel Irvine.

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Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 38, No. 38

John Krafcik, former chief executive of Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc. plans to join Google Inc. later this month to lead the technology company’s self-driving car project.

Fastest Growers Prove Efficient

Fewer Companies, More Jobs in All 3 Categories

The number of entries on this week’s Business Journal lists of fastest-growing private companies based in Orange County is down by about 10% from a year ago.

Will Kasich Call on New Majority With Media in Tow?

Could be pretty impressive timing for New Majority on its next interview session for campaign 2016, especially if Ohio Gov. John Kasich impresses in the GOP debate slated for Sept. 16 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

Julia & George Put Priority on Plaza at Segerstrom Center

This week’s special report on philanthropy starts on page 15, includes lists of corporate and private foundations, and seems especially well timed in the wake of the recent splash the Segerstrom Center for the Arts made with the kickoff of its $68 million fundraising campaign.

About That 100,000; Kudos for Ingram; Prediction for Aitken

A key number overlooked in last week’s initial blast of publicity on the $68 million makeover of the central plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts: 100,000.

Hale Fellow Well Met; DeFranco Goes Platinum

Not a lot of details offered when Blackstone Group’s deal for a majority of Santa Ana-based Stearns Lending came to light late last week, with initial reports offering no price and the description of founder and Chairman Glenn Stearns’ ongoing stake limited to “significant”(see Addendum item, page 15).

Brown’s New Suffix; Haddad’s Old Trees; Tu’s Star Turn

Mary Ann Brown has maintained a low profile despite her status as one of the highest-ranking female executives in OC, with a resume that stretches from here to New York and London.

Santa Ana Stop for KPCC Road Show; OCMA’s Art/Work

Put Santa Ana on the itinerary for the road show rolled out by KPCC/89.3 FM to mark Larry Mantle’s 30th anniversary as host of the popular Air Talk program.

$62B Worth of Food for Thought

Wealthiest List Shows Diversity of OC’s Fortunes

Real estate, technology, healthcare, inheritances.

Mirman’s Break; Wang’s Keynote; Martini’s Passing

Publisher Rich Mirman might have caught a break in his bid to boost the OC Register’s value for the remaining investors who took a flyer on Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz before their vision for the daily proved to be less than 20/20.

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St. Joseph Health in Talks on Affiliation

Irvine-based St. Joseph Health System is near a deal for an affiliation with Providence Health & Services, which has extensive operations in Los Angeles County among other markets in the western U.S.

Lennar Gets Funky; Quik Goes French; About Bus(c)h

Word on the street has Lennar getting “funky” with at least one of its several projects at Beacon Park, the next phase of Great Park Neighborhoods.

On Overtime & Innovation; Mall & Anti-Mall

You can hardly get through any conversation about business these days without getting an earful on the importance of the Millennial generation in the workforce and the need to develop leaders.

OCSA Gets Hand From Argyros Clan; Different Donalds

George and Julia Argyros were there for daughter Stephanie when she took on the role of co-chair of the Southern California chapter of We Day back in May, donating $1 million and opening their Harbor Island home to kick off the cause.

Memo to Anaheim: Entertain This!; Jay’s Judgment: Ed Rocks

“Disney tax break up for renewal,” proclaimed the L.A. Times in its business section last week.

Ko’s Call on Sleep Trend; McLarand’s Double Vision

Toni Ko had a crystal ball to go with her public-speaking chops as she held the crowd of more than 800 rapt with the keynote at the Business Journal’s 21st Annual Women in Business luncheon last week.

Saunders Soaks Up OC Experience

Was Allergan CEO Brent Saunders simply spouting feel-good lines for the locals when he took the stage with Jim Mazzo during Octane’s ophthalmology summit at the Center Club last week and talked up the company’s commitment to Irvine?

CNBC Anchor Gives Plug; Gross Gets Laughs; Hoss on Way

Brian Sullivan is no relation, but he must have a great mind—because the co-anchor of CNBC’s daily Power Lunch program and the Insider think alike.

Will Allergan Cuts Resound in China? Holte’s High-Rise Act

Jinsong Ni isn’t too worried about the pink slip he got from Allergan last week, perhaps because he has a PhD in chemistry and years of experience on the nonclinical side of the drugmaker’s R&D—the sort of early-stage investments it pledged to cut at its Irvine HQ amid a hostile takeover bid by Valeant last year.

Julia Passes Torch on Philanthropy; Dukes Back in Business

Count on Julia Argyros to gently move the needle on a subject that’s prompted a lot of sideline chatter ever since Henry Segerstrom passed away in February: Who’s in line to take the torch from the remarkable group of entrepreneurs who have driven OC’s philanthropy over the past half century?

Julia Passes Torch on Philanthropy; Dukes Back in Business

Count on Julia Argyros to gently move the needle on a subject that’s prompted a lot of sideline chatter ever since Henry Segerstrom passed away in February: Who’s in line to take the torch from the remarkable group of entrepreneurs who have driven OC’s philanthropy over the past half century?

St. Clair High Note; No Quit in Nepal; Peltason Program

Remarks by Kylie Schuyler and Rubén Martinez gave the crowd at last week’s High Hopes fundraiser for El Sol Science & Arts Academy clear reminders of why each was chosen for honors.

New Look for Lima Beans at SCP; OC 50 Update; Lyon in LA

Talk about courage and imagination—the crew from AnQi showcased culinary renditions of both at last week’s debut of Courage of Imagination: A Tribute to Henry T. Segerstrom at South Coast Plaza.

Moiso's Mission: Ride On

Family Found Way to Sell Ranch to Selves

It’s a cloudy day at Ranch Mission Viejo LLC’s headquarters on Reata Road, just off Ortega Highway.

Contrarian on Fall of Saigon; Pac Life as Political Football?

No surprise that Nghia X. Nguyen left it for others to mark last week’s 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, an event that set off a refugee trail that would make OC’s Little Saigon a capital of the Vietnamese diaspora.

Vinny in VR; Serial CEOs; What Tops Louisiana Purchase?

Count Vinny Smith in the class of investors who see some virtue in virtual reality.

Mohamed’s Moxie; NB’s Big Week; I Heart Ballet

The Insider has heard more than once that former Pimco CEO Mohamed El-Erian is a favorite for a cabinet-level job if Hillary Clinton wins the White House in 2016.

ADDENDUM

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 38, No. 15

Quick Bridge Funding LLC, an alternative lender specializing in short-term financing moved its headquarters from Orange to Irvine, taking 17,000 square feet at Market Place Center.

Aitken on Angels; Segerstom Memorial; OC-China Update

Anyone who doubts Wylie Aitken’s will probably hasn’t seen him in a court of law.

Pyott’s Play: Cash Out and Carry On; F&M’s New Starter

This week’s Special Issue on OC-based public companies marks a farewell appearance for perennial leader Allergan, which has held the top spot ever since the Business Journal switched its ranking criteria for our annual list from revenue to market cap some years ago.

Will Times Lien in on Register? Picture This on Pimco

The $4.2 million lien slapped on Freedom Communications and its flagship Register seems to carry extra significance since it came at the request of the L.A. Times, which has a claim pending on bills for past work distributing the OC daily.

Business Journal Honors Entrepreneurs

Members of the Orange County business community celebrated seven winners during a luncheon for the Business Journal’s 14th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.

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Seven Honored for Entrepreneurship

Members of the Orange County business community celebrated seven winners during a luncheon Wednesday for the Business Journal’s 14th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.

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