Orange County Business Journal

Walker Bunts, Scully Scores

Credit Vin Scully for a crowd that was big enough to fill the biggest hotel ballroom around these parts for the Orange Catholic Foundation’s 15th Annual Conference on Business & Ethics, giving even the Hilton Anaheim a challenge on parking at the breakfast hour.

By Jerry Sullivan May 22, 2017 midnight share »

Emile’s Big Deal; The Real on Neal; OCMA’s Fine Feel

Nothing mixed about a certain aspect of Emile Haddad’s personal perspective on FivePoint Holdings’ debut on the New York Stock Exchange last week, when an opening share price of $14 was below an earlier stated range but also rose by about 7% in the first day of trading—good for a market cap of about $3.3 billion.

By Jerry Sullivan May 15, 2017 midnight share »

Kudos, Clue at Hispanic Chamber; Celebration of Chuck

Well-deserved recognition and an early insight into next year’s gubernatorial race came during the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s annual Estrella dinner and fundraiser at the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel on April 29.

By Jerry Sullivan May 8, 2017 midnight share »

Update on OC Influence

Orange County’s community of business makes plenty of waves in other markets, including Manhattan, where the Commercial Observer last week put Donald Bren on its annual Power 100 list.

By Jerry Sullivan May 1, 2017 midnight share »

Continuing Ed for OC’s Community of Business

A single day last week bought a plethora of practical and poignant reminders that business is about continuing education at is core …

By Jerry Sullivan April 24, 2017 midnight share »

Jimmy P Bowls Doti Over for Shea

Could there have been any doubt that something unique would happen when the Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding put Jim Doti and Jim Peterson on stage together?

By Jerry Sullivan April 17, 2017 midnight share »

Change as Constant; Code as Culture

Check the front-page story on the biggest publicly traded companies based in OC, and you’ll get in sync with Catherine Wood, founder, CEO and CIO of ARK Invest, which specializes in active ETFs that aim to get their arms around the much-ballyhooed, often-misunderstood “disruptors” of today’s business world.

By Jerry Sullivan April 10, 2017 midnight share »

Chuck’s Bargain; Tran’s Crayons; Port’s Storm

Chuck Martin grew up in modest circumstances, but there was nothing modest about his brains and drive—the stuff that got him to Ohio State, where he worked 40 to 50 hours a week at minimum-wage jobs while gobbling up knowledge at a pace that earned him a B.S. degree with five majors: mathematics, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, and business.

By Jerry Sullivan April 3, 2017 midnight share »

Eye Opener for El-Erian; Logo Logic

Mohamed El-Erian did what any dad who happens to be a globally renowned economic forecaster might do if his young kid expressed a desire to go into show business—he set a benchmark.

By Jerry Sullivan March 27, 2017 midnight share »

SCP’s Creamy, Dreamy B-Day; Sofar So Good

The music was lovely and the dancing superb, but it was the dreamily effective costumes and stage designs for “Whipped Cream” that made the American Ballet Theatre’s redux of the 1924 Viennese affair feel like just the right performance to celebrate South Coast Plaza’s 50th birthday with a March 15 worldwide debut at the Segerstrom Center …

By Jerry Sullivan March 20, 2017 midnight share »

Irish Eyes; UCI Medal; DTSA Cool

Céad míle fáilte to Tom Donovan, whose fine Irish surname might not sound like a natural match for the Italian influences of the Resort at Pelican Hill, where he signed on as managing director just in time for St. Patrick’s Day and is slated to report for duty later this month.

By Jerry Sullivan March 13, 2017 midnight share »

There and Back All Around OC

“There and back” can carry myriad meanings—and become more interesting when folks get specific.

By Jerry Sullivan March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Chapman’s Pace on Immigrant Engagement: Unplanned, Impressive

Who figured a university with fewer than 10,000 students nestled on a quaint campus just up the street from the old-timey, Middle American look and feel of the Orange Plaza would become a showcase of modern immigrant engagement and achievement that drives forward in spite of all the political palaver and high emotions attached to the subject these days?

By Jerry Sullivan February 27, 2017 midnight share »

New Perspectives on Diapers, Lawyers, Football, Politics

You don’t necessarily have to do a lot to get a fresh perspective—sometimes a slight shift in vantage point is all it takes …

By Jerry Sullivan February 20, 2017 midnight share »

Lots of Good On OC To-Do List

What to do if you’re unsettled by the harsh tone and tenor of politics today?

By Jerry Sullivan February 13, 2017 midnight share »

OC All Over— From Wayne’s World to Ebell

Put Wayne Gross at the head of the line on a recent trend that has OCers popping up in all sorts of prominent places.

By Jerry Sullivan February 6, 2017 midnight share »

About Our New Look; OC Star Power: Clinton Keys & Bridges

For Your Consideration: the update to our front-page design, which now is a bit more horizontal than vertical, with the banner at the top a tad leaner and cleaner.

By Jerry Sullivan January 30, 2017 midnight share »

Gardner to Step Down; Hill Steps Up; New Bank Steps Forward

A couple of changes in command coming up at organizations that operate outside the private sector but nevertheless play key roles in OC’s community of business …

By Jerry Sullivan January 23, 2017 midnight share »

Hueston’s Draw; Julia’s Shine; Chuck’s Birthday

Check our front-page report on the latest joint venture between Hyundai Motor America and the Tiger Woods Foundation—and kindly note that they aren’t the only ones who poke around north of here from time to time …

By Jerry Sullivan January 16, 2017 midnight share »

Argyroses Give on Both Sides of Bristol; Happy Birthday Bobby Mac!

It will be tough to find a clearer example of acting locally and thinking globally than the Argyros family will provide this week.

By Jerry Sullivan January 9, 2017 midnight share »

GG Tops Cravath; Craig Sets Own Scale; Buchanan’s Cheap Trick

Just a few additions to this week’s front-page coverage of our Business People of the Year—notes on some recent moves that also merit mention as our community of business gets set to take on whatever 2017 has to offer …

By Jerry Sullivan January 2, 2017 midnight share »

OC 500’s Place in the Pulpit; Man’s Lamb Chops

Howard and Roberta Ahmanson recently hosted another intriguing salon at their family office on Von Karman, providing the Baroness Caroline Cox, a long-standing member of the British House of Lords, a platform to talk about her ongoing efforts to give voice to peoples under religious prosecution around the world—you can check out her book titled “The Very Stones Cry Out” for more.

By Jerry Sullivan December 19, 2016 midnight share »

OC 500’s Place in the Pulpit; Man’s Lamb Chops

Howard and Roberta Ahmanson recently hosted another intriguing salon at their family office on Von Karman, providing the Baroness Caroline Cox, a long-standing member of the British House of Lords, a platform to talk about her ongoing efforts to give voice to peoples under religious prosecution around the world—you can check out her book titled “The Very Stones Cry Out” for more.

By Jerry Sullivan December 19, 2016 midnight share »

OC 500’s Place in the Pulpit; Man’s Lamb Chops

Howard and Roberta Ahmanson recently hosted another intriguing salon at their family office on Von Karman, providing the Baroness Caroline Cox, a long-standing member of the British House of Lords, a platform to talk about her ongoing efforts to give voice to peoples under religious prosecution around the world—you can check out her book titled “The Very Stones Cry Out” for more.

By Jerry Sullivan December 19, 2016 midnight share »

Challenges Start at Aitkens’ Place

Holiday fun can become more meaningful with a challenge or two, which was the case at Wylie and Bette Aitkens’ recent party at their spread in Anaheim Hills.

By Jerry Sullivan December 12, 2016 midnight share »

Musco & Musk; Eyes on Fig & Olive; Strip Mall’s New Fortune

Word on the street says Paul Musco has racked up a win with Tesla’s operation in Europe.

By Jerry Sullivan December 5, 2016 midnight share »

Kawamura Crops Up; Jimmy P. at Shea; Max & Kate at SCP

Anyone else hear about a longshot push for Big Canyon resident A.G. Kawamura as Secretary of Agriculture in the pending Trump Administration?

By Jerry Sullivan November 28, 2016 midnight share »

Girly Guys; Trump Ties; Royce Tries

Word that Hillary Clinton became the first Democrat to carry Orange County since Franklin Roosevelt might just have you ready to consider another stereotype-buster for this place that boasts an airport named after John Wayne: The two men who built the Irvine-based Too Faced makeup brand into an outfit that fetched $1.45 billion in last week’s sale to Estee Lauder counted “unabashed girliness” as an inspiration (see related report, page 8) …

By Jerry Sullivan November 21, 2016 midnight share »

All About the Inaugural OC 500

Still need a reason to get over the recent election season?

By Jerry Sullivan November 14, 2016 midnight share »

Post-Election Report: Plenty to Like Here; Katz’s Canadian Youth

The draining presidential campaign ends this week—time for anyone who got caught up in the back-and-forth to disengage from all the disputation and negativity.

By Jerry Sullivan November 7, 2016 midnight share »

Plenty to Credit on IPSF’s $780K Night

Credit FivePoint Holdings boss Emile Haddad for punctuating his generosity with a sense of humor during the Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s 7th Annual Spirit of Excellence Gala & Auction, where he announced that his company would extend its role as the event’s presenting sponsor for three years, added $100,000 to a kitty that came to $780,000 for the night—and then wondered aloud whether the city of Irvine was on the hook for another $200,000 because of a 2-1 match it offered for donations …

By Jerry Sullivan October 31, 2016 midnight share »

New Standing for New Majority?; Will Daniele Dance?

History might someday deem last week’s debate-watching party hosted by the New Majority—with guest Newt Gingrich—at the Island Hotel just the sort of gathering that laid the groundwork for reshaping party politics in the U.S. …

By Jerry Sullivan October 24, 2016 midnight share »

New Standing for New Majority?; Will Daniele Dance?

History might someday deem last week’s debate-watching party hosted by the New Majority—with guest Newt Gingrich—at the Island Hotel just the sort of gathering that laid the groundwork for reshaping party politics in the U.S. …

By Jerry Sullivan October 24, 2016 midnight share »

New Standing for New Majority?; Will Daniele Dance?

History might someday deem last week’s debate-watching party hosted by the New Majority—with guest Newt Gingrich—at the Island Hotel just the sort of gathering that laid the groundwork for reshaping party politics in the U.S. …

By Jerry Sullivan October 24, 2016 midnight share »

World Affairs Council Presents Saudi Prince; Santa Ana’s Ink Well

Keen sense of timing at the World Affairs Council of Orange County, which will offer a reminder that life goes on around the globe, even during the compelling-like-a-train-wreck U.S. presidential election.

By Jerry Sullivan October 17, 2016 midnight share »

Talent Tells Tale of New Era in OC

It can be hard to recognize an era while it’s happening.

By Jerry Sullivan October 10, 2016 midnight share »

ADDENDUM

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.

By Jerry Sullivan October 3, 2016 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan October 3, 2016 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan September 26, 2016 midnight share »

Ketchum Puts Herbert Atop Its List; Can You Say Quatrefoil?

Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton wasn’t listed among the recent and much-heralded U.S. News & World Report rankings of post-secondary educational institutions throughout the land.

By Jerry Sullivan September 19, 2016 midnight share »

China Car Connections; Buena Park’s Big Day; Harrah on the Clock

Add a couple of entries from China’s wave of would-be makers of electric cars to OC’s auto industry, which started with companies from Japan—Mazda and Mitsubishi —and now includes Hyundai and Kia from South Korea.

By Jerry Sullivan September 12, 2016 midnight share »

ADDENDUM

Costa Mesa-based Karma Automotive LLC set the price for its Revero sports car at $130,000 but declined to peg a date when the car would be delivered to the 80 buyers who’ve placed initial orders.

By Jerry Sullivan September 12, 2016 midnight share »

Masimo Gives on Zika; Great Park’s New Leathernecks

Orange County’s community of business plays a big part in the impressive array of philanthropic groups and nonprofit organizations that operate here, as you’ll find on our front page and in the Special Report that starts on page 15 …

By Jerry Sullivan September 5, 2016 midnight share »

Elizabeth Engages; OC’s Asian Edge

Maria Hall Brown is the talent behind KOCE’s upcoming documentary on the late Henry Segerstrom, and the Insider hears that her project has attracted the keen interest of Elizabeth Segerstrom, who’s joined Sandy Segerstrom Daniels as co-managing partner at C.J. Segerstrom & Sons and its South Coast Plaza since her husband’s passing last year … 

By Jerry Sullivan August 29, 2016 midnight share »

Sports Report: Golf, Rodeo, Theater, Etc.

Count the Oct. 5-9 run of the Toshiba Classic at the Newport Beach Country Club as another aspect of Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology’s role as a good sport and able marketer.

By Jerry Sullivan August 22, 2016 midnight share »

Lincoln Club’s Cue; Haddad’s Menace; Callahan’s Kickers

The Lincoln Club of Orange County said a mouthful—and not a word about Donald Trump—in a recent call for support for Marco Rubio, who came up short in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination and now seeks a second term representing Florida in the U.S. Senate.

By Jerry Sullivan August 15, 2016 midnight share »

Perceptions of New OC Reality Range

A couple of recent visitors came from the East Coast and left the clear impression that old stereotypes about Orange County—all-white population, conservative to the point of reactionary, land of goofy housewives—are a thing of the past on the other side of the continent, too …

By Jerry Sullivan August 8, 2016 midnight share »

Big Bucks, Big Names, Big Ideas

Our OC’s Wealthiest list—the centerpiece of this week’s issue and accompanying special section—is about more than money.

By Jerry Sullivan August 1, 2016 midnight share »

Big Wheels, Big Deals

This year’s crop of OC’s richest residents managed to outpace the market by a longshot, thanks to a number of additions and several deals that helped boost the combined wealth of the 45 entries to $72.5 billion.

By Chris Casacchia, Jerry Sullivan August 1, 2016 midnight share »

Turnaround Tag at PIMCO, Expansion Plans at PAAMCO

Sometimes the global financial media does math with words rather than numbers.

By Jerry Sullivan July 25, 2016 midnight share »

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