Orange County Business Journal

Emile, Larry Show 2 Sides; Stylish Symbol at Santa Ana College

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.

By Jerry Sullivan July 18, 2016 midnight share »

Martin Gets to Core of Community in Orange County, Inc.

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,

By Jerry Sullivan July 11, 2016 midnight share »

Pulido’s Pals; Doti’s Elbow Room; Witte’s Range

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?

By Jerry Sullivan July 5, 2016 midnight share »

Pyott’s Coach; OC in DTLA; Higby’s Early Path to Power

David Pyott hasn’t been the boss of Allergan for more than a year, but events conspire to keep him in the public eye.

By Jerry Sullivan June 27, 2016 midnight share »

How Much for Sears at SCP? Kudos Galore

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 …

By Jerry Sullivan June 20, 2016 midnight share »

Master Plan Morphs; Christ Cathedral Draws; Blanning’s CROC

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.

By Jerry Sullivan June 13, 2016 midnight share »

Tam, Twila Join Forces; Gross at Human Scale

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.

By Jerry Sullivan June 6, 2016 midnight share »

Ahmansons’ Eclectic Salon; Moorlach Is No Mr. Big Shot

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.

By Jerry Sullivan May 30, 2016 midnight share »

Split Decision on Trump Smell Test; Doti Goes Solo

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.

By Jerry Sullivan May 23, 2016 midnight share »

Will Haddad Re-Up With Navy? Locals on Publicity Blitz

Expect to hear more from various sources around the state about the growing stature of Emile Haddad and Aliso Viejo-based FivePoint Holdings Inc.

By Jerry Sullivan May 16, 2016 midnight share »

SCP Plays Carnegie Hall; Vogel Steps Up; Kiani Answers Call

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.

By Jerry Sullivan May 9, 2016 midnight share »

OneOC Luncheon Adds Spice to Nonprofit Menu

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 …

By Jerry Sullivan May 2, 2016 midnight share »

Déjà Vu All Over Again for Register? Levine Meets Flanagan

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.

By Jerry Sullivan April 25, 2016 midnight share »

NBFF Finds Niche; Calle Moves Up

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.

By Jerry Sullivan April 18, 2016 midnight share »

Gavin's Growth Formula

Who in the world is Irv Leopold?

By Jerry Sullivan April 18, 2016 midnight share »

Gavin Likes It; OCMA Sticks to Mission

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

By Jerry Sullivan April 11, 2016 midnight share »

UCI’s New Game Face; Oscar Winner in Focus at Chapman

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.

By Jerry Sullivan, Matt Toledo April 4, 2016 midnight share »

Praise for Allergan Ongoing; El-Erian’s OCSA Lunch Tab

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.

By Jerry Sullivan March 28, 2016 midnight share »
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Freedom to Go to Digital First

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.

By Jerry Sullivan, Mediha DiMartino March 21, 2016 10:01 a.m. share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan March 21, 2016 midnight share »

Kudos, Questions for First American; Why Jabara is Thankful

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.”

By Jerry Sullivan March 14, 2016 midnight share »

Lindquist Legacy; Julia Turns 19; Jun’s Latest

Here’s a bet that Jack Lindquist got a couple of extra smiles before his recent passing at the age of 88.

By Jerry Sullivan March 7, 2016 midnight share »

Irvine on Agenda; Wall’s New Digs; Gross X 2

Irvine continues to punch well above its weight as it grows into a globally renowned center of commerce.

By Jerry Sullivan February 29, 2016 midnight share »

SCP Gets Credit; Irvine Company’s Star on Instagram

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.

By Jerry Sullivan February 22, 2016 midnight share »

Steel-y Approach; Monkey Business; NB’s Shipyard

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.

By Jerry Sullivan February 17, 2016 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan February 8, 2016 midnight share »

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 …

By Jerry Sullivan January 25, 2016 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan January 18, 2016 midnight share »

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

How’s Augie Nieto these days?

By Jerry Sullivan January 11, 2016 midnight share »

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?

By Jerry Sullivan January 4, 2016 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan December 21, 2015 midnight share »

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:

By Jerry Sullivan December 14, 2015 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan November 30, 2015 midnight share »

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?

By Jerry Sullivan November 23, 2015 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan November 16, 2015 midnight share »

Freedom Rings From OC to Boston; Pyott Proves Prescient

What do OC and Boston have in common?

By Jerry Sullivan November 9, 2015 midnight share »

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.”

By Jerry Sullivan November 2, 2015 midnight share »

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

By Jerry Sullivan October 26, 2015 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan October 19, 2015 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan October 12, 2015 midnight share »

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).

By Jerry Sullivan September 28, 2015 midnight share »

Fastest Growers Prove Efficient

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.

By Jerry Sullivan September 21, 2015 midnight share »


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.

By Jerry Sullivan September 21, 2015 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan September 21, 2015 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan September 14, 2015 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan September 7, 2015 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan August 31, 2015 midnight share »

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).

By Jerry Sullivan August 24, 2015 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan August 17, 2015 midnight share »

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.

By Jerry Sullivan August 10, 2015 midnight share »

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