Orange County Business Journal

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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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Emerald Prices IPO

Emerald Expositions Events Inc. in San Juan Capistrano is slated to raise about $300 million in its initial public offering, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

By Mediha DiMartino April 17, 2017 10:51 a.m. share »

Billabong’s Bikini Campaign Outswims the Competition

Laguna Niguel-based Surf Industry Manufacturers Association recognized The Roark Revival in San Juan Capistrano and Billabong in Irvine for producing marketing campaigns of the year at the 14th Annual SIMA Awards ceremony last month in Silverado.

By Mediha DiMartino April 17, 2017 midnight share »

Mom’s Love for Baby Inspired Specialized Line

They say that what you don’t know won’t hurt you, or in Pazit Benezri’s case, stifle her entrepreneurial spirit.

By Mediha DiMartino April 17, 2017 midnight share »

Commercial Printers Hold the Line on 2016 Sales

Orange County’s 29 largest commercial printers combined for $621 million in sales last year, about the same as the group posted in 2015.

By Mediha DiMartino April 17, 2017 midnight share »

Ad Agencies Post 2nd Straight Year of Double-Digit Gains

Let’s see that clip again.

By Mediha DiMartino April 17, 2017 midnight share »

Hyundai Runs With LA Marathon Sponsorship Opp

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley debuted last month as the official automotive partner of The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, a new sponsorship category.

By Mediha DiMartino April 10, 2017 midnight share »

Trade Show Operator Plans More Growth Post-IPO

San Juan Capistrano-based Emerald Expositions LLC spent nearly $190 million since early 2015 on a dozen acquisitions, according to the initial public offering it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31.

By Mediha DiMartino April 10, 2017 midnight share »

Vans Parent Foresees 47% Sales Jump

Is a $3.37 billion revenue goal slightly “off the wall,” even for action sports industry superstar Vans Inc.?

By Mediha DiMartino April 10, 2017 midnight share »
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Robots to the Rescue

TransAutomation Technologies Inc.’s mission is to “help businesses succeed through automation,” and get them to “re-shore, remain in California and remain profitable.”

By Mediha DiMartino April 7, 2017 10:27 a.m. share »
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Taco Bell Gets PETA Props

Taco Bell Corp.’s bean burritos will be the focal point of an upcoming campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

By Mediha DiMartino April 5, 2017 9:53 a.m. share »
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Volcom Exec Moves to RVCA

Kevin Meehan has left the role of Volcom Americas market president to join Billabong Group’s RVCA in Costa Mesa as global general manager.

By Mediha DiMartino April 4, 2017 3:43 p.m. share »
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OC Automakers’ March Sales Mixed

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

By Mediha DiMartino April 3, 2017 2:35 p.m. share »
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Emerald Files for IPO

San Juan Capistrano-based Emerald Expositions LLC has filed to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering.

By Mediha DiMartino April 3, 2017 9:56 a.m. share »

It Computes Shopping

Irvine Company is spicing up its retail scene with Pepper, a humanoid robot capable of understanding and reacting to human emotions.

By Mediha DiMartino April 3, 2017 midnight share »

Taco Bell Dishes Out Fast Fare with Foursquare’s Help

Taco Bell Corp. in Irvine has begun to use Foursquare Analytics to better “understand changing foot traffic patterns” at its U.S.-based restaurants.

By Mediha DiMartino April 3, 2017 midnight share »
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Kelley Blue Book Rolls Out Overseas

Kelley Blue Book Co. Inc., after about 90 years in business, is dipping its tires into international waters.

By Mediha DiMartino March 30, 2017 11:20 a.m. share »
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ASICS Opens Boston Studio

ASICS America Corp. plans to open a product design studio in Boston, according to news reports.

By Mediha DiMartino March 29, 2017 8:46 a.m. share »

Berkshire Hathaway Campaign Homes in on Image

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Irvine launched a national brand campaign that positions the real estate brokerage franchise network as a brand that’s “good to know” when selling or buying homes.

By Mediha DiMartino March 27, 2017 midnight share »
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American Advertising Federation OC Chapter Names Winners

The American Advertising Federation of Orange County held its annual awards gala Thursday at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.

By Mediha DiMartino March 24, 2017 10:03 a.m. share »
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Irvine Firm Buys in Munich

Advantage Smollan Ltd. in London—a holding company Irvine-based Advantage Solutions set up in 2015 with Smollan Group in Johannesburg—plans to acquire Combera Group GmbH in Munich on undisclosed terms.

By Mediha DiMartino March 20, 2017 1:04 p.m. share »
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Kelley Blue Book Expands Overseas

Kelley Blue Book in Irvine launched vehicle pricing and valuation website KBB.PT in Portugal that it plans to adapt to other international markets.

By Mediha DiMartino March 20, 2017 9:35 a.m. share »

Kia Extends Women’s Golf Sponsorship for 2 Years

Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. renewed its sponsorship of the Ladies Professional Golf Association in a multiyear deal that enables it to continue as Official Automotive Partner and to have a presence at seven tournaments, including the ANA Inspiration and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

By Mediha DiMartino March 20, 2017 midnight share »

Finnish Roots, Latin Name, OC Preference

Finland-based Vincit Group PLC drew its name from “amor vincit omnia”—Latin for “love conquers all.”

By Mediha DiMartino March 20, 2017 midnight share »

Left Brain, Right Brain

Peter Nguyen got a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT, so naturally, he took up online advertising.

By Mediha DiMartino March 20, 2017 midnight share »
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Tilly’s Report Mixed; Shares Down

Irvine-based Tilly’s Inc. beat Wall Street expectations on revenue and earnings for the January quarter, but its shares fell about 11% to $8.80 on a downbeat forecast for the current quarter.

By Mediha DiMartino March 13, 2017 2:38 p.m. share »

Mazda Cultivates Place to Share Passions at SXSW

Mazda North American Operations—South by Southwest’s official automobile sponsor—returned to the nine-day conference and festival with its own venue in tow.

By Mediha DiMartino March 13, 2017 midnight share »

Other Mitsubishi’s Power Play

Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Inc. in Cypress plans to ramp up its solar equipment sales by lending a hand to the next generation of independent systems installers and integrators.

By Mediha DiMartino March 13, 2017 midnight share »

Business Journal Fetes Entrepreneurs

More than 300 members of the Orange County business community celebrated five winners during a luncheon at the Business Journal’s 16th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.

By Mediha DiMartino March 13, 2017 midnight share »

Quiksilver Cuts More Than Corporate Name

Oaktree Capital Management LP really cleaned house at Quiksilver Inc. in Huntington Beach.

By Mediha DiMartino March 13, 2017 midnight share »
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Five Entrepreneurs Feted

More than 300 members of the Orange County business community celebrated five winners during a luncheon at the Business Journal’s 16th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.

By Mediha DiMartino March 8, 2017 3:27 p.m. share »
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New Corporate Name for Quiksilver

Quiksilver Inc. in Huntington Beach changed its corporate name to Boardriders Inc. today.

By Mediha DiMartino March 8, 2017 10:34 a.m. share »
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New President for Mophie

ZAGG Inc. named Chris Ahern president of Mophie LLC, its Tustin-based subsidiary.

By Mediha DiMartino March 7, 2017 3:25 p.m. share »

Boston Firm Buys Wet Seal Name, IP

Gordon Brothers Brands LLC in Boston, a 114-year-old restructuring and investment firm, bought the Wet Seal name and other intellectual property for $3 million in a March 2 auction, according to documents filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

By Mediha DiMartino March 6, 2017 midnight share »

Belief in Bricks and Mortar

A 200-store base might be too much of a bet for a lot of retailers these days.

By Mediha DiMartino March 6, 2017 midnight share »

ThreeSixty Vision: Big Growth on Brand Revivals

ThreeSixty Group is on a shopping spree.

By Mediha DiMartino March 6, 2017 midnight share »
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Boston Buyer for Wet Seal IP

Gordon Brothers Brands LLC in Boston, a 114-year-old restructuring and investment firm, bought the Wet Seal name and other intellectual property for $3 million during a March 2 auction, according to documents filed today in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

By Mediha DiMartino March 3, 2017 8:32 a.m. share »
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February Mixed for OC Automakers

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

By Mediha DiMartino March 1, 2017 3:25 p.m. share »
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Canada Company Wants Wet Seal IP

The YM Inc. Group of Cos. in Toronto posted a $1.5 million stalking-horse bid for Wet Seal LLC’s intellectual property, according to documents filed today in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

By Mediha DiMartino February 28, 2017 5:56 p.m. share »
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New Chief Creative for Mazda Ad Shop

Mazda North American Operations’ advertising agency of record hired Erich Funke as chief creative officer, effective March 6.

By Mediha DiMartino February 27, 2017 3:51 p.m. share »

Anaheim Cozies Up to Vancouver on Cross-Promotion

Destination marketing organizations for Anaheim and Vancouver, British Columbia, joined forces on a recent campaign that aimed to highlight similarities between the two cities.

By Mediha DiMartino February 27, 2017 midnight share »

SCP to ‘Pause, Envision Future’ As Part of 50th

South Coast Plaza turns 50 next month—yeah, we couldn’t tell, either.

By Mediha DiMartino February 27, 2017 midnight share »
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Quiksilver Settles with Ex-Employees

A bankruptcy court judge approved Quiksilver Inc.’s settlement agreement with 26 former employees, who were looking to collect about $7 million in severance pay, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

By Mediha DiMartino February 23, 2017 4:21 p.m. share »
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Craig to Chair New Majority

Retail developer Steve Craig has been named chairman of New Majority California’s Orange County Chapter.

By Mediha DiMartino February 23, 2017 10:48 a.m. share »
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Kaiser Tops Expectations

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. beat Wall Street expectations on revenue and earnings for the fourth quarter and full year.

By Mediha DiMartino February 21, 2017 3:35 p.m. share »

NB-Based Sealant Brand Puts Name on Texas Race

Rainguard International jumped the gun—in a good way.

By Mediha DiMartino February 20, 2017 midnight share »

Hyundai Goes Patriotic With a Soldiers Super Bowl

Several big names were among thousands of viewers who praised Hyundai Motors America Inc.’s Super Bowl ad, including John Krafcik, the automaker’s former chief executive who now runs Waymo, a self-driving outfit and sister company to Google Inc.

By Mediha DiMartino February 20, 2017 midnight share »

Fashion Island Joins Luxe Marketing Co-Op

Irvine Company has joined forces with four other major retail property owners for a marketing effort intended to keep its Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach a must-see destination on luxury travelers’ itineraries.

By Mediha DiMartino February 20, 2017 midnight share »

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