Paul Hughes

Web & Data Editor/Reporter

Email: hughes@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 236

Recent Stories

Hotel Owner Starts ‘Holistic’ Brand

Private equity firm Alpha Wave Investors in San Clemente has formed Soul Community Planet to provide branding for hotels and other projects, with an initial investment of about $1 million, according to Chief Executive Ken Cruse.

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American Vanguard Gets Global Herbicide

An American Vanguard Corp. subsidiary acquired the Bromacil herbicide business of Bayer Crop Science in the U.S. and Canada. It bought the rights outside of these markets from DuPont Crop Protection in 2015.

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Margarita Gum Anyone?

Measured Failure Part Of ‘Social Capitalist’ Life

A comedy bit tells of a fictional inventor who “created a soft drink called 4-Up” that went through several iterations—“5-Up, 6-Up”—but never caught on, and the man “gave up and died, brokenhearted”—followed by a pause and the punchline, “Little did he know how close he came.”

Authenticity Comes Home

Convenience Is Easy, Quality Harder

Convenience is key to fast-casual food.

Active Year for Restaurants, Even Before Chipotle

$4.5B Chain to Debut At No. 2—Next Year

Boy, will this list be different next year.

Muscle Car Man

If you’ve “turned it too far and need to bring it half-a-turn back” Jeff Leonard can help.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.5% in midday trading to 2,762.73.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.4% in midday trading to 2,755.72.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.3% in midday trading to 2,771.49.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes were down in midday trading on increased global trade tension.

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Ahmansons Back Housing Conference

Fieldstead and Co. in Irvine plans a daylong “What Would Howard Do?” discussion of home ownership at the University of Southern California on Aug. 1.

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22 Private Cos. Have Double-Digit Growth

110 Firms Combine For $100B in Annual Revenue

Strong sectors of the economy, acquisitions, and emerging markets and technology drove double-digit revenue increases at several Orange County private companies—including three top-ranked businesses, where revenue totals make bigger bumps harder to come by.

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Food Truck ‘Meet-Ups’ Common; How They Do It

Crepes Bonaparte Founders Expand Southern California Reach

You might not have heard of Curbside Bites, but there’s a good chance you should be thanking it roughly once a week.

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.3% in midday trading to 2,773.65.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.3% in midday trading to 2,783.92.

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Airport Turns In Solid FY 2017

John Wayne Airport reported a solid—even stolid—fiscal 2017 with stable revenue, positive operating income, and lower interest expense for the year ended June 30.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.1% in midday trading to 2,788.15.

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Montage Los Cabos Open

Montage International’s Los Cabos resort is ready for its close-up.

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Fire Roasted: Real Mex Price Likely Sub-$100M

RESTAURANTS: Cost-cutting, revenue attempts, go only so far

When Real Mex Restaurants Inc. sells again, it’ll be for less than $100 million, considering the decade of woes at the Cypress-based casual dining chain:

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.2% in midday trading to 2,774.86.

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ShiftPixy Places $9M Debt

ShiftPixy Inc. raised $9 million in gross proceeds from a June 4 private placement of 8% senior secured convertible notes with institutional investors.

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7-Eleven Testing Can By Irvine Inventor

FOOD: Century of bottling innovation could bear fruit

Beta testing of an Irvine inventor’s new can in 7-Eleven locations in Los Angeles is the latest chapter in a 25-year saga to bring self-cooling technology to consumers worldwide.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.3% in midday trading to 2,763.44.

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JWA Gets Two For Texas

John Wayne Airport has two new destinations.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.4% in midday trading to 2,760.40.

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Supervisors OK JetSuiteX

JetSuiteX can begin flying from John Wayne Airport after the Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved the plan in “the first instance of a regularly scheduled commercial user operating from a location other than the Thomas F. Riley Terminal” according to the board’s agenda item.

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PHG Takes Two Miraval Vets

Pacific Hospitality Group in Irvine named Paul McCormick president and chief operating officer and Tom Walston corporate director of information technology and business intelligence.

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PHG’s Kramer Departs; Hotel Runner Gets VP

Pacific Hospitality Group Chief Investment Officer Kory Kramer left the Irvine-based hotel owner-operator to start a hospitality venture. He’s now a consultant with PHG, which named a new vice president of investments to take on some of his former responsibilities.

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Montage’s Pendry for NYC

Montage International’s Pendry Hotels lifestyle division will manage a 164-room hotel when it opens in 2021 as part of a Manhattan mixed-use development by Brookfield Property Partners LP.

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Hotel Markets Strong in April; CBRE Ups Outlook

Average daily rates at hotels in seven Orange County submarkets increased year-over-year in both year-to-date and month-of-April comparisons, according to CBRE Hotels in Los Angeles; the real estate broker and consultant also increased its national hotel market outlook for the year.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes were higher in midday trading on a strong jobs report that showed nonfarm payrolls and wages rising.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.7% in midday trading to 2,705.51.

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Southwest Boosts Long Beach Presence

Southwest Airlines will add flights on current routes from Long Beach Airport for at least the first two months of a JetBlue Airways pullback from the airport.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes rose in midday trading on easing of worries over Italy’s political woes and sector strength in finance and energy.

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Irvine Co. Names Resorts President

Irvine Co. today named Scott Hermes its resorts division president to succeed Ralph Grippo.

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Yogurtland Adds Internationally

Yogurtland opened in the Emirate of Sharjah, one of the kingdoms in United Arab Emirates; it has two other locations in UAE.

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Franchiser Names Chief Tech Exec

Home Franchise Concepts promoted Faisal Khan to chief information officer, a new position;. He’d been vice president of technology at the Irvine-based franchiser of homecare services.

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Disney Begins $100M Parking Structure

Disneyland Resort has begun building a 6,500-space parking structure valued, according to permits, at $100 million, and part of the park’s’ $2 billion expansion, which also includes a fourth hotel and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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Hospitality Guides: Hotels Help, Helped By, Schools

Irvine Co. Big Man On Training Campuses

No one sits at Pelican Hill—well, no one who works there does.

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Economics, Expansion Drive Hotel Renovations

Still-Rising Tourism Tide Lifts OC Resorts’ Boats

Sometimes, it’s just time. Hotels and resorts refresh their looks about every seven to 10 years as styles change in “linens and lotions” and as food and beverage and design trends emerge, even in the kinds of cocktails crafted for travelers.

Q & A

The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked hospitality companies and academic programs they work with about formal, systemic efforts properties take to recruit, hire, train and advance personnel—including technical staff, line workers and executives.

Hotel Rooms Snapshot: Hilton Still Tops, Others Move

51 Properties’ Total Stable; Tower, Refreshes Added

In the league of Business Journal lists, hotels sketch out a stable game. Room totals—the metric for this week’s list—pivot little, if at all.

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.3% in midday trading to 2,719.52.

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JWA Traffic Up

Year-over-year John Wayne Airport passenger traffic was up 5% in April to 894,000 on about 3,775 commercial flights, up 4.4%.

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Chipotle Moving to Newport

Chipotle Mexican Grill is moving to Newport Beach.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.2% in midday trading to 2,728.24.

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OC First On Galaxy’s Edge

Walt Disney Co. said Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disneyland Resort in summer 2019; the Walt Disney World iteration will follow in late fall.

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Visit Anaheim Teases 2019 Event

Visit Anaheim Chief Executive Jay Burress today in Denver led a live-streamed, kick-off to promote a 2019 tradeshow expected to bring about 6,000 travel industry attendees to Anaheim and Orange County.

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Chipotle Moving to Newport

Chipotle Mexican Grill is moving to Newport Beach.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.3% in midday trading to 2,716.91.

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