Orange County Business Journal

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U.S. Hyundai Division Loses Marketing Head

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley is looking for a new marketing chief after former Vice President of Marketing Steve Shannon left in mid-November.

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Wet Seal Taps L.A. Investment Bank, Tilly’s Vet

Wet Seal Inc. has hired Houlihan Lokey Capital in Los Angeles and former Tilly's Inc. executive William Langsdorf to “identify and analyze potential strategic and financial alternatives.”

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NB Company Gets More Money to Build Hydrogen Stations

FirstElement Fuel Inc. will receive a $13.8 million loan from American Honda Motor Co. Inc. in Torrance to build 12 additional hydrogen fueling stations in the state.

Pimco Takes New Approach on Life After Gross

Website Promotes Bond Heavyweight’s Services

Pacific Investment Management Co. is promoting the shared strengths of its leadership team on wearepimco.com, a new website of the Newport Beach-based firm.

Milk Processor Board Lands License Deals on ‘Got Milk?’

MARKETING: South OC-based trade group owns famous slogan

A classic children’s storybook starts off with, “If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk.”

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Wet Seal Inc. Names Interim CFO

Wet Seal Inc. named Thomas Hillebrandt its interim chief financial officer.

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Wet Seal Inc. Names Interim CFO

Wet Seal Inc. named Thomas Hillebrandt its interim chief financial officer.

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Henrik Fisker, Galpin Ford Team Up on Muscle Car

Henrik Fisker is expected to announce plans for a new muscle car with a body made of carbon fiber during an appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.

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Slater Endorses Volcom, Electric

Professional surfer Kelly Slater will endorse surf product for Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. and Electric Visuals in San Clemente.

Quiksilver Sells Online Retailer to Rival

Quiksilver Inc. sold online retailer Surfdome.com in the United Kingdom to Australia-based rival SurfStitch for $16 million.

Students Try to Live Más Football With Taco Bell

Tickets to College Playoff Games Part Of Giveaway

Taco Bell Corp. has teamed up with ESPN Inc. to give college students a chance to cheer on their teams at this season’s College Football Playoff games from the Live Más Student Section.

Cosmetics Firm Could Go Up for Sale

Too Faced Cosmetics LLC in Irvine “is exploring a sale that could value it at several hundred millions of dollars,” according to Reuters.

All In On Aluminum

Laguna Hills Nonprofit Gets Body Shops Ready for Ford’s New Truck

The all-aluminum Ford F-150 trucks are set to roll off dealer lots next month—and you can bet that some will wind up in body shops before the new-car scent wears off.

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Freedom Communications Folds Magazine

Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. will cease publication of OC Register Metro, according to the monthly magazine’s founder, Steve Churm, who announced the move during Freedom’s Hot 25 event on Thursday at the Island Hotel Newport Beach.

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Hyundai Gets Honors for HQ

Hyundai Motor America Inc.'s new headquarters won honors from the local chapter of a global real estate trade group.

New Mitsubishi Finance Head Named

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. in Cypress appointed Dan Booth president of its financing arm, Mitsubishi Motors Credit of America Inc.

New Mitsubishi Finance Head Named

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. in Cypress appointed Dan Booth president of its financing arm, Mitsubishi Motors Credit of America Inc.

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Irvine-Based Cosmetics Firm Reportedly in Play

Too Faced Cosmetics LLC in Irvine “is exploring a sale that could value it at several hundred millions of dollars,” according to Reuters.

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Quiksilver Sells Retailer to Rival

Quiksilver Inc. has sold online retailer Surfdome.com in the United Kingdom to Australia-based rival SurfStitch for $45 million, according to the Australian Financial Review.

Amazing Picture Quality—Nothing Else Matters

Vizio Ads Imply Couch Taters Stop All For Its TVs

Nothing is more captivating than ultra-HD resolution, according to Vizio Inc.’s latest ads.

Will This Shoe Fit?

China-Based 361° Aims for U.S. Share From Irvine HQ

361° International Ltd.’s recent arrival to the U.S. market is another step toward the China-based footwear and apparel company’s ultimate goal: becoming a top five global sports brand in a short period of time.

Toshiba Digital Displays in Staples Center Lineup

MARKETING: Electronics outfit in Irvine lands sponsorship

Diversified electronics maker Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. is supplying digital displays for LA Interactive, a new section of the Staples Center that opened over the weekend.

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Two Freedom Shareholders Press for Receivership

Two investors who helped Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz finance the purchase of Freedom Communications in 2012 have asked the Delaware Chancery Court to put the media company’s operations into receivership, claiming “it needs independent oversight because the company is insolvent and in financial distress from mismanagement,” according to the website Law360.

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Two Freedom Shareholders Press for Receivership

Two investors who helped Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz finance the purchase of Freedom Communications in 2012 have asked the Delaware Chancery Court to put the media company’s operations into receivership, claiming “it needs independent oversight because the company is insolvent and in financial distress from mismanagement,” according to the website Law360.

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Two OC Automakers Beat U.S. Sales Numbers

Two Orange County-based automakers beat national new-vehicle sales figures in October as the other two fell below U.S. averages, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Hyundai, Kia Reach Settlement With EPA

Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. have reached a $350 million settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice on charges that the South Korea-based automakers violated the Clean Air Act by overestimating mileage claims.

St. John Knits Looks for New CEO

Geoffroy van Raemdonck will step down as chief executive of Irvine-based high-end knitwear maker St. John Knits International Inc., according to California Apparel News.

Vizio Title Sponsor of 2014 Fiesta Bowl

Irvine-based Vizio Inc. signed on as the title sponsor of the 44th Annual Fiesta Bowl, which is scheduled to take place Dec. 31 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

China-Based Shoe Brand Starts in OC

APPAREL: Initial focus on wholesale from Irvine HQ

The Irvine-based arm of a major sports apparel and footwear brand in China launched a website last week, marking its first foray into the U.S. market.

Toshiba Ads to Medical Pros: You Have a Voice

Aims to Distinguish Firm From Rivals in Industry

Toshiba America Medical Systems has launched an advertising campaign that aims to position the Irvine-based diagnostic imaging company as one that “adapts to and understands its customers’ business,” according to Nancy Gillen, its vice president of marketing.

Boot Barn IPO Paves Way for Next Step of Growth Plan

RETAIL: Steady pace on new stores after recent acquisitions

Boot Barn Holdings Inc. plans to use the money it raised in last week’s initial public offering to pay down debt and continue a push to bring its Western gear to shoppers coast-to-coast.

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Oakley, Garmin in Goggle Deal

Oakley Inc. said it has partnered with Garmin International Inc., which makes GPS navigation devices, to “expand functionality” of its Oakley Airwave 1.5 alpine ski and snowboard goggles.

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Pac Communications Founder to Retire

Pacific Communications President Ryan Abbate said he will retire at the end of the year.

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Boot Barn Goes Public

Boot Barn Holdings Inc. began trading this morning priced at $16 a share and rose 12.8% to $18 a share and a market cap of $450 million in midday trading.

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Boot Barn Sets IPO Price

Boot Barn Holdings Inc. has priced its initial public offering of 5 million shares of its common stock at $16.

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OC Auto Sales on Pace for 7.3% Gain

Sales at Orange County auto dealers rose 6.4% to 46,540 vehicles in the third quarter compared to the same period last year—the 16th consecutive quarterly improvement, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

OC Auto Sales on Pace to Reach 7.3% Gain

Sales at Orange County auto dealers rose 6.4% to 46,540 vehicles in the third quarter compared to the same period last year—the 16th consecutive quarterly improvement, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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Vizio New Title Sponsor for Fiesta Bowl

Irvine-based Vizio Inc. has signed on as the title sponsor of the 44th Annual Fiesta Bowl.

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St. John Knits CEO to Step Down

Geoffroy van Raemdonck will step down as the chief executive of the Irvine-based high-end knitwear maker St. John Knits International Inc., according to California Apparel News.

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Mazda to Debut CX-3 at LA Auto Show

Mazda Motor Corp. said it plans to introduce a compact crossover SUV, the Mazda CX-3, at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

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Mazda to Debut CX-3 at LA Auto Show

Mazda Motor Corp. said it plans to introduce a compact crossover SUV, the Mazda CX-3, at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

Kia Hires Multicultural Ad Shop

Kia Motors America has hired a Chicago-based advertising agency to help drive its “U.S. multicultural communication strategy as well as diversity and inclusion efforts internally and externally.”

Digital Ad Tracker’s Cake Gets New Look, Goals

MARKETING: Accelerize sells self in Nasdaq aim

Tracking digital ad campaigns is a piece of cake, according to Accelerize Inc.—its own Cake, that is.

Brea Mall Enlists Style Website to Draw Millennial Shoppers

Connecting brick-and-mortar stores with Millennials who are savvy online consumers can be a challenge.

Chain’s Mascot Takes Wild Ride in Pursuit of Future

Wienerschnitzel Sponsors Gibbs Racing Team in NC

Look for Wienerschnitzel’s mascot, The Delicious One, running down the motocross race track.

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Mazda New SXSW Sponsor

Mazda North American Operations has signed on as the official automobile sponsor of the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas for the next three years.

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Kia Hires Multicultural Ad Shop

Kia Motors America has hired a Chicago-based advertising agency to help drive its “U.S. multicultural communication strategy as well as diversity and inclusion efforts internally and externally.”

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Kia Hires Multicultural Ad Shop

Kia Motors America has hired a Chicago-based advertising agency to help drive its “U.S. multicultural communication strategy as well as diversity and inclusion efforts internally and externally.”

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Another Double-Digit Sales Gain for Vans

Vans Inc.’s revenue rose 12% in the third quarter, a 20th consecutive reporting period with double-digit gains for the Cypress-based unit of VF Corp. in Greensboro, N.C.

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Kaiser Aluminum Misses Profit, Revenue Estimates

Shares of Kaiser Aluminum Corp. fell 8.8% to about $68.5 and a market cap of about $1.31 billion in after-hours trading Monday as the Foothill Ranch maker of semi-fabricated aluminum products posted $15.9 million in earnings for the third quarter, good for 85 cent a share.

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