Orange County Business Journal

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Gallegos Hires Ex-Mazda Ad Exec

Harvey Marco, a former chief creative officer of Mazda North American Operations’ advertising agency of record, Garage Team Mazda in Costa Mesa, joined Gallegos United in Huntington Beach as chief creative officer and co-president.

By Mediha DiMartino June 28, 2017 12:51 p.m. share »
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Tustin Aerospace Co. Buys Competitor

Elite Aerospace Group in Tustin acquired Halo Industries Inc. on undisclosed terms.

By Mediha DiMartino June 26, 2017 7:03 a.m. share »

Kawasaki Gets in Ring With Wrestler for Campaign

Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. in Foothill Ranch partnered with pro wrestler Steve Austin on a new advertising campaign to promote its Mule Pro-FXR off-road utility vehicle.

By Mediha DiMartino June 26, 2017 midnight share »

Sister, Brother Believe in Bricks-and-Mortar Retail

Growing up, Laurie Alter’s older brother Mark Christy wanted to keep “her and her hamsters and her dolls” as far away as possible—he said he was “desperately trying to be cool,” and having a Ford Pinto as his ride didn’t help, either.

By Mediha DiMartino June 26, 2017 midnight share »
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Tustin Aerospace Co. Buys Competitor

Elite Aerospace Group in Tustin acquired Halo Industries Inc. on undisclosed terms.

By Mediha DiMartino June 23, 2017 12:33 p.m. share »
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Volcom Shifts PR Lens To Wider Audience In Fresh Growth Effort

Volcom LLC is giving you permission to ditch the daily grind and pursue your true passion, whatever that may be. Heck, it’ll even foot the bill for about a dozen winners of its #ThisFirst social media contest.

By Mediha DiMartino June 22, 2017 11:04 a.m. share »

Chicken Chain Goes Crazy for Foodie LA Dodger

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. is turning to influencer marketing in its latest Loco Summer Fun advertising campaign.

By Mediha DiMartino June 19, 2017 midnight share »

Food Maker Closes Distribution Center

Michigan-based Kellogg Co. is closing its distribution center in La Palma and eliminating 280 jobs there, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification the cereal and snack giant filed with the state.

By Mediha DiMartino June 19, 2017 midnight share »

Wilson Automotive Group Diversifying, Not Panicking

David Wilson is keeping things in perspective when it comes to cooling U.S. auto sales.

By Mediha DiMartino June 19, 2017 midnight share »
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Kellogg Leaving La Palma

Michigan-based Kellogg Co. is shuttering its distribution center in La Palma and cutting 280 jobs there, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification the cereal and snack giant filed with the state Employment Development Department.

By Mediha DiMartino June 14, 2017 11:27 a.m. share »

Karma’s First Reveros Hit the Road Smoothly

Krishnan Menon had unique plans for the launch of Karma Automotive LLC and its $130,000 hybrid sports car, Revero—he envisioned it as the world’s first invite-only auto brand.

By Mediha DiMartino June 12, 2017 midnight share »

Ties.com Works Its Way Into New Wardrobe Corners

Ties.com wants to be a one-stop shop for the modern man—at least from the waist up.

By Mediha DiMartino June 12, 2017 midnight share »

Stance, New Balance Partnership Crosses Country

Stance Inc. is collaborating with New Balance Athletics Inc. on a series of shoes and socks kits, the first of which pays homage to the companies’ hometowns—San Clemente and Boston.

By Mediha DiMartino June 12, 2017 midnight share »
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Going Once … OC.com on the Auction Block

A piece of prime local real estate—albeit a virtual one—is up for grabs.

By Mediha DiMartino June 7, 2017 9:46 a.m. share »

Milk Promotor’s Campaign Spills Across California

The California Milk Processor Board in San Clemente launched the “California Thrives on Milk” campaign, designed to “help guide consumers to more healthful choices this summer” via educational events in Los Angeles, Fresno and Bakersfield.

By Mediha DiMartino June 5, 2017 midnight share »
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Boot Barn Misses on Q4

Shares of Boot Barn Holdings Inc. were down 15% to $6.30 during Friday morning trading after the company reported revenue and adjusted profits for the April quarter that missed the Wall Street expectations.

By Mediha DiMartino June 2, 2017 11:30 a.m. share »
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May Auto Sales Mixed

Three of the four largest Orange County-based automakers trailed the national sales pace for new vehicles in May, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

By Mediha DiMartino June 1, 2017 3:28 p.m. share »
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City Clubs' Future Sparkles

Are member-only dining clubs vulnerable to technology advances that in the past decade have rendered paper maps, pay phones and film cameras obsolete and conditioned us to communicate on social media more often than in person?

By Mediha DiMartino May 30, 2017 10:33 a.m. share »
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Genetic Tests Maker Cuts Jobs

Ambry Genetics Corp. plans to cut 99 jobs at its facility in Irvine next month, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification it filed with the state Employment Development Department.

By Mediha DiMartino May 30, 2017 9:58 a.m. share »

Experian Ad Presents Company as Data Protector

Experian PLC’s latest TV spot juxtaposes footage of the Miller family building a blanket fort in their living room with the sound of an auctioneer offering up their personal data to the highest bidder online.

By Mediha DiMartino May 29, 2017 midnight share »
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Emerald Expo Reports First Q1

Shares of Emerald Expositions Events Inc. in San Juan Capistrano fell slightly after the tradeshow operator met Wall Street expectations on revenue but faltered on earnings for the March quarter.

By Mediha DiMartino May 25, 2017 3:04 p.m. share »
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Tilly’s Up in Q1

Tilly’s Inc. reported sales that beat Wall Street expectations for the April quarter, sending its shares up 14% to a $279 million market cap in recent trading.

By Mediha DiMartino May 23, 2017 3:06 p.m. share »
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E-tailer to Close Irvine Operation

Australian online retailer SurfStitch Group Ltd. said it will close its North American operations based in Irvine this year and shift its SWELL ecommerce business there to Australia.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 11:10 a.m. share »

Glass Company Breaks With Traditions to Thrive

Greg Wingert took the time to hear out the Mater Dei High School guidance counselor’s push for college, but the senior’s mind was already set on joining the family business.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 midnight share »

Mother, Daughter Immersed in 40-Year Labor of Love

Felicia Madrigal sees Laguna Beach-based Merrilee’s Swimwear returning to shelves at popular retail chains, including PacSun and Nordstrom.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 midnight share »

Billabong Seeks Smaller OC Space

Billabong USA may be looking for new, smaller, digs in Orange County, the company confirmed last week.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 midnight share »

Boost Mobile Aims to Boost Sales With ‘Project Switch’

Boost Mobile LLC in Irvine launched national marketing and advertising campaign “Project Switch,” which highlights its “four lines for $100” offer.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 midnight share »

Sadeghi Plans More Retail Magic at 2 New Sites

Shaheen Sadeghi, the visionary behind the Anaheim Packing House and other hip retail concepts, has picked a 12-acre site in San Marcos in San Diego County as his next challenge.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 midnight share »

Apparel Makers’ OC Employment Drops 5% to 8,593

Orange County’s largest apparel makers slowed hiring over the past year.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 midnight share »
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Advantage’s Next Growth Step: IPO

Advantage Solutions Inc.’s initial public offering filing provides a glimpse into the Irvine-based company’s strategy of growth through acquisition of complementary sales and marketing businesses—it spent about $566 million on 39 deals in the past three years.

By Mediha DiMartino May 17, 2017 11:07 a.m. share »
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Revero Hits the Road

The first batch of Karma Automotive LLC’s Revero luxury plug-in hybrid vehicles is on its way to 10 dealer showrooms in the U.S. and Canada.

By Mediha DiMartino May 15, 2017 12:02 p.m. share »

J.D. Power Gets First Ad Agency, Partly for Auto Creds

J.D. Power and Associates in Costa Mesa hired Pacific Communications Group as the agency of record for its automotive division.

By Mediha DiMartino May 15, 2017 midnight share »
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Apparel Maker Cuts Jobs

St. John Knits International Inc. next month plans to cut 130 jobs at its facility in Irvine, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification it filed with the state Employment Development Department.

By Mediha DiMartino May 12, 2017 9:25 a.m. share »
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ASICS Down in Q1

ASICS America Corp.’s sales in the March quarter declined 5.3%, according to its parent, Japan-based ASICS Corp.

By Mediha DiMartino May 9, 2017 3:36 p.m. share »

Kia Replaces Marketing VP With Auto Industry Vet

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine hired Saad Chehab as vice president of marketing communications.

By Mediha DiMartino May 8, 2017 midnight share »

Inventory of Influence

The Business Journal compiles roughly 60 lists a year using various factors to rank local companies—growth pace, employee count, and in some cases, annual revenue. The OC 50—published since 1992—sorts entries alphabetically, so rather than a list, think of it as an always-evolving collective of local influencers.

By Mediha DiMartino May 8, 2017 midnight share »
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Autobytel Exceeds Q1 Forecasts

Autobytel Inc. reported March quarter revenue and adjusted profits that beat Wall Street expectations.

By Mediha DiMartino May 4, 2017 4:34 p.m. share »
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Hybrid Apparel Adds Brand

Hybrid Apparel in Cypress launched Love Tribe brand, a Disney princess-themed line of clothing for young women that’s available only at Macy’s department stores.

By Mediha DiMartino May 4, 2017 10:37 a.m. share »
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Newer Brand Reaches Into Past for Higher Gear

Z Supply LLC’s latest offering is a nod to Orange County’s apparel industry heritage.

By Mediha DiMartino May 4, 2017 10:25 a.m. share »
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April Auto Sales Mixed

Three of the four largest Orange County-based automakers trailed the national sales pace for new vehicles in April, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

By Mediha DiMartino May 2, 2017 5:33 p.m. share »
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Journal Honors 5 Female Leaders

About 750 people gathered at Hotel Irvine on Tuesday for the Business Journal’s 23rd Annual Women in Business Awards ceremony.

By Mediha DiMartino May 2, 2017 4:50 p.m. share »

Female Verizon Engineer Stars in STEM-for-Girls Ad

Ammara Essa, principal system performance engineer at Verizon Communications’ Irvine office, is starring in the brand’s new national TV ad.

By Mediha DiMartino May 1, 2017 midnight share »
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Irvine Co. Elevates Common Areas for Office Teamwork

Irvine Company’s own twist on the creative-office trend is gaining ground.

By Mediha DiMartino April 27, 2017 10:47 a.m. share »
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Streetwear Apparel Co. Acquired

Lifted Research Group Inc. was bought by Mad Engine LLC in San Diego on undisclosed terms.

By Mediha DiMartino April 25, 2017 4:29 p.m. share »
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Volcom Sales Down

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. posted $60.1 million in revenue in the first quarter, a 3.5% decrease from the prior year period, according to Kering S.A., its Paris-based parent.

By Mediha DiMartino April 25, 2017 4:07 p.m. share »

Naude’s Vissla Turns Industry Heads 3 Years In

Vissla, three years after its inception, emerged as the men’s apparel brand of 2016 at the Laguna Niguel-based Surf Industry Manufacturers Association’s annual gala this month.

By Mediha DiMartino April 24, 2017 midnight share »

Outlets Developer Gets Support to Position New Center

Craig Realty Group in Newport Beach hired hospitality, retail consulting and brokerage firm Brandon-California to help brand and plan the tenant mix for the second phase of its Outlets at San Clemente.

By Mediha DiMartino April 24, 2017 midnight share »
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Mazda Hires CMO

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations hired Dino Bernacchi as its chief marketing officer, a new position.

By Mediha DiMartino April 20, 2017 9:02 a.m. share »
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Kaiser Aluminum Beats in Q1

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. reported revenue and earnings for the first quarter that beat Wall Street expectations.

By Mediha DiMartino April 19, 2017 3:25 p.m. share »
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Houzz It Done It?

It started out in 2012 as a small, 18-person office in Irvine whose “tight-knit” team had breakfasts and lunches together. Nowadays, Orange County is home to the biggest chunk of Palo Alto-based Houzz Inc.’s workforce. About 500 employees work in support, sales and e-commerce for the online home-improvement idea generator and marketplace.

By Mediha DiMartino April 19, 2017 10:39 a.m. share »

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