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3rd-Gen Owner Nabs Big Accounts; Markets Online
Greg Wingert took the time to hear out the Mater Dei High School guidance counselor’s push for college, but the senior’s mind was already set on joining the family business.
Swimwear Maker Moves In Market In Its Own Way
Felicia Madrigal sees Laguna Beach-based Merrilee’s Swimwear returning to shelves at popular retail chains, including PacSun and Nordstrom.
Shaheen Sadeghi, the visionary behind the Anaheim Packing House and other hip retail concepts, has picked a 12-acre site in San Marcos in San Diego County as his next challenge.
Ads Highlight How Easy It Says Switch to It Is
Boost Mobile LLC in Irvine launched national marketing and advertising campaign “Project Switch,” which highlights its “four lines for $100” offer.
Advantage Solutions Inc.’s initial public offering filing provides a glimpse into the Irvine-based company’s strategy of growth through acquisition of complementary sales and marketing businesses—it spent about $566 million on 39 deals in the past three years.
The first batch of Karma Automotive LLC’s Revero luxury plug-in hybrid vehicles is on its way to 10 dealer showrooms in the U.S. and Canada.
Goes With Torrance-Based PCG, Which Serves Honda
J.D. Power and Associates in Costa Mesa hired Pacific Communications Group as the agency of record for its automotive division.
St. John Knits International Inc. next month plans to cut 130 jobs at its facility in Irvine, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification it filed with the state Employment Development Department.
ASICS America Corp.’s sales in the March quarter declined 5.3%, according to its parent, Japan-based ASICS Corp.
The Business Journal compiles roughly 60 lists a year using various factors to rank local companies—growth pace, employee count, and in some cases, annual revenue. The OC 50—published since 1992—sorts entries alphabetically, so rather than a list, think of it as an always-evolving collective of local influencers.
Saad Chehab Previously Worked for Maserati, Ford
Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine hired Saad Chehab as vice president of marketing communications.
Autobytel Inc. reported March quarter revenue and adjusted profits that beat Wall Street expectations.
Hybrid Apparel in Cypress launched Love Tribe brand, a Disney princess-themed line of clothing for young women that’s available only at Macy’s department stores.
Z Supply, Its Eponymous Line Celeb-Approved, Guns for $100M
Z Supply LLC’s latest offering is a nod to Orange County’s apparel industry heritage.
Three of the four largest Orange County-based automakers trailed the national sales pace for new vehicles in April, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.
About 750 people gathered at Hotel Irvine on Tuesday for the Business Journal’s 23rd Annual Women in Business Awards ceremony.
Irvine Staffer Symbolizes Empowerment Effort
Ammara Essa, principal system performance engineer at Verizon Communications’ Irvine office, is starring in the brand’s new national TV ad.
REAL ESTATE: Perks like fridges, grills answer employers’ demand
Irvine Company’s own twist on the creative-office trend is gaining ground.
Lifted Research Group Inc. was bought by Mad Engine LLC in San Diego on undisclosed terms.
Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. posted $60.1 million in revenue in the first quarter, a 3.5% decrease from the prior year period, according to Kering S.A., its Paris-based parent.
Specialist to Help Plan, Brand San Clemente Shops
Craig Realty Group in Newport Beach hired hospitality, retail consulting and brokerage firm Brandon-California to help brand and plan the tenant mix for the second phase of its Outlets at San Clemente.
APPAREL: Takes trade group honor, but ‘lot of work to do’
Vissla, three years after its inception, emerged as the men’s apparel brand of 2016 at the Laguna Niguel-based Surf Industry Manufacturers Association’s annual gala this month.
Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations hired Dino Bernacchi as its chief marketing officer, a new position.
Kaiser Aluminum Corp. reported revenue and earnings for the first quarter that beat Wall Street expectations.
Home-Updo Firm’s OC Office Balloons as It Sets Sights on World
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.
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.
Roark Revival’s Work Lauded By Surf Group
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.
Two Firms Have 56% of List’s $1.5 Billion in Revenue
Let’s see that clip again.
LulyBoo Creator’s Naiveté Powered Her Through Snags
They say that what you don’t know won’t hurt you, or in Pazit Benezri’s case, stifle her entrepreneurial spirit.
29 Biggest Take in $621M Through 110 OC Presses
Orange County’s 29 largest commercial printers combined for $621 million in sales last year, about the same as the group posted in 2015.
Auto Partner of One Of Biggest Runs in Country
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.
APPAREL: Growth space, history inspire 2021 plan
Is a $3.37 billion revenue goal slightly “off the wall,” even for action sports industry superstar Vans Inc.?
SERVICES: Spent about $190M on shows in 2 years
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.
Manufacturers Say Systems Integrator Helps Them Stay Competitive
TransAutomation Technologies Inc.’s mission is to “help businesses succeed through automation,” and get them to “re-shore, remain in California and remain profitable.”
Taco Bell Corp.’s bean burritos will be the focal point of an upcoming campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Kevin Meehan has left the role of Volcom Americas market president to join Billabong Group’s RVCA in Costa Mesa as global general manager.
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.
San Juan Capistrano-based Emerald Expositions LLC has filed to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering.
Using Data to Get Better Handle on Foot Traffic
Taco Bell Corp. in Irvine has begun to use Foursquare Analytics to better “understand changing foot traffic patterns” at its U.S.-based restaurants.
Humanoid Robot Tested for Irvine Co. Retail
Irvine Company is spicing up its retail scene with Pepper, a humanoid robot capable of understanding and reacting to human emotions.
AUTOMOTIVE: Vehicle valuator’s Portuguese site may be first of many
Kelley Blue Book Co. Inc., after about 90 years in business, is dipping its tires into international waters.
ASICS America Corp. plans to open a product design studio in Boston, according to news reports.
New Spots Say Franchise Network ‘Good to Know’
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.
The American Advertising Federation of Orange County held its annual awards gala Thursday at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.
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.
Kelley Blue Book in Irvine launched vehicle pricing and valuation website KBB.PT in Portugal that it plans to adapt to other international markets.
Will Continue as Auto Partner, Be at 7 Events
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.
TECHNOLOGY: Continuity point of difference for software developer
Finland-based Vincit Group PLC drew its name from “amor vincit omnia”—Latin for “love conquers all.”
Ad Industry Innovator Leveraged Math Skills for Venture
Peter Nguyen got a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT, so naturally, he took up online advertising.
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.