Orange County Business Journal

Panel’s Prediction: Predictive on Rise

Industry Execs Caution on Trade-Off of Privacy

The chief marketing officer of the future could look more like Star Trek’s Captain Kirk than the guys from the “Mad Men” show.

Toshiba Unit in Irvine All Over New Arena in Vegas

MARKETING: Joins Coke as “co-founding partner”

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.’s sponsorship of AEG and MGM Resorts International’s $375-million Las Vegas Arena comes with the sort of perks that are in the spotlight lately.

Printers Reach Beyond Paper, Ink for Revenue Gains

Use of Data to Help Clients Refine Targets One Key

The largest commercial printers based in Orange County combined for $585 million in revenue last year, a 7.5% increase from their total in 2013.

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New Execs for Kia

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine has named Jang Won Sohn president and chief executive to replace Byung Mo Ahn, who will become a company advisor.

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Toshiba Unit Sponsors Vegas Arena

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. signed on as the founding sponsor of the yet-to-be-completed $375 million Las Vegas Arena.

Quiksilver Cuts Mooney, Likely to Keep His Strategy

APPAREL: Turnaround plan included trim of product lines

Quiksilver Inc.’s board of directors fired Chairman and Chief Executive Andy Mooney late last month, according to its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 9

Wet Seal to Emerge Smaller, Private

RETAIL: Will take new corporate name under Mador

Teen retailer Wet Seal Inc. is slated to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy around April 15 as a privately held company with a new corporate moniker—Seal123 Inc.

NB Film Festival Secures High-End Sponsors

Will Include Fashion Show, Celebration of ‘Diviner’

The Newport Beach Film Festival, scheduled for April 23 to 30, has secured a roster of new high-end sponsors, including Orange County BMW dealerships and Remy Cointreau.

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Partner Ups Stake in Buena Park Place

Coventry Real Estate Advisors has transferred its majority ownership share of Buena Park Place to DDR Corp. in Beachwood, Ohio, its former joint venture partner.

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Most OC-Based Auto Brands Beat National Sales Pace in March

All but one Orange County-based automaker beat the relatively flat national sales pace for new vehicles in March, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Judge Approves Sale of Wet Seal

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher S. Sontchi today in Delaware approved the sale of Wet Seal Inc. to private equity firm Mador Lending LLC.

The Source to Open Later, Leaner With Fast-Fashion Anchor

The first big retail development to open in Orange County since the recession will be late—and it won’t have the lineup of stores once expected.

Hyundai Gets Artsy With LACMA Sponsorship

Signs On for 10-Year Deal Featuring Art, Technology

Korea-based Hyundai Motor Co., parent of Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley, is looking to elevate its brand with a 10-year sponsorship of Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Mooney Out, McKnight Back to Quiksilver Chair

Quiksilver Inc. shares were down 12% to $1.95 and a market value of about $330 million in midday trading Friday as the news spread of the shakeup in the company’s top echelons.

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PacSun Results Up, Shares Down

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. beat analysts’ expectations for the fourth quarter, which ended Jan. 31, before its stock fell about 2% to $2.82 and a market value of about $195 million in midday trading Thursday

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Kia to Sell Soul EV Beyond California

Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. will start selling its Soul EV in Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii, a move that comes a few months after the launch of the electric vehicle in California.

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Auto Dealer Sales Up in 2014

Automotive dealers in Orange County combined for $11 billion in sales last year, a 10% increase over 2013, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association’s 2014 Economic Impact Report.

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OC Auto Sales Rise 10.9%

Sales of new vehicles at Orange County auto dealers increased 10.9% year-over-year in February to 12,861, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

Win-Win for Mophie, Dog Rescue Group at SXSW

Recharge Batteries With St. Bernard Group

Mophie executed a clever social media stunt at the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival that wrapped up over the weekend in Austin, Texas.

Irvine-Based Marketer Plans to Sell Latino Accent in Miami

MARKETING: Niche unit aims to get brands past cultural barriers

Think of Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC’s Hispanic Retail Selling Team as ambassadors for general-market manufacturers looking to secure shelf space at Latino grocery stores in Southern California, Arizona, Texas and New York—with a push into Miami coming soon.

Apparel Company Names CEO

Fox Head Inc. appointed Paul Harrington chief executive and director.

Vizio Claims New Territory at SXSW

MEDIA: Artful documentary up for honors at annual festival

Add bonafide filmmaker to Vizio Inc.’s credits.

Newport Beach, Film Festival Go on London Tour

Promote City, Event With Help of Beach-Scene Bus

Marketing folks from Newport Beach & Co. and the Newport Beach Film Festival got on a bus to bring some sunshine to wintry London last month.

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Kushner, Spitz Leave Posts at Freedom

Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz have “resigned Tuesday from all executive duties at Freedom and the Orange County Register,” according to Freedom Communications Holdings Inc., parent company of the Register.

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Fox Head Names CEO

Fox Head Inc. appointed Paul Harrington its new chief executive and director.

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Volcom Names Ex-Quiksilver Executive CFO

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. hired Brad Holman as its new chief financial officer.

DGWB Joins With High-Profile Creative in New Venture

DGWB Advertising and Communications in Santa Ana wants more.

Mazda Works Magic for CX-5 With Penn and Teller

Ad Has Racked Up 14M Views on YouTube

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations’ commercial featuring magicians Penn and Teller has amassed 14 million views on YouTube since it first aired on Super Bowl Sunday. The automaker’s ads usually get about 10,000 views.

Mazda’s Latest Marketing Course: SXSW

Executives of Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations will aim to keep their minds open as they gauge the brand’s first year as the official automotive sponsor of the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, also known as SXSW.

SJC Firm Buys Trade Shows, Magazines

Emerald Expositions LLC in San Juan Capistrano acquired several trade shows from New York-based Vendome Group LLC and Macfadden Communications Group LLC. Financial terms of the two transactions were not disclosed.

Socks Maker Raises $50M for Stores

Stance Inc. in San Clemente raised $50 million from private investors to expand into underwear and open its own stores, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Register Launches Evening Website

Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. in Santa Ana said its flagship Orange County Register is running a nighttime version of its ocregister.com website.

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Publisher Debuts Pet Website

I-5 Publishing LLC in Irvine said it launched Petcha.com, a pet search website that lists pets from breeders and shelters.

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Advantage Sales Buys Canada Firm

Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC in Irvine said it acquired The Linkage Group Inc.

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Socks Company Raises $50M

Stance Inc. in San Clemente raised $50 million from private investors to expand into underwear and open brand stores, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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SJC Company Buys Tradeshows, Magazines

Emerald Expositions LLC in San Juan Capistrano acquired several tradeshows from New York-based Vendome Group LLC and Macfadden Communications Group LLC.

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OC-Based Auto Brands Beat National Sales Pace

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

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OCADA Names Board Leaders

The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association in Newport Beach announced its 2015 board of directors.

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Dog Sleds to Dior: Slice of Legend’s Life

It Took an Impresario to Get Global Traction in Costa Mesa

Add one more entry next to Henry Segerstrom’s name in the history books: retail impresario who saw Tiffany jewels where lima beans once grew.

Beauty Products Firm Reportedly for Sale

Pacific World Corp. in Aliso Viejo is up for sale, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Advantage Sales Diversifies Its Marketing Toolbox

Bought Firms Focused On Promotions, Experiential

Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC recently disclosed that it acquired two marketing firms last year to bolster offerings of its in-house promotions and experiential ad agency, IN Marketing Services.

Wet Seal’s Fate to Unfold With Bids

RETAIL: Philadelphia firm joins B. Riley in bargain hunt

Beleaguered teen retailer Wet Seal Inc. is still drawing interest, even if it comes in the form of some rock-bottom bidding.

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Asics Reaches $1 Billion Sales Mark

Asics America Corp. said it surpassed $1 billion in net sales for the first time last year, a 14.9% year-over-year increase, and expects about 14% growth in 2015.

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Aliso Beauty Products Seller for Sale

Pacific World Corp. in Aliso Viejo is up for sale, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Entrepreneur Media Invests in NY Firm

Entrepreneur Media Inc. in Irvine has invested in AlleyNYC, a company that leases shared work spaces on an hourly basis.

Vans Looks to Asia for Next Chapter of Growth

APPAREL: Expects to near $3 billion in sales by 2017

Kevin Bailey’s goals for Vans Inc. seem quite ambitious.

Port Discord Starts to Seep Into OC

ECONOMY: Inventories, air shipments help blunt effects so far

Most Orange County-based companies that rely on seaborne shipments have so far managed to work around the labor dispute that’s jamming West Coast ports.

New Oakley Obsession: Athletes Spreading Passion

Campaign Includes ‘Brand Hubs’ in Big Metro Areas

Oakley Inc.’s new agency of record, Eleven in San Francisco, has come up with a new brand campaign for the Foothill Ranch-based action-sports apparel company.

Raj Buys Basta Swim, Beachwear Brand

Raj Manufacturing LLC in Tustin acquired Basta Co., a New York-based swim and beachwear brand. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

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Kaiser Aluminum Beats Expectations

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. beat Wall Street expectations on revenue and earnings for the fourth quarter and full year.

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