Orange County Business Journal

Atlanta Publisher Takes Over Riviera, Other Luxury Titles

Luxury magazine Riviera was sold to an Atlanta-based publisher, in the Media and Marketing column

By Michael Volpe September 12, 2010 midnight share »

Claim Jumper Files Bankruptcy, Sells Assets to Private Equity Firm

Irvine-based Claim Jumper Restaurants LLC files for bankruptcy and looks to sell its assets to a Los Angeles private equity firm.

By Michael Volpe September 10, 2010 11:06 a.m. share »

Automakers Saw Sales Drop in August, Down from Cash for Clunkers Numbers

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc. and other local automakers saw declines in August sales as part of a larger industry hiccup resulting from the government’s “cash for clunkers” program a year ago.

By Michael Volpe September 5, 2010 noon share »

Freedom Looks To Streamline Media Outlets Operations

Chief Executive Mitch Sterns is looking to find a more efficient way to run Freedom Com-munications, in the Media and Marketing column

By Michael Volpe September 5, 2010 noon share »
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Lawyers See Deals Surge; How Long?

Local corporate lawyers saw work ramp up last month with an increase in mergers and acquisitions deals

By Michael Volpe September 5, 2010 noon share »
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Bag Bid

American Joe in Costa Mesa is developing a line of fashionable reusable grocery bags

By Michael Volpe September 5, 2010 noon share »

Sunstone Calls off Bid for San Diego Hotel

Aliso Viejo-based hotel owner Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. has called off plans to buy Southern California's largest hotel, the 1,625-room Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego.

By Michael Volpe September 3, 2010 8:37 a.m. share »

Hyundai and Other Automakers see Declines in August, Blame Cash For Clunkers

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc. and other local automakers saw declines in August sales as part of a larger industry hiccup resulting from the government’s “cash for clunkers” program a year ago.

By Michael Volpe September 1, 2010 3:17 p.m. share »

Marketer Leaves Hyundai for GM, Joining Colleague

Hyundai has lost marketing head Christopher Perry to General Motors’ Chevrolet, in the Media and Marketing column

By Michael Volpe August 29, 2010 midnight share »
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Bottled Water Hopeful Gets Wahlberg Star Power Push

Huntington Beach-based bottled water maker AquaHydrate has a big backer

By Michael Volpe August 29, 2010 midnight share »

PR Shops Hiring As Clients Come Back

ABOUT THE LIST: OC’s top public relation agencies are hiring again after a tough 2009. Includes the 2010 OC PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRMS List for download (pdf)

By Michael Volpe August 22, 2010 noon share »
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Thrifty Mindset Spurs Furniture Co.’s Hiring

Local budget furniture maker Technigroup USA plans to go on a hiring spree in the next few months

By Michael Volpe August 22, 2010 noon share »
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KOCE-TV in Middle of KCET, PBS Standoff

Local public TV station KOCE is caught in the middle of a financial tug of war between PBS and KCET

By Michael Volpe August 22, 2010 noon share »

Kia Playing Off Hamsters with Online Video Contest

Kia is hosting an online video contest to promote the Kia Soul, in the Media and Marketing column

By Michael Volpe August 22, 2010 noon share »
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Paul Frank Buy: Julius Meets Power Rangers

Paul Frank is set to be bought by Saban Brands but will keep its design team in OC.

By Michael Volpe August 22, 2010 noon share »

Media Mogul Saban Acquires Paul Frank

Saban Brands LLC has acquired Costa Mesa-based Paul Frank Industries Inc. and plans to keep its creative team here.

By Michael Volpe August 17, 2010 9:10 a.m. share »

Sunstone Acquires Miami Hotel

San Clemente-based hotel owner Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. has acquired the Royal Palm hotel in Miami Beach.

By Michael Volpe August 16, 2010 2:13 p.m. share »
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Film Festival

The city of Anaheim is planning its first film festival

By Michael Volpe August 15, 2010 noon share »
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Hotels See Uptick in Occupancy, Hesitant to Raise Rates

Hotel occupancy coming up, but rates are slow to move

By Michael Volpe August 15, 2010 noon share »
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Luxury Magazine Launching New Title in November

Jolie Adams is starting a luxury lifestyle magazine called Bask, in the Media and Marketing column

By Michael Volpe August 15, 2010 noon share »

Disney Ups Social Media Marketing for Theme Parks

Disney is planning a social media campaign for its Anaheim theme parks, in the Media and Marketing column

By Michael Volpe August 8, 2010 noon share »
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Mazda Mounts Big Push for Little Car with Latest Rollout

Mazda North American is hoping the smallest vehicle in its lineup will pack a big punch

By Michael Volpe August 8, 2010 noon share »

Sunstone Results Show Signs of Hotel Industry Rebound

San Clemente-based hotel owner Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. topped Wall Street expectations with a key profit measure and a gain in revenue as life appears to be returning to the industry.

By Michael Volpe August 6, 2010 11:28 a.m. share »

Sunstone Looking to Acquire San Diego’s Manchester Grand Hyatt

San Clemente-based hotel owner Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. is looking to acquire the 1,625-room Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego.

By Michael Volpe August 4, 2010 8:58 a.m. share »

Hyundai, Kia Lead On July Sales

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America and Irvine’s Kia Motors America Inc. again led local automakers with big gains in July sales as part of a larger industry rebound.

By Michael Volpe August 3, 2010 1:54 p.m. share »

Chapman’s Brandman Ramps Up Advertising Campaign

Chapman University’s Brandman University is launching its first solo advertising campaign, in the Media and Marketing column

By Michael Volpe August 1, 2010 midnight share »
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In-N-Out Heiress Takes on President Role

Heiress Lynsi Martinez has taken over as president of In-N-Out and is leading the expansion plans

By Michael Volpe August 1, 2010 midnight share »
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Mazda’s New Ad Shop To Hire in Irvine

Britain’s WPP will open an office in Irvine after winning an advertising account with Mazda North American

By Michael Volpe August 1, 2010 midnight share »

Ocean’s Away

MacGillivray Freeman in Laguna Beach is gearing up for its biggest project yet—a 3-D Imax film, TV and Web series about the world’s oceans

By Michael Volpe July 25, 2010 midnight share »

Disneyland Takes World of Color Promos to 4 Cities

Disney has kicked off its “World of Color Road Show,” a traveling spinoff of California Adventure’s World of Color, in the Media and Marketing column

By Michael Volpe July 25, 2010 midnight share »
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Rumors of Fair’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Promoters hope that rumors of the Orange County Fair’s demise will boost the annual event’s attendance

By Michael Volpe July 25, 2010 midnight share »

Fisker Acquires General Motors Plant

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive Inc. has finalized the purchase of a former General Motors Corp. factory in Delaware.

By Michael Volpe July 19, 2010 3:32 p.m. share »

Corinthian Shares Rise on Regulation Speculation

Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges Inc. and other for-profit school operators saw shares rise on market reactions to a report that proposed federal regulations that might not affect profits as much as anticipated.

By Michael Volpe July 19, 2010 10:02 a.m. share »
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Johnny Rockets Offers Loans to Credit-Strapped Franchisees

Lake Forest’s Johnny Rockets is launching a finance arm to help spur growth amid a credit crunch

By Michael Volpe July 19, 2010 midnight share »

Accounting for Losses

ABOUT THE LIST. OC’s biggest accounting firms have shed workers in the past 12 months. Includes the 2010 ACCOUNTING FIRMS List for download (pdf)

By Michael Volpe July 19, 2010 midnight share »
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Financial Reform Could Cost Accountants Business

The latest reform bill isn’t expected to provide new business for OC accounting firms

By Michael Volpe July 19, 2010 midnight share »
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School’s in Session

Local universities still are seeing enrollment gains for accounting programs

By Michael Volpe July 19, 2010 midnight share »

Fisker Tries Out Planned Karma Campaign on Website

Fisker Automotive started a website to create buzz about its luxury hybrid car, in the Media & Marketing column

By Michael Volpe July 19, 2010 midnight share »

Hyundai Takes Mini Challenge in Social Media Push

Hyundai challenged Mini Cooper to a race on Facebook last month, in the Media & Marketing column

By Michael Volpe July 11, 2010 midnight share »
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Yard House Doubles Space at Spectrum’s Chrysler Building

Yard House is doubling its headquarters space in the former Chrysler building

By Michael Volpe July 11, 2010 midnight share »

Water Show Adds to Busy Early Summer for Disney in Anaheim

The jury’s still out on the economic impact of Disney California Adventure Park’s World of Color lightshow

By Michael Volpe July 11, 2010 midnight share »

Doner After Mazda: Some Other Work To Fall Back on

The loss of a major client is not the end for Doner’s Newport Beach office, in the Media & Marketing column

By Michael Volpe July 4, 2010 midnight share »
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REVIEW - World of Color, Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure Park may have found something to keep visitors from heading across to Disneyland at the end of the night.

By Michael Volpe July 4, 2010 midnight share »
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Yard House, BJ’s Help Stabilize Restaurant Chains

ABOUT THE LIST: The largest restaurant chains in Orange County are seeing some stability after a challenging 2009 that saw lower revenue and job cuts. Includes the 2010 OC-BASED RESTAURANT CHAINS List for download (pdf)

By Michael Volpe July 4, 2010 midnight share »

Vocational School Operator Acquires Fresno College

Irvine-based International Education Corp. has acquired a Fresno career college.

By Michael Volpe July 2, 2010 10:58 a.m. share »

Sunstone Reacquires Hotel, Sees Business Improvements

San Clemente-based hotel owner Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. said Thursday it has reacquired a hotel it stopped making debt payments on last year.

By Michael Volpe July 1, 2010 2:25 p.m. share »

Local Automakers See Gains in June

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America and Irvine’s Kia Motors America Inc. again led local automakers with big gains in June sales as part of a larger industry rebound.

By Michael Volpe July 1, 2010 11:22 a.m. share »

Operator Named for Garden Grove Water Park

Colorado-based hotel developer McWhinney Enterprises LLC has named Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Resorts Inc. to operate the developer’s planned indoor water park.

By Michael Volpe June 28, 2010 3:24 p.m. share »
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Defense, Aerospace Contractors Shed 5% of OC Workers

ABOUT THE LIST: the largest aerospace and defense contractors in OC shed employees. Includes the 2010 OC's LARGEST AEROSPACE and DEFENSE CONTRACTORS List for download (pdf)

By Michael Volpe June 27, 2010 midnight share »
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Hyundai Pulls World Cup Spot After Catholic Backlash

Hyundai pulled a World Cup commercial that poked fun at the Catholic Church, in the Media & Marketing column

By Michael Volpe June 27, 2010 midnight share »

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