Kim Haman


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On Aug. 31, Wells Fargo presented Hope Builders with a $100,000 check at Angel Stadium. The donation enables Hope Builders to continue empowering disadvantaged youth with job skills and support that lead to enduring personal and professional success.


The Audi Mission Viejo/Infiniti of Mission Viejo/Volvo Mission Viejo 2018 Golf Classic was held on June 7 at Pelican Hill Golf Club.

Funding Model Sets Rare-Disease Nonprofit Apart

CureDuchenne Leverages Venture Capital Investments

Paul Miller, co-founder of the CureDuchenne nonprofit group and chief operating officer of Irvine-based Patman Meat Group, recalls the first time he met the woman who would become his wife and the mother of their son, Hawken.

Business Leaders Help Foster Youths Realize Goals

Drawn by Their Stories Of Struggles and Dreams

It was 1999. Granite Investment Group Chief Executive Allen Boerner was one of about 30 guests, most of them donors, at a special graduation event. He attended somewhat reluctantly, his wife, Susan, having gently nudged him. It was the first Guardian Scholars graduation celebration, she said, and she really wanted to go.

United Way Homeless Campaign Draws Top Execs

‘It’s Our Brand. It’s Who We Want to Be as a Community’

Leaders of Orange County’s top corporate, philanthropic, government and faith-based organizations gathered in February to officially announce United to End Homelessness. The initiative boasts a coalition of nonprofit and private interests joining to create solutions for a pressing problem: growing homelessness in a county with some of the country’s wealthiest cities.

Vet Off-Broadway Exec Produces Success in Laguna

Richard Proposed Cash Infusion, Bigger Shows

The revitalization of a theater takes an investment of time, talent and treasure. Two years ago, Laguna Playhouse received an infusion of all three, and has been on an upward trajectory ever since.


Free Wheelchair Mission celebrated its 15th Annual Miracle of Mobility on July 26 at Segerstrom Center of the Arts, raising $1.63 million to provide more than 20,000 wheelchairs to impoverished people around the world.


Sterling BMW, the Argyros Family Foundation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Northern Trust Bank of California, Refrigeration Equipment Specialist Co. and Western Mutual Insurance were among the underwriters of the 2018 Hoag Summer Fest, formerly known as the Hoag Summer Classic.

Bold Mission, Values Keep Firm Atop Ranking

Irvine Staffers Say They Look Forward to Work

They come because they believe in Hughes Marino Inc.’s mission, which is to serve and protect the interests of tenants and buyers in the commercial real estate industry.


Whittier Trust Co. hosted a private reception and tour for clients and VIPs at the Hilbert Museum immediately following Chapman University’s Economic Forecast Update on June 21.

Family-Like Atmosphere Elevates Finance Firm

Whittier Trust No. 2 On Medium Companies List

Lauren Peterson says she felt welcome at Costa Mesa-based Whittier Trust Co. from her first day at the investment and wealth management firm. Everyone she met greeted her with genuine warmth, interested in getting to know her, not just as new co-worker, but as a whole person. Later that day, she was treated to a get-to-know-you lunch with Executive Vice President Greg Custer and Senior Vice President Caleb Silsby. A few days later she received a birthday card from Chief Executive David Dahl.

Commitment to Values Guides Duke Realty to Nod

Irvine Office Leader Says Egos Have No Place There

The folks who work at Duke Realty gladly gave up a Friday before a long holiday weekend to drive out to a client 60 miles away, just to help set up the racking in a new building. They took a Saturday to travel as a team to the Inland Empire for a day rejuvenating the former home of the area’s most famous African-American resident, the late Dora Nelson, to help turn it into a museum. And the company partners with clients, such as online home furnishings seller Wayfair LLC, to deliver a holiday party for underprivileged children.

Satisfying, Productive Culture More Than Lip Service

Real Estate Co. Says It’s Big on Valuing Employees

Sometimes it’s on the tip of your tongue. You know what you want to describe, but somehow the words elude you.

Youthful Energy Positions Corient Atop Small-Cos. List

Wealth Manager, Itself Young, Builds Community

There’s a youthful energy at Corient Capital Partners LLC that has very little to do with the ages of the people who work there. Though very few of the people in the office appear to have hit the half-century mark, or even the big 4-0, the boundless zest for life they all seem to share is rooted in a company culture that they say emphasizes respect, connection and most of all, camaraderie.

Diversity, Inclusion Make SendGrid Top Place to Work

Tech Company Fosters Collaborative Energy

SendGrid’s employee kitchen is huge. You can fit in everyone who works in the Irvine office and still have space for guests.

Illumination Foundation’s Homelessness Tack

NONPROFITS: Program partnerships; ‘discharge problem’

He wandered Orange County for almost a decade, 29 but looking much older from harsh street living.

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The Stairway to the Stars event, held on June 2 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, raised $755,000 toward The Campaign for Radiant Health Centers, bringing the capital campaign fund to $1.2 million.


A sold-out crowd gathered at the Ritz-Carlton on March 3 to enjoy the best of Napa Valley wineries and help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.


The Allergan Foundation, Capital Group Cos., First Republic Bank, Haskell & White LLC, the Moulton Co., Nolet’s Spirits and U.S. Bank were among the corporate sponsors that, together with community philanthropists and supporters of the arts, raised $1.7 million for the Laguna Playhouse at its annual gala.


UCP of Orange County celebrated its annual Life Without Limits gala on May 5 with more than 300 community and business leaders and other supporters.

Agents Explore the Gender Divide in Real Estate

Five Longtime Female Realtors Share Insights

According to the National Association of Realtors, 63% of Realtors in the U.S. are women—a marked contrast to representation of women in commercial real estate—not just brokerage, but all segments.

A Lifetime of Devotion

Born Leader Discovered She was Born to Serve

When someone receives an award like Women of the Year, it’s typically a capstone on a career marked by success, drive and unique talents to stand out among accomplished contenders.


The 2018 Men of Character dinner was held on April 19 at the Irvine Marriott by the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council.

RE Firms Tackle Needs of Returning Servicepeople

Firms, OCCF Team To Raise $750K for Support

The ballroom was silent, with 650 pairs of eyes riveted on Jake Wood. The former Marine sniper shared his experience of protecting fellow Marines in a war zone. He also addressed the unique challenges military veterans face when they return home, including the potential psychological consequences of experiencing the traumas of war.


More than 2,500 volunteers from the Orange County community laced up their shoes in support of critically ill children and their families at this year’s Orange County Ronald McDonald House Walk for Kids.

The Properties That Top Inland OC’s Priciest List

Horse Estates, Hilltops With Views to the Ocean

In coastal Orange County, the stunning mansions that dot the oceanview cliffs and line the sand regularly boast list prices upwards of $7 million, $10 million and more.


More Orange County students are staying in school and fewer families are struggling financially, but significant challenges in the community remain, according to Orange County United Way’s third annual FACE 2024 Scorecard Report.

OC Architectural Marvels Include Unique Homes

Glass Walls, Bridges Make Appearances

Retractable ceilings that take the concept of high ceilings to limitless heights.


More than 400 guests found themselves transported to 1940s New York on March 3, as they made their way down the red carpet for the Pacific Symphony’s 2018 Gala, On the Town, in celebration of the symphony’s April 21 Carnegie Hall debut.

Local Luxury Market Off to Robust Start This Year

Market Poised to Continue Last Year’s High Demand

As last year ended, Orange County’s luxury market enjoyed high demand, thanks to stock market gains and ever-increasing investor confidence.


First Team Real Estate partnered with Team Kids, donating $100,000 to the Team Kids Challenge, a six-week program where children participate in weekly challenges geared toward addressing community issues, including homelessness, hunger, literacy and the environment.

High-Tech Translates to a Smart Home, Safe Home

Luxe Property Owners Employ Futuristic Gadgets

High-end homes in Orange County, especially along the coast, are often found ensconced in guard-gated communities.


On Feb. 5, Edwards Lifesciences hosted more than 300 executives from Disneyland, PIMCO, Irvine Co. and other leading Orange County companies to its headquarters in Irvine for a presentation and discussion on how a company’s philanthropic outreach and social responsibility can help it develop a favorable or superior business position.

Love Story Leads To Lifetime of Giving

Donna, Fahmy Attallah: The Angels on Campus

Donna Ford Attallah’s Long Beach home is a place of warmth and respite—and angels. Thousands of angels.

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Agents Bring Homes to Clients, Thanks to Technology

Virtual Reality Offers New Remote Viewing Prospects

High-resolution photography and striking high-definition videos, in addition to the written description of a home, enhance the online house-hunting experience.


Irvine Public Schools Foundation hosted its fifth annual Top 100 Reception on Feb. 6 at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach.

New Year Full of Fresh Interior-Design Trends

Wallpaper, Color Changes, Mixed Metals Mix It Up

The holiday trappings have been put away until next year.


Mike Gray, founder of baked goods company Sweet Life Enterprises in Santa Ana, and his wife, Lori, donated a large financial gift to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.

Six OC ZIPs Land on Annual ‘Most Expensive’ List

California Leads National High-End Homes Ranking

It’s no secret that the Orange County coast boasts some of the most expensive and sought-after real estate around.


Bill Gross, co-founder of Pacific Investment Management Company, or PIMCO, and currently with Janus Henderson Investors, and his children made a $2 million donation to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County.

How Will the New Tax Plan Affect Luxury Sales?

One Veteran Industry Executive Gives His Take

President Donald Trump signed into law a complex $1.5 trillion tax bill on Dec. 22 that will have major implications for homebuyers, particularly in California, Hawaii, Connecticut, New York and other high-tax states.


The annual Mission Hospital holiday gala, A Journey Through Wine Country, set fundraising records with nearly $2.2 million in net proceeds.

Look Back at 2017 Market Shows Head-Turning Sales

Biggest Home, Lot, Sale, Price, More in Busy Year

From sale prices that defied gravity to expansive mansions with enough square footage to enfold several individual houses, the 2017 Orange County luxury real estate market was one for the record books.

What’s in Store for High-End Home Market in 2018?

Several Experts Foresee More of the Same Highs

"It is an end of an era.”


On Oct. 14 Irvine Public Schools Foundation hosted its eighth annual Spirit of Excellence Gala at KIA Motors America.

Waterfront Homes Boast Best Boat Parade Views

Some For Sale Have Front- Row Seats to Holiday Fave

New things ring in the holiday season quite like the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.


Segerstrom Center for the Arts opened its new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation on Oct. 28 with music, dancing, performances, family activities and live bands.

High-End Home Gyms Help Fulfill 2018 Resolutions

Some Properties Afford Full Workouts With Views

2018 is right around the corner, and with it New Year’s resolutions.

Investor, Accountant Calculated More Care

NONPROFITS: Lestonnac Free Clinics flourished on their vision

Business executive Allen Boerner walked into the office of the Lestonnac Free Clinic in Orange.

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Nonprofit Gifted $8.5M Home

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire received the biggest financial gift in its history: a home in Laguna Beach valued at $8.5 million.

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