Michele Johnson: Litigator, Leader

LAW: Securities work; US Soccer representationLifetime of legal toil, honor

Woodside Credit Floors It

Auto lending firm surpasses $2B in volume

Woodside Credit has collected a growing base of car-loving customers as pandemic brought in more interest for auto travel

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Fresh N’ Lean Eyes Billion-Dollar Status

New Las Vegas facility to boost output

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was named Fresh N’ Lean’s head of sports wellness last month to help develop a Whole30-inspired meal plan

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Figpin’s Collection of Licenses, Fans Keeps Expanding

Enamel pins find new buyers online

Figpin now holds 30 licenses including deals with Disney and Warner Bros., with access to all intellectual property owned by them

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Pedego Finds Fun in Booming Electric Bike Sales

Founder eyes 1,000 stores, future IPO

Retail locations promote growth and consumer interest as the business advises trying electric bikes before buying online

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Buddy Group Makes Friends: Sales Up 132%

Deutschman counts ties to Bain, Gray

Buddy Group reported $4.6 million in revenue for the year ended June 30, a 132% jump from the same period two years prior

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OC’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies Enjoy 56% Growth

Local Employee Count Climbs 18%; 60 Entries

Orange County’s fastest-growing private companies continued to post amazing revenue growth despite the pandemic that slowed down many companies last year

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All Fun and Games for P&P Imports

Consumer Goods Distributor Surpasses $100M in Revenue

Real estate expansion in the works as the now 50-employee operation continues to grow; reported $104 million in 2020 revenue

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Edwards Lifesciences: $76B Device Maker Keeps Building

MEDICAL DEVICES: Expands Irvine campus; more to come

Edwards Lifesciences bounced back nicely from the pandemic, reporting increased sales and working on several clinical trials

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Medical Device Makers Boost Headcount, Real Estate Presence

Edwards, Masimo, Inari, Glaukos Adding Space

Employee growth at Orange County’s biggest medical device makers climbed 8.3%, out pacing last year’s 5% increase

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Women in Business Winners Had a Year to Talk About

Involved With Twitter, COVID, Baseball, Soccer

The six winners of last year’s Women in Business awards, held virtually in October 2020, won verdicts, accepted new jobs, retired and even created a minor baseball controversy

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Inside the Journey of Laura’s House to New Home

OC Execs Step Up For Aliso Viejo Facility

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), nearly 35% of California women and 31% of California men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. More than one in three children are exposed to domestic violence. By any measure, those are sobering and almost unbelievable numbers.

Dragon Kim Foundation Aims to Inspire Youth

Family Turns Tragedy Into New Purpose

The Hammitt x DKF Youth-in-Fashion show could have been an episode from a popular reality design show.

Corporate Foundations’ Flexibility Tested During Pandemic

Top Area Groups Scrambled, Pivoted

How to engage with prospective charity grantees proved challenging last year, with corporate foundation teams out of the office as needs also shifted when it came to giving over the course of the pandemic.

Golden State Foods Helps Solve Hunger Insecurity

Employees Find Innovative Ways to Help During Crisis

In the early days of the pandemic in 2020, thousands of Orange County residents lost their jobs as restaurants, gyms, and theme parks closed their doors. Others saw their hours drastically reduced. The economic hardship made it challenging for many Orange County families to put food on the table. Food pantries were inundated. Who can forget the images of lines of cars snaking through parking lots, the people inside waiting their turn to collect a box of stables to keep their families going for another week?

Make-A-Wish CEO Walks the Talk on Fundraiser

Trains for 28 Mile Hike on Pacific Crest

For the past eight weeks, Gloria Jetter Crockett has been prepping herself to be tested in a way she never has been before.