Orange County Business Journal

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Irvine Bank Scores Ducks Deal

Pacific Premier Bank in Irvine said it became the official business bank of the Anaheim Ducks professional hockey team and Honda Center in Anaheim.

Architecture Firms’ Billings Up, Jobs About Flat

Combine For 1% Jump To $417 Million Locally

Orange County’s architecture firms combined for a 1.6% increase in local billings, modest growth after last year’s 13% surge.

Focus on Wireless Networks Looks Like Good Call

Rome & Associates Built On Telecommunications Work

Jeffrey Rome never thought when he got his degree in architecture that he’d spend most of his time designing wireless networks. Now, some 24 years later, 90% of billings at his Jeffrey Rome & Associates Inc. firm come from projects for major telecommunications companies such as AT&T, Crown Castle International Corp. and Verizon.

Kelley Blue Book Markets New Product: Itself

AUTOMOTIVE: Car info firm hires first PR agency of record

Kelley Blue Book Co., in search of new audiences, has hired M Booth in New York as its first public relations agency of record.

KDOC-TV Gets Star Turn Out of Cable Spat

6-Game Windfall Includes Dodgers’ Clincher

KDOC-TV is the sole victor so far in Time Warner Cable Inc.’s ongoing fee dispute with other cable and satellite providers.

Auto Show’s 50th Birthday Gift: Relevance With Car Buyers

MARKETING: Data indicate event’s influence on purchases

The Orange County International Auto Show is set to start Oct. 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center, where organizers will mark the event’s 50th anniversary with something extra to tout: recent research that indicates the show still matters to the tens of thousands of visitors who are potential car buyers.

Engineering Firms’ Revenues Drop After 3-Year Jump

39 Bring in $2.8 Billion In OC-Generated Billings

The top engineering firms with headquarters or significant operations in Orange County ended a three-year streak of gains with a 1.5% drop in local billings during the 12-month period ending June 30.

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OC Auto Sales Up 6.2% in August

Orange County auto dealers sold 13,592 vehicles in August, a 6.2% increase from the same period last year, according to Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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Freedom to Shutter LA Register

Santa Ana-based Freedom Communication Inc. will stop publication of the Los Angeles Register, according to a memo from Chief Executive Aaron Kushner and co-owner Eric Spitz to employees last night.

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China-Based Athletic Brand Picks Irvine for U.S. Headquarters

361 Degrees International Ltd., which bills itself as second-largest athletic brand in China, has chosen Irvine for its North American headquarters.

Wilson’s Twin Waves

Rides Hot Market, Acquisitions Toward $2B in Sales

David Wilson knows a good market when he sees one.

Conditions Drove Contractor’s Meteoric Trajectory

Driver Urban’s Revenue Jumped 25,402% to $131.3M

Driver Urban had three things working for it in 2012 when it spun off from a large construction company—it entered the marketplace at the right time, at the right price, and with the right expertise.

Serial Entrepreneur Went Big With Equipment Rentals

BigRentz.com on 1,268% Growth Spurt to $15M

Starting BigRentz.com was a no-brainer for Chief Executive Dallas Imbimbo.

New Hyundai Voice Paul Rudd In, Jeff Bridges Out

Company Wanted Name Known By Young Buyers

Hyundai Motor America has replaced actor Jeff Bridges with Paul Rudd as the new voice for its national advertising campaigns.

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China-Based Athletic Brand Picks Irvine for U.S. Headquarters

361 Degrees International Ltd., which bills itself as second-largest athletic brand in China, has chosen Irvine for its North American headquarters.

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Autobytel Increases Share Buyback Plan

Autobytel Inc.’s board of directors has approved an additional $1 million common stock repurchase program, increasing the total planned amount to $3 million.

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Irvine Appliance Maker Names New Ad Agency

BSH Home Appliances Corp. selected ELA Advertising as its strategic, creative agency-of-record for its Thermador brand cookware.

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Casanova Pendrill Loses Miller Lite

Costa Mesa-based Casanova Pendrill lost the Latino-American portion of the Miller Lite advertising business.

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Ad Shop Raises $5.2 Million

Adaptive Medias Inc. raised $5.2 million from two investors by selling 2.13 million shares of its common stock at $2.25 per share.

Plant Factory Racks Up $10M in Orders for Tiny Veggies

AGRICULTURE: Venture has plenty of room to grow

How does 16 acres of produce grow in a 5,800-square-foot hall?

Apple of Incipio’s Eye

Some 150 Incipio Technologies Inc. employees huddled in the company’s lunchroom last week to watch Apple Inc. announce its newest iPhone models, taking notes and comparing them to what was already leaked online.

Vizio Gives Away TVs in Football-Themed Promotion

49er’s Touchdowns Earn Sets for Charities

Vizio Inc. has kicked off the football season with a weekly TV set giveaway that also benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Family Feel on Image Update for Shops at Mission Viejo

RETAIL: Food court redo, new kids’ features staples of strategy

The Shops at Mission Viejo has set out to strengthen its appeal as a family-oriented option in a retail market that ranges from high-end South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island to the downtown feel and nighttime draw of the Irvine Spectrum.

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Innocean Lands Energy Account

InnoceanUSA has branched beyond mainstay client Hyundai Motor America Inc. with the addition of NRG Energy to its growing roster of nonautomotive accounts.

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Wet Seal Up On Upgrade Despite Sales Drop

Shares of the Wet Seal Inc. were up 9% in midday trading on an analyst upgrade despite disappointing quarterly numbers.

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Wet Seal Shares Fall on Q2 Loss

Shares of the Wet Seal Inc. tumbled 11% to 60 cents and a market value of $51.2 million in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the teen and contemporary retail chain reported a bigger-than-expected second quarter loss.

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J.Jill to Open in South County

J.Jill Group Inc. is set to open a store at the Shops at Mission Viejo this winter.

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OC Auto Brands Post Strong August Sales

Orange County-based auto brands met or exceeded national new vehicles sales figures in August.

Urban Decay’s Metro Moves

NB, London Flagships for $200M Brand

Wende Zommir worked her way up from an Elizabeth Arden makeup counter in Texas to cofounding Urban Decay Cosmetics LLC, L’Oréal SA luxury division’s No. 2 brand—second in sales growth only to Lancôme.

Errand Turns Into Role in UPS Ad for HB Businessman

Does ‘Mailbox Confession’ Of Small-Business Services

Tony Orlando went to pick up his mail from a shipping and business services center in Huntington Beach and walked out with a contract to star in a commercial for UPS Store Inc.

Kaiser Aluminum Beefs Up as Automakers Lose Weight

MANUFACTURING: Shares near all-time high despite soft aerospace

Shares of Kaiser Aluminum Corp. are nearing their prerecession heyday, thanks in part to small-but-growing sales in the automotive sector that have helped the Foothill Ranch-based company power through a stall in its aerospace business.

Latino Shop Branches Further Into General Market

MEDIA: Casanova Pendrill TV ad straddles audiences

Casanova Pendrill’s idea for Nature Valley’s new TV ad was big enough to cross the boundaries of the Latino audience it was initially intended for. That also meant stepping on the turf of McCann Erickson, its sister agency, which handles the brand’s general market account.

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OC Auto Brands Post Strong August Sales

Orange County-based auto brands met or exceeded national new vehicles sales figures in August.

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Quiksilver Slides on Rugged Quarter

Shares of Quiksilver Inc. dropped about 11% to $2.51 and market value of about $428.5 million in after-hours trading Thursday after the retailer posted a big loss and a steep drop in revenue for the quarter ended July 31.

Billabong to Sell Swell.com in Irvine

Australia-based Billabong International Ltd. said it plans to sell its surf apparel retailer Swell.com in Irvine to a consortium of investors in a spinoff that also includes a 51% sale of SurfStitch, its other e-commerce business.

Kia Hamsters Bring on Geek Chic With New Ad

Brains, Female Enter Mix Of Popular Marketing Stars

Ever wonder who designed Kia Motors America Inc.’s first electric vehicle?

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PacSun’s Shares Down on Q2 earnings, Q3 Forecast

Shares of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. were down 8.7% in midday trading Friday after the retailer said it anticipates a third-quarter loss between 4 cents and 9 cents a share, and revenue between $203 million and $208 million.

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PacSun’s Shares Down on Q2 earnings, Q3 Forecast

Shares of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. were down 4.3% in after-hours trading Thursday after the retailer said it anticipates a third-quarter loss between 4 cents and 9 cents a share, and revenue between $203 million and $208 million.

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Tilly’s Shares Fall on Q3 Projections

Shares of Tilly’s Inc. were down about 6% at midday on weak third quarter projections.

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Tilly’s Shares Fall on Q2 Numbers

Shares of Tilly’s Inc. fell 9% to about $7.70 and a market cap of about $212 million in after-hours trading Wednesday after the retailer posted a 70% drop in earnings for the second quarter that ended Aug. 2.

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Kia Plans Assembly Plant in Mexico

South Korea-based Kia Motors Corp. plans to construct a $1.5 billion assembly plant in Mexico, a senior automotive industry source in Mexico City told Automotive News.

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OC Auto Sales Up 7.7% in July

Sales of new vehicles at Orange County auto dealers rose 7.7% to 14,011 vehicles in July compared with the same period last year, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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OC Auto Sales Up 7.7% in July

Sales of new vehicles at Orange County auto dealers rose 7.7% to 14,011 vehicles in July compared with the same period last year, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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$1 Million Grand Prize in Wienerschnitzel Sweepstakes

Wienerschnitzel is offering $1 million as the grand prize in its latest “Cash in on a Corn Dog” sweepstakes.

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Irvine Company Announces Week of Fashion Events

The Irvine Company’s retail properties, Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center and the Market Place, plan to launch Style Week Orange County on Sept. 10, packed with “fashion shows, shopping parties and trend presentations to celebrate the best in O.C. style.”

Gallegos Crosses Over for Milk Board’s Campaign

MARKETING: Works on par with Goodby on $20M effort

Grupo Gallegos has crossed over the demographic divide to work hand in hand with one of the best-known agencies in advertising on the California Milk Processor Board’s new $20 million ad campaign.

Entertainment Company Anticipates Reaction to Film

MEDIA: Main Street Films hopeful about latest flick

Main Street Films Inc. had a big weekend.

Local Companies Honored as ‘Most Trusted’

Several local companies and an executive were honored for being the “best connected to their treasured customer base” at the OC Trust Summit at California State University-Fullerton.

Wet Seal Sings ‘Fifth Harmony’ in New Campaign

Features Fashions Inspired By Girl Pop Music Group

Look for harmony in Wet Seal Inc.’s upcoming marketing campaign—Fifth Harmony, that is.

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Billabong Sells Swell.com

Australia-based Billabong International Ltd. said it plans to sell its surf apparel retailer Swell.com in Irvine to a consortium of investors in a spinoff that also includes a 51% sale of SurfStitch, its other e-commerce business.

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