Global Unrest, Unruly Weather, C-Suite Changes, New Roles
From the U.S. banning a key Chinese customer, to a real live hurricane, to a chief executive in office seven months, to new roles, last year’s Business Journal Chief Financial Officers of the Year had quite the 2019 … where 2020 will take our next slate of honorees after they’re named is a story for another day. For now, we tell the tale of last year’s Gang of Five, their companies, and five thrilling years in one. —Peter J. Brennan
FINANCE: Wolff sets stage for 2020 success
Jared Wolff looks relaxed even after seven months at the helm of the once problem-plagued Banc of California Inc.
Acquisition Helps Pass Banc of California
A new leader tops the Business Journal’s annual ranking of the biggest banks with headquarters in Orange County.
Boost OC Memberships 7.5% to 797,620
Orange County’s credit unions saw their asset growth increase again, according to the Business Journal’s annual ranking.
MARKETS: 34 firms report $27B in sales
Orange County has again demonstrated the ability to spur fast-growing publicly traded companies.
TECHNOLOGY: Big data lease is biggest of year
Irvine-based data analytics software maker Alteryx Inc. has struck a deal to more than double its local footprint, with a 183,000-square-foot lease at the city’s new Spectrum Terrace office development.
FINANCE: Sales spurred by acquisitions, ‘secret sauce’
Banks are in an industry not typically noted for large jumps in revenue growth. Tell that to those based in Orange County.
TECHNOLOGY: See demand in data, temps, defense
Alteryx Inc. has gotten the lion’s share of the attention for growth in OC’s tech community of late, but there are other local public companies going gangbusters as well.
Sharing, Caring at Casco Includes People, Founder
Millennials aren’t interested in merely seeking an employer with a good happy hour, according to Casco Contractors owner Cheryl Osborn.
GIVING: Points of Light, OneOC, 400+ Turn Out
More than 400 attendees came together to honor giving and philanthropy by Orange County companies at the third annual Civic 50 awards, presented by the Business Journal, local volunteer boosters OneOC in Santa Ana, and the Atlanta-based U.S. nonprofit Points of Light.
Global Firm’s OC Outpost For 5-Year $320M Project
Ted Wilm is closing in on four decades at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the New York-based Big Four accounting firm with a significant stake in Orange County. The local office in Irvine employs 375—making PwC one of the Big Four in OC as well.
Tech Giant Notes Higher Retention, Engagement
Irvine-based Ingram Micro Inc. has run a steady-as-she-goes route to becoming the world’s biggest technology product purveyor and service seller, including an acquisitive several years across the globe, honing its systems, staying with fast-changing technology trends, and carving out a dominant spot in what’s often a low-margin business.
Bush: These Companies Have Risen Above Others
A construction contractor, a small and large wealth manager, and a pair of accounting firms received top honors at the Business Journal’s third annual Civic 50 event held on Oct. 16 at Hotel Irvine.
Firms See Growth, New Faces
From watching companies make executive changes to property deals in the hundreds of millions of dollars to unloading noncore businesses, it’s been quite a year for the 2018 Business Journal winners of the ninth annual General Counsel Awards. Here’s a review of some of the major actions by companies that employed our winners from last November.