Stories for January 2018

Wednesday, January 31

Disneyland Chief Promoted to Asia

The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) promoted Michael Colglazier, its current Disneyland Resort chief, to head of its Asia parks, effective March 5.

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OC 500: Anthony Hsieh

Founded, sold two mortgage cos. before 2008 … started LoanDepot 2010 … dodged real estate dive entirely … runs second-largest U.S. nonbank lender behind Quicken Loans … $1B revenue, 2K OC workers, 6K firmwide … pulled 2015 IPO that would’ve made him billionaire … begins day 4:45 a.m. … LinkedIn blogging … recent $80M tech upgrade … loves deep-sea fishing

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indices have settled into standard territory after early morning surges sparked by President Trump’s State of the Union speech last night.

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OC 500: Scott Maccabe

Also president, CEO retail consumer interactivity provider Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions … 15+ years with Toshiba units … prior Fujitsu … has taken pains to distance from Toshiba Corp., Japan, which lost billions 2017 … TABS ‘concluded a very successful FY16’ in April, and is ‘financially and operationally’ independent from Japan firm, he told stakeholders

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Tuesday, January 30

Coffee Maker Gets Soda Support

KonaRed Corp. in San Clemente will work with L.A. Libations in El Segundo to expand its line of cold brew coffee and other products.

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Search for Missing Boardriders Chief Ends

The search for missing Boardriders Inc. Chief Executive Pierre Agnes -- a three-day scouring of the sea off the Atlantic Coast of France -- has ended, news reports say.

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Live-Events Producer Names CFO

Worldstage Inc. named Rodney Miller chief financial officer.

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Aerie Offering Comes in at $74M

Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc. sold 1.3 million shares of common stock for $74 million.

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NAMM Number: 115,085, up 10%

National Association of Music Merchants in Carlsbad said its annual Anaheim Convention Center trade show and music pageant, which ended Sunday, drew 115,085 registrants and about 2,000 exhibiting companies.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 declined 1.1% in midday trading to 2,821.08.

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OC 500: Lauren Kelly

Responsible for marketing, branding of office properties of local landlord … Irvine Co. touts 150 ‘workplace communities’ in coastal California, Chicago, NYC … newest batch of area offices have onsite amenities: wellness clinics, fitness centers, farmers markets … Irvine Co. has overlapped concepts at apartment-hotel-office-retail to drive experiences, work-life connection

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OC 500: Tom Umberg

Boutique litigation firm founded 2014 with Dean J. Zipser … Umberg’s clients have included Fortune 100 firms, Calif. state agencies … former partner Morrison & Foerster … bachelor’s UCLA, JD., UC Hastings; master’s, strategic studies, U.S. Army War College … retired Colonel— Korea, Italy … paratrooper, judge advocate general—married to Brig. Gen. Robin Umberg … three grown kids

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Monday, January 29

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 declined 0.3% in midday trading to 2,864.24.

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OC 500: Ralph Grippo

Oversees three hotels—Pelican Hill, Island Hotel, Hotel Irvine—and golf courses also 600+ boat slips, OC, NorCal under California Recreation Co. … Grippo: some 20 years with Ritz-Carlton including a 2,600- room luxe portfolio in China … joined Irvine Co. 2007; was first Managing Director, Pelican Hill, then being built … bachelor’s hotel, restaurant management U. Mass … ran track in college

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Co-Founder Keeps Keys to See Jane Go Service

TRANSPORTATION: Believes in rides for women, by women

Don’t count Jane out yet.

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Kingston Says Customization Name of Gaming Game

Debuts Synchronized Memory Module Lights

Another first for Kingston Technology Inc.

Six OC ZIPs Land on Annual ‘Most Expensive’ List

California Leads National High-End Homes Ranking

It’s no secret that the Orange County coast boasts some of the most expensive and sought-after real estate around.

Toyota Grabs Joystick With Blizzard Esports Deal

Partnership Helps It Build ‘Premium Experience’

Toyota Motor North America signed on as North American Launch Partner of Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s Overwatch League, a professional video gaming competition with esports franchises in Boston, London, Los Angeles, Miami-Orlando, New York, San Francisco, Seoul and Shanghai.

J&J Device Co. Biosense Webster Enrolls Patients

To Study if WaveCrest Reduces Stroke Risk

Arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm leading to heartbeats that are too slow, too fast or irregular.

OC Cryptocurrency Fund Opens

FINANCE: Palmy Fund has $3.5 million

Newport Beach-based Palmy LLC said it opened the first cryptocurrency investment fund based in Orange County.

New Initiative Focuses On County’s Challenges

ECONOMY: Losing our ‘seed corn generations’

Last year Chapman University researchers Marshall Toplansky and Joel Kotkin published study “OC Model: A Vision for OC’s Future.”

OCBJ Calendar

Jan. 29-Feb. 7, 2018

Tbis week's business and other event listings.

Latest Sears Closures Impact 2 of OC’s Largest Malls

Westminster Faces CMBS Issues; Brea Site Just Sold

Changes could be in the cards this year for two of Orange County’s largest shopping centers, due to the forthcoming closure of anchor tenant Sears.

Opus, Banc of California to Up Lending This Year

FINANCE: Two OC banks see plenty of opportunities

Opus Bank and Banc of California Inc., which experienced turmoil last year, said they’re boosting lending this year.

Mission Hospital Grows With Partners

HEALTHCARE: Cancer center under construction; opens 2019

Take a hospital and a shopping mall owner, and what do you get? A retail experience that combines shopping, dining and healthcare.

LoanDepot’s New Lines Compete With GreenSky

FINANCE: To provide home-improvement loans

Foothill Ranch-based LoanDepot LLC launched two businesses to expand its real estate lending, including one that competes against investor magnet and fintech giant GreenSky LLC.

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Squar Milner Follows Mergers With Irvine Move

REAL ESTATE: Growing CPA firm to Irvine Towers

Squar Milner LLP, the largest accounting firm based in Orange County, is beefing up its local presence with a new headquarters location following an active year on the merger front outside of the county.

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Gray Area

In March the Business Journal debuts our list of the largest charitable gifts of 2017… long list, considering the cutoff of $1 million.

Business Bites

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 5

Vanguard University in Costa Mesa will open a new science lab this fall, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation.

Little Change in Meeting Space Last Year, Lots in Focus

Events Digs Make Splash as SF Up 2.1%

Meeting space is what the community of business is, at least for the 52 hotels on this week’s list.

Events Put Heads in Beds, Restaurants, Cars, Semis

Growth Headed to OC Will ‘Touch ‘em All’

It’s a hospitality industry truism: heads in beds.


The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked local hoteliers to talk about something in the meetings and conventions arena that they chose not to pursue last year due to limited time, talent or resources—and about those projects that they did pursue to enhance events.

Surge in Hotel Renovations Hits Meetings, Events

From New Towers to New Tastes, Hotels Spruce Up

Renovation has come to the fore among local hotels as construction slowed last year and several prominent redo projects concluded or are scheduled to debut.

Santa Ana Office Owners Plot Apartment Makeover

The development team responsible for the largest residential project under way in Santa Ana, the 1,221-unit Heritage apartments near John Wayne Airport, has its eye on another site in the city near the Discovery Cube Orange County for another big multifamily development.

CPW’s Latest Twist: New Tower on Drawing Board

Another residential tower is being considered for the sprawling Central Park West mixed-use development in Irvine.

One Identity Lonely Cyber Firm No More

One Identity LLC, a key element in Quest Software’s 2012 blockbuster sale to Dell Inc., which made Vinny Smith a billionaire, has closed its first acquisition as a stand-alone company.

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Old Boys Club

They call themselves The Old Boys. Just don’t confuse them with the stuffy office crowd your father’s generation had to contend with.

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Real Estate Deals

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

The Carvist Corp. sold a warehouse to Jin Y. Jang for $1.8 million, or $195 per square foot.

Saturday, January 27

Always Time for Scrum

This week's issue features a diverse group of Orange County executives—bred from here to Auckland—and their common obsession beyond work: rugby.

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Friday, January 26

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.8% in midday trading to 2,860.77.

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OC 500: Fifi Chao

Longtime doyenne OC restaurant scene … decades of dinners, occasional dinging when food, atmosphere didn’t sit right … dining out with her an experience, as staffers, execs, line up to say hello … has built Business Journal’s ‘Executive Dining’ into must-read … husband, Patrick, longtime OC hotelier … late son, Geoff, also hotels … retired Oct 2017

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OC 500: Jo Ann Escasa-Haigh

CFO of the Year honoree … wore several finance hats at Providence Health & Services, Renton-Wash., integrated St. Joseph Health buy … monumental merger of two health systems—50 hospitals, seven states … married HS love, David … two daughters Nadadores divers … likes cooking, TV shows ‘House of Cards,’ ‘Sherlock’ … formerly VP finance, PacifiCare, Cypress … CSUF grad, UCI MBA

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OC 500: John Curci Sr.

Longtime developer, low-profile patriarch … late father bought Calif. land during Great Depression … office, residential, resort work in OC, Palm Springs … scion well on way, with son John M. Curci helming DBaC, an estimated $50M revenue tenant improvement contractor … family foundation has backed OC Community Foundation, Chapman U., Catholic Charities … Business Journal OC’s Wealthiest at $735M

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OC 500: Chris Cotter

$950M revenue 2016 … runs 6 dealerships in Calif., 11 in Ariz. … three are in OC: Irvine, Tustin, SJC … founded 1946, Holmes Tuttle, who once sold a car to aspiring actor Ronald Reagan … Tuttle’s son Robert, nephew Jim Click owners and Cotter’s bosses

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OC 500: Mark Christy

Family-Owned Business honoree … he, attorney Joe Gelber bought Hobie retail business 1996 … exec Jake Schwaner holds minority stake … turned business around, closed stores, brought back vendors, focused on core beach clientele … revenue ‘eight figures’ … co-owns Ranch at Laguna Beach hotel; partner, La Sirena Grill … Berkshire Hathaway Realtor … older brother to co-award winner Laurie Alter

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OC 500: Donald Bren

Billionaire with most SoCal clout … Irvine Ranch: source of most new OC homes … company state’s largest office, apartment owner … backing local efforts to land Amazon’s HQ2 … active giver with education focus … wealth: $17B+ is No. 30 Forbes, No. 1 in real estate and SoCal … his Fashion Island turned 50 this year … tops Business Journal OC’s Wealthiest

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OC 500: Michael Beals

35+ years at faith-based university as undergrad, grad, faculty, admin … president since 2014 … met wife, Faith, there … ordained minister, former pastor, RSM … academic areas include church leadership, ethics, spiritual formation … honored in August for commitment to advancing Christian education … hobbies: reading, gardening, fly fishing, sailing, jazz, blues; plays doghouse bass

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OC 500: Robert Beall

Summer associate 1986, joined firm Oct. 1987 upon J.D. USC Law … now 30 years on … focus on complex civil litigation, patent disputes … has repped LendingTree, Comerica, Extra Space Storage, Adidas, TaylorMade Golf Co. … Sheppard Mullin one of larger national firms with OC presence … on firm’s exec committee … bachelor’s UCLA

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OC 500: Jay Burress

Five years in post … destination marketer for city … previously president, chief exec, Arlington, Texas CVB; SVP sales, Dallas CVB … bachelor’s Baylor … led rebrand, rename former city CVB … started Sports

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Thursday, January 25

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.2% in midday trading to 2,841.99.

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Wednesday, January 24

OC 500: Eric Wexler

Took post September … replaced 2016 OC 500 member Richard Afable … new duties cover OC, LA, San Bernardino counties … LA office … region second-largest provider after Kaiser … 14 hospitals, 26 urgent care centers, 60+ clinics ... 13K workers, 3.5K docs … joined Providence 2016 from chief exec Tenet’s northeast region … MBA, U. Hartford, in Conn. … wife, Stephanie

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.2% in midday trading to 2,833.30.

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2017 JWA Traffic Like 2016

Passenger traffic and commercial flights at John Wayne Airport last year were about the same as in 2016 as the facility works to stay under its annual cap for another three years.

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OC 500: Rick Arvielo

Mortgage lender’s 2016 originations $9.2B, up 35% … 16th-largest US nonbank lender … 130 branches, 2.4K workers … moved ‘from refi … to purchase market without missing a beat’ … life turning point: meeting wife,

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Tuesday, January 23

Vanguard Gets $300,000

Vanguard University will open a new science lab this fall, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation.

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Bonti Lands $15.5 Million Series C

Newport Beach-based Bonti closed $15.5 million in series C financing.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 increased 0.2% in midday trading to 2,837.48.

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OC 500: Patty Arvielo

Co-founded firm, husband, Rick, hero-role model, chief executive, OC 500: avoided 2008 financial crisis, personally signing off on every mortgage … 42nd biggest OC private co.: $478M 2016 revenue, up 26% …

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LoanDepot Unveils 2 New Businesses

LoanDepot LLC, the second largest non-bank mortgage lender in the U.S., launched two new businesses to expand real estate lending through its technology platform dubbed Mello.

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Monday, January 22

Salaam Heisman Fetches Nearly $400K

Rashaan Salaam’s Heisman Trophy attracted nearly $400,000 in an auction run by Laguna Niguel-based SCP Auctions.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 increased 0.5% in midday trading to 2,823.55.

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OC 500: Jacqueline Akerblom

Leads 130 OC workers, 11th-largest OC accountancy by that metric … 8K total in Western environs … GT has 44K worldwide workers … audit, tax, advisory … named to post 2013 … previously led SoCal … 29 years at firm … stints in San Jose, London … previously KPMG five years … has backed UCI’s business school, Girl Scouts, industry opportunity for women

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Kearny on Familiar Ground With Harbor Blvd. Buy

REAL ESTATE: $34.8M office deal follows Press sale

Kearny Real Estate Co.’s departure from the South Coast Metro office market was a short-lived one.

OC 500: Alain Monie

$42B products distributor on razor-thin margins expanding higher-return cloud services business, now used by 130+ telecoms … employs some 900+ in OC … 30 acquisitions in five years, from Turkish distributors to Atlanta data destroyers … continues expansion under owner Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co., which bought it last year for $6B … resume includes Honeywell, Allied Signal

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Long Beach Airport Closes Strong Year

Long Beach Airport passenger traffic was 1.9 million in 2017, up 33% over the previous year.

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OCBJ Calendar

Jan. 22-31, 2018

This week's business and other event listings.

Local Firms Capitalize on Pet-Pampering Ways

Just for Dogs to Add Cats; SnapWag Grows Clients

How far are pet owners willing to go to pamper their furry friends?

Acorns Gets Fresh Fuel; Talked Up as Possible Exit

TPG Fund Gives Secret Figure, Its First in Fintech

Irvine startup Acorns Grow Inc. is in rare company after securing an investment from TPG’s social and environmental investment fund.

Los Al Offices, Once Eyed for Retail, Office Again

Lincoln to Upgrade Site Next to 605, 150,000 SF

The owner of a 9-acre office site next to Los Alamitos City Hall that was once intended to hold Orange County’s first 365 by Whole Foods Market has changed redevelopment plans.

BJ’s Enlists Little Heroes to Peddle Lighter Selections

Preschoolers Talk Up New Menu in Latest Ad

A new TV commercial by BJ’s Restaurants Inc. in Huntington Beach employs Generation Z to test its new EnLIGHTened menu, which is “loaded with vegetables and grains.” Spoiler alert—it passed.

Supplement Maker Broadens Its Footprint in Asia

Company Launches Products in Singapore

Supplement maker ChromaDex Corp.’s rapid expansion in Asia speaks to the importance of choosing the right type of investors.


Bill Gross, co-founder of Pacific Investment Management Company, or PIMCO, and currently with Janus Henderson Investors, and his children made a $2 million donation to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County.

Autos Lead Modest Pace of Jobs Growth

Top Foreign-Owned Cos. Still Show Some OC ‘Braun’

Orange County’s automakers helped drive a modest uptick in employment last year among the largest foreign-owned companies with major operations here.

Volcom’s Paris Owners Fish For Buyer After Six Years

APPAREL: Will Costa Mesa designer come back home?

Kering SA announced this month it will spin off Volcom LLC, the Paris-based owner of the Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Brioni brands.

Wanted: Best Places to Work for OCBJ’s List

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Website to take entries through March 16

Is your workplace great?

Porsche Products Arm Moves to OC, Shifts Mall Location

RETAIL: Porsche Design sells merchandise, not cars

Shortly before Porsche Motorsport North America left Orange County for Carson in 2016, another brand-inspired outfit moved in—Porsche Design.

Dichotomy: Rick and Patty Arvielo Like To Buy Buildings … And Let Mail Pile Up

The purchase of a Tustin building by New American Funding isn’t the lender’s first, and it likely won’t be the last.

New American Adds Tustin Creative Office to Holdings

REAL ESTATE: Lender pays $22.5M for Radius site

Fast-growing mortgage lender New American Funding has bought a creative-office campus down the street from its Tustin headquarters.

Providence St. Joe SoCal Head Talks 2018 Agenda

14-Person Team To Lead Regional Strategy

In Orange County, Providence St. Joseph Health has more of a local flavor—its local presence is best known as St. Joseph Hoag.

Goodwill Makes Play For Cash in NFL Deal

NONPROFITS: OC-run auction site to sell to sports fans

Sports fans can soon bid on unique experiences and merchandise, like a round of golf with National Football League Hall of Famer Marcus Allen or a game-worn jersey, but the special auctions won’t take place at a fundraiser.

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SCNG, Register Layoffs Raise Same Daunting Question

MEDIA: Sustainable newspaper model still evolving design

Whether the Orange County Register, its parent, Southern California News Group, and group parent Digital First Media Corp. are profitable is an open question. They’re all private entities, majority-owned by another—New York-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital, and it doesn’t disclose financials, much less break them out, doesn’t have to.

“Ready for A, B. Not …”

Amazon’s decision to decline the three OC bidders tickets for its Big Dance of 20 HQ2 finalists was unsurprising, still disappointing and … confusing.

Real Estate Deals

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

TRISTAR Risk Management sold an office building to Jon Alberon for $7.6 million, or $186 per square foot.

Despite Poor Second Half, Industrial Market Still Tight

The county’s industrial market hit a somewhat sour note in the final act, a disappointing development following a stellar first half of 2017.

Office Rental Rates Rise With Demand in Q4

Orange County lease rates increased six cents in the fourth quarter to $2.88, in large part due to product coming online while not oversaturating the market.

Tight Industrial Market Gets High Prices, New Names

1.3% Vacancies Here Bode Well for Sellers

Orange County’s ultra-tight industrial sector is resulting in record-breaking sale prices for the few buildings being added to the local market, and is apparently drawing more real estate investors and developers to the area.

New Owner, New Ingram One Year After Buyout

Life hasn’t changed much for Ingram Micro Inc. since it was taken private a year ago for $6 billion by Chinese conglomerate Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co.

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OC Axe Handlers’ Guitar Gamut: Startup to Custom

In a 42-year-old class C industrial building in Westminster, Kevin Ryan crafts $12,000 guitars.

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Toll Brothers’ OC Push Expands to Pacifica San Juan

Toll Brothers Inc. has completed one of Orange County’s largest residential land transactions of the past year, for a large chunk of the Pacifica San Juan housing development in San Juan Capistrano.

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Big Mike’s Big Projects Hit Sales Block

Seeks Sale or JV For Tower, Old Register HQ

Real estate developer Mike Harrah is seeking a financial partner, and perhaps an outright buyer, for his two prized development sites in Santa Ana.

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Business Bites

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 4

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County said President and Artistic Director John Mangum will leave the group this spring to become executive director and chief executive of the Houston Symphony.

Friday, January 19

Foreign-Owned Firms Add Jobs

In this week's issue, OC automakers paced a mini-jobs drive in 2017 among foreign-owned firms — keeping alive a multi-year streak of such companies adding to payrolls.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.2% in midday trading to 2,802.53.

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OC Unemployment 2.8%

Orange County’s unemployment rate fell to 2.8% in December, and the state again reported a record low of 4.2%.

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Thursday, January 18

OC 500: Mike Harrah

‘Big Mike’ Santa Ana’s biggest developer … has owned 5M SF buildings in city … also Vegas, Hawaii, Arizona … 37-story One Broadway Tower billed as biggest in OC when complete … looks to transform ex-OC Register HQ into mixed-use project … plans multi-city participation in bid for Amazon HQ2

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Restaurant365 Raises Funding from Bessemer

Restaurant365 LLC, an Irvine-based developer of back-office software for restaurants, said it closed a $20 million Series A financing that includes a minority investment from Bessemer Venture Partners.

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OC Bar to Swear In New President

The Orange County Bar Association, which has more than 8,500 members, tonight is installing Nikki Presley Miliband as its president at the group’s premier legal event, Judges’ Night, at the Irvine Marriott.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.1% in midday trading to 2,801.10.

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Amazon Skips OC on Short-List

Orange County didn’t make the cut as a potential home to Amazon’s second headquarters, as the e-commerce giant announced its short list of potential locations for its massive HQ2 project.

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OC 500: Sandra 'Sandy' Segerstrom Daniels

Co-runs internationally known retail layout … 22M shoppers annually … launched Festival of Children Foundation 2003 … backs 480 national kid’s charities … part of effort to name September National Child Awareness Month, 2014 … Woman of the Year, office of Assemblyman Tom Daly, 2016

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Wednesday, January 17

Windjammer Sells JWC to Swiss Giant

Windjammer Capital Investors of Newport Beach sold JWC Environmental LLC to Swiss giant Sulzer Ltd. (SIX: SUN) for an enterprise value of $215 million.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.8% in midday trading to 2,798.37.

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Boot Barn Majority Owner Cuts Stake

Funds of Freeman Spogli & Co. that control Boot Barn Holdings Inc. in Irvine plan to sell about 40% of their stake, which would end their majority ownership of the western wear retailer, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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OC 500: Annette Marie Walker

Traces OC hospitals to 1920 ... parent: $19B revenue, 100K workers … third-largest U.S. healthcare provider … goal: personalized, accessible, affordable, community care, esp. for ‘poor and vulnerable’ … new wellness center Rancho Mission Viejo … hero: ‘Joan of Arc for bravery, passion … loves dogs’ ‘fidelity and joy when they see you’ … six kids, 10 grandkids

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George and Julia Argyros Give $7.5M for Coliseum Plaza

George and Julia Argyros have given $7.5 million through their family foundation in Costa Mesa toward the renovation of the Los Angeles Coliseum and a peristyle plaza will get the couple’s name.

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Tuesday, January 16

Register, SCNG Layoffs Could Signal Sale

Widespread layoffs are expected to hit a number of Orange County publications owned by Digital First Media Corp. (DFMC), parent company of Southern California News Group (SCNG).

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Accounting Firm Taps Leader

White Nelson Diehl Evans LLP named Paul Treinen managing partner, replacing Dave Doran who retired on Dec. 31 after 42 years with the Irvine-based accounting firm.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.2% in midday trading to 2,792.72.

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OC 500: John William DeCero

Co-founded California Republic Bank … sold 2016 for $332M—50% premium on prior day’s close—to Mechanics Bank, named chief executive … largest in NorCal’s East Bay with $5.6B assets, 1K workers … No. 18 local:

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Monday, January 15

OC 500: Igor Olenicoff

Olen owns 7.5M+ SF commercial space, much in OC … 13K apartments mostly out-of-state include recent $100M buy in Atlanta … at least $600M invested since 2014 … owns One South Dearborn tower, Chicago … added 9-story trophy in September near airport with $75M buy of Newport Corporate Tower … Business Wealthiest, $4.2B, third-highest local total

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Midday Stock Roundup

Markets are closed today for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

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Tech as in Wreck. Sometimes.

John DeCero doesn’t worry about technology—the Great Disruptor in seemingly all industries— disrupting his business: banking.

Adviser Building Own Field of Dreams

FINANCE: Trilogy founder uses radio to provide advice

Jeff Motske advocates a special kind of date with your spouse—“a financial date night” to discuss the family’s finances.

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Business Bites

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 3

Irvine-based Mazda Motor of America Inc. said it plans to open a $1.6 billion manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Ala., in a joint-venture with Toyota Motor Corp.

Real Estate Deals

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

MPMS Inc. sold an apartment complex to Zhi Min Li for $4.1 million, or $188,182 per unit.

OCBJ Calendar

Jan. 15-24, 2018

This week's business and other event listings.

How Will the New Tax Plan Affect Luxury Sales?

One Veteran Industry Executive Gives His Take

President Donald Trump signed into law a complex $1.5 trillion tax bill on Dec. 22 that will have major implications for homebuyers, particularly in California, Hawaii, Connecticut, New York and other high-tax states.

New York Car Care Product Maker Makes OC Home

Irvine Location To Be West Coast HQ

Third time’s a charm for Automotive Care Laboratories LLC.

Chipmaker 2nd to Edwards in Public Company Ranks

Skyworks, Now Run From OC, Increases Sales

Skyworks Solutions Inc., which is run from Irvine, enters 2018 as Orange County’s second-most valued public company, with a recent $18.5 billion market cap.

New Home Co. Expands OC Reach With New Offerings

More Deals Off Irvine Ranch; ‘Attainable’ Focus

The New Home Co., one of the most active builders on the Irvine Ranch in the past few years, is expanding its presence to other Orange County markets this year.

Product Appraiser Adds Apps to List of Its Subjects

J.D. Power Certifies Exceptional Offerings

D. Power’s Power Circle Ratings serve as a seal of approval on various products and services, most notably in the auto industry. The Costa Mesa-based market research company is now looking into customers’ satisfaction with apps. It launched the Mobile App Certification Program, which recognizes brands providing “an exceptional mobile app experience.”

From One Eye to Another: Aerie Gets Ex-Allergan Exec

Medical Affairs Head To Help Launch Drug

The latter half of last year was busy for Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc. The Irvine-based ophthalmic company ramped up operations, adding staff in research and development, commercialization and business development in preparation for Food and Drug Administration approval of glaucoma drug Rhopressa.

CES: Snapshots of a Marketer’s Dream

Trade Show Boon to Pro Pitchers

CES has evolved greatly in the past five years from a predominant drone, PC and TV showcase amid the 4K buildup to an increasingly inclusive show promoting the latest in autos, health and wellness, sports, apparel, music and food.

PIMCO Also Reported Banner Year

StocksPLUS, RAE Post Strong Returns

When it comes to mutual funds, Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co. is in a class all its own in Orange County.

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OC-Based Mutual Funds Performed Well Last Year

FINANCE: Affinity, PacLife, WCM rode stellar returns to top

Most mutual funds based in Orange County yielded a very good 2017 indeed.

Hot Hotel Market Boosts Business Down the Line

HOSPITALITY: Parkwest GCs carve $15 million niche

Seems like an Orange County hotel is born every minute.

Haddad, El-Erian Discuss Ideas to Improve OC

ECONOMY: Famous execs urge new mindset

How can Santa Ana attract more business?

Wanted: Best Places to Work for OCBJ’s List

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Website to take entries through March 16

Is your workplace great?

Alphaeon Subsidiary Files for $75M IPO

HEALTHCARE: Late-stage alt-Botox in need of fresh capital

Evolus Inc. has some good news and some bad news.

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Skin Tightening Device Maker Claims OC Home

HEALTHCARE: Recros lands $9M; foresees 2019 launch

Aesthetic device maker Recros Medica Inc. in San Diego plans to strengthen clinical and commercial efforts with a recently closed $9 million financing, and it’s bringing it all to Orange County.

Royalty Carpet Sheds 2 Industrial Sites for $70M

REAL ESTATE: Hines, Turner to rehab them; Edwards deal close

Two area real estate developers have bought two large industrial buildings in the Irvine Business Complex area vacated last year by Royalty Carpet Mills Inc., in separate deals valued at more than $70 million combined.

Lennar Offshoot Pays Top Dollar for CM Rental Site

REAL ESTATE: Land near Segerstrom Center goes for $55M

A development site in Costa Mesa’s arts district that’s earmarked for a luxury apartment project has traded hands at one of the highest per-acre prices in the region recently.

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Nothing’s Forever: 2017 Broke Carmakers’ Sales Streak

AUTOMOTIVE: Brands look to SUVs, CUVs, economy for ’18 revival

Spinning wheels don’t always accelerate. Ask Orange County automakers.

CES Heavy on Security Tech As Firms Answer Cyberjitters

TECHNOLOGY: Kingston, D-Link to intro new lines, partnerships

Several Orange County technology companies at the CES trade show last week promoted new security enhancements and related partnerships in an era when mobile devices and networks are on the front line of targeted cyberattacks.

Expanding in OC

Office Space Provider Gung-Ho About Growth

WeWork Spectrum Center buzzed with energy. The space, brightly lit and colorful—modeled after Wes Anderson’s film “The Grand Budapest Hotel”—represents the epitome of flexible, noncommittal office concepts where laptops move freely from communal tables to individual workstations or private offices, and collaborations can happen over a conversation at the coffee station.

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Friday, January 12

Philharmonic Society’s Mangum Departs

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County said John Mangum, its president and artistic director, is leaving the group this spring to be executive director and chief executive of the Houston Symphony.

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This Week: Work Gets More Creative in OC

Was a time when the folks who worked at ESPN “had all the fun.”

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.6% in midday trading to 2,783.50.

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CES 2018: Universal Creates for DISH

Universal Electronics Inc. helped develop a new voice remote control for DISH Network Corp., the Santa Ana-based company said this week in Las Vegas at CES, the nation’s largest electronics trade show.

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Thursday, January 11

OC 500: Scott Stowell

Top local exec at fifth-largest U.S. homebuilder … $6.5B revenue, 14,200 homes closed, 2016 … company borne of 2015 merger of Irvine’s Standard Pacific Corp., Ryland Homes, Westlake Village … Stowell’s West Coast base Irvine … CEO Larry Nicholson’s East Coast HQ, Arlington, Va. … market cap, $4B … UCI MBA … director, PacLife parent Pacific Mutual Holding Co

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Providence St. Joseph’s Wexler Fills Out Team

Providence St. Joseph Health Southern California Chief Executive Erik Wexler named most of an executive team to oversee 14 hospitals in Orange County, and Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

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Chronic to Open in Japan

Chronic Tacos’ first location in Japan opens in March under a deal it signed with a franchisee last fall.

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El-Erian Bullish on OC

Mohamed El-Erian touts the ‘OC Edge’ in a wide-ranging interview in the Jan. 8 issue of the Business Journal.

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H&M Heads Spectrum Center Expansion

A two-story, flagship H&M clothing store is the largest of the new slate of tenants coming this summer to a new phase of the Irvine Spectrum Center.

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OC 500: George Argyros

Real estate executive, investor … owns 5.5K apartments shopping centers … exambassador to Spain … one-time owner Seattle Mariners … also co-owned airline AirCal with OC 500’s Gen. William Lyon … among top OC

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.5% in midday trading to 2,761.88

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Habit Speeds Up

Habit Restaurants Inc. in Irvine said half its openings this year and most in 2019 will include drive-thru options for time-strapped customers.

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Wednesday, January 10

Mazda and Toyota to Build $1.6B ‘Bama Plant

Irvine-based Mazda Motor of America Inc. said it planned to open a $1.6 billion manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Ala., in a joint-venture with Toyota Motor Corp.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.1% in midday trading to 2,748.63.

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OC 500: Donald Bren

Billionaire with most SoCal clout … Irvine Ranch: source of most new OC homes … company state’s largest office, apartment owner … backing local efforts to land Amazon’s HQ2 … active giver with education focus …

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CES 2018: D-Link Gets More Connected

D-Link Systems Inc. in Fountain Valley introduced several connected-home devices this week in Las Vegas at the CES consumer electronics show.

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See Jane Go Drives Away

The idea was a ride-sharing service where women drivers served women passengers—the safety of both the driving force behind See Jane Go. But just sixteen months after its first fare, See Jane Go stopped operations Tuesday night.

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Tuesday, January 9

Botox Competitor Files for IPO

Evolus Inc. plans an IPO of up to $75 million, according to documents filed with the SEC Tuesday.

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Blizzard’s eSports League Signs Twitch Deal

Overwatch League matches will be broadcast on Twitch, the two said today.

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OC Hotel Development Down in 2017

Fewer and smaller hotels opened in Orange County last year, Atlas Hospitality Group in Irvine said.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.4% in midday trading to 2,758.44.

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CES 2018: Insteon Pairs With Google Products

Irvine-based Insteon said its line of connected home devices is compatible with Google Assistant-enabled products, such as Google Home speakers and select Android and Apple smartphones.

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Monday, January 8

CES 2018: Kia’s EV Concept Car

Kia Motors Corp. and its Irvine-based North American unit Monday in Las Vegas introduced a concept electric vehicle that can travel 238 miles on one charge.

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OC 500: Mark Peterson

Returned to firm 2011, corporate and securities partner … advises senior execs, boards … previous OMM 1990s, M&A; debt, equity offerings, SEC compliance … in-between corporate GC, chief legal officer, Conexant, Targus … IP, litigation, labor, risk, governance … focus includes life sciences … backs UCI: legal leadership center … bachelor’s BYU; J.D. UC Berkeley

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OC 500: Joe Yurosek

CO-PARTNER IN CHARGE GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP21 years at Comerica … Dallas-based Comerica an S&P 500 component … $3B revenue, $77M net, $13B market cap … Yurosek previously Sanwa Bank …based in Long Beach … bachelor’s, Cal Poly SLO … USC MBA … named to post 2016 … state market president Judy Love lauded his ‘in-depth knowledge’ of’ OC and ‘strong relationships’

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OC 500: Meryl Young

Shares duties with OC 500’s Mike Flynn … fifth-largest OC firm by lawyer count … cochairs Gibson Dunn’s national Securities Litigation Practice Group … practice focus: M&A litigation, govt. investigations … state’s top-30 and top-female litigators, Daily Journal … member UCI CEO Roundtable; advisory committee for US Sen. Feinstein … bachelor’s and Phi Beta Kappa, Barnard; J.D. Columbia

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OC 500: John M. Word III

Started agency with Edward J. ‘Rusty’ Brown Jr. … transformed state insurance brokers’ role in small-group health benefits market … 1996 California Choice let workers select from several health plans in one program … partners’ California Rx card has saved $400M on prescription drugs in 10 years … similar Nevada card adds $42M

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OC 500: Philip J. Wilson

Oversees Calif. … also national practice leader, firm’s tax dispute clients … bachelor’s Western Carolina U.; MS, taxation, Golden Gate University … biggest accomplishment 2017: ‘expanding Marcum’s Bay Area footprint’ with San Jose practice … NY-based firm has 55 workers local … four years with Marcum after 15 with WilsonMorgan LLP … hero: Ronald Reagan

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OC 500: Theodore "Ted' Wilm

Fourth-largest OC accountancy, 400 employees … 223K worldwide workers … 35 years with firm in LA, OC … first job out of Villanova … role models: ‘my parents’ … major life turning point: ‘marrying wife and raising our two sons’ … passionate about helping others achieve their potential … three words: ‘embrace change; teamwork’ … backs Center for Investment and Wealth Management and Women Investing in Security and Education

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OC 500: Brenda West

Joined 2017 … first boss not in family of founder Raj Bhathal, OC 500 … previously 27 years with, including last seven leading, Manhattan Beachwear … Raj makes swimsuits … $300M revenue, 400 workers … added Sports Illustrated Swimsuit to licensed brands including Ella Moss, Splendid, Reef … its own brands include Luxe by Lisa Vogel, co-owner and co-chief exec with brother Alex Bhathal

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OC 500: Roger Weninger

Was seventh-largest OC accountancy, 160 workers … Seattle-based parent in August 2017 bought Denver-based Hein & Assocs., which added 30 local … look for 2018 Moss Adams list bump … overall OC accountants added workers at 2% clip … ‘the trends seem to be positive,’ Weninger said

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OC 500: Glenn Welling

Launched activist investor 2012, $85M seed money from Grosvenor Capital … led proxy battle 2017 vs. Rent-A-Center … previously principal, managing director, $6B equity fund Relational Investors … headed advisory business, Credit Suisse investment banking … has exited 15 core positions, average return 36% … lettered four years in tennis at U. Penn … teaches courses at alma mater Wharton

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OC 500: Charles Wax

Family-Owned Business honoree … largest privately owned U.S. sanitary supply distributor … big warehouse Santa Ana, HQ San Diego … 860 employees in nine states … 100K products, including 300+ plastic bag styles, 50+ kinds of toilet paper … firm history back to 1945 … tech focus: spends $1M+ a year to track 30K customers, 3K orders daily, 100 trucks, Best Places to Work OC

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OC 500: James 'Watty' Watson

One of biggest U.S. private developers of industrial business parks … projects in NorCal, Texas, Atlanta … chairs CTR affiliates Port Logistics Realty, industrial developer ... investor in TechSpace Holding Co., tech-focused flex and co-work space … CT making waves in Aliso Viejo with medical-focused mixed-use—offices and senior living among uses … joined CT after working with OC icon Don Koll

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OC 500: Marian 'Mimi' Walters

Won seat 2014 of retiring OC auto dealer John Campbell … south-central district, North Tustin to Mission Viejo; OC foothills to Irvine Spectrum area … served state senate, assembly … legislative focus: debt, tax code, financial services … previously investment banking: Drexel; Kidder Peabody … four foes have said they’ll run for seat, 2018, including two UCI law professors … married, four kids

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OC 500: John Christopher Walsh

First new OC bank, third new US since Great Recession … 37-year banking veteran … former president, chief exec, Sunwest Bank, tripled its size to $820M in assets … led five acquisitions, moves into four Western states … Blue Gate: small-business focus, plans SBA lending … Walsh reports to chief exec Charles Fenton … bachelor’s, business, economics emphasis, UCSB

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OC 500: George Wall

40+ year career … joined firm 2016 … chair, Glaser Weil M&A work … recapitalizations, VC … SoCal Super Lawyer … transactions include NBA Sacramento Kings purchase, proposed purchase of then-New Orleans Hornets … clients have included PE firm Riordan Lewis, Ocean Pacific, Outdoor Channel, McDonald’s Corp., George Argyros … bachelor’s U. Va; J.D. U San Diego

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OC 500: W. Henry Walker

Fourth-gen family-owned bank, Long Beach … founded 1907 by Walker’s greatgrandfather C.J. Walker … $6.9B assets … SoCal commercial, retail investment properties … has said no interest in selling to larger banks … $1B market cap … 24 branches … bank gives $1M annually to charities, nonprofits, religious groups … brother Daniel chief executive … Henry’s hobbies include snowboarding, polo, hiking

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OC 500: Dr. Andre Vovan

Innovator of the Year honoree … care reengineered … specific enemy: sepsis, body’s overreaction to infection that attacks healthy cells … costs $24B, kills 258K Americans annually … changed how patients are diagnosed, treated; codeveloped app … saved 250 lives, $8.5M 2016; solutions to be implemented, Providence St. Joseph Health … UCI MBA

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OC 500: Perry Viscounty

Trial attorney, IP litigator … IT, entertainment, sports, media, gaming, hospitality, life sciences … clients, cases include Waterfront Hilton, Allergan Botox issues, GE, global automaker in IP dispute, ‘web scraping’ personal information on craigslist … IP, trade secrets ‘leading lawyer’ by industry pubs … board, member, fellow: litigation, trademark IP groups … bachelor’s, J.D. USC

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OC 500: Lisa Vigil

Family-Owned Business honoree … salsa maker named for grandmother … charities get net profits … She and cousin, co-winner, Lisa Alderette back people, pets … personal charities include NeighSavers (horse rescue), Alzheimer’s groups, food banks … hero: ‘any woman who prevails’ after tragedy … likes Thousand Steps Beach, Laguna … as kid wanted to be rock star or meteorologist

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OC 500: Tom Vertin

Named to post 2016 … topped $1B loans, first time, Q2 2017 … sees healthy pipeline, further profitability … shares up 70% YOY to $215M market cap … analyst noted shift to ‘relationship banking’ vs. ‘competitive pricing’ … 30 years in banking, including 18 at Silicon Valley Bank … Carpenter & Co. consultant … World Health Organization stint before banking … San Jose State grad

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OC 500: Gaddi Vasquez

Government relations for Southern California Edison, one of largest US electric utilities, and parent co. Edison International … stint as US ambassador, permanent representative to UN agencies in Rome … director US Peace Corps, 2002-2006 … Bill of Rights Award 2016 … Ellis Island Medal of Honor 2014 … other OC 500 Ellis Island recipients have included Emile Haddad, Paul Musco

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OC 500: Ernesto 'Ernie' Vasquez

The V in former firm he co-founded, MVE & Partners … also the V in SVA, co-founded with Robert Simons … focus on arts, education, cultural projects … signature work on Dana Point Harbor … SVA website calls Vasquez ‘architectural diplomat’ integrating goals of public agencies, private groups … dozens awards, nods, honors, land and builder groups … board service for national parks

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OC 500: Luis Valenzuela

Developer of The Source in Buena Park … largest recent OC commercial project … 460K SF, retail, entertainment, office, hotel … spurring development near Knott’s … Jon Storbeck, Knott’s head, OC 500 … M&D’s entitled for 1K residential as well … has begun to propose, discuss these projects … M&D has LA roots; flagship Plaza Mexico, Lynwood

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OC 500: Gretchen Lorraine Valentine

Eighth-largest OC accountancy, 170 local workers … 13+ years RSM; previously 20 years EY … bachelor’s USC … pets: ‘two crazy Labradors and two cats’ … board president, Susan G. Komen, UCI Dean’s Advisory Board, Project Tomorrow … three words: ‘perseverance and heart’

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OC 500: Ketan S. Vakil

11th-largest OC firm, about 50 attorneys, 100 employees … co-chairs IP group … client work has included $75M, 200-patent portfolio sale for Fortune 500 medical device firm … defending 100-patent portfolio of wireless products maker … managing 200-patent portfolio, hybrid auto tech … bachelor’s, Vanderbilt, master’s U. Fla., electrical engineering; master’s IP Law, Franklin Pierce; J.D. U. Fla

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OC 500: Joe Uebberoth

Founded 1997 … owns marina cos. … design, build, own, operate … Bellwether part of $300M Dana Point Harbor bid … group includes Burnham Ward, R.D. Olson Development … Bellwether portfolio includes agriculture, logistics, manufacturing, tech … resume includes chief exec cruise operator ship Ambassadors International … bachelor’s Dartmouth … son of OC 500’s Peter Ueberroth

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OC 500: Thomas Tucker

Heads investment companies Pennhill Properties and JenStar … best known for political work … group he co-founded now state’s largest GOP donor … ranks include ‘Who’s Who’ of local business leaders … espouses ‘inclusive mainstream approach towards politics’ … has raised funds for US VP Mike Pence

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OC 500: Christopher David Tower

Heads US assurance group—audit quality and professional practice … biggest 2017 accomplishment: moving to new role from heading West Coast ops … OC is ninth-largest here, 150 workers … Tower: 35 years’ experience; bachelor’s UC Berkeley … three puggles—beagle, pug mix … boards of Pacific Symphony, Laguna College Art & Design … three words: ‘focus, tenacity, excellence’

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OC 500: Louis Tomaselli

Top industrial exec at top-five area commercial broker … clients include Fortune 500, foreign investors, area developers … founded boutique firm 360 Commercial Partners 2010 … sold to, folded into Chicago-based JLL 2012 … helped Toshiba sell Irvine HQ to LBA Realty for $65M … has backed JF Shea Therapeutic Riding Center in SJC

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OC 500: Ivo A. Tjan

Founded 2001 in his 20s … IPO raised $11M … recent market cap $85M, up 40% YOY … $394M deposits at June 30 … board member, Lotus Innovation Fund … other memberships, boards include Young Presidents’ Organization, Pacific Club, New Majority … clients have included Wahoo’s Fish Taco … B.A., former board member, CSUF

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OC 500: Trey Thornton III

Largest OC consultancy, 350 employees … burgeoning focus in artificial intelligence … managing director North American Utilities practice, Western U.S. … co-chair Southern California Leadership Council with former Gov. Pete Wilson, focus on business growth … ‘war-gamer’ at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, 1990s … statistical analysis, trained U.S. Army officers … 23 years at Accenture … bachelor’s physics, UCSD; master’s, computer science, USC

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OC 500: William S. 'Bill' Thompson

Joined PIMCO 1993 as CEO, retired 2009 … also 18 years with Salomon Brothers, including two running Asia operations … served Citi board 2009 to 2017, hit mandatory retirement age … chair Michael O’Neil called him ‘invaluable’ as Citi ‘refocused on core banking … enhanced risk management’ after 2008 … co-created, UCI Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders … Harvard MBA

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OC 500: Tanya Thomas

20 years at retail icon in its 50th year … $765M 2016 taxable sales, 16M visitors, 180+ retailers, restaurants … previously: 15 years, national mall owners with local duties: Mission Viejo, Main Place … certified shopping center manager … bachelor’s, Principia College … has said Fashion Island focus is local spaces, community gathering … it mirrors Irvine Co. efforts at hotels, apartments, offices

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OC 500: Larry Thomas

10+ years retired as head of corp. communications … also press, media work for then-VP George Bush, Calif. govs Pete Wilson, George Deukmejian … fondness in retirement for Rainbow sandals … photo he sent for his inaugural Business Journal OC 500 nod 2016 showed Thomas smiling, enjoying libation, with a beach nearby … his hero: Churchill … golf, travel, wine—retirement

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OC 500: James Everett Taylor

Public face of high-end plug-in hybrid car maker … Karma bought out of BK, led by Tom Corcoran, OC 500, big moves 2017 include new HQ, first batch of $130K Revero model … product developer now carmaker … held ‘Delivery Day’ in May … car runs on electricity, gas, solar, hits 60 MPH in 5.4 … 10-dealer network … resume includes Karma predecessor Fisker

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OC 500: Robert Tallack

Third fastest-growing midsize private co. … $47M revenue, up 623% over two years … digital marketer, product developer … formed by merger, April … uses software, machine learning, data to track trends, habits … develops brands, sells online … a dozen products—eye cream, fish oil—based on, marketed to consumer interests … plans IPO … Peter Nguyen, OC 500, a co-owner

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OC 500: Frank Talarico Jr.

Took top spot 2012 … $78M budget, 900 workers … group provides education, training, employment services … $500K grant May 2017 from law firm Greenberg Gross LLP to boost career counseling … firm partners are OC 500 … previously worked at two OC Catholic high schools … passion: ‘my children, Gabriella and Frankie’ pets: has pledged them a Corgi … three words: ‘family, love, grace’

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OC 500: Tom Tait

Took post 2010 … on city council beginning 1995 … platform: fiscal responsibility, public safety, civic upkeep … ‘city of kindness’ has battled Disneyland, Angels baseball team—city’s tax moves toward former, lease deal for latter … beer enthusiast has backed city as microbreweries hub … environmental consultancy Tait & Associates

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OC 500: Nicole Suydam

Provides food to some 500 member charities—churches, soup kitchens, homeless shelters … 80 employees, $53M revenue, 21M meals, 250K fed in OC …two kids … role model ‘my mom’ … the one that got away: ‘not knowing what it’s like to grow up with a dad’ … he died when she was 7 … three words: ‘faith family determination’ … backs Vanguard U. … cat, Rocky

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OC 500: Ed Susolik

30 years as attorney … oversees C&B’s insurance work … editor, ‘Rutter Guide on Insurance Litigation’ … top-100 attorney, SoCal, 2009-18 … known for negotiation—800+ mediation, settlement conferences in career … $1B+ for clients … bachelor’s, J.D., adjunct, USC Law … walk-on, USC golf; three years pro golf, Ben Hogan Tour 1990s … cancer survivor … Czech-born

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Long Beach Airport to Get Hawaii Route

Hawaiian Airlines plans to fly daily from Long Beach Airport to Honolulu starting June 1.

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OC 500: Richard Sudek

Active, startup, innovation farm, VC host … Don Beall-backed effort … hosts speakers, events networking at The Cove; provides workspaces to UCI students at nascent-stage entrepreneurship … inventions, innovation … built, sold companies, then got Ph.D., Claremont … UCI chief innovation officer … chairman emeritus Tech Coast Angels … execs coach

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OC 500: Daniele Struppa

Completed first year as president in September … celebrated by accepting $21M Keck Foundation naming gift for science, engineering center … hard-core math, computer science; says he’s most passionate about math, as kid wanted to be mathematician … turning point in life: ‘meeting my wife, Lisa’ Sparks, Chapman school of communication dean … hero: Nepali Tenzing Norgay, who scaled Everest

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OC 500: Kurt Strasmann

Co-leads OC with Jeffrey Moore … focus on industrial brokerage ops … wider SoCal duties include work with 12 offices on logistics, industrial deals … Inland Empire No. 2 U.S. for 1M+ SF warehouses … CBRE OC’s largest commercial broker, $3.8B in area deals annually … 110 brokers, 350 workers; offices in Newport Beach, Orange … wife, Cynthia, three kids

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OC 500: Timothy Strader Jr.

Entitlement expert, developer … one of 10 partners who helped Don Koll build first JWA-area business parks, 1970s … launched Legacy Cos. 1982, renamed Starpointe 1999 … entitled 7.4M SF office, 17K residential units … 500+ hotel rooms … son Timothy Jr., president … son Patrick, chief executive … working with Five Point on former El Toro base … honoree, UCI Paul Merage School of Business

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OC 500: Jon Storbeck

Long-time amusement, theme park exec … named to role 2016 … followed 30-year career at Disneyland Resort … began as ride operator … park anchoring Buena Park growth, redevelopment: restaurants and hotels, offices and apartments … proposed, in planning, opening … project of his own: 150-foot-tall roller coaster, HangTime, on its way … Knott’s the West Coast flagship of Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., Ohio

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OC 500: Ralph Stern

Launched, ran, sold businesses … CareCredit dental work financer bought by GE Capital … Steri-Oss, dental implant maker, sold to Bausch & Lomb … philanthropist … backs UCI cancer work … several gifts, including $5M, to UCI Health … docs there treated spinal cord tumor on wife, Sue … couple have helped Jewish causes, antidrug campaigns, Brandman U., South Coast Rep, Girls Inc.

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OC 500: Michelle Park Steel

Coastal north OC district … 2014, won with 62% of votes … worked to get state refund of tax security deposits … known as ‘taxpayer advocate’ … sponsored board’s 2016 proclamation that John Wayne, ‘exemplified the values and qualities of what it means to be a true American’ … parents fled North Korea

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OC 500: Chad Steelberg

Co-founded with brother Ryan 2014 … $38M IPO May 2017 … ad buyer aiming at booming AI market … post-IPO stock soared to $1B market cap, retreated to about $550M … company relocated this year from Lido Marina Village to 38K SF near South Coast Plaza … 30% owned by OC patent licenser Acacia Research … graduated CdM HS, attended USC

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OC 500: Allen Staff

Top OCer for second-biggest bank in OC … $19.4B deposits, 4,800 workers, 86 branches … 30-year BofA veteran … named to post as market president 2011 … June, bank gave $610K in ‘mobility grants’ to 40 OC nonprofits—J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, Alzheimer’s OC, Goodwill … backs Wooden Floor youth development group … consolidated OC exec offices near Newport Center … University High, Irvine grad

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OC 500: Geoffrey Stack

Stepping back from day-to-day at privately held firm formed by merger, 1993 … commercial developer … led firm’s apartment push; portfolio tops $2B … new OC offerings include Royce complex nearing completion in Irvine’s Park Place mixed-use development … news reports cited 2012 Obama $35K-apiece fundraiser hosted at Stack’s CdM home … has chaired Urban Land Institute Foundation

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OC 500: Michael Sprague

Responsible day-to-day operations, including corporate strategy, sales operations, marketing, service, parts, product planning, plus network 770 dealers, about 400 employees. Also served as automaker’s chief marketing officer, recognized by Forbes as one of World’s Most Influential CMOs

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OC 500: Todd Spitzer

Rejoined board 2013 … during first stint, 1997-2002, helped block El Toro airport … state Assembly six years … running for DA 2018 … current occupant OC 500’s Tony Rackauckas … former jobs include high school teacher, prosecutor … married to Judge Jamie Spitzer, presiding judge of Workers’ Comp appeals board … UCLA bachelor’s; public policy master’s, JD, UC Berkeley

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OC 500: Eric Spangenberg

Revamped MBA curriculum … a new offering: M.S. Business Analytics for data, marketing, operations … recalls mom’s words, ‘just have fun’ … passion: family and friends … aimed to be a spy when grew up … biggest accomplishment 2017: ‘spending time with each of my children … getting harder as they scatter around the world’ … turning point: ‘marrying Judy, my wife of 35 years’

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OC 500: Cesar Soriano

Promoted to role Aug., from COO … $500M sales, 800 retail locations … founded 2008, Mordy Rothberg … PEowned, frequent buyer of insurance firms, multiple states … focus on personal, small commercial … Soriano previously senior exec, PE-owned insurance, financial services firm … resume includes Dun & Bradstreet, RSM McGladrey … US Army intelligence officer

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OC 500: Jang Won 'Justin' Sohn

Leads Kia in US. ... 325 OC workers, up 8%, 697K cars sold in US 2016, up 17% YOY … prior: SVP Kia Motors Corp. … senior roles at parent Hyundai Motor Group: Montreal, Moscow, Vienna, Frankfurt, Sao Paolo … married, two children … graduated, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea

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OC 500: Wil Smith III

Has one of OC’s largest commercial property portfolios … holdings include Costa Mesa’s Triangle shopping center … offices near airport owned in venture with Monster Beverage execs OC 500’s Rodney Sacks, Hilton Schlosberg … plans Anaheim hotel, Orange apartments … got start at OC’s Makar Properties … B.S., ag, Cal Poly SLO; master’s USC … Young Presidents’ Org

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OC 500: Vernon L. Smith

Nobel Prize, econ 2002 … nonagenarian maintains active teaching role … econ to English majors, narrative writing to econ majors, calls field ‘humanomics’ … 300+ papers, dozens of books … loves playing market in biotech stocks, paintings of the American West, Tucson summer electrical storms … wife, Candace, teaches private etiquette classes

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OC 500: Mark Skaist

Co-chairs corporate and securities … M&A, VC, technology licensing, PE funds, governance, employee compensation … client list includes Acacia Research’s robotics investment, California Closets sale, Watson Family Investments LLC … boards: EvoNexus, UCI Applied Innovation, Octane leadership council, Discovery Cube, Project Access … bachelor’s UCLA; J.D. Loyola

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OC 500: Sam Sindha

OC’s largest telecom unit by employment with 1,750 workers, up 65% YOY …regional office in Irvine … boosted services, added 13 OC retail sites, La Habra to Irvine … backs Toys for Tots; T-Mobile Southwest gave 45K toys via group in 2016 … hero: his father—’countless sacrifices … guidance helped shape the father and person I am today’

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OC 500: John Simonis

Also chairs office’s real estate practice … reps landowners, investors, developers, contractors … commercial, retail, industrial, mixed-use … JVs, funds, entity formation … transactions include LinkedIn, Google land-swap 2016 … DTLA development by Korean Airlines … transactions for PE firm GI Partners, including June 2017 rental portfolio sale to Colony Starwood Homes … bachelor’s Marquette; J.D. Michigan

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OC 500: Rich Sherman

2017 was 20th anniversary of weekend music fest, Dana Point … John Lee Hooker played first one, 1998; Joe Walsh came this year … one that got away: Joe Cocker … 2017 added Blues foundation founder to resume … group will back blues community with music education, appreciation; money … mentor: Wing Lam, OC 500 … three words: ‘creativity, risk-taking, reputation’

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.1% in midday trading to 2,744.70.

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OC 500: Royce Sharf

Co-heads OC’s largest commercial brokerage repping tenants … in OC since 1987 … bought competitor Cresa OC in February … runs combined firms’ local ops with Pat Murphy, senior VP, cobranch manager, Cresa vet … $750M OC deal volume projected 2017 … Savills clients have included PacLife, Western Dig, Autobytel … Royce-repped tenant transactions top 11M SF, $1.2B value

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OC 500: Hezy Shaked

Started what became youth fashion retailer early 1980s with then-wife, Tilly Levine, fellow OC 500er … also chief strategy officer 2011 … now some 200 stores … rocky retail climate … chain reported slight improvements, revenue and adjusted, non-GAPP net income mid- 2017 … $353M market cap

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OC 500: Colin Severn

CFO of Year honoree … joined builder 2003 … oversees accounting, finance, treasury, investor relations … on land committee … joked he was ‘only one left in the room’ at 2009 promotion to CFO amid last housing crash … years of restructuring, prepackaged BK 2011… 2013 IPO raised $217M … one of first new public builders in years … WLH $715M market cap … CSUF grad

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OC 500: Bruno Serato

Longtime restaurateur, OC charity stalwart … his Anaheim White House known for spaghetti dinners for 3K kids in need per night; leads youth charity named for mom … restaurant burned down 2017 … putting $2M into rebuild … nearly $1M donations 2017 … charity founded 2005; wants to expand … Oct. 2017 published book, ‘Power of Pasta’

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OC 500: Anton Segerstrom

Son of center’s late founder Henry Segerstrom … co. bought back several buildings at CM retail mecca from Sears Holding Corp. … Hollywood Reporter this year called mall ‘bright spot in gloomy retail market’ … he said family ownership more nimble … on exec committee, OC Museum of Art; board, Second Harvest Food Bank

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OC 500: Charles Schreiber Jr.

The S in KBS … 11th-largest office owner globally 2016 … 2017 deals include $100M for sites in Portland, Ore.; Columbia, S.C. … uses nontraded REITs, other investor funds … may start $500M REIT, Singapore … buys for pension funds, private investors … Irvine Co. board … Donald’s brother Peter Bren the B in KBS … Irvine low-rise among OC holdings

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OC 500: Jerome Schneider

Heads funding, short-term desk … manages short-term fund (PTSHX) $13.3B AUM ... No. 3 rank trailing decade … manager of year 2015 … Bloomberg called him ‘Bond King’ that year … joined PIMCO 2008 … previously senior managing director, Bear Stearns, did early ‘repo’ conduit financing … 22 years experience … bachelor’s, econ and IR, U. Penn; MBA, NYU

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OC 500: Robert J. Schlener

30+ years at firm … joined year out of UC Santa Barbara … Singer top-20 OC accountancy, 60 local workers; 300 companywide … a focus of firm: entrepreneurs, family businesses; Schlener’s areas: life sciences, professional services, nonprofits … pets: Shih Tzu named Lily, Lab, Lucas … backs OneOC … three words: ‘never giving up’

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OC 500: John Saunders

Excellence in Entrepreneurship honoree … shrewd investor, big and small … London Coin founded U.K. in 1970s … now one of largest U.S. dealers … privately held … $20M sales … globally recognized coin expert … has sold 500K+ coins in career … property firm holds $1.3B assets, 5M SF—office, retail, apartment, mobile home parks— much in OC

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OC 500: Norberto Santana

Founded nonprofit newspaper 2009 … investigative reporter … 2017 won $120K in county public records case … 2017 best columnist, OC Press Club … co-founder for dissident Cuban writers … ex-elections monitor, Latin America, 1995 … master’s Latin American studies … hero: Teddy Roosevelt … two cats, Shadow and Dash … Cross Catholic Outreach … three words: ‘passion, preparation, persistence’

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OC 500: Shaheen Sadeghi

Innovator of the Year honoree … has worked on 42 OC projects, still owneroperator … developer of 40K-SF Anaheim Packing House … management co. employs 175 … said cities seek unique, place-based offerings, future of retail is face-to-face … Pratt Institute graduate … began in apparel: Gotcha, then-Quiksilver … projects from Long Beach to Garden Grove to San Marcos, inland to Corona

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OC 500: Pierre-Andre Senizergues

Emigrated France to Venice Beach 1985 ... penniless, no English …lived on street and in Ford Econoline van for six months … pro skateboarder; titles include: 12 French championships, five Euro, 1 World … launched Sole early 1990s … umbrella co. for five shoe, apparel brands, $120M revenue … heads to LA’s Skid Row every Good Friday, 20 years to give away shoes, 45K pairs so far

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OC 500: Andrew Russell

KOCE got $49M from FCC broadcast spectrum sale, April … LA partner station KSCI added another $89M … content, broadband, endowment, debt restructure with proceeds … 18M viewers, 6 counties … grabbed $76K ‘green grant’ Sept., for sustainability issues coverage … Business Journal OC Leader Board, April, made case for public funding … named to role Feb. 2015 … previously COO

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OC 500: Charles Ruck

M&A attorney with life sciences focus has advised on $200B+ deals … includes $40B sale of Allergan’s generics unit to Teva Pharma; $25B acquisition by Actavis of Forest Labs … acquisitions, hostile takeovers, going private, tender offers … practices out of OC, NYC offices … bachelor’s UC Berkeley, JD Michigan …

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OC 500: Edward Royce

Fullerton-area rep 25 years … chair, House Foreign Affairs Committee five years … also serves financial services, terrorism committees … CSUF grad … causes: victim’s rights; fiscal restraint national debt … called one of ‘most effective’ lawmakers, Washington Post; National Taxpayers Union honoree … in primary battle due to district demographic changes

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OC 500: Byron Roth

Career: $33B raised, plus M&A for smallcap public cos. … previously Cruttenden Roth with Acorns exec chair Walter Cruttenden, OC 500 … has sponsored 29 annual Wall Street conferences … this year: 500 firms, 4K attendees … cofounder small-cap firms Cortina Asset Management, EAM Investors, combined $4B AUM … backs Boys and Girls Clubs … B.A. U. San Diego, MBA Cornell

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OC 500: Emmanuel Roman

Heads $1.6T assets firm, one of Wall Street’s best-known bond houses … came aboard 2016 after Doug Hodge departure … turn-around chief at global alternative asset manager Man Group PLC … ex- Goldman Sachs … Paris-born … 6K-bottle wine cellar … Financial Times says: ‘polymath … Renaissance man’ … trustee Tate; director Paris Review … fan of London soccer club Arsenal … MBA U. Chicago ... nickname ‘Manny’

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OC 500: Dana Rohrabacher

Has seen district change—four different numbers, many iterations of borders— since 1989 election … former media rep, speechwriter to President Reagan … born Coronado; college Cal State Long Beach, USC … wife, Rhonda; three kids … middle name Tyrone … work in Congress includes foreign affairs, space, technology … chief of staff is son of late Dale Dykema, OC 500 2016

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OC 500: Wendy Rogers

30-year LPA veteran … principal 18 years … chief talent officer past two … current role 2017; OC’s second-largest architectural firm, 380 employees … succeeded Robert Kupper, chief exec 27 years … focus: research-driven, sustainable design in civic, corporate, healthcare, education … projects include Samueli Academy … co-author ‘Green School Primer’

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OC 500: Melissa Robles

Promotes Irvine Co. flagship retail center … entered midstream, 50th anniversary celebrations 2017 … year-long fete culminated Sept., included 50 days of instore events … on-point companywide for annual bash: Easther Liu, who handles firm’s retail props … Robles’ previous roles promoting luxe mag, events; concerts … CSUF grad … 2017 also marked 50th for South Coast Plaza

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OC 500: Mark P. Robinson Jr.

Robinson team won $417M jury verdict summer v. J&J in talcum powder-ovarian cancer case … judge’s adjustment possible … 40+ years consumer protection, product liability legal work … auto, pharma, general business practice … bachelor’s Stanford; JD Loyola … lifetime achievement award, Consumer Watchdog … he founded, owns firm … 25 attorneys, 50 employees

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OC 500: James Reynolds

Leads zero-emission electric drive train maker, fleet vehicle retrofitter … went public June 15 … ‘Regulation A+’ IPO for firms to raise under $50M … got $9M and $365M market cap … 2 weeks later: $1B; recent: $330M … resume includes eight years, senior roles, including chief exec, AZ Bus Sales, Colton … Pepperdine bachelor’s

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OC 500: Marcellous Reed

Heads local chapter … also directs 18 West Coast sites … focus on youth mentoring … runs ‘Passport to the Future’ program for black youth … program co-developer OC 500’s Thomas Parham … health fair, financial literacy … motto: ‘What they see is what they’ll be’ … four-year track scholarship Tenn. State U. … backs PBS SoCal … 25-year member, Alta Vista CC

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OC 500: Tom Redwitz

Took on current role this year … buys, plans, develops, sells land … this year company started development in Corona … $225M market cap … previously led luxe unit, John Laing … resume includes Taylor Woodrow; decade at Irvine Co. … cofounder of New Home, led by Larry Webb, OC 500 … licensed architect … Redwitz builder of the year 2012 by BIA

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PHG Sells Wyndham for $61M

Pacific Hospitality Group sold Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove hotel to Khanna Enterprises Ltd.; both companies are in Irvine.

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OC 500: Michael Ray

Helped close $19B acquisition of SanDisk Corp., Milpitas … legal team honored at 2016 Business Journal General Counsel awards … firm’s 150+ attorneys, support staff on two continents; largest group at Park Place digs … has $13B revenue, $26B market cap … HQ now Silicon Valley … current global legal battle with decade long partner Toshiba over latter’s sale of flash memory business

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OC 500: Lane Rankin

Excellence in Entrepreneurship honoree … software developed from previous firm lets students, teachers, parents, administrators make real-time, data-based decisions … 6M kids, 46 states … 2016 annual revenue $33M, up from $150K in 2009 … mom middle school teacher … administrator … four kids of own … based in OC so he can surf in Laguna Beach

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OC 500: Manuel John Ramirez

Firm founded 1980 … RJI is ‘Ramirez Jimenez International’ … 40+ employees … added CPAs, management consultants 2016 … role model: ‘my father—still up at 4:30 AM every day’ … horse, Stryder … passion about ‘helping the homeless’ … backs Sara’s Pantry … biggest accomplishment 2017: ‘returning our daughter to health’ … three words: ‘faith, fortitude, temperance’ … who filled out form: ‘I did’

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OC 500: Tony Rackaukas

In 20 years has won five DA elections … 2018 challengers include OC 500’s Todd Spitzer … website: ‘tough, no-nonsense DA’ … former paratrooper, 101st Airborne … security guard in college, Cal State-Long Beach … Loyola JD 1971 … social worker, LA, late 1960s … has seen controversy this year from grand jury report on DA office operations … maternal grandparents Mexican immigrants

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OC 500: Sam Quigley

Sixth-largest OC insurance brokerage, $35M local revenue … Quigley took role mid-2017 … previously 15 years Barney & Barney, which MMA bought 2014 … MMA part of publicly traded, NY-based, Fortune 500, $13B revenue, firm … Quigley succeeded Travis Trask, Barney OC head, 10 years, OC 500 2016 … Quigley resume includes UBS, U. San Diego admissions, bachelor’s from same

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OC 500: David Pyle

40 years, private, post-secondary ed … ACC launched 1978 … served board, then-unaccredited school ‘didn’t have enough assets to declare bankruptcy’ … took helm 1981 … grew student, campus count … bought WCU 1997 … two health ed brands offer 10 campuses, online … multiple-program ‘career ladder’ for professional growth … ‘ensure students … excel’ … gave $2.2M, CHOC Children’s

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OC 500: Anil Puri

Heads academic affairs for 40K students, largest CSU school … ex-dean there, biggest business school in state, fifthbiggest U.S. … six-year, $50M capital campaign for school, built Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, named Mihaylo school … 40 years, CSUF … co-director, 25 years, CSUF Center for Economic Analysis & Forecasting; presenter, biannual economic OC, U.S. forecasts, 20 years … master’s econ, Panjab U., Chandigarh, India; Ph.D., U. Minn.

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OC 500: Martin Pupil

Promoted to role Dec. 2016 … leads national efforts from here for Toronto commercial RE firm … Seattle is company’s US base … previously led Western US, which employs 700 … thirdlargest OC brokerage, $2.7B local sales, 55 brokers, 110 workers … Canadian; in OC since 2007 … began as attorney: construction, RE law; U. Ottawa, law; B.A., Canada’s Western U.

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OC 500: Miguel Pulido

Elected to city council 1986, mayor’s role since 1994 … population growth 70%, cites crime down 58%, over two decades … helped form 60 neighborhood groups … Forbes’ fourth-safest US 2017 … family owns auto parts store … $13K fine 2015 for land-swap deal with city contractor … bachelor’s, mechanical engineering, CSUF … born Mexico City 1956 … led centralcounty bid for Amazon HQ2

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OC 500: Robbin Narike Preciado

Current role since 2011 … duties include several SoCal counties … fourth-largest commercial bank in OC … $6.5B deposits, 1,350 workers; about 50 branches … unit of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group … Narike Preciado previously 21 years, Wells Fargo … serves on board, OC Business Council … bachelor’s econ, UCLA … ‘preciado’ Spanish for ‘esteemed, valued’

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OC 500: Betty Mower Potalivo

18 years in role … wealth management OC, SD … previously City National, Wells Fargo, Bank of the West, Bank of America … 40+ year career … began as bank teller while at USC … current service: Girl Scouts Council OC … previous: Chapman board of governors … has backed Ocean Institute, PBS SoCal … Merage Foundation award 2009 … Business Journal Women in Business honoree 2004

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OC 500: William Podlich III

Launched 1971 with Jim Muzzy, Bill Gross … ex-CEO … member, operating, equity boards, Allianz Global Investors of America LP … 2001 UCI Medal Winner, school’s Podlich Fellowship on Democracy since late-1990s, backs grad students at Peltason Center for Study of Democracy … Podlich 1996 Claremont McKenna grad, where a trustee … board, Mind Research Institute

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OC 500: Wayne Pinnell

Top-20 OC accountancy; 85 workers … life’s turning point 2004: ‘becoming managing partner’ … biggest 2017 accomplishment: ‘two weeks’ traveling in RV’ … passionate about family … pet pugs … backs Laura’s House, Boys & Girls Club, Central Orange Coast, ‘Drug Use is Life Abuse’ programs … hero: Batman … three words: ‘mentoring successful people’

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OC 500: Paul Pickle

Nearing decade with chipmaker … oversees company operations in more than 70 offices, plants … marketing, sales, research, development … lead role in defining strategic direction for recent move into data center segment … move buoyed by 2016 $2.5B PMC-Sierra Inc. buy following pitched takeover battle with Skyworks Solutions Inc. … ‘dronebuilding’ among hobbies

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OC 500: Wendy Peterson

‘Lawyer-to-lawyers’ handles internal work for IP law firm … joined Knobbe 2002 … previously assistant GC for unit of Parker- Hannifin Corp. and Wynn’s International Inc.; the former bought the latter 2000 … Peterson and husband, Dale’s, Magic Ring Productions LLC financed feature film 2014 … ‘Hello, My Name is Frank’ official selection Newport Beach Film Festival 2015 … awards at half-dozen other festivals … bachelor’s accounting, J.D., U. of Hawaii

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OC 500: Mark Perry

Part of global finance giant … stint in OC as senior vice president, commercial banking, west region … bachelor’s Occidental; CSUF MBA … speaks Spanish … SF-based; retains OC ties via Segerstrom Center for the Arts exec committee

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December, Year-End Auto Sales Mixed

Sales for OC automakers were mixed in December and in year-end totals.

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Oakley Video Opens Window Into Inner Workings

Oakley Inc.’s headquarters in Foothill Ranch was featured in the most recent video the eyewear and helmet manufacturer posted on its social media channels.

Allergan Cuts 1,000 Jobs With Likely Loss of Restasis

Generic Brands Could Enter Market This Year

Allergan PLC, which had a rough year following its controversial patent transfer deal with a Native American tribe, said it will cut over 1,000 jobs in preparation for losing patent exclusivity for blockbuster dry-eye drug Restasis.


The annual Mission Hospital holiday gala, A Journey Through Wine Country, set fundraising records with nearly $2.2 million in net proceeds.

NB-Based Car Wash Co.’s Local Roots Go Deep, Wide

SERVICES: Fast5Xpress team includes ex-Irvine Co. CFO

Is fasting good for you?

Business Bites

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 2

Huntington Beach-based Boardriders Inc. signed a deal to acquire all shares of Billabong International Ltd., creating one of the world’s largest action-sports companies.

Song Remains the Same at UCI Law

EDUCATION: New dean will promote tech, business ties

L. Song Richardson has a problem saying no, a habit that landed her in academia.

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Strong 2017 End to JWA Sales As Irvine Tower Trades

REAL ESTATE: 2600 Michelson Goes For $120M, Up 70% Since ’11

The 2600 Michelson tower in Irvine has been acquired by an investment affiliate of Los Angeles-based brokerage CBRE Group Inc. in one of the priciest office transactions in the John Wayne Airport area of the past year.

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Local Firms Hot For Foreign Investors

HEALTHCARE: Japan, Korea, China aggressive with gov. help

It’s no news that there’s a growing senior population.

Soccer Club’s Goals: New Sponsors, Foreign Players

SPORTS: Japanese star Honda invests in OC team

Orange County Soccer Club has brought on one of Japan’s best-known athletes as a part-owner and a link to a new source of players and endorsements for the upstart soccer franchise.

Firms Full of Anticipation About CES Appearances

TECHNOLOGY: Small OC group plan debuts, hope for deals

CES, the largest trade show in the country, kicks off this week in Las Vegas with dozens of Orange County tech companies angling for a strong start out of the gate in the new year.

“Shall We Talk About the Jets”

Mohamed El-Erian was floated for Fed No. 2 in the fall.

Nonprofit CFO Looks for Assets With Potential

Community Foundation Different Than a Business

On a recent weekday in December, Tracy Branson visited a home in Huntington Beach to prep it for sale and look for a real estate agent. She estimated the house would fetch between $600,000 and $700,000.

A CPA’s Advice for CFOs

Vic Hausmaninger, founding partner of HBLA CPAs Inc. of Irvine, talked often last year with Business Journal Financial Editor Peter J. Brennan about the proposed tax bill. Hausmaninger wrote the following on what chief financial officers and other C-level executives should consider:

Pot Facts

Marijuana Industry Players is the secretary of state’s official website on how to start a cannabis business. Three state agencies are overseeing the industry:

Most OC Companies Saw Stock Rise in 2017

The majority of Orange County’s publicly traded companies enjoyed a positive 2017.

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Local CFOs Weigh in on New Tax Law

While much of the rest of the U.S. business community is celebrating the new tax law, owners and executives at certain California businesses are groaning and scrambling to talk to their tax experts.

Optimism Near Peak In Quarterly OC Execs Survey

In looking out to the first quarter, Orange County executives turned up the optimism. That’s according to California State University-Fullerton’s Orange County Business Expectations Survey, which popped seven points from 88.2 to 95.2 quarter-over-quarter.

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El-Erian Touts ‘OC Advantage’

Q&A: Famous Economist Talks GDP, PIMCO, LinkedIn

Mohamed El-Erian can remember the first day he fell in love with Orange County. “Orange County had me at hello,” he quipped during a recent phone interview.

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Addition to Business Journal Newsroom

Subrina Hudson has come home. Sort of. From 2013 to 2017, Hudson covered retail and advertising, among other beats, for our sister publication, the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Real Estate Deals

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

An apartment complex was sold by a family trust to EB Capital Enterprises LLC for $5.1 million, or $300,000 per unit.

OCBJ Calendar

Jan. 8-17, 2018

This week's business and other event listings.

Clear Aligner Company Graduates Early Startup Mode

InBrace Raised $25M Financing; Upgrades Space

Swift Health Systems Inc. is ready to move out of stealth mode with its orthodontic device InBrace, a Food and Drug Administration-registered technology that uses digital treatment planning to correct teeth through adjustable wires hidden behind the teeth.

Toshiba Unit Keeps Big Printer Contract as Diversifies

Two-Year LAUSD Deal Worth $60 Million

Lake Forest-based Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. will remain the multifunction printer provider for the Los Angeles Unified School District until at least November 2019.

Mariner Square Rentals Sell for $23M, Records Show

Melia Eyes New Homes; Says 2019 Start at Earliest

Melia Homes apparently got itself a relative bargain for a Newport Beach apartment complex it bought last month.

Friday, January 5

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.4% in midday trading to 2,734.68.

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OC 500: Ash Patel

Took top spot 2013 … June 30, 2016 deposits up 11% YOY to $734M … board includes William H. Lyon, Paul Folino, developer-restaurateur Alex Meruelo … founded Premier Commercial Bank 2001; top lender, SBA 2012 … sold same year, $38M … born Zambia, school England … came to Calif. 1986 … graduate Pacific Coast Banking School

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OC 500: Tushar Patel

Former chair, Tarsadia Hotels … hotel firm’s 2011 restructuring produced operator Evolution Hospitality, other development, construction offspring … current firm invests hospitality, healthcare, others … HQ: top floor at 520 Newport … execs at investment firm—President, GC—followed Patel to new venture … local hotel execs— e.g., Twenty Four Seven Hotels—cut teeth with Patel, Tarsadia

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OC 500: Bill Passo

Philosophy major forsook law practice for RE … owns multifamily, commercial … $2B AUM, $862M sales … apartment buying in Fla. includes $101M Key West deal in August … backs literacy, Hoag, Segerstrom Center … good reads: Shogun, James Clavell; Magic of Thinking Big, David Schwartz … Kingston Trio fan as youth … cites mom as hero … success: ‘creativity, commitment, persistence’

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OC 500: Lindsay Parton

Directs SoCal property buys; oversees development, construction activities for company … DJM developer of HB’s Pacific City and Bella Terra retail projects … the twin bill brought new main institutional investors to DJM in ’15, ’16 … also doing Lido Village redevelopment … B.A. econ, Westmont … own development firm, Santa Barbara, prior to DJM

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OC 500: Matt Parlow

Dean 2016 … prior roles: law clerk, professor, practicing attorney, law review editor … Chapman law professor of the year 2007-08 … specialties as attorney: real estate, land use … research focus similar, plus sports law … cancer survivor ... hero-mentors: Jackie Robinson, Sir Thomas More … as kid wanted to be lawyer, teacher … composes music … Loyola B.A.; Yale J.D.

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OC 500: Susan Parks

Named to role in June … replaced retiring Max Gardner, OC 500 2016 … $28M assets … founded OC United Way’s Women’s philanthropy fund … has raised $36M since 2002 … founder, CEO, wellness firm ... former exec Gateway, Kinko’s … Business Journal Women in Business 2007 role models: ‘my mom and dad’ … three words: ‘persistence’

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OC 500: Thomas Parham

Active education, black community 30+ years … interaction, UCI, city of Irvine, civic groups on culture, race … author, contributor, half-dozen books … founder, Bakari Project to move youth into adulthood; ‘Bakari’ from Swahili: ‘one who will succeed’ … part of UCI 2015 oral history project with brothers Gerald, William, all in higher ed … born NYC; moved to SoCal age 3

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OC 500: Jim Palmer

Quarter-century as president of homeless nonprofit … backers include OC 500’s Howard F. Ahmanson, Gen. William Lyon … annual tally: $22.6M revenue, 1.2M meals, 164K shelter and bed nights, 60K exams, prescriptions … has served on 40 nonprofit boards … passion: ‘the least, the last, the lost’ … three words: ‘hand-up, not hand-out’ … hero-role model: Jesus Christ

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OC 500: Stephen Oswald

Leads newer entrant in OC’s public co. ranks … LA’s oldest manufacturer moved HQ to Santa Ana … some senior execs, 40 employees here … 2.7K workers companywide … 13 US facilities, plus Thailand, Mexico … $551M revenue … $385M market cap

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OC 500: Ralph Opacic

30-year-old public charter school … gala spring 2017 raised $1.4M, including $250K from Mohamed El-Erian, OC 500 to support students … No. 2 charter HS in Calif., No. 7 U.S. … nods from Kennedy Center, NEA, U.S. Dept. of Ed. … Newsweek, USC … CEO, California School of the Arts, Duarte ... B.A. music, CSULB; M.S. education, National U.; Ed.D., USC

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OC 500: Rick Nogueira

With firm since 2009; present role 2012 … heads OC, Inland Empire middle-market banking … firms $20M to $500M revenue … third-largest commercial bank in OC: $12.7B deposits, 1,700 workers, 100 branches … previously Wells Fargo, Wachovia … on Segerstrom Center for the Arts business leadership committee … has backed Taller San Jose Hope Builders … B.A. SDSU, MBA CSULB

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OC 500: Brian Niccol

Leads largest OC-based restaurant chain … $9.5B revenue, nine times size of next firm … 7,500+ systemwide sites, 1% in OC, most locations in U.S.; launched aggressive foreign markets push … 2,600 local workers, 200K in system… role model: father … as kid, wanted to be pro athlete … book: Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Astrophysics for People in a Hurry’

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OC 500: Warren Nelson

30+ years labor, employee relations experience … has negotiated 250+ deals in 30 states, North America … Best Lawyers in America 2010-18 … top-100 labor attorney, Labor Relations Institute … regional MP James J. McDonald Jr.: ‘there are a lot of employment lawyers in California but few labor lawyers. Warren is one of them, and he is the real deal’

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OC 500: Shawn Nelson

Joined board 2010 … 2014 won with 83% of votes … former MP, Rizio & Nelson law firm … civil litigator for small businesses … twice Fullerton mayor … boards OCTA, Metrolink, South Coast AQMD … USC grad, Western State JD … active Zion Lutheran Church

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OC 500: Patrick Nelson

Leads firm with brother Brian, who’s copresident, chief marketing officer … Inc. 500 firm buys, runs student housing, assisted living … $250M, 10 states … targets ‘stable niche industries’ in ‘desirable demographics’ … previously raised equity for southeastern U.S. student housing buys … BYU bachelor’s; MBA Utah State

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OC 500: Steven Nataupsky

Leads largest law firm in OC, 160+ attorneys, 470 employees ... ‘Kiani’s bulldog’ has repped Masimo Corp. in patent cases … also Oakley, Monster Energy … JD NYU; bachelor’s, Tufts … adjunct teaching in law includes UCI, Whittier, U. of San Diego … IP courses at UCI Extension, Santa Ana College, coauthor, ‘Protecting Your Athlete’s Intellectual Property Rights’

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Taco Bell Names Brand President, Expands C-Suite

Taco Bell Corp. named Julie Felss Masino brand president, a new position, and expanded roles for three other C-Suite execs as part of its international growth push.

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Peregrine Changes Name

Tustin-based Peregrine Pharmaceutical Inc. changed its name to Avid Bioservices Inc., now that it’s a dedicated contract development and manufacturing organization.

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OC 500: Jim Muzzy

Launched Pacific Investment Management Co. 1971 with Bill Podlich, Bill Gross … retired 2009, formed MZ Partners investment firm … former board member, medical device maker Avinger Inc. … grew up Tucson … U. Arizona, BBA, MBA … switched from engineering to business, with major in econ, minor in math … has backed Hoag Hospital for cancer, cardiovascular surgery; South Coast Rep

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OC 500: Rick Muth

Stanton-based family firm began 1946 … one of largest SoCal concrete masonry makers … 175 workers at plants in five SoCal cities … began there as boy, earning money to buy first bike … PT through high school, college, FT 1975 … founded by father, Pete; daughters Veronica, Stephanie third gen in business … Orco has Pinterest, Instagram pages

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OC 500: Alfred Murata

Co-manager, Income Fund (PIMIX) with Dan Ivascyn … largest PIMCO fund, $96B AUM … No. 1 in category for decade … fund cut U.S. Treasury debt pre-election, expecting better economy, higher interest rates … bought again after election … manager of year 2013 … equity-level returns 2009, 2010, 2012 … Stanford J.D. and Ph.D., engineering-economic systems and operations research

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OC 500: Chaz Mueller

Largest local apartment owner has 41K rental units here, two-thirds of its total … all in-state, most of any Calif. company … industry watchers expect portfolio to grow to about 75K over next decade … selling noncore communities: three OC deals since late 2016 in Santa Ana, Tustin, Placentia, top 750 units, $200M … joined Irvine Co. 2015

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OC 500: Tom Morton

2017 opened $200M, 200K-SF flex-space expansion of ACC to 1M SF … West Coast’s largest facility … hotels, restaurants in growth mode … viewing deck stone’s throw across Katella from nightly Disney fireworks … ACC opened, like Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza, 1967 … Morton: 25 years industry experience … named a deputy director, March … also city liaison to sports, entertainment facilities

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OC 500: James Morris

Leads largest OC private co. by revenue … 2016 up 7% to $9B, net up 25%: $824M … promoted to chief executive 2007; steered firm through 2008 crisis … aims to increase investment offerings … boosted Adrian Griggs, OC 500, to chief operating officer … hired chief financial officer Darryl Button from global insurer Aegon … company 150 years old 2018 … 14th chief exec; no plans to retire

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OC 500: Masahiro Moro

Employees call him ‘Moro-san’ … took top role from Jim O’Sullivan late 2015 … leads US, Mexico, Puerto Rico … OC: 490 workers; 2016 US sales 305K vehicles, both down … market share 2% in NA region; told trade mag pursuing ‘premium’ strategy, customer loyalty … his first car: used Mazda 323 hatchback bought when he turned 18 … married, one daughter

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OC 500: Dave Moore

Dominant OC landowner opened first ‘neighborhood retail center’ 1963—four years before its flagship Fashion Island … triumvirate of retail with Spectrum Center, Market Place—4.3M SF, $1.6B annual taxable sales, 450 stores … oversees 40+ stand-alone developments, retail at Irvine Co. apartments … four years at company; previous roles include Trammel Crow … UCLA grad

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OC 500: Jeff Moore

30-year vet at OC’s largest commercial brokerage … also oversees SoCal offices’ retail services group … OC office: 360 workers, 110 brokers … managing director since 2007 … $7.6B sales, leases in OC 2017 … president-elect, local chapter industry trade association

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OC 500: Jeff Moorad

Partner, top-10 U.S. law firm … leads global sports practice … 50 attorneys, NFL, MLB, UFC … founder Moorad Sports Partners … previously partner, Leigh Steinberg agency, $3B contracts, 4% to 5% fee … repped 25 NFL QBs … sold agency holdings $100M … expartner Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres … adjunct prof UCLA … hero Willie Mays … backs Augie’s Quest

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OC 500: Stephen Milner

Fifth-largest OC public accountancy, trailing only Big 4 … 180 OC workers, 360 overall … face of firm: first thing you see in buck-stops-here branding on website … company blogs on finance, accounting, risk, cash flow reporting, Equifax breach … firm founded 1951 … often buys firms; Milner says biggest accomplishment 2017, ‘expanded our footprints through mergers’ … hero: Churchill

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OC 500: Ruben Mendoza

Heads national distributor, wallboard, suspended ceiling systems, related products … founded with single SoCal branch 2011 … PE-backed aggressive rollup strategy … 8 acquisitions YTD through Q2 … one of largest in its industries … 200 branches, U.S., Canada … 30K clients; 35K products … second-largest U.S. gypsum wallboard distributor … Feb. IPO $179M … recent market cap $600M’

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OC 500: Bobby McDonald

2016 Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year, US SBA ... helped launch social service group 211OC’s vet resources, other local groups … serves foundation board for OC fairgrounds Hall of Heroes … own heroes include late Grambling State U. football coach Eddie Robinson … turning point in life: ‘The United States Navy and 2 trips to Vietnam 1967-68’… three words: ‘strong family upbringing'

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OC 500: Joe McCarthy

CFO of the Year honoree … won as CFO at Sunrise Growers, Placentia … helped guide three acquisitions, frozen fruit packager … eventual sale to publicly traded SunOpta 2015 … consults to PEowned firms in auto, aerospace, medical, retail clothing … works with family businesses on strategic planning … met wife, Kathy, at Penn State … two kids, two dogs … UCI business school mentor

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OC 500: Jim McAleer

Has held top role 13 years at national group’s ex-chapter; indie since 2015 … merged in adult day services centers to grow services … … $6M budget, 100 workers … pursuing comprehensive, longterm OC plan on aging with local leaders, groups … issues: housing, transportation, food security … role model: ‘my father’ … has cocker spaniel … life turning point: ‘adopting my son’

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OC 500: Jim Mazzo

170-year-old Zeiss consolidated ophthalmic, named Mazzo to lead 2016 … unit exceeds $1B revenue … Zeiss Group parent exceeds $4.5B … vision unit part of wider consumer products work with camera lenses, sports optics—scopes, binoculars— and virtual reality … vision efforts seek to integrate eye care, data, AI … Meditec bought cataract surgery software co. Veracity International, August

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OC 500: Greg May

Top local exec at one of area’s largest commercial brokerages … landlord, tenant representation … rapid expansion, now with some 60 Newport Beach brokers … opened office in San Diego’s University Towne Centre 2017 … parent BGC Partners Inc. dropped Grubb from name, potential IPO … began career 1985 … board member, United Way Building Industry … USC grad … photography buff

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OC 500: Goran Matijasevic

Work connects OC business, UCI … 60+ members … chairman is Disneyland Resort boss Michael Colglazier … group includes several on OC 500 … professional involvement, interest in biomed, clean tech, nanosystems … brisk Twitter acct. boosting biz-linked UCI events … backs first-gen UCI students via Chancellor’s Club … 3 words for success: ‘curiosity, passion, commitment’

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OC 500: Chuck Martin

Trailblazer OC VC … education giver … author, ‘Orange County Inc.’ coffee-table tome completed to acclaim after cancer diagnosis … ‘Chuck fought so hard because he had so much ... to do,’ wife Twyla

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OC 500: Frank Martell

Top exec for property info, analytics, data-enabled solutions to real estate industry … $3.9B market cap … took current role in March at unexpected passing of Chief Executive Anand Nallathambi … latter led firm since a 2010 split from title insurer First American … Martell joined 2011 as CFO … promoted to COO 2014 … Business Journal CFO of the Year 2013

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OC 500: Colm Macken

Heads commercial development arm of Walnut’s J.F. Shea Cos. … construction, homebuilding divisions in L.A. County … portfolio value $3B, $1.2B current offices, work … doubled in decade … apartments, shopping centers … bestknown local project Vantis mixed-use, Aliso Viejo … parent company J.F. Shea founded 1881, Portland, Ore. … worked on Hoover Dam, SF’s BART L.A. metro

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OC 500: Greg MacGillivray

Two-time Academy Award nominee … first documentary filmmaker to $1B ticket sales … age 13 started making movies with Kodak 8 mm camera … cofounded firm 1966 with late Jim Freeman … their first IMAX film, ‘To Fly!’ 1976, was first movie in new National Air and Space Museum, D.C. … surfs, paddleboards … Great Park board; backs Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Art Museum

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OC 500: William H. Lyon

Son of company founder Gen. William Lyon … joined 1997 … started on ladder as assistant project manager … roles in corporate development, vice president before joining exec ranks … helped take company public 2013 as chief exec … recent market cap $700M, up 20% YTD … board member, Commercial Bank of California

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OC 500: Daniel Lubeck

Started firm 2002 … raised $52 million 2003; $61 million 2012-13 … local investments have included Lindora Inc. in Costa Mesa, software maker Resolve Systems in Irvine, safety apparel maker ML Kishigo Manufacturing Co., in Santa Ana … others: propane systems maker ICOM North America … buyers have included NY’s Insight Venture Partners … Young Presidents’ Org … B.A. econ, UCSD; USC law

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OC 500: Marc Ley

Heads capital markets, corporate and project finance, banking, public finance, treasury, investments … firm’s recent holdings given as 120M SF: 500 office buildings, 160 apartment communities, 43 retail centers, plus hotels, marinas, golf courses … twothirds OC, rest West L.A., San Diego, Silicon Valley, Chicago, NYC … 20 years, Irvine Co. … prior: launched PacLife real estate capital markets division

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OC 500: Kim Letch

435 employees, third-largest in OC by that metric … Ernst & Young branding as EY … assurance, tax, transaction, advisory … 2012 EY Working Mother of the Year … ‘dog named Percy who walks 3 miles with me every morning’ … passion: ‘my children’ … backs United Cerebral Palsy; annual EY Connect Day has helped Second Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity

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OC 500: Andy Lee

Betting big on innovating customer contact—old-school call centers—globally … quadrupled to $2.4B revenue in 3 years via acquisition … fastest-growing OC private company, 290% two-year growth … 100K workers … technophile, built cloud-based software-as-a-service app … company name: ‘services provided by a knight’ … likes L.A. Chargers … married high school sweetheart

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OC 500: Kevin Lawrence

Excellence in Entrepreneurship honoree … $100M protein supplement business launched 1993 when son couldn’t digest mother’s milk, formula … product based on fast-digesting proteins … investors 2003 … double-digit annual growth each of past five years … primarily powder, drinks, bars: Power Crunch … excompetitive body builder … accounting degree, chemistry minor

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OC 500: Carson Lappetito

Also treasurer, head of corporate development, H Bancorp … former vice president Hovde Private Equity Advisors: analyzed, valued investments … portfolio cos. M&A, investment management, asset and liability committee work … resume includes senior analyst, product manager, Darling Consulting Group; adviser to community banks on risk, strategic planning … econ, political science grad, Bates College; attended Nanjing U., China

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OC 500: Kyung Soo Lee

35-year company vet, one-third in U.S. … named to post Sept. … GC Gerald Flannery had been interim … David Zuchowski left role 2016 … previously led San Diegobased Hyundai unit that made van trailers … company this year joined AutoGravity car shopping, financing app … Andrew Hinrichs, OC 500 … Hyundai spunoff Genesis unit with OC 500’s Erwin Raphael, at head

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OC 500: George Kurtz

Attracted $100M investment round May 2017, 2nd time Irvine security software maker hit that mark … $248M to date … valuation tops $1B … funding will help global expansion, meet demand for Falcon product line … competes with Cylance Inc., led by fellow OC 500er Stuart McClure … prior roles with security maker McAfee, which bought his previous company, Foundstone

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OC 500: Robert Kupper

Joined 10-year-old firm 1974 … LPA founded 1965 by Leason Pomeroy III … Kupper CEO from 1990 … grew from local operator to staff of 400 … California, Texas offices … 34th largest U.S. … now adviser … his projects include Chapman University Sports Complex, Irvine Ranch Water District HQ … firm has worked on Blizzard’s Irvine HQ, JWA, Christ Cathedral … bachelor’s architecture, U. of Arizona

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Thursday, January 4

Boardriders to Buy Billabong

Huntington Beach-based Boardriders Inc. has signed a deal to acquire all shares of Billabong International Ltd., creating one of the world’s largest action sports companies.

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OC’s Largest Housing Developments See 3,724 Sales in ‘17

The Irvine Ranch retained its position as the best-selling master-planned community in Orange County last year, while three other communities in Orange County also ranked among the top 20 in the nation for sales in 2017, according to a new report.

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OC Lawyer Named Interim U.S. Attorney

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has named Orange County lawyer Nicola Hanna as interim U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, which encompasses Orange and Los Angeles counties.

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Reeves Goes Boutique

Jeff Reeves joined Umberg Zipser LLP as a litigation partner.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.5% in midday trading to 2,725.46.

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Hyundai Sets Date to Go Autonomous

Hyundai Motor Co. in Seoul today announced a partnership with Palo Alto-based Aurora Innovation Inc. to bring an autonomous vehicle to market by 2021.

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CoreLogic Taps Pinkston for GC

CoreLogic Inc. in Irvine named Arnold Pinkston general counsel.

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Wanted: Best Places to Work for OCBJ’s List

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Website to take entries through March 16

Is your workplace great?

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Wednesday, January 3

OC 500: Dennis Kuhl

Joined club 2003 as president … current role 2009 … focus on team’s community involvement … leads Light the Night for leukemia, lymphoma work … also Chapman Board of Governors, Noble Vikings OC, Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim, Pink Tie Guys for breast cancer, Anaheim Performing Arts Center, literacy work, others … Kuhl also oversees for Angels’ radio station KLAA

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OC 500: Kurt Krueger

President for eight years, CUI service of nearly 30; time as provost, English prof. … retiring 2018 … Concordia now NCAA DII school; enrollment, campus growth … 2017 USN&WR ranks: No. 22 for military veterans; No. 36 value; No. 41 West regional … endowment $20M … 25% of students Hispanic … 2017: new online leadership, exec coaching, counseling certificate offerings

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OC 500: Carson Kropfl

Middle schooler created skateboard that fits lockers w/o folding … cut the ends off, rad designs, sustainability … $65K buy-in for 20% of co. by Forbes billionaire Sir Richard Branson on Shark Tank … sold about 500 through Oct. … national exposure, orders expected to boost total … late-2017 added socks to line … mom does marketing; dad helped build first boards … OC 500’s Wing Lam, an adviser

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OC 500: Frank Kim

Named to current role 2015 … Supervisor Todd Spitzer, OC 500, then board-chair, called him ‘fiscally sound and strategically minded’ … Kim CFO from 2012 … oversaw county’s $5.6B budget; two dozen departments, 18K workers … county budget director five years, prepping, monitoring budget adjustments, developing county’s strategic plan … joined county 1995 as staff accountant

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OC 500: David Kim

One of most active U.S. apartment owners … $10B, 300+ multifamily transactions, 80K units in 20 years … paid $94M for Santa Ana’s Villas at Tustin complex, 2017, firm’s largest deal in OC … backs commercial development, ownership firms with local ties, including commercial buyer-renovator Harbor Associates in Long Beach, office space provider Premier Business Centers … 10 others

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OC 500: James Keston

First year owning ex-Orange County Blues FC of 30-team United Soccer League … home field moved from UCI Anteater Stadium to Champion Stadium at OC Great Park … team plays in USL’s Western Conference … rivals: LA Galaxy II, Sacramento, Reno, Scottsdale, Ariz. teams … Keston CIO at real estate, private equity investor LARO Properties LP … worked for father’s homebuilding firm, Larwin Co.

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OC 500: Rick Keller

Founded wealth manager 1990 … saw chance in 2007 to start bank, hired Scott F. Kavanaugh, Doug Freeman, both OC 500 … Keller owns shares worth almost $50M … helped steer UCI investment committee through 2008 financial collapse … founding member, UCI Center for Investment and Wealth Management … has served boards for city of Irvine, Hoag, Charles Schwab, diabetes and arts groups

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OC 500: Keith Kobata

Biggest bank operating in OC, $22.4B assets, 3,800 workers, 115 branches … took over for Ben Alvarado after WF retail bank management shake-up … some responsibilities differ … previously ran WF north OC, Long Beach region: $14B deposits, 1,200 employees, 80 branches … board service, Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce … bachelor’s HR management, San Jose State … lives in Irvine

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OC 500: Michael Kaye

PE firm founded 2000 … previously chief exec Westec Security LLC, 15 years … has raised $900M in three funds … late Chuck Martin, OC 500 2016, an investor … Japan firm Secom Co. Ltd. $17B market cap, sole limited partner … fluent in Japanese … B.A. Stanford, J.D. Harvard Law … investments have included local maker of housewares, personal products

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OC 500: Scott Kavanaugh

FFI wealth manager since 1990s, bank since 2007 … involved in bank founding, chief since 2009 … No. 4 OC-based bank, $3.9B assets, 215 workers … shares up 50% TTM to $618M market cap … personal stake 1.4M shares … excolleague of Opus Bank’s Steve Gordon at Commercial Capital … now in spat re: recruiting … bank buyer 2012, 2015, 2017

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OC 500: John Kao

Third fastest-growing OC private co. … healthcare: Medicare recipients, HMO … $369M revenue, up 125%, two years … trailed only neck-and-neck Alorica … Andy Lee, OC 500 … Allied Universal … Steve Scott Jones, OC 500 … 2017 Warburg Pincus investment, $115M … followed 2014 General Atlantic $125M buy-in … previously: TriZetto, PacifiCare, FHP … investment banking … B.S. finance, Santa Clara; MBA UCLA

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OC 500: Steve Jun

Founding member, Seoul, Korea-based Innocean Worldwide … joined HB unit 2015 … Hyundai Motor America ad arm … clients also include NRG Energy, Footjoy … $274M revenue, up 7.5%; 350 workers, up 17% … second-largest in OC … internal ‘Innfluence’ effort ‘aims to elevate equality for women in advertising and marketing’ … online campaign ‘Draft Day 2031’ connected Hyundai, NFL, youth-football families

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OC 500: Pamela Jung

Women in Business honoree … HR consultant, to healthcare, banking, hospitality, retail … founded just before 9/11 … 2008 recession drove revenue below $1M … declined bankruptcy as business strategy … poised for $35M 2017 revenue … launched inner-city scholarship … 25 students educated, placed in work … adding military vets … backs SoCal elderly services

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OC 500: Michelle Jordan

Founded 1998 … strategic communication: crisis, reputation, issue management … clients have included Wet Seal Inc., Merit Cos., family offices … previous roles GCI Group, Hill & Knowlton … backs United Way Women’s Philanthropy Fund OC … New York Women in Communications Matrix Award … Business Journal Women in Business honoree … passionate about stemming ‘erosion of civility’ … serves board, social services group 211OC

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OC 500: Jeremy Johnson

Started cosmetics maker 1998 with Jerrod Blandino, OC 500 … sold to Estée Lauder $1.5B 2016 … second sale in 18 months after ex-majority owner Western Presidio’s PE cash-put, $500M … eventual buyer Estée Lauder said to be bidder at that time, too … $270M 2016 revenue … 300 workers, one-third local … debuted Business Journal OC 50 2017

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OC 500: Jon Jaffe

Top local exec for Miami-based homebuilder … Aliso Viejo office digs … OC fortunes tied to Great Park Neighborhoods and developer Five Point Holdings LLC … Lennar investor in project, company; builds homes at project … Lennar CEO Stuart Miller credits him with leadership on streamlining building processes … Milken Institute speaker … U. Fla. grad

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OC 500: Scharrell Jackson

2015 began nonprofit online community for growing female leaders … 2017 feat ‘starting speaker series’ at group … passions ‘my children’ … hero: Super Woman … backs Concordia, Human Options, Big Brothers Big Sisters … partner, COO, CFO Squar Milner founded by OC 500’s Steve Milner … Business Journal Women in Business 2011

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OC 500: Robert Iritani

Named to post last year … top local rep oversees $1.3B assets, 137 workers, 7 branches … also heads specialty bank division: 190 workers in structured finance, syndication, international banking, interest rate management … 37-year industry vet, half with City National … previously Wells Fargo M&A exec … finance degree U. Colo. … golfer, skier

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OC 500: Jeffrey Ingham

Chicago-based JLL’s Irvine office one of largest local commercial brokerages … No. 5 on OCBJ list … 28 brokers; 223 employees … three-fourths of local work office or industrial; most of rest retail … JLL has bought OC companies for local growth … Ingham lives on Lido Island; home profiled in Coast Magazine 2017

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OC 500: Gary Hunt

25 years at Irvine Co. forged consultancy power … has helped secure funding, coastal commission approvals for projects … leads negotiations with environmental groups … work with financial firms includes Morgan Stanley, Marsal Capital Group, regional banks … 40-year political career began in state legislature, moved to staff of Gov. Ronald Reagan ... ex-Grubb & Ellis chief exec

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OC 500: Eric Hovde

Sunwest 45 years old … flagship of H Bancorp LLC holding co., founded 2014 … 13th best-performing community bank 2016, ‘under $1B assets’ category, S&P Global Intelligence … senior roles in eponymous family cos., covering several states with banking strategy, equity holdings, investment services; advisory to Financial Institution Partners series of hedge funds … U. Wisconsin econ, IR

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OC 500: Shelley Hoss

Has led ‘nonprofit-to-nonprofit’ 17 years … grants up some 12-fold in that time … assets $265M, $82M revenue, 27 employees … bachelor’s UCI; master’s UCR … lauds local givers … ‘power of philanthropy’ … 2017 highlight: ‘growing the good to new heights’ … has mini- Australian Shepherd named Blue; bearded dragon named Sandstone … three words ‘leading with love’

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.6% in midday trading to 2,711.06.

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OC 500: Doug Holte

Heads operations for state’s biggest office landlord … 50M+ SF properties in state, plus iconic NYC, Chicago towers … cranes out in force in OC: 21-story tower in Irvine Spectrum opened September, midrise office developments going up, too … two decades with Hines before joining Irvine Co. 2009 … USC, Harvard grad … OC Community Foundation board

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OC 500: Todd Hollander

Another Irvine-based senior exec at Japanowned bank … colleagues: OC 500’s Michael Feldman, Robbin Narike Preciado … has led business banking since 2010 … previously EVP Citizens Business Bank, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo … like OC 500’s Bill Cheney, a LinkedIn follower of John Hope Bryant, author ‘How the Poor Can Save Capitalism’ … served trade group’s committee for small-business banking

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OC 500: Phu Hoang

Innovator of the Year honoree … software for storage, transfer of huge data files … selling props: encryption; saves time, money; real-time, useful data … taps 5G networks, ‘smart’ products, wearables … clients Boeing, GE, IBM, Intel … $75M annual sales; 150 workers … No. 42 fastest-growing midsize OC firm … L Squared Capital-backed … Vietnamese refugee … founded 1997

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OC 500: Thomas Herzog

Heads second-largest OC public co. … $12B market cap, $2B revenue, up 10% YOY; $628M net income … 185 workers, half in OC … exited skilled nursing by REIT spin-off …focus on life sciences, med office … was CFO 2009-2011 … rejoined as EVP, CFO mid-2016 … resume includes REITs, finance … named to current role January 2017 … exec chair Mike McKee had been interim chief

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OC 500: Joseph Hensley

Named to current post 2013 … top local rep for fifth-largest U.S. bank … No. 7 locally: $3.8B OC deposits, 1,200 workers, 72 branches … Minneapolis parent company … Hensley 30 years in industry, including Fifth Third Bank, Republic Bank

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OC 500: Dan Hedigan

Oversees design, building, sales of new homes in master-planned villages of Irvine Ranch, the best-selling new home community in the country … 2K homes built on ranch 2016 … similar level was projected 2017 … also president in-house homebuilder Irvine Pacific … joined Irvine Co. 1984, legal affairs unit … GC seven years … bachelor’s, UCI; master’s, JD, UCLA

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OC 500: Kevin Hayes

Left Lincoln Property Co. 2016—ran local office for Dallas developer—to start Pendulum … at Lincoln closed $850M commercial RE transactions since 2010 … has spent $75M at Pendulum: offices in Irvine, retail-office site near Peter’s Landing Marina on PCH in Huntington Beach … plans ground-up retail-restaurant center in Ontario, the Brickyard … prior roles Irvine Co., Cresa Partners

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OC 500: Michael Hayde

Joined 1971, top post 1994 … developed, built, managed 40K+ multifamily units … service provider to Irvine Co. until latter developed in-house unit … former chair, California Housing Council … honored along with ex-Sheriff Brad Gates for founding Drug Use is Life Abuse program … founding member United Way in Paris … $462K to Republican electoral campaigns 2016, including $12K to Trump

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OC 500: Victoria Harvey

General Counsel Awards honoree … after Real Mex Restaurants Inc. stint, joined Smile 2014 as compliance officer … chief legal officer 2015 … dental services organization with about $500M+ annual revenue, 4,500 workers … 360 offices, six brands, 16 states … portfolio firm, Gryphon Investors, SF … Harvey’s parents scientists from Russia, emigrated when she was 9 … Whittier Law

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OC 500: Rebecca Hall

2017 debuted No. 28, Business Journal list largest OC ad shops … $5.5M annual revenue; 33 workers … also 2017: Hall, husband, Randy, welcomed daughter, Kathryn Rae … opened marketing, branding, PR firm 2003 … clients have included Visit Anaheim—shot, produced VR video for Charles Harris’ team — Irvine Co., Bixby Land, Kaiser Permanente, R.D. Olson … Chapman B.A.

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OC 500: Bill Halford

Led recent wave of OC creative-office redevelopment that’s been hot in California, L.A. … long-term program to reposition Bixby to institutional-quality investments … $1B in deals since 2006 … 12 years with Irvine Co. … quick Irvine flips; Bixby bought Kawasaki building in 2015 … leased to Karma car co. 2016 … sold to automaker 2017 for $56M

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OC 500: John Hagestad

Oversees commercial development, investment of privately held firm … S-R also does apartments … may buy Toyota campus, Torrance … big presence in Long Beach next to city-owned airport … hub of recent construction … career: 50M SF property buys, development … one of many OC real estate execs with ties to Koll Co., early 1970s

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OC 500: Daniel Habuki

Nearing 25 years at helm … endowment tops $1B, enrollment, 400 … nonsectarian, though connected Buddhist principles ... bachelor’s, master’s emphases: environment, humanities, international, social sciences … cultural offerings include speakers, concerts … USC M.A., Ph.D., Washington State … agricultural economist; hops researcher … he and wife, Hiroki, have two grown daughters

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OC 500: Wayne Gross

With law partner, OC 500’s Alan Greenberg, launched GG after 2011, $50M settlement in case involving Hollywood Palladium … client list includes AIG, against PIMCO; Investel Capital, against Snapchat owner … GG’s cases have involved FTC, FDIC, FDA … backs, Goodwill OC … adjunct, Chapman U., Loyola … former federal prosecutor: financial, healthcare fraud … bachelor’s U. SF, J.D. UC Hastings

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OC 500: Liam Griffin

Took top post last year at OC’s thirdlargest chipmaker … 350 local workers … move swung pendulum of corporate influence from Boston area to here … joined Skyworks 2001 as sales, marketing head … leadership roles have reached into R&D, operations … moved to Irvine office 2011 as EVP … competes with Microsemi, led by OC 500’s Jim Peterson

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OC 500: Jill Griffin

Leads $600M revenue unit … up 20% YOY … agency offers ‘experiential’ digital, social, mobile, multicultural and food service marketing … in-house agency for Advantage Solutions, led by OC 500’s Tanya Domier … Griffin joined Advantage 2008 … previously 10 years Navarre Corp.’s interactive publishing unit … two bachelor’s: marketing, Spanish

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OC 500: Alan A. Greenberg

With law partner, OC 500’s Wayne Gross, launched GG after 2011, $50M settlement in case involving Hollywood Palladium … firm’s first trial: 2013 defended HyperDisk against Costa Mesa visitors bureau … client list includes SpaceX vs. Broadcom … Auto Club and Tom McKernan … duo gave $500K to Goodwill OC 2017 for career counseling … began career Wall Street … fellow, board, chair, legal orgs … bachelor’s Cornell, JD Boston U.

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OC 500: Michael Gray

Scion, St. John Knit founders Robert and Marie Gray … angel investor in digital strategist The Buddy Group; exec coaching; ‘insight profiling’ firm PuzzleMakers; son Matt’s Top-End MotorWerks … builds custom homes … wife, Lori, four sons … backs Hoag … turning point: ‘realized being an effective listener gets more sustainable results than being a good talker’ … three words: ‘listen, innovation, persist’

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OC 500: David Grant

Runs 2.8M-SF OC retail layout with $1.7B annual taxable sales, 250 tenants … largest locally by all three metrics … 2017 celebrated 50th anniversary … Grant at helm, three-fourths of that run … bought back 10% of its space—former flagship Sears store—summer 2017 $187M … married to Andrea, daughter of SCP’s late founder Henry Segerstrom … Chapman grad

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OC 500: Dan Leaf

Family-Owned Business honoree … wireless and wire-line infrastructure provider launched 2013 … public safety for first responders; engineering, development 5G networks … thirdfastest- growing small OC private co. 2017 … $9.6M revenue … grew first venture, to $13M revenue, then sold … wanted to be architect … three words: ‘my parents’ guidance’

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OC 500: Walter Cruttenden

Co-founded mobile micro-investing program with son Jeff … former chief executive, Cruttenden Roth, now Roth Capital … founder, chief executive investment banking arm E TRADE, top provider of online IPOs before sale … director of solar system studier Binary Research Institute, NB … author ‘Lost Star of Myth and Time’ and kid’s book ‘The Great Year Adventures’ … wrote, produced documentary ‘The Great Year’

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OC 500: Scott Baugh

Auspicious political start 1990 now in rear view mirror … GOP Assembly leader 1999 … succeeded party legend Tom Fuentes, OC boss, 2004-2013 … private sector return to lawyering, lobbying … allin on recall of Fullerton’s Josh Newman, who backed state senate’s 12-cent gas tax, DMV spike … Scott vs. Dana in 2018? … lives in HB … wife, Wendy; son, Jackson

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OC 500: Doug Bauer

Heads homebuilder with $2B valuation … far cry from startup created after last recession … $233M IPO 2013 … following year bought homebuilding operations of paper conglomerate Weyerhaeuser for $2.7B, giving firm national stature … after former majority owner dinged stock performance early 2017, Bauer planned to build more in California … ex-exec, William Lyon Homes … USC MBA

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OC 500: Robert Bassett

Heads top-10 film, TV school … 2017: boosted rankings … second-largest US by student count … alums responsible for Netflix series ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Dear White People’ … produced feature film, ‘The Barber’ 2015 … Scott Glenn and Stephen Tobolowsky … wanted to be writer; passion: ‘films that affect me the way classic literature does’ … three words: ‘never give up’

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OC 500: Lisa Bartlett

OC-bred, building regional political resume … parlayed 8 years Dana Point City Council to Supes seat 2014 … OCTA vice chair … backs connecting South County constituents via trolley … 2017: July county BK payoff; Tustin animal shelter … coming soon: $300M DP Harbor redo … has cat, Jasmine … hero: Marian Bergeson … charities: Ocean Institute

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OC 500: Randy Barth

Drexel investment adviser-turnededucation- entrepreneur … expanded after-school program for 100 into statewide revival of learning, leadership for 125K … 49 districts, 5 counties local leaders committed to … cause extends to Newport Center, OC 500’s Donald Bren … $60M, 2016 revenue … part of rising local chorus sounding young-exodus affordability alarm: ‘Tough place to be poor.’

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OC 500: Ellen Bancroft

25 years’ M&A experience … has closed 70+ public, private co. transactions, advised on 50 public offerings

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OC 500: Flynn A. Andrizzi

Record year for giving, receiving arm, OC’s second-largest hospital … foundation: ‘record-breaking fundraising’ in current FY at $69M

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OC 500: Kevin Alexander

North OC health sciences-focused school … optometry, physician assistant, pharmacy … pharma program one of few in OC …

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Tuesday, January 2

Nekter to Enter Florida

A Nekter Juice Bar franchisee plans four locations in Florida this year, a new state for the juice bar chain.

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PIMCO Invests $200M in GreenSky: WSJ

Newport Beach’s Pacific Investment Management Co., one of the world’s largest investment firms, is investing $200 million in GreenSky LLC, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.6% in midday trading to 2,690.04.

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Monday, January 1

Real Estate Deals

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

Providence 410 GP sold an office condo to Ayaz Biviji, Eric Lee and Kevin Triggs for $2 million, or $305 per square foot.

Business Bites

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 1

Alstyle Apparel will close its Anaheim distribution center and lay off 81 people, according to filings with the state.

OCBJ Calendar

Jan. 1-10, 2018

This week's business and other event listings.

Look Back at 2017 Market Shows Head-Turning Sales

Biggest Home, Lot, Sale, Price, More in Busy Year

From sale prices that defied gravity to expansive mansions with enough square footage to enfold several individual houses, the 2017 Orange County luxury real estate market was one for the record books.

Supplement Maker Targets Girls’ Concussion Risk

Product Claims Protection for Brain

Newport Biosciences LLC Chief Executive Thomas Kinder isn’t new to the dietary supplement space; he previously launched brands that target migraines and micronutrient deficiencies in post-bariatric surgery patients.

So Much 2017 Tech News, We Needed Another Issue

Year Brought Deluge of Deals, Raises and More

Last year Orange County’s diverse tech sector produced big headlines, some of which we highlighted in our recent year-in-review issue.

Platinum Triangle’s Latest Sale: Stadium Crossings

Pendulum Property, Long Wharf JV Pay $40M-Plus

Irvine-based Pendulum Property Partners, a commercial real estate investor and developer that kicked off operations a little more than a year ago, ended 2017 with a bang.

Airport Advertising Contract Is Up for Bidding

JWA Ads Land $1M+ Annually for County

John Wayne Airport and the county of Orange are looking for a new partner to pick up an advertising concessions lease.

Local Ophthalmic Companies Aim for FDA Nod

Aerie Well On Track; Presbia Changes Strategy

Ophthalmic companies Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: AERI) and Presbia PLC (NASDAQ: LENS) are pursuing Food and Drug Administration approval of their drugs and device, respectively.

2018 Off to Tasty Start With Fresh Menus Abounding

NB Restaurant Week Excuse to Try Some

Happy New Year!

BPOY 2017 Hospitality: Jay Burress

Visit Anaheim Chief and Texas Sports Fan

There’s a sense Jay Burress is hospitality’s businessperson of the past five years.

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BPOY 2017 Marketing: Steve Jun

Agency Boss Reeled in Big Fish

Steve Jun transferred to Huntington Beach in 2015 to help boost INNOCEAN Worldwide Americas’ growth beyond its core automotive account, Hyundai Motor America Inc.

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Marketing: Marisa Thalberg

She Loaded Up That Taco

Taco Bell Corp. “wasn’t a turnaround job” when Chief Marketing Officer Marisa Thalberg took over the reins in June 2016. Systemwide sales that year at the Irvine-based Mexican-themed fast food chain were up 6% to about $9.6 billion.

BPOY 2017 Healthcare: Charles Dunlop

Laguna Native Couldn’t Have Mapped Better 2017

It’s hard to put a label on Charles Dunlop, founder and president of Ambry Genetics Corp. He is, in his own words, a “lab tech” who derives more joy from working in labs, yet he speaks with the boldness of a visionary when he says his main goal isn’t to cure a particular disease but all diseases.

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BPOY 2017 Technology: Dean Stoecker

How Alteryx and Dean ‘Stoecked’ an OC Industry and Its Dormant IPO sector

A March initial public offering, two acquisitions, and three strong quarters.

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Good Karma in Carmaker Leadership Change

AUTOMOTIVE: CEO hands wheel to fellow turnaround man

Tom Corcoran did what he came to do—get Karma Automotive LLC up and running, and ready for the next big leg of its journey: China.

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Sept. 8 around 1 p.m. Donald Bren and Irvine Co. announce they’ll urge the city of Irvine to join up to vie for Amazon’s HQ2.

Club Pilates Brand Stretches to Irvine

SERVICES: Brand star of new umbrella co. Xponential Fitness

A new fitness-focused umbrella company anchored by Club Pilates—one of the country’s fastest-growing franchising businesses—plans to pump up the size of its Orange County headquarters and operations.

New Dealership Offers Classic and Vintage Cars

AUTOMOTIVE: Makes pricey statement ‘about OC car culture’

On a recent evening at the Morris and Welford dealership in Newport Beach, no one was kicking the tires, opening engine hoods, peeking into the glove box, or tinkering with the car radio.

A Street Apart: Newport Center Sits Atop Office Rents

REAL ESTATE: No. 15 among US streets, sixth in state

Newport Center Drive’s role of prominence in Orange County’s office market—including prominent rents—remains unsurpassed, according to a new national brokerage report.

BPOY 2017: Eight Pillars In The Community of Business

The Business Journal in this first issue of 2018 on this first day of the year highlights eight superlative members of that august community of business in six areas:

$1B GSF Unit Grabs PepsiCo Exec to Go More

QCD Serves Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s and 6,000 Starbucks

Golden State Foods Corp. drives the chuckwagon for McDonald’s Corp.

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BPOY 2017 Finance: Roman, Ivascyn Make $1.7T Team

1K Days After Bill Gross Left, Again a Force

Emmanuel “Manny” Roman sure knows when to make an entrance.

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BPOY 2017: The Chairman Stepped Up

Bren’s HQ2 Bid Puts Irvine’s Growth on Display

Donald Bren went all in last year to try to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to Irvine, a rare public display of deal soliciting from Orange County’s dominant businessperson.

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