Orange County Business Journal

2016 Preview: RETAIL/MARKETING

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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Volcom Names CEO

Volcom LLC appointed Todd Hymel as its new chief executive, effective immediately.

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Tilly’s Reports Mixed Q3

Shares of Tilly’s Inc. were down about 2% in Thursday morning trading for a market cap of $172 million after the Irvine-based apparel, footwear and accessories retailer reported results yesterday that beat Wall Street expectation on sales in the October quarter but slipped on earnings.

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PacSun Reports Loss

Shares of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. were down in midday trading as it reported a loss for its most recent quarter.

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OC Automakers Beat U.S. Sales

All four Orange County-based automakers met or exceeded the national sales pace for new vehicles in November, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Depactus Co-Founder Steps Down

Bruce Beach, chief executive and president of Depactus, stepped down from active duties at the San Clemente-based apparel company, “to focus on other pursuits.”

Auto Dealer Sales, Makers’ Staff Up

The 40 largest auto dealers in Orange County combined for $5.3 billion in sales for the 12-month period that ended June 30, based on this week’s Business Journal list.

Mazda’s Michigan Man

GC Played Key Role as Auto Brand Regained Footing After Ford Split

Shawn Murphy was set on becoming an investment banker until the savings and loan crisis in the late 1980s took his job prospects away.

Heading Off Trouble

Goodwin Guides Oakley to Pursue the Best Contracts It Can

David Goodwin used the term “embedded” to describe his position as general counsel for government and military matters at Oakley Inc. in Foothill Ranch.

OC Retailers Bring Head of Steam Into Holiday

The top 33 shopping centers in Orange County notched a sixth straight year of growth in taxable sales, with an overall performance that suggests the local retail scene is hot heading into the crucial year-end holiday season.

OC Carmakers Show Their Stuff at LA Auto Show

Beer Bar, Bigger Booths, Other Features Rolled Out

All four Orange County-based automakers had something to present at the Los Angeles Auto Show a couple of weeks ago.

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Cypress Firm Buys Atlanta Sign Maker

Christie Digital Systems USA Inc., a Cypress-based manufacturer of high-definition movie projectors, acquired Allure Global Solutions Inc. in Atlanta on undisclosed terms.

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Sock Maker Opens First Store

Stance Inc. in San Clemente opened its first retail store, in New York’s SoHo district.

SJC Socks, Apparel Brand Acquired

St. Louis-based Shoes.com acquired socks and apparel brand Richer Poorer Inc. in San Juan Capistrano on undisclosed terms.

Innocean Crafts Ads for Hyundai’s Super Bowl Return

Carmaker Plans 4 Spots As NFL Auto Sponsor

InnoceanUSA in Huntington Beach is already working behind the scenes on Super Bowl ads for Hyundai Motor America Inc.

Data as Driver

San Clemente Software Company ‘Owns Desktop at Dealership,’ Passes $200M in Revenue

DealerSocket wants to be the Amazon.com for the automotive sector.

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Action Apparel Firm Names Exec

Lost Holdings in Irvine selected former Rip Curl executive Rick Petri as president, a new position.

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Kia to Recall Soul Vehicles

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine is recalling 256,459 Kia Soul and Soul EV vehicles, citing the potential for loss of steering, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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SJC Socks, Apparel Brand Bought

St. Louis-based Shoes.com said it acquired socks and apparel brand Richer Poorer Inc. in San Juan Capistrano on undisclosed terms.

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More Interest in Register Parent

Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Inc. has received a third loan offer to help it maintain operations while it goes through a bankruptcy auction, the company’s attorney said during a hearing held Friday at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Central District of California.

Webinar Software Provider Adds App-Connecting Tech

AnyMeeting Customers Can Sync With Other Tools

Web conferencing and webinar software company AnyMeeting Inc. in Huntington Beach is using Sunnyvale-based Zapier Inc.’s technology to help customers connect its products to popular business apps, including Salesforce, HubSpot, Constant Contact, Eventbrite, LinkedIn, and more than 400 others.

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SJC Socks, Apparel Brand Bought

St. Louis-based Shoes.com said it acquired socks and apparel brand Richer Poorer Inc. in San Juan Capistrano on undisclosed terms.

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More Interest in Register Parent

The publisher of the Orange County Register has received a third loan offer to help it maintain operations while it goes through a bankruptcy auction.

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Tradeshow Firm Buys Vegas Event

Emerald Expositions LLC in San Juan Capistrano acquired National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo from the show’s co-owners, Jim Bannister and Mike McGuire, for an undisclosed amount.

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Freedom Exec Exits for FivePoint

Freedom Communications Inc. in Santa Ana said Steve Churm stepped down from his position as chief revenue officer to join Aliso Viejo-based FivePoint Communities Management Inc. as its new chief communications officer.

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Olson Out at Wunderman

Dan Olson has left his post as managing director of Wunderman Los Angeles in Irvine.

Bankruptcy Auction Likely to Reveal Register’s Real Value

Filings Indicate Operating Profits Amid Turmoil

Freedom Communications Inc.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing reveals an outfit that’s burdened with debt and court judgments—well short of the assets needed to satisfy a legion of creditors.

Toll Roads of OC to Commuters: ‘Enjoy the Drive’

Campaign Includes Digital, Video, Mobile Ads

The Toll Roads of Orange County launched a new advertising campaign, “Enjoy the Drive,” that highlights the reasons it says people choose toll road: a stress-free drive and predictable commutes.

PennySaver Plans Online Comeback

PennySaver will resurface as an online-only publication in the near future, according to officials of MonetizeMore, a Victoria, Canada-based company that purchased the PennySaverUSA domains and other intellectual property in a bankruptcy auction on Sept. 23. MonetizeMore, founded in 2010, calls itself an ad optimization company.

Hyundai Breaks Out With Luxury Line

AUTOS: Genesis division to share headquarters here

Hyundai Motor America Inc. plans to break out of the pack of Orange County-based auto brands with the launch of a stand-alone division of premium vehicles named after its Genesis luxury sedan.

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Hyundai Launches Luxury Brand

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc. today launched a standalone brand of premium vehicles named after its Genesis luxury sedan.

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Most OC Carmakers Best US Pace in October

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

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PennySaver Expected Back Online

PennySaver will resurface as an online-only entity in the near future, according to the officials from MonetizeMore, a Victoria, Canada-based company that purchased the PennySaverUSA domains and other intellectual property in a bankruptcy auction held on Sept. 23.

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Register Parent Files for Chapter 11

Freedom Communications Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Central District of California.

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Paul's TV Shuts Down

Irvine-based home electronics retail chain Paul’s TV is out of business, according to an announcement on the company’s website.

OC-Bound Sports Gear Maker Adds Brand to Fold

MARKETING: Will consolidate Philadelphia-based operation here

United Sports Brands will make its move from the Midwest to Orange County with one more brand in tow.

Musco Center Gets Started With Logo

MARKETING: Stylized ‘M’ honors main donors, shows flair

Music has yet to stream through the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts, but Chapman University’s newest addition just played its first visual note—a signature-like logo that fuses outlines of the letter “M” with movements of a conductor’s baton.

Ad Agency Sets Upcoming Shopping Center Apart

Spots Show HB Affords ‘Real’ Vibe to Pacific City

Pacific City in Huntington Beach is scheduled to open to the public on Nov. 7, according to its developer, DJM Capital Partners in San Jose.

Quiksilver Seeks Sale of Shoe Brand

Quiksilver Inc. in Huntington Beach asked a bankruptcy court to approve the sale of its Ampla running shoe brand to a pair of former executives for $200,000.

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Register Parent Files for Chapter 11

Freedom Communications Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Central District of California.

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Paul’s TV Shuts Down

Irvine-based home electronics retail chain Paul’s TV is out of business, according to an announcement on the company’s website.

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