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.
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.
Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 39, No. 37
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
How OC’s Wealthiest Got Much Wealthier
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.
Our OC’s Wealthiest list—the centerpiece of this week’s issue and accompanying special section—is about more than money.
Sometimes the global financial media does math with words rather than numbers.
The Orange County Forum served up humor, straight talk and useful insights at last week’s Housing Outlook 2016 at the Hilton Irvine, where FivePoint Communities CEO Emile Haddad and Larry Webb, his counterpart at New Home Co., joined the Business Journal’s Richard Reisman for a chat.
UC-Irvine Librarian Lorelei Tanji hit upon a point that you’ll regularly find under the Business Journal’s front-page banner during her opening remarks to a crowd of about 300 who gathered at the Beckman Center last week to celebrate the debut of Chuck Martin’s coffee-table tome,
Anyone else notice former L.A. mayor, current Banc of California adviser and potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa introduced Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido at last week’s State of the City Address?
David Pyott hasn’t been the boss of Allergan for more than a year, but events conspire to keep him in the public eye.
Have to wonder how much longer Sears will remain at South Coast Plaza, where its 300,000-square-foot store is now among the properties the once-colossal retailer has put up for sale or lease …
Early take on Dan Young’s decision to step away from the Irvine Company: Donald Bren’s master plan continues to morph into something that increasingly looks like more of an operating company than a developer.
We sure can pick ‘em: Tam Nguyen of Advance Beauty College was honored—along with his sister, Minh Nguyen—with one of the Business Journal’s Family Owned Business Awards in 2012.
Howard and Roberta Ahmanson wrapped several pleasant surprises into the salon they hosted recently at Fieldstead & Co. Inc. It’s their family office, which looks after a fortune that started with Howard Ahmanson Sr., the late founder of Home Savings of America and a giant in the development of Southern California as a powerhouse fueled by a middle class that had room to grow in nearly every sense of the word in the decades after World War II.
Reports from the Lincoln Club’s recent annual dinner at the Island Hotel indicate Al Frink captured the mood of many of the assembled GOP stalwarts with a turn as a prop comic.
Expect to hear more from various sources around the state about the growing stature of Emile Haddad and Aliso Viejo-based FivePoint Holdings Inc.
The Insider hears that the “Segerstrom family and South Coast Plaza” intend to build on ties to Carnegie Hall in New York and “other respected arts institutions” in coming months.
Last week’s annual OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism Awards luncheon at the Disneyland Hotel added humor, insight and style to the standard heartwarming fare of the nonprofit circuit, giving the crowd of more than 1,000 a mix that felt fresh as it highlighted the extraordinary levels of support the community of business provides nonprofit organizations that serve Orange County …
You might want to think again if you think the situation over at the Register is settled under new owner Digital First Media. DFM is ultimately owned by N.Y.-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital, which gives no signs of a long-term interest in the publishing business.
Here’s a take worth the telling before it gets overwhelmed by all the beautiful people bound to keep hotels and restaurants hopping as a byproduct of the 17th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, which starts this week: Executive Director Gregg Schwenk says well-heeled cinema buffs account for many of the 50,000 or so visitors the event regularly attracts, but he also notes that certain screenings draw a different crowd, with representatives from distributors and other industry pros accounting for as much as 30% of the gate.
Allergan Founder Lured Talent, Listened for Opportunities to Build Local Behemoth
Who in the world is Irv Leopold?
A bit of chit-chat over a brisket sandwich early last week offered a surprising indicator that OC Hall-of-Famer Gavin Herbert wasn’t at all sold on the notion that Pfizer would wrap up its buy of Allergan PLC, the latest iteration of the company he founded. It wasn’t long before Wall Street and everyone else followed Herbert to the same conclusion—after the Treasury Department derailed the deal by essentially cancelling the benefit of a tax-inversion that Allergan would have brought via its on-the-books HQ in Ireland
A sign of the times: UC Irvine’s men’s basketball team didn’t make much of a ripple in the media—print, new, social or otherwise—considering they were the last Southern California squad standing in the post-season this year.
Belated validation has been pouring in lately for the job that the leadership of erstwhile Allergan Inc. did in fending off the raiding team of hedge funder Bill Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals.
A bankruptcy judge in Santa Ana this morning approved the sale of Freedom Communications Inc. and its Orange County Register to Denver-based Digital First Media Inc.
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.
Kudos to title insurer First American Financial Corp., the lone OC-based representative on Fortune’s recent national list of “100 Best Companies to Work For.”
Here’s a bet that Jack Lindquist got a couple of extra smiles before his recent passing at the age of 88.
Irvine continues to punch well above its weight as it grows into a globally renowned center of commerce.
Last week brought word of the buzz of activity stirred up by the Lunar New Year around these parts, with everyone from homebuilders to shopping malls beckoning members of the various Asian-American communities in Orange County to the larger American Experiment.
Give OC Supervisor Michelle Steel credit on understanding what government can actually do to help the local economy, and for sticking to the task at hand.
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.
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 …
The silliness of an election season abounds, the stock market has dropped into “correction territory”—and business continues strong in Orange County.
How’s Augie Nieto these days?
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?
Tough to top the New Year’s plans of a couple of the best of the better halves around these parts.
Sound out this apt email address for Tennyson Oyler, VP of brand management and public affairs for Pac Life: TOyler@pacificlife.com.
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.
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?
Members of OC’s Jewish community are sitting Shiva with the latest passing of a nonagenarian giant.
What do OC and Boston have in common?
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.”
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
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.
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