Orange County Business Journal

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OC Weekly Sold

Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc. in Irvine has purchased OC Weekly from Denver-based Voice Media Group Inc. for an undisclosed sum.

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Sanuk Revenue Falls 17%

Sanuk USA LLC’s revenue for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2016 decreased 17% to $17 million compared to $20.5 million in the same period last year, according to parent company Deckers Outdoor Corp. in Goleta.

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More Fox Head Ops to Irvine HQ

Fox Head Inc. in Irvine said it plans to close its offices in Morgan Hill in June and relocate its finance, IT, and sales operations to the motocross apparel and accessories manufacturer’s headquarters in Irvine.

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Boot Barn Beats; Shares Up

Shares of Boot Barn Holdings Inc. were up 29% in recent trading to a market cap of $188 million on the strength of its quarterly report issued yesterday.

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OC-Based Carmakers’ January Mixed

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

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Freedom Auction Set

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California gave Freedom Communications Inc. the green light Monday to auction its assets on March 16.

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Sanuk to Exit Irvine HQ

Deckers Outdoor Corp. said it will move Irvine-based sandal maker Sanuk USA LLC to its headquarters in Goleta to help “streamline brand operations and reduce infrastructure costs.”

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Nordstrom Rack Coming to Center

Irvine Company said it plans to add a Nordstrom Rack store to its 120-tenant lineup at The Market Place shopping center in Tustin and Irvine.

Emerald Expositions Adds NY Trade Show to Roster

New Brand Licensing Event Set for September

Emerald Expositions LLC in San Juan Capistrano plans to launch a new trade show, Brand Licensing Select, scheduled for Sept. 27 to 29 in New York.

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OC Auto Sales Up 8.7% in 2015

Sales at Orange County auto dealers rose 8.7% last year and are expected to increase 2.5% this year, according to the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association in Newport Beach.

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Mall Announces New Stores

The Shops at Mission Viejo is adding six tenants over the next few months, including apparel retailer Madewell, which is holding its grand opening celebration from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today on the upper level near Forever 21.

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Quiksilver Names Post BK Board

Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. selected a new board of directors to take over after bankruptcy proceedings end, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Silicon Beach Media Shop for Hyundai, Kia

MARKETING: Joint venture includes HB creative agency

The recently formed agency that handles nearly $700 million in U.S. media buying for Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc. and Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine has settled in Playa Vista—or Silicon Beach, as the area and surrounding environs on the Westside of Los Angeles are called these days.

DC Shoes, Retailer Rev Up Supercross Sponsorship

Brand Teams With Journeys for ‘16 Contests

Quiksilver Inc.’s DC Shoes brand has partnered with the Journeys retail chain as the exclusive footwear sponsor of the 2016 American Motorcyclist Association Supercross season.

Foreign-Owned Companies Stay Employment Course

36 Biggest Still Employ 27,000-Plus in County

The biggest foreign-owned companies with regional headquarters or significant operations in Orange County employ more than 27,000 here, about the same as a year earlier.

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Business Journal Honors CFOs

Orange County’s top financial professionals were honored in five categories on Jan. 21 at the Ninth Annual Business Journal CFO of the Year awards dinner, which drew a crowd of about 600 to Hotel Irvine.

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PBS SoCal Gets Foster Kids Project Grant

PBS SoCal in Costa Mesa received a three-year, $1.7 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to produce documentaries about real-life issues faced by foster youth in Southern California.

Vans at 50: Art, Music to Laud Design, Innovation

Brand Unveils New Logo, ‘Special’ Products, Parties

Vans Inc. in Cypress kicked off its year-long 50th birthday celebration with a new logo to accompany “special product releases” that showcase its “timeless design and innovation.”

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Taco Bell Names New CMO

Taco Bell Corp. promoted Marisa Thalberg to chief marketing officer.

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Freedoms Asks Court to OK Auction

Freedom Communications Inc. in Santa Ana is asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Central District of California to approve its plans to hold an asset auction March 16.

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Sadeghi’s LAB Pays $10M for Anaheim Sites

LAB Holding LLC in Costa Mesa will buy four development sites from the city of Anaheim for $10.1 million.

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Kia Shows Full-Size SUV Concept

Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. showed a full-sized sport utility vehicle concept car called Telluride at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Incipio Sells Minority Stake to PE Firm

Irvine-based Incipio Technologies Inc. agreed to sell a minority stake to New York-based private equity investor Goode Partners LLC on undisclosed terms.

Mazda Dealer Shifts to ‘Open Point’ in San Juan Capistrano

AUTOS: Prior owner plans townhomes on Laguna Hills lot

Phillips Mazda has moved from its longtime home in Laguna Hills and followed its new owner down the freeway to San Juan Capistrano, where Miles Brandon has been selling Volkswagens for nearly two decades.

Hyundai Super Bowl Ad to Highlight ‘Core Values’

Carmaker Plans 3 Other Spots for Elantra, Genesis

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley said one of its four upcoming Super Bowl ads “will use compelling storytelling to highlight the core values of the brand and what Hyundai delivers to its consumers.”

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7 New Restaurants at Market Place

The Market Place in Tustin and Irvine has signed seven new restaurants to its lineup at the 165-acre shopping center.

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Kaiser Aluminum Adds COO

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. in Foothill Ranch appointed Keith Harvey chief operating officer—a newly created position.

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Carmakers’ Year-End Numbers Mixed

Orange County-based automakers were split on sales performance in December, even as most notched gains for the year, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

Kawasaki Motorcycle Gets Props in Popular Science

Magazine Lauds ‘Ninja’ Supercharger as Innovator

The Kawasaki Ninja H2 motorcycle by Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. in Irvine landed on Popular Science magazine’s Best of What’s New 2015 list, which usually is a rundown of innovations, such as smartphone apps, electric race cars, aerospace developments, and advancements in wireless technology.

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Incipio Sells Stake

Irvine-based Incipio Technologies Inc. has agreed to sell a minority stake to New York-based private equity investor Goode Partners LLC on undisclosed terms.

Buena Park-Based Grocer to East Coast

RETAIL: 99 Ranch picks up pair of New Jersey locations from A&P

Asian-themed grocery store chain 99 Ranch Market has landed in the Garden State for its East Coast expansion, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Services: Tanya Domier

Why Advantage Solutions’ Boss Chose to Lean In

Advantage Solutions’ Tanya Domier nearly turned down a job leading one of Orange County’s largest private companies.

Medical Apparel Brand Grows in Laguna Hills

MARKETING: Counts on style, performance to claim niche

Think of Medelita LLC as a Patagonia Inc. for lab coats and scrubs—its products are pricier but come with better style and performance than the average stuff from a uniform supply shop.

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Apparel Maker Takes Equity Stake

La Jolla Group LLC in Irvine acquired an equity stake in Laguna Beach-based apparel maker Roark Revival for an undisclosed amount.

Kaiser Aluminum Puts $150M to CapEx

Kaiser Aluminum Corp in Foothill Ranch said it will spend $150 million on equipment upgrades at its Spokane, Wash. facility over the next five years.

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Retiring Longtime Mazda Exec Replaced

Mazda North American Operations in Irvine appointed Masahiro Moro its new president and chief executive to replace Jim O’Sullivan, who will retire from the company on Jan. 1.

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Mall Manager Changes With Sale

Westfield MainPlace in Santa Ana will get new management as Sydney-based Westfield Corp. sold a majority stake in the mall to a partnership that includes USAA Real Estate Co. in San Antonio, Texas, Dallas-based Centennial Real Estate Co. and Montgomery Street Partners LLC in San Francisco.

Asics Pulls Sponsorship of Another Major Marathon

Shoe Brand Still Backs Dozens of Other Races

Asics America Corp. said its last sponsorship of the TCS NYC Marathon will be next year, ending a relationship that commenced 25 years ago with the inaugural race, which drew fewer than 100 people to New York’s Central Park and has grown into an event with more than 500,000 runners.

Paddling Along

MEDIA: Rumors of print’s demise have been exaggerated

The fate of the Orange County Register will likely begin to take shape early next year with the expected bankruptcy auction of Freedom Communications Inc., the daily newspaper’s Santa Ana-based parent.


Retailers will likely continue to search for new ways to connect with their customer bases, providing services that add to the shopping experience at brick-and-mortar stores—touches such as valet parking, concierge or personal shopping services.

Advantage Sees New Name as Solution

MARKETING: Change reflects turn toward digital as company nears $2B

Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC has outgrown its name.

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Shoemaker Buys Eyewear Brand

Footwear manufacturer OluKai Inc. in Aliso Viejo acquired Newport Beach-based eyewear brand Kaenon for an undisclosed sum.

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Fire Destroys SCP Christmas Tree

An early morning blaze consumed a 96-foot Christmas tree at Town Center Park in Costa Mesa, just outside Westin South Coast Plaza.

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Tribune Yields on Freedom Financing

Tribune Publishing Co. withdrew its objection to Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Inc.’s proposed debtor-in-possession financing deal with Silver Point Finance LLC, according to documents filed Friday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Central District of California.

Morgan to Exit Namesake Firm

MARKETING: PR vet sells building, strikes deal with staffer

Melinda Morgan Kartsonis’ last pitch was for her own agency, Morgan Marketing & Public Relations in Irvine.

2015 YEAR IN REVIEW: Media & Marketing

We said Mirman was one to keep an eye on last year as he took on the challenge of getting Freedom Communications Inc. “back on a trajectory of growth.”

2015 YEAR IN REVIEW: Retail

Thomas had a busy year, to say the least. In the months after we pegged him as one to watch, he helped the Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal emerge from bankruptcy in April with a pared-down lineup of 171 stores and under the ownership of Mador Lending LLC, an affiliate of Philadelphia-based private equity firm Versa Capital Management LLC.

Stance Videos Depict ‘Wild’ Day in the Neighborhood

Play on Mister Rogers Points Up Underwear

Stance Inc. in San Clemente launched a series of videos to promote its inaugural collection of men’s underwear, “Wildly Comfortable, and Comfortably Wild.”

UCI’s Next 50-Year Plan: Bigger Future

Birthday Celebration in Books, New Ad Campaign to Raise Profile

It’s an alma mater to tens of thousands, a major research hub, and one of Orange County’s biggest employers.

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Freedom Seeks OK on New Financing

Freedom Communications Inc. in Santa Ana is asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Central District of California to allow it to accept $4.5 million in financing from Silver Point Finance LLC.


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