Orange County Business Journal

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.

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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.

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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.

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Kelley Blue Book Sponsors Nascar’s Earnhardt, Jr.

Kelley Blue Book Co. is adding Nascar racing to its marketing campaign.

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3 OC Architects to College of Fellows

Three Orange County-based architects have been named to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows.

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American Institute of Architects Honors Vasquez

Ernesto Vasquez, chairman and chief executive of MVE Institutional in Santa Ana, was named to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows.

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American Institute of Architects Honors Vasquez

Ernesto Vasquez, chairman and chief executive of MVE Institutional in Santa Ana, was named to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows.

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Reality Show for Anaheim Arena Team

Professional arena football team LA Kiss will be shadowed by film crews when it kicks off its inaugural season in April at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

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Reality Show for Anaheim Arena Team

Professional arena football team LA Kiss will be shadowed by film crews when it kicks off its inaugural season in April at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

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Toshiba Devices Get Crash Tests by Duo and Dog

Marketing Campaign ‘Proves’ They’re Tough

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. has set out to prove its products are built to last.

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Relationship Builder

CFO Built on Industry Connections to Help Company Become No. 2 U.S. Water Bottler

Kent Ratzlaff ran up to the podium to receive the Rising Star award at the Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards, followed by lively cheers from the crowd—a bit more than a typical financial industry’s “attaboy” applause.

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Young for His Resume

Lifetime Achievement Winner’s Experience Spells Versatility

Kevin Manion specializes in swooping in with new ideas and plenty of energy for his employer, whether it’s a distributor of wine and spirits, investment firm, produce grower or a national snacks brand.

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Emerald’s Big Little Deal

Private Equity Gives Trade Show Outfit New Vigor

Emerald Expositions Inc. functions like a modern-day matchmaker, setting the mood and bringing interested parties under one roof.

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Technology Media Company Sets Out to Buy Video Service

Irvine-based Ubiquity Broadcasting Corp. is looking to acquire ZUUS Media Inc. in New York for $30 million.

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Technology Media Company Sets Out to Buy Video Service

Irvine-based Ubiquity Broadcasting Corp. is looking to acquire ZUUS Media Inc. in New York for $30 million.

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Corinthian Shares Drop

Shares of Corinthian Colleges Inc. are down 7% to a market value of about $114 million on financial results that missed expectations for the December quarter.

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Data Specialist Raises $13M

Irvine-based marketing data specialist BlueCava Inc. recently raised $13 million in a second round of funding.

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Disneyland, Kaiser Execs Among CSUF Honorees

California State University Fullerton will honor four “exemplary Titan alumni and supporters” at its Vision & Visionaries dinner and celebration on Feb. 13.

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Data Specialist Raises $13M

Irvine-based marketing data specialist BlueCava Inc. recently raised $13 million in a second round of funding.

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Disneyland, Kaiser Execs Among CSUF Honorees

California State University Fullerton will honor four “exemplary Titan alumni and supporters” at its Vision & Visionaries dinner and celebration on Feb. 13.

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Ad Agency to Help Headphone Maker Sell to the World

Audiofly Hires Blue C to Market DJ Tiesto Line

Audiofly Pty. Ltd., an Australian headphone manufacturer with North American headquarters in Laguna Hills, named Blue C in Costa Mesa its global advertising agency of record.

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Big Crowd for 5 CFO Honorees

Members of the Orange County business community’s financial sector gathered Jan. 28 to laud five winners of the Business Journal’s Seventh Annual CFO of the Year Awards.

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Gillman Tapped as UCI’s Interim Chancellor

University of California President Janet Napolitano has picked University of California Irvine Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Howard Gillman to serve as interim chancellor.

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Gillman Tapped as UCI’s Interim Chancellor

University of California President Janet Napolitano has picked University of California Irvine Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Howard Gillman to serve as interim chancellor.

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Search for UCI Chancellor Expected to Take 6 to 9 Months

The process of choosing a successor to University of California Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake will likely take between six and nine months.

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UCI Business School Moves Up on FT Rankings

The Financial Times ranked University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business 48th in the world, a six-spot improvement from last year.

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Big Crowd for 5 CFO Honorees

Members of the Orange County business community’s financial sector gathered Tuesday to laud five winners of the Business Journal’s 7th Annual CFO of the Year Awards.

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Reiff Wins Another Golden Mike

“SoCal Insider with Rick Reiff,” a weekly news show produced by Costa Mesa-based public television station PBS SoCal, received two Golden Mike awards from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California.

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Reiff Wins Another Golden Mike

“SoCal Insider with Rick Reiff,” a weekly news show produced by Costa Mesa-based public television station PBS SoCal, received two Golden Mike awards from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California.

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Auto Dealers Honor Wilson

David Wilson, owner and chief executive of Wilson Automotive Group in Orange, received the 2014 David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award from the American International Automobile Dealers Association during their 44th Annual Meeting and Luncheon in New Orleans.

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Auto Dealers Honor Wilson

David Wilson, owner and chief executive of Wilson Automotive Group in Orange, received the 2014 David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award from the American International Automobile Dealers Association during their 44th Annual Meeting and Luncheon in New Orleans.

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Foreign-Owned Companies Top Overall Picture on Hires

ECONOMY: 5% increase to more than 30,000 workers here

The foreign-owned companies with operations in Orange County combined to employ 30,042 workers here in 2013, up 5% from a year earlier. Includes the 2014 OC's LARGEST FOREIGN-OWNED COMPANIES list for download (pdf)

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Concordia Business School Seeks Fresh Status

EDUCATION: New dean aims to make OC ‘4-university region’

Concordia University Irvine didn’t go far to find a new dean for its School of Business.

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DC Shoes Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary Online

Video, Digital Ads Talk Up Sporting Innovations

DC Shoes Inc. in Huntington Beach is celebrating its 20th anniversary by kicking off the “Defy Convention” ad campaign.

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Sage Hill School Names McNeill President

The board of trustees of Sage Hill School named Gordon McNeill as the school’s president, a new position.

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Sage Hill School Names McNeill President

The board of trustees of Sage Hill School named Gordon McNeill as the school’s president, a new position.

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Anaheim Distributor Buys in LA

Harbor Distributing LLC in Anaheim has acquired Sylmar-based beer distributor Allied Beverages Inc., which has a client list of some 4,100 retailers.

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Anaheim Distributor Buys in LA

Harbor Distributing LLC in Anaheim has acquired Sylmar-based beer distributor Allied Beverages Inc., which has a client list of some 4,100 retailers.

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Gallegos Gets Latino Chunk of Fast-Food Account

MARKETING: Joint pitch with general-market shop for Church’s

Grupo Gallegos in Huntington Beach will be the first multicultural advertising agency of record for Church’s Chicken after a joint pitch with Made Movement LLC, which will handle general market advertising duties.

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OC Marketing Firm to Help Goodwill Go Mobile

MEDL Hired to Make Mobile Site for Nonprof

Fountain Valley-based MEDL Mobile Inc. said it’s been hired by Goodwill of Orange County to develop a mobile version of its auction website, ShopGoodwill.com.

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Why Jewelry Exchange Has Mine of Its Own

COMMODITIES: Gets gold mine, boosts stake in diamond wholesaler

The Tustin-based company that owns the Jewelry Exchange retail chain has added a gold mine and boosted its link to the world’s leading diamond supplier in a strategy to offset price fluctuations on its raw materials.

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OC Auto Dealers Post 10.6% Sales Gain for 2013

Sales of new cars and light trucks at Orange County auto dealers increased 10.6% in 2013, according to a year-end report from the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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$11M Grant for UCI Professor

UC Irvine’s associate professor of education Carol Booth Olson has received an $11 million grant from U.S. Department of Education.

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OC Auto Dealers Post 10.6% Sales Gain for 2013

Sales of new cars and light trucks at Orange County auto dealers increased 10.6% in 2013, according to a year-end report from the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

$11M Grant for UCI Professor

UC Irvine’s associate professor of education Carol Booth Olson has received an $11 million grant from U.S. Department of Education.

Sources Say: Top Editor, Several Deputies Among 35 Laid Off at Register

Leaks from the Orange County Register newsroom in Santa Ana have fueled a rumor mill in advance of a 2 p.m. meeting that’s expected to bring word that parent Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. plans to make sweeping changes to the daily’s newsroom, where a total of 35 layoffs are expected.

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Blue C Lands Audiofly

Audiofly Pty Ltd., an Australian headphone manufacturer with North American headquarters in Laguna Hills, named Blue C its advertising agency of record for the U.S.

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Autobytel Pays $10M for AutoUSA

Irvine-based Autobytel Inc. has paid $10 million for auto sales leads aggregator AutoUSA, a unit of AutoNation Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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Local Corp. Names Board Chairman

Irvine-based Local Corp., an online advertising technology company, chose Fred Thiel to be its new board of directors chairman.

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Local Corp. Names Board Chairman

Irvine-based Local Corp., an online advertising technology company, chose Fred Thiel to be its new board of directors chairman.