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OC 500: Kevin Rubin

Business Journal CFO of the Year … $3.5B market cap … data analytics (see Dean Stoecker) … Rubin on Stoecker: ‘guy you'd follow into the fire’ … leads 70 workers, Irvine, Denver … Lakers fan, grew up in L.A. … moved to OC 2011 to take MSM Software post … Alteryx five years later, prepped IPO … Rubin's tech, international chops helps guide global growth … he, wife, Dana, UCSD grads

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.6% in midday trading to 2,815.63.

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El Pollo Loco Adds COO

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) named Miguel Lozano chief operating officer. He joins the company April 1.

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Fixer Upper

Big Mike’s Latest Vision: Adaptive Reuse Housing in Santa Ana

Mike Harrah is getting into the apartment development game in downtown Santa Ana.

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OC 500: Byron Roth

Heads investment banking firm … well-regarded annual investment confab, 5K participants at Ritz Carlton … ‘I like raising capital for companies; there is nothing better’ … not for someone ‘looking for something safe’ … predecessor co. founded by Walter Cruttenden (see entry) … Roth took helm in 1998 … brothers Gordon, CFO, Ted, president

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Nixon Library Taps Hewitt as CEO

The Richard Nixon Foundation named Hugh Hewitt, a well-known conservative radio host, as its chief executive and president, effective July 1.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.3% in midday trading to 2,792.76.

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Luckey: Facebook’s Loss is OC’s Gain

Anduril Thrives Outside Silicon Valley

Palmer Luckey wears his banishment from Silicon Valley like a badge of honor.

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OC 500: Randall Bell

Economist, sociologist analyzes impact of disasters, tragedies—hurricanes, chemical spills, terrorism, airplane crashes, murder sites—for insurance, property value, legal aspects … tries to decipher rebound … not ‘interested in disasters—interested in recovery’ … books include co-writing Leo Fender bio … TEDx talk ‘Rich Habits’ … BYU bachelor’s; UCLA MBA; Fielding Ph.D. … married, four kids

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Branded Online Combines Offices in Tustin

Finds Beauty, Personality At Flight Office Complex

Branded Online Inc., a 9-year-old marketing company that helps fashion-focused retailers grow their e-commerce operations, is finding beauty in the offline world—a new office complex in Tustin to be specific.

Interior Designer Acts Like Industrial Engineer

Hendy Builds Offices to Look Great

The key for a small company to weather major economic downturns and stave off larger competitors is to stay ahead of the curve, according to Heidi Hendy, who 40 years ago began H. Hendy Associates.

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Buy the Book

“Any company I run is going to be sold every three to seven years,” CoolSys Chief Executive Adam Coffey said in our March 4 edition, when we excerpted his just-released book, “The Private Equity Handbook.”

DeCero, Mechanics Go Big With Rabobank Buy

BANKS: Mechanics to be state’s 9th largest

OC finance executive John DeCero is shooting up the banking ladder in California after pulling off yet another unusual deal.

Anaheim Medical Packager Sees Global Growth

HEALTHCARE: CleanCut explains sale to Oliver

Anaheim-based CleanCut Technologies LLC, an OC-homegrown packaging company that serves the medical device sector, is going global.

MemorialCare Talks Medicare for All

HEALTHCARE: Lowered age eligibility possible

Everybody’s talking about “Medicare for All.”

CEO’s Work Lets Retirees Retire in Their Homes

American Advisors Tops for Reverse Mortgages

After fleeing Iran when he was a baby in 1978, Reza Jahangiri and his family knew they had to take advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves here in the United States.

Anderson Cycles Through Growth at Salas O’Brien

Acquisitions, Worker Retention, $145 Million

From his first job as a paperboy to owning one of Orange County’s largest construction engineering companies, Darin Anderson has always had an entrepreneurial drive.

Duran Eats World Alive to Build United Capital

Second Largest Investment Advisory Firm in US

Joe Duran believes wealth management can be delivered to clients with the same consistency as a McDonald’s or Starbucks.

Asics Tries on New Exec Team, Corporate Structure

CEO Will Split Time In Irvine, Boston

Asics North America has revamped its executive team and organizational structure, and the Japanese footwear brand, whose domestic operations are based in Irvine, is putting an increased emphasis on its recently established East Coast offices.

Startups & Innovations

Irvine-based visual resume startup SparkSet launched its app in beta earlier this month.