Orange County Business Journal

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Personal Connections Attract Donors, Nonprofits

Big-Bucks Givers Decide Which Groups Benefit

When Rob Lambert was 10, his typical boyhood life suddenly changed.


Irvine-based 5.11 Tactical donated $158,165

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Nonprofits, Execs Forge Mutually Beneficial Ties

The Relationship Can Be Long Term if Done Right

“When it comes down to it, the relationship between a nonprofit and its board is really a marriage”

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Ocean-View Lots Join Trend of Hot Sales at High End

Buyers Want ‘Green,’ Other Custom Features

Buyers continue to drive the luxury home market to heights unseen in half a decade, and ocean-view homesite sales are also on the rise.

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Orange County Luxury Homes Sell at Brisk Clip

Asian Buyers Help Fuel Recent Buying Frenzy

The luxury home market showed no signs of slowing as the calendar page flipped to August, in the Luxury Homes column.

PHILANTHROPY August 12, 2013

PHILANTHROPY Column by Kim Haman

Student Solves Her Problem—and School’s

Freshman Turned Around Campus Store

When Nikki Parmar joined Sage Hill School as a freshman two years ago, she was eager to share her school spirit by wearing a Sage Hill sweatshirt. But the enthusiastic freshman couldn’t find the school store.

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Technology Changing Real Estate Business as Usual

Clients Are Now Craving Up-to-the-Minute Reports

It’s no secret that, in the competitive world of high-end luxury real estate specialists, the way of doing business is in the midst of a sea change, in Luxury Homes

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Sage Hill School: Ambitious Plan Bears Fruit in Newport Coast

Private Campus Cultivates Diversity, Problem Solvers

In the mid-1990s, a group of Newport Beach parents, educators and business leaders coalesced around an idea: to create a private, nonreligious high school that blended rigorous academics with a dedication to public purpose and diversity.

PHILANTHROPY July 29, 2013

Keeping Up Appearances; Fighting Alzheimer’s; $245K to 15 Charities; An Enduring Message; Driving Expansion

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Small Benefits Company Supports Employees’ Goals

Provides Them With Tools, Affords Work-Life Balance

Bill Thomas had a decision to make: Three highly regarded insurance services companies were asking him to join their team as he looked to make a job change.

Care for Clients Grows Firm, Makes Workers Happy

Jeffer Mangels Chooses Staffers Who Like People

Jeffer Mangels, or JMBM, was founded more than 30 years ago by Bruce Jeffer, Robert E. Mangels, Jim Butler and Burton A. Mitchell.

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Little Architectural Company Is Big With Employees

Risk Taking, Camaraderie Empower Its Staff

The title partner and Costa Mesa office president of Little describes how he temporarily left the company more than two decades ago

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Positive Perception Beats Summer Lull on Luxe Sales

Time on Market Sees Big Dip From Year Earlier

Orange County homes priced at $4 million or more are selling at a faster clip this summer than the same time a year ago, in the Luxury Homes column

PHILANTHROPY July 15, 2013

The PHILANTHROPY Column by Kim Haman

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Luxury Homes Gain Notice as Alternative Investments

Recent Strength Brings Investors as Buyers

There are several reasons for the luxury home market’s swift acceleration since early 2012, including the strengthening economy, a decrease in inventory and the attention of foreign buyers, particularly those from Asia, in the Luxury Homes column


PHILANTHROPY Column by Kim Haman.

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Ultra-Luxury Home Sales Increase in Orange County

International Buyers Are Driving Investment Trend

Home sales in the $20 million-plus segment are rising in the Orange County coastal market, driven in part by buyers from other parts of the world, particularly Asia, in the Luxury Homes column

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Homes With Oceanfronts, Theaters Lead Strong Sales

May Sales Come Close to Properties’ Asking Prices

Homes with oceanfronts, theaters lead strong sales, in Luxury Homes


PHILANTHROPY Column by Kim Haman

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Spring Sales Are Blooming in Coastal Orange County

Homes Blend Old-World Style, High Technology

Spring sales are blooming along coast, in Luxury Homes


PHILANTHROPY Column by Kim Haman

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Economic Recovery Shows in Coastal Luxury Sales

Homes, Lots Move Faster, Closer to Asking Prices

LUXURY HOMES Column by Kim Haman


Cathedral Cash Infusion

Philanthropy Column by Kim Haman

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Dana Point’s Strand Development Sees Strong Sales

Dozen Ocean-View Homes Move in Four Months

Sales at The Strand at Headlands surged during the first four months of 2013, in Luxury Homes

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The Philanthropy Column by Kim Haman

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92651’s Big Week: 4 Sales Combine for $26.5 Million

Spurt in Laguna Beach Best of Year So Far

Four luxury homes sold in Laguna Beach in a recent seven-day span, giving the 92651 zip code its best week of the year so far.

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Companies Come Together to Make Oak View Shine

Volunteers Clean, Paint, Plant Trees, Cover Graffiti

PHILANTHROPY Column by Kim Haman

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Technological Features Figure Into Newport Coast Sales

iPad Controls Theater in 1, Other is “Smart Home”

Technological features figure into Newport Coast sales, in Luxury Homes

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OC Heart Walk Raises Record $1.6M to Fight Disease

Companies Enter Teams in Heart Association Event

PHILANTHROPY Column by Kim Haman

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Trio of Sales in Crystal Cove Cover the Waterfront

Two Homes, One Parcel Combine for Nearly $16M

Trio of sales in Crystal Cove cover the waterfront, in Luxury Homes