Orange County Business Journal

Merage School Moves Up on U.S. News’ Rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranked the MBA program at University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business No. 45 on its list of best business schools in the nation, a four-spot hike from last year’s ranking.

Stearns Tops U.S. Market Share for Wholesale Residential Loans

Santa Ana-based Stearns Lending Inc. was ranked No. 1 wholesale residential lender for 2013 by Inside Mortgage Finance Publications Inc. in Bethesda, Md.

Stearns Tops U.S. Market Share for Wholesale Residential Loans

Santa Ana-based Stearns Lending Inc. was ranked No. 1 wholesale residential lender for 2013 by Inside Mortgage Finance Publications Inc. in Bethesda, Md.

Tease photo

Freedom Sets April 16 for LA Daily

Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. has set April 16 as the launch for the Los Angeles Register and more than a dozen community newspapers covering cities in Los Angeles County.

Tease photo

FCB Drops Draft

The Irvine office of advertising agency Draftfcb will now be called FCB Irvine as part of a brand-name change announced by global Chief Executive Carter Murray.

Tease photo

Freedom Sets April 16 for LA Daily

Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. has set April 16 as the launch for the Los Angeles Register and more than a dozen community newspapers covering cities in Los Angeles County.

Tease photo

FCB Drops Draft

The Irvine office of advertising agency Draftfcb will now be called FCB Irvine as part of a brand-name change announced by global Chief Executive Carter Murray.

Tease photo

Jobless Rate Rises to 5.8%

Orange County’s economy lost 22,200 jobs in January, when the jobless rate rose to 5.8%.

Ad Shop’s Future Uncertain After Client, Staff Losses

MARKETING: 27-year-old Costa Mesa agency goes quiet

A midday knock on Marshall Advertising & Design’s front door last week went unanswered. So were calls to the Costa Mesa-based advertising agency. And its website was also down.

Costa Mesa Firm’s Route to Hollywood Runs SXSW

Hotel Conference Producers Take Bow at Austin Film Festival

There’s no business like show business, suggests the popular tune by Irving Berlin.

Volcom Returns to Silver Screen for Brand Push

In 70 Theaters Around the World, Previewed Online

Volcom Inc. released “True To This,” an original feature film that “captures the energy and artistry of board-riding in its purest forms.”

Google Capital Puts $50M in Auction.com

Irvine-based Auction.com, an online real estate auction company, reportedly received a $50 million investment from Google Capital, an investment arm of the Internet giant.

Freedom Community Papers Weekly Again

MEDIA: Two had gone daily in circulation push for Register

Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. is reverting to a weekly publication schedule for its community newspapers that serve Irvine, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.

Jobless Rate Rises to 5.8%

Orange County’s economy lost 22,200 jobs in January, when the jobless rate rose to 5.8%.

Tease photo

Freedom to Consolidate Spanish-Language Weeklies

Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. plans to consolidate two Spanish-language weekly newspapers into a zoned, regional publication called Unidos en el Sur de California.

Tease photo

UCI Gets Washington State Dean for Business School

The University of California, Irvine, has named Eric Spangenberg as dean of its Paul Merage School of Business.

Tease photo

Taco Bell Boss to Address UCI Business School Grads

Taco Bell Corp. Chief Executive Greg Creed will be the “distinguished executive speaker” at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business graduation ceremony on June 16 at the Bren Events Center.

Tease photo

Taco Bell Boss to Address UCI Business School Grads

Taco Bell Corp. Chief Executive Greg Creed will be the “distinguished executive speaker” at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business graduation ceremony on June 16 at the Bren Events Center.

Tease photo

Google Capital Puts $50M in Auction.com

Irvine-based Auction.com, an online real estate auction company, said it will receive a $50 million investment from Google Capital, an investment arm of the Internet giant.

Tease photo

Credit Union Makes Educational Donation

California State University Fullerton will recognize SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union for its $500,000 naming gift to the College of Education’s Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking during a March 5 event at the university’s Pollak Library.

Credit Union Makes Educational Donation

California State University Fullerton will recognize SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union for its $500,000 naming gift to the College of Education’s Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking during a March 5 event at the university’s Pollak Library.

Tease photo

Freedom Sells Dailies in High Desert

Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Holdings Inc.’s plans to sell the Daily Press in Victorville and the Desert Dispatch in Barstow to New Media Investment Group Inc. in New York for $8 million.

Yamaha Motor Taps Local Ad Agencies

Cypress-based Yamaha Motor Corp. USA chose two local ad shops to handle its advertising, ending a three-month review for the national account.

Vans Taps Deeper Into Creative Roots for SXSW

In Music Festival Again, Releases Documentary

Cypress-based Vans Inc. is returning to this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Sign of Confidence in South OC: Maserati Dealership

AUTOS: Home development fuels addition; Alfa next?

Buongiorno, South Orange County!

Companies Forge Scrap Recycling Program

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. in Foothill Ranch and Chicago-based Boeing Co. recently started the largest scrap aluminum recycling program of its kind to date, according to the companies.

Oakley’s Next Brand Plan

Seeks Ad Shop For Estimated $100M Campaign to Highlight Company Culture

Oakley Inc. is looking for an advertising agency to handle the creative work on a global marketing campaign that will give an inside view of the $1.5 billion eyewear and apparel brand.

Ad Agencies Take Home Awards Haul

Local ad professionals recognized the best of the industry’s 2013 work with gold, silver and bronze American Advertising Awards—also known as Addys—at a Thursday event at the Irvine Marriott put on by the Orange County chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

Tease photo

Spectrum Gets Shares From Stakeholders in Spain

Irvine-based commodities trader Spectrum Group International Inc. reached an agreement to purchase all shares of its stock owned by Afinsa Bienes Tangibles S.A. En Liquidacion and Auctentia S.L., from based in Spain, for $6.36 million in cash.

Tease photo

Spectrum Gets Shares From Stakeholders in Spain

Irvine-based commodities trader Spectrum Group International Inc. reached an agreement to purchase all shares of its stock owned by Afinsa Bienes Tangibles S.A. En Liquidacion and Auctentia S.L., from based in Spain, for $6.36 million in cash.

Tease photo

Tiger Woods Foundation Exec Moves On

Greg McLaughlin is leaving his post as chief executive and president of the Tiger Woods Foundation in Irvine to take an executive leadership position with the PGA Tour in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Tease photo

Tiger Woods Foundation Exec Moves On

Greg McLaughlin is leaving his post as chief executive and president of the Tiger Woods Foundation in Irvine to take an executive leadership position with the PGA Tour in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Tease photo

Kaiser, Boeing Launch Recycling Plan

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. in Foothill Ranch and Chicago-based Boeing Co. announced they have started a scrap aluminum recycling program, the largest of its kind to date according to company officials.

Tease photo

OC Auto Sales Up 6.6% in January

Sales at Orange County auto dealers increased 6.6% in January to 15,062 vehicles, according to Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

Tease photo

Costa Mesa Shops Win Yamaha Motor Account

Cypress-based Yamaha Motor Corp. USA selected two local ad shops to handle its advertising, ending a three-month review for the national account.

Tease photo

Costa Mesa Shops Win Yamaha Motor Account

Cypress-based Yamaha Motor Corp. USA selected two local ad shops to handle its advertising, ending a three-month review for the national account.

Tease photo

OC Auto Sales Up 6.6% in January

Sales at Orange County auto dealers increased 6.6% in January to 15,062 vehicles, according to Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

Tease photo

Oakley Plans Brand Campaign

Oakley Inc. announced plans for a global branding campaign dubbed “Disruptive by Design” during an invitation-only gathering at RED Studios in Hollywood.

Tease photo

Ubiquity Aims for Nasdaq

Irvine-based Ubiquity Broadcasting Corp.’s application for listing on the Nasdaq exchange was accepted for processing.

OC Companies Get the Best Kind of Free Advertising

Quiksilver, Vans Grab Olympics Photo Opp

Two local companies scored gold in the first week of the 2014 Winter Olympics—in brand exposure, that is.

Asics Lives Up to Brand Slogan With 2014 Budget

MARKETING: Sponsorship of events key part of campaign

Asics America Corp.’s marketing campaign reflects the brand’s “Better Your Best” tagline.

ChopShop Catches Wave of Branded Digital Content

MEDIA: Vans, Boost Mobile on client list for original content

ChopShop Entertainment Inc. is riding the wave of the digital revolution, thanks to a growing client list that includes some big brands from its own backyard.

Tease photo

HB, Tustin Dealers Awarded ‘Mazda Gold Cup’

Huntington Beach Mazda and Tustin Mazda were among 16 dealerships in the state to receive the 2014 Mazda Gold Cup award.

Tease photo

HB, Tustin Dealers Awarded ‘Mazda Gold Cup’

Huntington Beach Mazda and Tustin Mazda were among 16 dealerships in the state to receive the 2014 Mazda Gold Cup award.

Tease photo

Slight Miss for Kaiser in Q4

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. reported fourth-quarter earnings of $16 million after market hours yesterday, coming in slightly below analyst estimates.

Friedman’s New Gooaaalll!!!

Auction.com Co-Owner Fires Up Football.com

Robert Friedman didn’t sink much into football.com—a 1994 bargain at $70.

Kia, NBA Continue Synergies With Caped Crusade

LA Clipper Griffin and Fans Play Superheroes

Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. is in its seventh season as the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA.

Tease photo

Kelley Blue Book to Top $20M on Ad Buys

MARKETING: This year’s mix adds Nascar to TV, radio, digital

Kelley Blue Book Co. wants to be the brand for all seasons.

Tease photo

LA Fitness Boost for Augie’s Quest

Irvine-based Fitness International LLC plans to host group fitness classes at more than 500 of the company’s locations as part of a fundraiser for Augie’s Quest, a non-profit founded by Corona del Mar resident Augie Nieto.

Tease photo

LA Fitness Boost for Augie’s Quest

Irvine-based Fitness International LLC plans to host group fitness classes at more than 500 of the company’s locations as part of a fundraiser for Augie’s Quest, a non-profit founded by Corona del Mar resident Augie Nieto.