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OC 500: Ryan Hammer

Ex-PepsiCo exec tapped for QCD, 2017 … $1B unit of $7B Golden State Foods (see Mark Wetterau) … GSF brings meat, sauces, other foodstuffs to McDonald’s; QCD handles other clients: Starbucks, Chipotle (see Brian Niccol), Wendy’s … 17K deliveries weekly, 5.5K restaurants … 25% of GSF’s 6K workers … bachelor’s, Indiana; executive MBA, Colorado

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Huntington Beach Office Sells for $97M

An 8.6-acre office and retail complex in Huntington Beach has sold for $97.3 million.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.2% in midday trading to 3,009.08.

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William Lyon Homes Buys Mortgage Banker

Newport Beach’s William Lyon Homes (NYSE: WLH) has bought South Pacific Financial Corp., a retail mortgage banking company based in Irvine.

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Setting Sail

SPORTS: Moshayedi, Madden, Bissell and other OC execs see parallels in sailing, business endeavors

More than a dozen sailing teams from local yacht clubs and several prominent Orange County-based business executives are heading to Hawaii this week.

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OC 500: Julie Zimmerer

Business Journal Excellence in Entrepreneurship 2018 … launched personal service agency, 2007, after unable to find caretaker for dad … offers nonmedical help to elder community: meal prep, companionship, transportation … 200+ employees, 400+ caregivers … stays lithe in growing market via individual focus, adaptation: ‘have to be chameleons’ … revenue growing at $1M-a-year clip

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Office Is Where the Design Is

How WATG Draws Its Own Space

Dentists get cavities, developers buy houses; how do designers execute on their own plans—and spend their money?

A Leap Got Them Second Looks

Designing Couple on Restaurants, $23M Westin Long Beach Redraw

Conventional wisdom says “look before you leap.”

TI Firms’ Gangbuster Growth Curve Continues

$1.3B Billings; 11% Sales Jump; 26M SF of Work

There appears to be no shortage of work for Orange County’s tenant-improvement contractors. The local market heated up last year after a slower 2017.


Blessings, and Jams

Glenn Stearns is an optimist—a fact made clear during an interview with our Peter J. Brennan—coming after his namesake mortgage lender filed for bankruptcy, an event that involves another notable OC finance firm, PIMCO (see his front-page story).

Electric Vehicle Concept Puts Containers on Wheels

Few Details Disclosed For Company With China Ties

A secretive new transportation-focused tech company with domestic operations based here is looking to make its mark in the electric vehicle market.

Adventus Ventures Raises $3 Million

VC Money For Allevion, Pressao

Irvine-based VC firm Adventus Ventures, which focuses on medical technology companies, last week said it completed a $3 million Series A round of equity financing, led by Korea’s OnFace SDC, a technology investor focused on Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and integrated systems.

$20M for Cameo Shores Cliffside Home

7,000 SF Down the Street From Portabello Estate

A contemporary-style home reminiscent of a Balinese resort has traded hands for $20 million.

Crystal Cove Sale Goes for $16.4M

10,000-SF Home Has 5 Beds, 6 Baths

Inside the exclusive enclave of Crystal Cove, a Spanish Revival-style mansion on Offshore sold for $16.4 million, just shy of its asking price of $16.9 million.


July 15-24 2019

• Rise & Shine Breakfast (Orange County Young Professionals Network), Fountain Valley, 9 a.m., free,

Real Estate Deals

Sales of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

Bonaparte Liu purchased an office condominium from Ping Liu for $1.1 million, or $464 per square foot.

Office Style File Zillow Group Inc.

An Office With a View, Yoga, Kitchen

Zillow Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ZG) has about 380 employees in Orange County and not a single office at its three-floor, 63,000-square-foot space off Michelson Drive in Irvine.

Christ Cathedral Wraps Up Renovations

DESIGN: From Crystal Cathedral to Catholic home

Orange County’s most iconic house of worship has designs on becoming one of the most famous structures in the Roman Catholic Church.

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Stearns Bankruptcy Kicks Off Brawl

FINANCE: PIMCO, Blackstone at odds

Stearns Holdings LLC, a one-time Santa Ana-based mortgage powerhouse, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week.

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WeWork Goes Big In Irvine Spectrum

COWORKING: Full-office lease at new development

WeWork Companies Inc. has struck a deal to lease all of a just-built office in the Irvine Spectrum, and will operate one of the largest coworking spots in the U.S. at the location.

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