Stories for February 2018
Wednesday, February 28
A report released Feb. 28 says low wages paid to Disneyland Resort workers have led to homelessness, hunger and financial woes.
El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. in Costa Mesa said Bernard Acoca will replace Steve Sather as president and chief executive and take his spot on the fast food chicken chain’s board.
Fred Diaz has been named chief executive and president of Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. in Cypress.
Habit Restaurants Inc. in Irvine said fourth quarter and full-year revenue rose but net income for both periods was either down or flat.
Bixby Land Co. chief executive William "Bill" Halford, one of Orange County’s better-known real estate executives, died Monday. He was 58.
Creator, popular investment style ‘Smart Beta’ … $179B AUM, including under license or as sub-adviser, up from $17B 2006 … helps PIMCO run $40B in 19 funds, various strategies … 16 of his funds in top 20%
SeungKyu (Sean) Yoon will replace Jang Won (Justin) Sohn as chief executive and president of Kia Motors America in Irvine.
Tuesday, February 27
Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi Corp. is in “advanced talks” on a potential sale to Microchip Technology Inc., according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Biologics manufacturer Avid Bioservices Inc. announced Chief Financial Officer Paul Lytle resigned, effective May 24.
Resume of increasing duties, responsibilities in industry firms … VP, deputy GC, Eli Lilly … senior VP, GC, Beckman Coulter … exec VP, GC Allergan during successful fend-off of Ackman takeover try … then director at former Janus Capital—colleague of Bill Gross … exited firm after Henderson Global deal … indie dir., Bio-Rad, Hercules, Calif. … 7,800 employees, biotech lab, life science products ... Yale B.A. geophysics; Yale law
Monday, February 26
Re-took president’s role when Steve Arnold left 2017 … runs $1.5B stable of hotels … big sale of Bacara, 2017 … includes resorts Paséa, HB, Balboa Bay, NB … AC Hotels … business-class near JWA, Spectrum … $125M
REAL ESTATE: Homebuilder deal on heels of cabinet division
For Ron Simon, the cost of home upgrades trumps the value of a new home itself, based on the Newport Beach business leader’s two recent blockbuster sales.
Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 9
Irvine-based Sunwest Bank elevated Carson Lappetito from chief operating officer to president.
Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments
Karal Ltd. leased an office building to Sheward & Sons & Sons. The price and term length were undisclosed.
Virtual Reality Offers New Remote Viewing Prospects
High-resolution photography and striking high-definition videos, in addition to the written description of a home, enhance the online house-hunting experience.
Raised $12M; Fund Not Limited to UCI Tech
The Cove Fund recently closed its second fund at over $12 million.
New Dogs, Old Tricks; Online Retail to Stores
An Anaheim media firm is pushing into stores products by one of its pet-focused web platforms, a somewhat counterintuitive move, given current retail currents, which could also illustrate the financial limits of like-clicking marketing—namely, whether a company’s social-media community translates into revenue.
Insurer Started in Sac, Moved to NB in 1972
Pacific Life in Newport Beach plans to celebrate its 150th birthday all year long.
Newport Beach Boutique Opens in About a Month
Don’t expect visitors to Newport Beach’s Lido House, R.D. Olson Development’s soon-to-open hotel near Lido Marina Village, to confuse the 130-room boutique property with the last big hotel to open in the city, Irvine Co.’s swanky The Resort at Pelican Hill.
MeU Care Adds PatientPoint Connect
Healthcare providers are increasingly incorporating technologies to provide better care at lower cost.
Monie Says Packaged Vertical Offerings a Driver
Count the chief executive of the world’s largest technology products distributor among the throngs of blockchain skeptics.
Ambry’s Martinson Gravitated to Biotech, Life Sciences Clients
Genetic diagnostics company Ambry Genetics Corp. concluded the year with a large corporate change, completing its up to $1 billion sale to Japanese printer maker Konica Minolta Inc.
FINANCE: Gordon drops title he held since founding
Stephen Gordon is no longer chairman of Opus Bank, which he co-founded in 2010.
Orangewood’s Luker Came West, Got ‘Itch to Do Good’
When John Luker decided to work full time for a nonprofit organization, he figured it would be a short-term stint. That was more than 16 years ago.
Award Makes Statement About His 35 Years
Todd Schull’s 35-year career as a top finance executive crisscrossed the nation.
Alteryx’ Rubin Managed IPO, Acquisition, Global Expansion
About a month before Alteryx Inc. filed its March 2017 initial public offering, Chief Financial Officer Kevin Rubin was on a flight to the Czech Republic with Chief Executive Dean Stoecker to hammer out a deal to acquire metadata management and oversight specialist Semanta.
MARKETING: Sees opps where rivals fear to tread
Think of Super Toy Box as a digital ad shop that picks up technology-heavy assignments traditional advertising agencies tend to shy away from.
RESTAURANTS: Big in Japan? Chain to find out
Yesterday Aliso, tomorrow the world.
Bank Strives To Overcome Past Sins
Keith Kobata is the new face of Wells Fargo & Co. in Orange County, in charge of more than 1,000 employees at the bank’s 79 branches.
Blue Gate’s Walsh Talks Obstacles, Progress
Blue Gate Bank, the first new bank in California since the financial crash a decade ago, celebrated its one-year anniversary in January. What was the first year like?
What a difference a couple of months makes. Since President Donald Trump signed the tax reform bill, business-sector optimism has shot up.
LEGAL: Not unanimous, but all but 2 jurors wanted to acquit
This one wasn’t close. Sort of. The jury in the retrial of longtime Orange County medical-device executive Jim Mazzo failed for a second time to reach a verdict on insider trading charges.
FINANCE: BofA, JPMorgan outgrow top-3 rival Wells Fargo
Banks operating in Orange County are attracting more deposits with fewer employees and branches, based on the Business Journal’s annual list.
RETAIL: But beauty-focused brand to use buyer’s expertise
While Arbonne International LLC was acquired by the nearly $3 billion Paris-based firm Groupe Rocher this month, it’s business as usual inside its Irvine headquarters, says its chief executive.
Apria CFO Preaches Big Data; Employee Growth; Hard Work
Apria Healthcare Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Debby Morris describes herself as partner to the chief executive, going beyond a chief financial officer’s typical role to develop strategy and key initiatives and driving growth and profitability.
Friday, February 23
This week we profile the five honorees from the Business Journal’s 11th Annual CFO of the Year Awards, including Apria’s Debby Morris, a fan of military methods, big data and hiring smarter.
State’s most active hotel developer, several years … most under various brands of Bethesda, Md.-based Marriott International … next up locally: $120M full-service in Spectrum area, boutique offering, Marriott Autograph—slogan: ‘Exactly Like Nothing Else’ in—Lido … proposed 21-story, 275-room in Hollywood, 6-story, 147-room hotel in Glendale … Business Journal Style File 2017 … OC 50
Shares of Universal Electronics Inc. are up 25% in afternoon trading to a market value of about $784 million, with shares moving about three times higher than the average.
Irvine-based Sunwest Bank promoted Carson Lappetito to president from his previous position of chief operating officer.
BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) beat expectations on revenue and net income in its most recent quarter and its shares were up more than 10% in Friday trading.
Thursday, February 22
Started firm 1999 with husband, Dryden … AUM $1.3B, up from $550M 2010 … Egyptian-born, advised ministers 2017 in that country on capital markets … 30 workers, four offices in Calif., Mich. … Business Journal Women in Business honoree 2012 … Barron’s top-10 ‘women advisors in U.S.’ … UCLA grad … backs United Way, Magdi Yacoub to build heart center in Aswan, Egypt
Wednesday, February 21
Laguna Riviera Beach Resort sold for $21 million, title transfers and CoStar Group information confirm.
Jurors deadlocked Wednesday in the retrial of local medical device executive Jim Mazzo on insider trading and perjury charges. Judge Andrew Guilford declared a mistrial.
ShiftPixy Inc. in January named Patrice Launay chief financial officer to replace Stephen DeSantis, who resigned in October.
Irvine-based Alteryx Inc. reported fourth quarter revenue and operating income that topped Wall Street expectations, with shares trading 17% higher after the release of the results.
Taco Bell systemwide sales rose 5% in 2017 to $9.8 billion, making it the fourth-largest U.S. restaurant brand by that metric, according to early numbers from Chicago-based food industry consultant Technomic Inc.
Took Irvine-based analytics software maker public in March 2017 … first OC IPO in two years … raised $114M net … shares up about 25% in first six months to $1.1B market cap … beat estimates first two Qs as public co. … raised about $160M prior to IPO … bought Yhat Inc., Brooklyn, June 2017
A long-rumored Montage Hotels & Resorts property in wine country gets underway this spring for an expected 2020 opening.
The jury in the retrial of former Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) Chief Executive Jim Mazzo deliberated for a third day on Tuesday and went home—with reports that one was ill. Mazzo is being retried at the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana on 16 counts of violating insider trading laws and four new counts of perjury.
Tuesday, February 20
William Lyon Homes said on Tuesday that it has agreed to buy fellow Newport Beach-based homebuilder RSI Communities, for $460 million.
Monday, February 19
Heads largest OC publicly traded co. … $24B market cap … 12.2K workers: added 500, 2017, adding 500, 2018 … heart valves … $3B revenue; $570M net income … multiyear HQ upgrade … bought nearby buildings … three success words: ‘putting patients first’ … personal foundation backs Down Syndrome work, including Glennwood House, Laguna Beach … favorite quote: ‘knowledge speaks, wisdom listens’
Renaissance Hotel Newport Beach debuted today, with the full $30 million renovation expected to finish by spring, a press release said.
Nemus Bioscience Inc. (OTCQB: NMUS) received a $1.75 million private placement from majority shareholder Emerald Health Sciences Inc. and other investors.
20 years as chief exec … revenue $523M, up from $498M … pediatric mental health campaign ‘Let’s Talk About It’ to boost support … $18M in backing … 18 kid beds inpatient center started last year, completion next
Year-over-year Long Beach Airport passenger traffic year-over-year increased 7% in January to about 321,000.
RETAIL: Not just PJ’s, now ‘bed to brunch’
P.J. Salvage hired Simon Cohen as president in November, the first shift in top management at the Irvine-based apparel manufacturer since Peter Burke bought it out of bankruptcy in 1997.
For the second time in a year, the fate of Jim Mazzo is in the hands of a federal jury. Prosecutors are still alleging the founder and former chief executive of Advanced Medical Optics violated insider trading laws by telling his friend and Laguna Beach neighbor Doug DeCinces that his company was being bought by Abbott Laboratories.
Banc of California’s Future Plans Get Cool Reception
Wall Street likes the future plans of Pacific Premier Bancorp (Nasdaq: PPBI). It gave a thumbs down to the road map of rival Banc of California Inc. (NYSE: BANC).
Drugmaker’s Main Campus In Line for Creative Makeover
Allergan PLC plans to vacate and sell three offices at its sprawling Irvine campus near John Wayne Airport, in the latest sign of retrenchment for the local operations of the drug-making giant.
Airport Bustle of Activity Belies Cap’s Cloud Cover
Barry Rondinella greets a guest sans sport coat or suit jacket. He seems a picture of rest and relaxation, and apart from an office setting on Airway Avenue in Costa Mesa on the other side of tarmac and terminals from John Wayne Airport—whose operations he’s directed for 27 months—the man could be canvassing a JWA concourse, arrivals or departures, on holiday or heading to one.
Include Monitoring, More Access to Care on Demand
Digital health is the buzzword when it comes to the present and the future of care. Technologies, such as telemedicine, remote patient monitoring and patient engagement via smartphones, are designed to enable providers and patients to manage health and wellness more effectively and cost-efficiently.
If there’s one word to describe the nation’s healthcare industry it’s uncertainty. The new tax bill repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provisions that required most Americans to purchase health insurance or face penalty, which could hurt hospital revenue with fewer people buying health plans. The bill also took away nonprofit hospitals’ ability to use advanced refunding to replace outstanding bonds with bonds at lower interest rates.
Hospitals Up Game To Better Coordinate Care
It was the worst of times and the worst timing. “The uptick in flu cases in mid-December spiked around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, around the holidays, a lot of traveling and socializing with family and friends,” said Dr. Wendy Coling, a Kaiser Permanente primary care physician in Orange County. She said it didn’t help that this year’s H3N2 influenza virus is a “more virulent flu strain.”
UCI to Fill Two Positions; Providence Taps New Head
High performers like UC Irvine Medical Center and Providence St. Joseph Health—its local network comprised of seven hospitals—experienced changes on the executive level in the year ended Sept. 30, the former in search of a new chief executive, the latter naming a regional head to oversee Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.
Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 8
Irvine’s Pacific Premier Bancorp agreed to acquire Grandpoint Capital Inc. in an all-stock deal valued at $641.2 million.
Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments
Colton Family Trust sold an office building to YMCA of Orange County for $5 million, or $228 per square foot.
CEO Says ‘Almost Like Back to the Future’
Kofax Inc. is back in the buying business under the more stable footing of Chicago-based private equity parent Thoma Bravo.
UDR Nears Finish Of $350M Luxe Rentals
Apartment owner and developer UDR Inc. is finding plenty of local assets to unload to pay for its $350 million project under way at the Pacific City mixed-use development in Huntington Beach.
Partners With BitAuto Holdings on Digital Projects
J.D. Power in Costa Mesa formed a partnership with China-based automotive website BitAuto Holdings Ltd. to “build the most efficient automotive big data center and artificial intelligence platforms serving China’s automotive industry.”
Nondrug Therapy TMS Targets Depression
Mission Viejo-based MYnd Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: MYND) is in the business of behavioral health.
Ready to Roll Out Device, Says First Order in March
Given the particularly bad flu season (see related story, page 26), GermFalcon’s germ-killing device is well-timed. The device uses ultraviolet-C light, the kind used in hospitals, to disinfect airplane cabins.
Irvine-Based Company Grows With New Office
SpringboardAuto, an Irvine-based online direct lender that connects customers with auto lenders, has doubled its office size and now plans to double its employee count to 100 by the end of the year.
Solitary Work Connects Care, Corporate Concerns
They say there’s balance in nature.
Irvine Public Schools Foundation hosted its fifth annual Top 100 Reception on Feb. 6 at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach.
A crowd of about 600 gathered to honor Orange County executives at the Business Journal’s 11th annual CFO of the Year Awards on Thursday night.
RESTAURANTS: Former Starbucks VP joins elevated vet
Taco Bell Corp.’s January shuffle in the top ranks was apparently a sign of things to come.
Technology Gains Traction With Reimbursement Change
There are plenty of opportunities for software solutions in healthcare operations, ranging from medical-records management to analytics to compliance.
FINANCE: Ex-CEO heads new ‘mello’ unit
Veteran real estate executive Chris Heller says LD Holdings Inc. has the feeling of a startup.
REAL ESTATE: $17M asking price for ABM building
The owners of a recently renovated, fully leased creative-office project in Tustin are aiming for one of the largest per-square-foot sales prices for a building of its type in Orange County.
EDUCATION: Science! and the ‘Chapman Experience’
Construction workers can be spotted through the large windows of Chapman University’s Keck Center for Science and Engineering—a milestone achieved in President Daniele Struppa’s first year in office.
Friday, February 16
Medical device executive Jim Mazzo’s fate is once again in the hands of a federal jury.
Luxury goods distributor MadaLuxe Group in Seal Beach promoted Adam Freede from president to chief executive.
Tustin-based Avid Bioservices Inc. yesterday priced a public offering of 9 million shares of common stock at $2.25 apiece, and expects more than $20 million in gross proceeds after the offering closes next week.
Thursday, February 15
A crowd of some 600 gathered to honor Orange County financial executives at the Business Journal’s 11th annual CFO of the Year Awards Thursday night.
Third year in role … previously: LAXparent Los Angeles World Airports … county-owned facility, 10.2M annual passengers … changing airlines’ cut; Southwest down, others up … opposite number at Long Beach OC 500’s Jess Romo … general aviation master plan inprocess, expected end of 2018 … 2017, new FBO, ACI Jet, led by OC 500’s William Borgsmiller
A Chicago hospitality company has joined Acacia Research Corp. in an investment in a Pasadena-based robotics maker for the restaurant industry, and a University of California-Irvine professor has joined that firm’s advisory board.
Parents Miguel González Sr., Teresa Reynoso arrived U.S. 1968 … Mexico business had closed … launched Latino- American-focused grocery chain 1980 … est. $745M revenue … flagship La Habra market opened March … layout includes Mercado grab-and-go, oven-ready meals; salsa-soup-salad bar; organic products … move turns focus to second-, third-gen Latinos
Wednesday, February 14
For the second time in a year, the fate of Jim Mazzo is in the hands of a federal jury. Prosecutors are again alleging that the founder and former chief executive of Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) violated insider trading laws when he disclosed to his friend and Laguna Beach neighbor Doug DeCinces that his company was being bought by Abbott Laboratories.
Irvine-based Taco Bell said senior executives Julie Felss Masino and Liz Williams will co-lead the company when Chief Executive Brian Niccol departs for the top slot at Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. in Denver on March 5.
Tuesday, February 13
Avid Bioservices Inc. in Tustin will sell its clinical-stage immunotherapy cancer drug candidate to Oncologie Inc. for $8 million upfront—with payments spread over six months—and up to $95 million in development, regulatory and commercialization milestones.
Brian Niccol will leave the top slot at Taco Bell to lead Chipotle Mexican Grill, effective March 5.
Ex-CFO runs franchiser of homecare businesses … biggest Budget Blinds … also Tailored Living (organizing), Concrete Craft (resurfacing) … $600M systemwide sales … started finance side, under five co-founders …
Monday, February 12
Mechanics Bank (OTCBB: MCHB) said it will acquire Learner Financial Corp., the bank holding company for Scott Valley Bank, to add $692 million in assets. Terms weren’t disclosed.
The L in LBA, which runs much of Irvine’s Park Place mixed-use campus near airport … it kept 10% stake after two deals that moved remainder to others … owns JWA area Oracle Tower … ex- Toshiba campus in Spectrum, bought for $65M in 2016 … has begun 230K SF R&D, industrial project in San Diego’s Kearny Mesa area
Irvine’s Pacific Premier Bancorp (Nasdaq: PPBI) agreed to acquire Grandpoint Capital Inc. (OTC Pink: GPNC) in an all stock deal valued at $641.2 million.
Indices across the board rebounded at midday by more than 1% apiece on a broad-based rally following two weeks of market turmoil.
Visit Anaheim said 24.2 million visited the city it promotes in 2017, a 5.1% increase over 2016, according to data gathered and analyzed by CIC Research Inc. in San Diego.
Still heads to work in his 90s … Gemini reclaims precious metals for use in chemical work by ExxonMobil, Dow … backs Chapman—Musco Center for the Arts—PBS SoCal, OC School of the Arts, St. Michael’s Abbey … Italian immigrant … 2017 Ellis Island honoree … three words: ‘hard work, dream’ … passionate about ‘my wife and charities’ … Business Journal OC’s Wealthiest, $300M
New Projects Lease Up; $105M Buy in San Diego
Irvine Co., Orange County’s dominant office landlord with a local portfolio topping 26 million square feet, has had an active few weeks in two of its other key markets: Silicon Valley and San Diego.
Olen Sells 40-Story Tower
Igor Olenicoff, Orange County’s third-wealthiest businessperson, should be a bit richer after the sale of his company’s most valuable office property—a skyscraper it owned in downtown Chicago.
REAL ESTATE: 1 of 2 Orange offices sold for $180M
Newport Beach-based KBS Realty Advisors, one of the country’s largest office owners, is poised to buy central Orange County’s biggest office tower in what would be its priciest local acquisition in over a decade.
TECHNOLOGY: Declares 2018 ‘Year of the Robot’
A 2013 acquisition laid the foundation for Kofax Inc.’s fastest-growing line of business as corporations seek to replace human workers with automated software in the digital age.
FINANCE: Analysis shows biggest entities in good shape
The 10 largest issuers of municipal debt that aren’t school districts owe a cumulative $9.84 billion, according to a Business Journal analysis.
Mortgage Broker Plans Offerings for a Lifetime
One old entrepreneur story has it that someone who knows nothing about an industry launches a venture, buys a fictitious-business name filing published in a favorite local business journal, and with some unsexy stuff in-between, is eventually visited by success, snagging a slew of small-business honors, buying a Revero, then doing it all over again. Alex Chen is doing it all wrong.
Selling Entrepreneurs On ‘Extreme Discount’
“I’d rather work a hundred hours for myself than 40 hours for someone else,” says Ryan Stack.
Patty. By now you know the tragic story of CDM High School student Patrick “Patty” Turner. Patty took his life on Saturday, Jan 27. The sophomore’s final exams started the following Monday.
RETAIL: Titan Industries doubles down on Mischka
Footwear licensee Titan Industries Inc. has lived up to its name for the past 20 years, attracting deals with apparel brands like Joe’s Jeans and Betsey Johnson while also helping celebrities Gwen Stefani and Zendaya launch footwear lines.
REAL ESTATE: Ground floor of office to get retail
The smallest of the four offices run by C.J. Segerstrom & Sons next to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, the seven-story 3420 Bristol St., is getting a makeover designed to bring its appearance more in line with its high-rise brethren.
HEALTHCARE: New Aliso Viejo HQ; hiring 120
A primary care doctor is the first stop for a patient’s medical care, including chronic disease management.
REAL ESTATE: 218-home site buy as Lennar deal nears
Irvine-based CalAtlantic Group Inc.’s last big land deal as a stand-alone company could turn out to be a 14.5-acre site it just bought a few miles from its headquarters at the Tustin Legacy development.
Shock spread through the Long Beach community three weeks ago—even three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, Golden State Warriors rookie Jordan Bell and Philadelphia Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford expressed their surprise on Twitter.
SPORTS: Agency Athletes First, QB client just got busy
Justin Schulman’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing since his client pulled off one of the most stunning performances in Super Bowl history.
Activity Level Belies Slow-Growth Numbers
2017 revenue and hiring at Orange County-based minority-owned businesses showed little change from 2016, according to Business Journal research—including slight declines at companies such as No. 3, Alorica in Irvine, and No. 7, New American Funding.
Got European, US Clearances, Stock Uptick
January was a busy month for Irvine-based patient monitoring device maker Masimo Corp., which announced Food and Drug Administration approval of two devices.
Various Tacks to Get Vast Audience’s Attention
Several Orange County-based companies were part of the enormous marketing push around Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4.
HNA Group in Cash Crunch; Debt Going Up
The ongoing financial troubles of HNA Group won’t affect operations of Ingram Micro Inc., the company told the Business Journal.
Plans to Use Blockchain To Fuel Instant Service
An Aliso Viejo company is among the first global crop of startups this year to raise funding through an initial coin offering.
‘Shark Tank’ Winner Shreds Sales With Sir Richard as Partner‘Shark Tank’ Winner Shreds Sales With Sir Richard as Partner
Seventh-grade entrepreneur, TED talker and Richard Branson protégé Carson Kropfl insists he “wasn’t an overnight success.”
Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 7
Leadership changes were announced at Huntington Beach-based Boardriders Inc. following the presumed death of Chief Executive Pierre Agnes, who was lost at sea off the coast of France.
Wallpaper, Color Changes, Mixed Metals Mix It Up
The holiday trappings have been put away until next year.
Saturday, February 10
Friday, February 9
More day-to-day at Olen, one of largest local property owners, from father, OC 500’s Igor Olenicoff … heads commercial property unit leasing team … leads on more Olen acquisitions … $500M buying pace … Andrei’s Restaurant, Irvine, founded, named for late brother; net profits back eye research … husband, Derek Ostensen … Laguna Beach duo dedicated Heisler Park sculptures 2017
Orange County Business Council named six “game changers” for 2018 and Steve Churm, chief communications officer of Great Park Neighborhoods developer FivePoint, was sworn in as board chair at the group’s annual dinner Thursday.
Thursday, February 8
Infinity Bank opened on Feb. 1 in Santa Ana, the first new bank in a year in Orange County.
JetBlue Airways Corp. plans to contest $264,000 in fines levied against it between April and November for violating the Long Beach Airport curfew, news reports said.
The board of Qualcomm Inc. today unanimously rejected Broadcom Ltd.’s latest unsolicited cash and stock bid of $121 billion, or $82.00 per share.
Lake Forest-based ReVision Optics Inc. has shut down saying, “it is with regret, that we have to close our doors.”
OC hotels sold at a slightly lower rate for a markedly lower dollar volume last year—but results were affected by the lack of a trophy property sale in 2017, a survey by broker-consultant Atlas Hospitality Group in Irvine shows.
Indices fell in midday trading as investors braced for higher interest rates and market volatility continued.
Irvine-based Evolus Inc. priced its initial public offering of five million shares of common stock at $12 per share, the low end of an earlier-announced $12 to $14 range.
A California federal judge this week gave preliminary approval for Allianz Asset Management of America LP to pay $12 million to settle allegations it didn’t adequately provide alternatives to its employees for their retirement plans.
Yum Brands Inc. in Louisville, owner of Irvine-based Taco Bell, will buy 3% of GrubHub Inc. in Chicago for $200 million.
Wednesday, February 7
Merged August, Care Capital Properties Inc., Chicago … co. keeps Sabra name, management, Irvine HQ, board control … 564 skilled nursing, senior housing properties … boosts skilled nursing exposure to 70%, plans 50-50 split … $3.8B market cap, up from $1.8B premerger … Fitch, S&P set investment grade post-merger … plans $20M savings … USC grad, football fan … produces films
Shares of TTM Technologies Inc. declined about 3% to a $1.5 billion market cap after the Costa Mesa-based company provided an outlook on adjusted profits this quarter that were below Wall Street expectations.
An affiliate of CW Capital Asset Management LLC bought the Portofino Inn & Suites for $26 million, its second such deal in the last few years for the bad debt of a Disneyland Resort-area hotel.
Launched 2007 … fishing family … three coastal OC locations … second came 2012, also NB … latest in Pacific City, HB … also owns Wild Taco; partner, Citzen Water Co. … Bear Flag comes from state flag, Carson’s dad’s
General Counsel Award honoree … first UCI Law grad class … started 2010 at high-end apparel maker as summer intern … advises on manufacturing, distribution, retail issues … negotiates contracts, licensing, technology, real estate … St. John employs 400 in Irvine, 600 in Mexico … 230 retail outlets, 55 stores and boutiques of its own … black belt in taekwondo
Coldwell—broker, chain real estate agents—bought his firm, brought him into fold … at purchase, Olson’s firm largest Calif. real estate broker … has served board of CT Realty Investors … Coldwell Banker founded SF, now NJbased … part of Realogy, which also owns Century 21, Sotheby’s Realty … $6B revenue, $213M net, 12K employees
CFO of the Year honoree … Alorica fastest-growing big company in OC … 290% two-year revenue growth to $2.4B … Molloy helped guide firm through two acquisitions … call center company has 100K employees in 19 time zones, five continents … South African native joined 2013, succeeding finance chief Jack Pollock—only CFO Alorica had had since 1999 founding
Parent includes Kimco Staffing Services Inc., sixth-largest OC employment agency: $53M OC revenue, $127M companywide … 4K temp workers placed OC 2016 … 212K workers placed companywide since founding … 150 corp employees … prof services—IT, engineering, finance, accounting—placement firms … founded firm age 33; previously president, Thomas Temporaries, age 28
Named to role 2016 … currently youngest managing partner, 200 biggest US firms … second-largest OC firm, with 130 OC attorneys, 265 employees … real estate, finance—debt, PE funds; institutional lenders … forming JVs, LLCs … land buys … telecom … boards include Segerstrom Center, Olive Crest … wife, Melissa, four children … bachelor’s, U. Mass Amherst; J.D. Boston U.
Runs program where people buy ‘giving cards’ to donate to charities … current role 2005 … tripled revenue to $10M … 2016 tally: 36K volunteers, 300 nonprofits, 289K hours of service, valued at $8M … consults to 125 SoCal nonprofits … connects them to corporations … PacLife Foundation named group outstanding nonprofit 2015 … three words: ‘inspiring, equipping, mobilizing’
Co-founder, architectural firm … worked with Irvine Co. on Westview apartment complex near Spectrum Center, Villas, next to Fashion Island … prominent current projects: Residences at Pacific City for entrepreneurs seeking beach living … beyond OC: two 24-story buildings DTLA historic core … designed Water Gardens in Santa Monica … son Matt McLarand is principal
Started firm 1988 as consulting platform … angel investor in 50+ firms, 20 still active … founding member, Tech Coast Angels … board service includes PAAMCO … resume includes stints at McKinsey & Co., and founding or senior exec roles at early-stage companies … B.S. industrial engineering, Stanford; MBA, Harvard … Ph.D. studies in strategic management, Drucker Center, Claremont
Started with $12M security services firm 1996 … now over $5B, 150K employees— big as Japan’s army … MBA, night school, U. Redlands … waste-management acquisition model … plans IPO, few years … growth due to terrorism, workplace violence, IP theft … $1B opportunity in tech: Uber-like app, robots … ‘blending of technology with traditional security … wave of the future’
Building Boardwalk, from-scratch, 545K SF Irvine offices … nine-story towers connected by bridges and with open terraces … ground-level restaurants, retail … developer Trammel Crow, architect Gensler … four decades with firm … longtime local builder … construction management support for $200M, 500K SF Hyundai Motor America HQ
Coldwell—broker, chain real estate agents—bought his firm, brought him into fold … at purchase, Olson’s firm largest Calif. real estate broker … has served board of CT Realty Investors … Coldwell Banker founded SF, now NJbased … part of Realogy, which also owns Century 21, Sotheby’s Realty … $6B revenue, $213M net, 12K employees
Family-Owned Business honoree … dad, Noel, started enterprise 1950s … family has built 20K homes … third gen now leading … biggest in OC: Oaks at Portola Hills, companywide: Otay Ranch near Chula Vista … once owned piece of San Diego Padres … chairs National Park Foundation, raising $500M to preserve parks, history … fourth gen on way, Al notes, “I’ve got 13 grandkids.”
University of California-Irvine accepted the resignation of Howard Federoff, vice chancellor of health affairs and chief executive of UCI Health System.
LD Holdings Group LLC, parent company of loanDepot, the nation’s fifth largest retail lender, today named real estate executive Chris Heller to head its recently-launched mello Home business.
Tuesday, February 6
An L.A. biotech billionaire who tried to buy the Orange County Register two years ago has agreed to buy the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune for $590 million, including pension liabilities.
Walt Disney Co.’s parks and resorts unit, which includes Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, reported double-digit increases in revenue and operating income which pushed the Burbank entertainment giant’s shares up 2% after-hours to a $160 billion market cap.
Leadership changes were announced on Tuesday for Huntington Beach-based Boardriders Inc. following the recent tragedy involving Chief Executive Pierre Agnes.
Indices whipsawed in early trading but were a little higher by midday after a steep selloff in the preceding two trading sessions on concerns of rising bond yields and higher inflation.
Allergan PLC reported strong fourth-quarter revenue of $4.3 billion, up 12% from a year earlier, and full-year revenue of nearly $16 billion, a 9.4% increase.
Leads largest new OC office project not run by Irvine Co. … two-building Boardwalk on Jamboree Road near airport … glass-sheathed buildings connected by web of indoor, outdoor bridges for one of most unique
Monday, February 5
Allergan PLC named Matthew Walsh chief financial officer, effective “later this month.”
Co-founded PAAMCO 2000 as ‘fund of hedge funds’ … 2017 KKR buy-in helped form firm with $34B AUM or advisement … 60-40 ownership split: company employees-KKR … began career at JP Morgan Investment Management
Broadcom Ltd. raised its hostile bid for San Diego rival Qualcomm Inc. this morning to $121 billion, or $82.00 per share.
Santa Ana-based Allied Universal, the biggest private security force in North America with over 150,000 employees, bought Covenant Security Services Ltd., a unit of Covenant Services Worldwide, on undisclosed terms.
Indices continued to fall amid concerns about rising inflation and higher government bond yields.
Edwards Lifesciences Corp. finished the year strong, reporting $889 million in fourth-quarter sales, up 16% from a year earlier.
For the most part Orange County doesn’t have celebrities. At least not the Hollywood kind. Orange County has business celebrities.
Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 6
Irvine-based fintech firm AutoGravity, which provides auto financing through smartphones, signed up another automaker: Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.
Nontraditional Resumes Offered, Including Videos
In Irvine company has launched a public beta of an online job search engine geared toward millennials.
Bank Apparently Helping Chipmaker Mull Options
Chatter is picking up again that Microsemi Corp. is exploring options, including a possible sale.
Just 167 Units Remain Out Of 15,000 Cap Set in 2010
A 150-unit apartment complex proposed at 2525 Main St. in Irvine about a mile from John Wayne Airport has gotten the nod as one of the last residential projects approved for the Irvine Business Complex under current density limits.
Billboard Campaign 20K Plays on Several Screens
Realty ONE Group launched a series of video ads on Times Square digital billboards last month in New York to get noticed by industry professionals attending the Inman Connect conference at a nearby hotel.
Strategy Also Includes New Manufacturing Plant
The outlook for Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s (Nasdaq: AERI) two glaucoma drugs appears to be good—Rhopressa received Food and Drug Administration approval in December, and the company said its other late clinical-stage drug, Roclatan, is on track for approval in the second quarter.
Mike Gray, founder of baked goods company Sweet Life Enterprises in Santa Ana, and his wife, Lori, donated a large financial gift to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.
Growing Economy and Wage Boosts Lifted 2017 Placings
2017 was a better year for the Orange County operations of employment agencies. The placement firms saw growth across nearly all metrics, from annual revenue to number of temporary and permanent workers landing jobs with clients.
Chris Outlines His Top Romantic OC Restaurants
"There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
First Three Regions: Orange County, New York, Phoenix
Paying for special perks isn’t new in healthcare.
MEDIA: Rare ‘trifecta’ latest validation of business plan
The narrative and documentary films that opened the Sundance Film Festival last month were both directed by Chapman University film school alumni.
HEALTHCARE: Adds scar therapy after new $15.5M round
Newport Beach-based Bonti is developing its own Botox. But unlike other competitors that aim to directly compete with Allergan PLC, it’s focusing on expanding therapeutic use of its lead neurotoxin candidate, EB-001.
FINANCE: OC-based banks show plans in outlooks
Two Orange County banks said last week that they’re on the lookout for acquisitions, while it appeared a third bank’s stock may be propped up by sale speculation.
REAL ESTATE: Lease expands Irvine presence by about 75%
Data analytics software maker Alteryx Inc., which went public in March, has signed a deal to expand its Irvine headquarters at a rate almost matching its impressive stock growth since a $14-a-share initial public offering.
REAL ESTATE: Horowitz Group latest McFadden Center owners
An investment group in Laguna Niguel that’s best known for its restaurant and grocery chain investments, including in Sprouts Farmers Market, is turning its attention to Orange County’s industrial market.
ECONOMY: Gen X, self- employed most sanguine
A fourth-quarter survey of Orange County consumers isn’t a total referendum on the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
How Costa Mesa Dealt With Cannabis County
Costa Mesa councilman Jim Righeimer pretty much knew California’s Prop. 64 was a winner—the measure legalizing cannabis to smoke in the home and to grow, sell and distribute as a licensed business—he just didn’t want his city “to be the first to sell it in the post-prohibition era.”
CANNABIS: Lockyer, Spitz set up in Costa Mesa’s ‘green zone’
What does a former state attorney general have in common with the ex-president of the Orange County Register’s parent company?
APPAREL: Head of newly combined surfwear giant lost at sea
Boardriders Inc. lost President Pierre Agnes less than a month after the Huntington Beach-based action sports giant announced a deal to acquire main competitor Billabong International Ltd. in Australia.
TOURISM: Ex-resort executive D’Amaro returns to Disneyland
Disneyland Resort presidents move up or out.
Her Resume is Loaded, Stellar, and Slated to Add One More Big Name
In a meeting last month at Broadcom Ltd.’s San Jose headquarters, Hock Tan asked Julie Hill why she wanted to join a board takeover of rival Qualcomm Inc.
Saturday, February 3
Julie Hill has ascended to the upper echelon of Orange County business and civic life. Now the chair of the UC-Irvine Foundation faces another corporate hurdle straight ahead.
Friday, February 2
Arbonne International LLC in Irvine and a sister company, Nature’s Gate, will be bought by Groupe Rocher on undisclosed terms.
Indices were down more than 1% apiece in midday trading amid a sell-off in equities, strong jobs data pointing to higher interest rates and a jump in treasury yields.
Ex-CEO of ex-OC aerospace firm ‘semiactive with some companies that derive from Rockwell’ … partner in Dartbrook Partners family office, ‘named for the street we lived on in Dallas’ in 1970s … UCI giver: Applied Innovation, centers for art, tech, innovation … backs Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Hoover Institution, AEI, San Jose State athletics, engineering … grandson plays Stanford football
Thursday, February 1
Irvine-based FMH Aerospace has changed hands for the second time in less than three years.
Irvine-based fintech firm AutoGravity, which provides auto financing through smartphones, signed up another automaker: Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation (NMAC).
Orange County automakers started the year on a positive note with the exception of Hyundai Motor America and its Genesis brand, which saw January sales decline for the month.
A Kimpton and a Le Meridien are two of the three hotels coming to a 5-acre site, next to a Target store and across Harbor Blvd. from the Hyatt Regency Orange County, in Garden Grove.