Orange County Business Journal

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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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Aliso Viejo Ad Tech Shop to Close

iHeartMedia Revenue Platforms is shutting down its Aliso Viejo office and moving operations to Texas.

By Mediha DiMartino February 17, 2017 11:17 a.m. share »
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New GM for Element Skateboards

Element Skateboards Inc. in Irvine named David Brooks its new global general manager, the brand’s top executive position.

By Mediha DiMartino February 16, 2017 5:13 p.m. share »

Phase II for Too Faced

Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.’s $1.5 billion buy of Too Faced Cosmetics LLC kick-started the next chapter of the Irvine-based company, which now aims to expand its global reach and nearly double its workforce.

By Mediha DiMartino February 13, 2017 midnight share »

Experian Amplifies Creditors’ Marketing Efforts

Experian PLC introduced “Amplified Prospecting,” a marketing tool that enables lenders to provide “a firm offer of credit” to target consumer groups via email and other forms of digital advertising.

By Mediha DiMartino February 13, 2017 midnight share »
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Volcom Down in 2016

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. posted $256.8 million in 2016 revenue, a 13.5% decrease from the prior year, according to Kering S.A., its Paris-based parent.

By Mediha DiMartino February 10, 2017 1:23 p.m. share »
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Rakuten to Exit Aliso Viejo

Rakuten.com Shopping is moving from Aliso Viejo to San Mateo in the Silicon Valley in March.

By Mediha DiMartino February 7, 2017 9:47 a.m. share »

TravisMathew Branches Into Belts With Licensing Deal

Huntington Beach-based TravisMathew Apparel closed a licensing deal with belt maker Cuater, citing “greater potential in combining forces.”

By Mediha DiMartino February 6, 2017 midnight share »
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Wet Seal Files for BK Again

Wet Seal LLC in Irvine filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, and is taking steps to liquidate its assets.

By Mediha DiMartino February 2, 2017 4:33 p.m. share »
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January Auto Sales Mixed

Three 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.

By Mediha DiMartino February 1, 2017 3:21 p.m. share »
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Boot Barn Misses on Revenue

Boot Barn Holdings Inc. reported mixed results for its December quarter, meeting Wall Street expectations on earnings but delivering below forecasts on revenue.

By Mediha DiMartino January 31, 2017 2:34 p.m. share »
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Post-Recession Car Sales Boom Winds Down

Sales of new vehicles at Orange County auto dealers plateaued at 191,910 last year after notching considerable gains for the previous six years, according to the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

By Mediha DiMartino January 31, 2017 12:50 p.m. share »

Business Journal Honors Five CFOs

Chief financial officers were honored in five categories on Jan. 25 at the Orange County Business Journal CFO of the Year awards, which drew a crowd of about 600 to Hotel Irvine.

By Mediha DiMartino January 30, 2017 midnight share »

Incipio 2.0

Incipio is a Latin word that means “to begin.”

By Mediha DiMartino January 30, 2017 midnight share »

Ad Shop Pens Colorful Posts to Lift Pentel Following

The Buddy Group employed humor to help Pentel of America Ltd. reach “the mainstream audience who doesn’t think twice about pens.”

By Mediha DiMartino January 30, 2017 midnight share »
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Grupo Gallegos in Buys, Rebranding

Ad agency Grupo Gallegos in Huntington Beach rebranded itself as GALLEGOS United after buying two companies on undisclosed terms—a New York-based digital agency Canvas and public relations shop RL Public Relations & Marketing in Los Angeles.

By Mediha DiMartino January 27, 2017 10:41 a.m. share »
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Emerald Buys Home Tech Show

Emerald Expositions LLC in San Juan Capistrano acquired the CEDIA trade show from the Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association in Indianapolis, Ind., on undisclosed terms.

By Mediha DiMartino January 26, 2017 6:01 p.m. share »
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Five CFOs Recognized

Executives were honored in five categories Wednesday night at the Orange County Business Journal CFO of the Year awards, which drew a crowd of about 600 to the Hotel Irvine.

By Mediha DiMartino January 26, 2017 10:44 a.m. share »
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Executive Changes at Mazda

Mazda North American Operations has set the stage for a new generation of executives to join its senior management in Irvine.

By Mediha DiMartino January 26, 2017 10:37 a.m. share »
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Retailer to Cut 148 Jobs

Irvine-based Wet Seal notified the state Employment Development Department that it plans to lay off 148 local workers by March 21. It listed a permanent closure as the reason.

By Mediha DiMartino January 26, 2017 9:30 a.m. share »
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Swimwear Maker CEO Dies

Susan Crank, chief executive of Lunada Bay Corp. in Anaheim, died on Jan. 23 after a battle with cancer.

By Mediha DiMartino January 25, 2017 5:59 p.m. share »
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Ad Tech Firm Buys Competitor

Viant Technology LLC in Irvine agreed to buy Waltham, Mass.-based Adelphic on undisclosed terms.

By Mediha DiMartino January 23, 2017 4:38 p.m. share »

PacLife Switches Ad Agency, Plans Corporate Campaign

Newport Beach-based Pacific Life Insurance Co. named M&C Saatchi LA in Santa Monica its advertising agency of record, and the agency’s first assignment will be creating a corporate brand awareness campaign that’s scheduled to launch in the summer.

By Mediha DiMartino January 23, 2017 midnight share »
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Reports: Wet Seal Exploring Sale

Wet Seal LLC is exploring liquidation or a sale, according to news reports.

By Mediha DiMartino January 19, 2017 4:22 p.m. share »
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Hyundai Plans ‘Instant Replay’ Super Bowl Ad

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc.’s return to the Super Bowl will include a 90-second documentary filmed during the game that will air right after the final whistle.

By Mediha DiMartino January 18, 2017 12:16 p.m. share »
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First COO for Incipio

Irvine-based Incipio Group promoted Ann Fong to chief operating officer, a new position.

By Mediha DiMartino January 16, 2017 3:06 p.m. share »
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Oakley Parent Sets $49B Merger

Oakley Inc.’s Italy-based parent, Luxottica Group SPA, plans to combine operations with Essilor International S.A. in France, pending regulatory and shareholder approval.

By Mediha DiMartino January 16, 2017 10:04 a.m. share »

El Pollo Loco Ad Celebrates Its LA-Infused Identity

The first ad campaign Vitro developed for El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. in Costa Mesa, “Road to Authenticity,” launched after the holidays with a TV commercial that ties the brand to its Los Angeles roots.

By Mediha DiMartino January 16, 2017 midnight share »

Tilly’s Goes Nimble in Face of Stalled Traffic

Tilly’s Inc. plans to withstand challenges vexing the brick-and-mortars nationwide with a 2017 playbook that includes renewed focus on e-commerce as well as a red-carpet rollout for shoppers that do venture into its 225 stores.

By Mediha DiMartino January 16, 2017 midnight share »
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New Operator for GG Knitting Mill

Broncs Inc. in Compton has reached an initial deal with American Apparel LLC to take over the lease for its textile facility in Garden Grove, according to news reports.

By Mediha DiMartino January 12, 2017 6:13 p.m. share »
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Nordstrom Out at MainPlace

Nordstrom Inc. in Seattle said it plans to close its department store at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana in March. The closure will affect about 195 employees.

By Mediha DiMartino January 12, 2017 11 a.m. share »
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RIP, South Coast Plaza’s Escher

Werner Escher, South Coast Plaza’s executive director of domestic and international markets has died after a battle with cancer.

By Mediha DiMartino January 9, 2017 6:26 p.m. share »
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PE Firm Buys Sandal Brand

Courtney Group Inc. in Newport Beach acquired sandal brand Flojos from Conscious Corp. in Thousand Oaks on undisclosed terms.

By Mediha DiMartino January 9, 2017 12:40 p.m. share »
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Kia Stinger Unveiled

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine debuted its first sports sedan Sunday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

By Mediha DiMartino January 9, 2017 11:33 a.m. share »

Emerald Buys Into Digital Trends to Grow Trade Shows

Trade show producer Emerald Expositions LLC, a champion of face-to-face communication, appears to be thriving in the age of digital business models.

By Mediha DiMartino January 9, 2017 midnight share »

5.11 Tactical’s Target: Fast Growth at Retail

Irvine-based 5.11 Tactical, an apparel and gear designer outfitting soldiers, firefighters and police officers, has a mission of its own—it plans to grow its 13-store retail lineup at a pace of one or two additions a month this year.

By Mediha DiMartino January 9, 2017 midnight share »

Sole Brother

What do Pierre-André Senizergues and the Michelin Man have in common?

By Mediha DiMartino January 9, 2017 midnight share »

Vans Joins Year of Rooster With Special Kicks

Vans Inc. in Cypress marked the Year of the Rooster—which runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 15, 2018 on the Chinese calendar—with a specially designed shoe collection developed in cooperation with Shanghai-based designer Kim Kiroic.

By Mediha DiMartino January 9, 2017 midnight share »
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New President, CFO for Raj Swim

Privately held RAJ Swim in Tustin hired Brenda West as its new president, making her the first person outside the swimwear maker’s founding family to hold the position.

By Mediha DiMartino January 5, 2017 4:43 p.m. share »

Etnies, Michelin Debut Shoe

Skate brand etnies and Michelin today introduced “the toughest outsoles in history” for its Marana OG skate shoe.

By Mediha DiMartino January 5, 2017 6:15 a.m. share »
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Automakers Grew Sales in 2016

Orange County-based automakers trailed the national sales pace in December even as most notched gains for the year, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

By Mediha DiMartino January 4, 2017 2:22 p.m. share »

Hyundai Looks for New Grip After Sales Drift

Hyundai Motor America Inc. needs a “diverse product lineup in its SUV segment” if it plans to increase its 4.6% share of a U.S. automarket that looks poised to plateau, industry insiders say.

By Mediha DiMartino January 2, 2017 midnight share »

Marketing: Kevin Bailey

Kevin Bailey oversaw Vans Inc.’s upward trajectory to $2.2 billion in sales during a 7-year stint as president of the footwear and apparel brand—a performance that earned him a recent promotion and honors this week as the Business Journal’s Business Person of the Year in the marketing category.

By Mediha DiMartino January 2, 2017 midnight share »

Kia Blazes Alt Fuel Trail With Cross-Country Drive

Kia Motor America Inc.’s 2017 Niro received a Guinness World Record title for the lowest fuel consumption for a hybrid car driving the U.S. from coast to coast.

By Mediha DiMartino January 2, 2017 midnight share »
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Kawaski, Citi to Offer Credit

Foothill Ranch-based Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. has arranged for Citi Retail Services to offer consumer financing via Kawasaki-branded credit cards at motorcycle manufacturer’s 1,100 authorized dealers.

By Mediha DiMartino December 22, 2016 12:26 p.m. share »
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Hyundai CEO Out

Hyundai Motor America Inc. has parted ways with Chief Executive Dave Zuchowski, who led the Fountain Valley-based automaker for the past three years.

By Mediha DiMartino December 22, 2016 9:57 a.m. share »

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