OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Nano Banc Intends To Keep Growing Big

BANKING: Startup brings tech feel

This is not a fintech

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Q&A: Bankers Turn Bullish

Up on 2020 Economy, Cybersecurity, Fintech

Twelve months ago, the U.S. economy looked like a bubble that could pop at any time from rising interest rates and inverted yield curves.

Bank of America Gains $1B in OC Deposits

Deposits Up, Headcount Down, Branches Move

Bank of America Corp. claimed the top spot on the Business Journal’s annual list of 41 banks operating here; its deposits climbed 5.6% to $24.1 billion as of mid-2019.

Venture Capitalists Investing in Food, Data, Security

13 Groups: $2.1B in Funds, $81M of Local Buying

For venture capital based in OC there’s an 800-pound gorilla and everyone else.

Trophies Were Just The Start

Mega-Valuations, Headline-Making Sales, and More Buys for EIE Class of ’19

The Business Journal picks five winners each year for its Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.

Last Builder Standing

TRI Pointe has grown to a $3B business in its first decade. More’s on the way, CEO of OC’s top public homebuilder says.

Doug Bauer holds the line

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Master Planners Gear Up for More

$3B of Homes in Works at Top Sites

Did you hear news reports saying homebuilding at Orange County’s largest master-planned communities is on the downswing? Those reports are wrong—or at least misleading.

Home Sales Down as Builders Eye Affordability

Only 8 Builders See Year-Over-Year Gains

A nationwide push for more affordable housing and gaps between phases of development at the area’s largest master-planned communities contributed to a sizeable drop in home sales last year locally.

Anaheim’s Sheraton Park Sells for $51M

HOSPITALITY: Latest change to convention area

One of Orange County’s largest hotels, located on the Anaheim Convention Center campus, is set for a facelift after a recent sale.

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Meet Me By the Pool

Groups: More Water, Wellness; Less Stuffy

When ESPN chose Newport Beach’s Resort at Pelican Hill to host its annual three-day Women and Sports Summit last year, it wasn’t the guest rooms, ballroom or conference spaces that sold the Walt Disney Co.-owned global broadcaster on the venue.

Meeting Space Totals to Rise 6%

2 Luxe Hotels On Way in Anaheim

Hotel developers in Orange County are committing heavily to groups and convention-goers.

What an Office Tenant Wants in 2020

Stradling Takes Smaller Newport Center Lease

Less is more for Orange County office tenants, particularly professional services firms.

Industrial’s Edge: Low Vacancies, Few Development Options

New Construction Can’t Keep Up with Demand

If you think it’s tough as an industrial tenant to find available space in Orange County, try being an industrial developer in the area, where opportunities are scarce, and the competition remains fierce.

What’s in a Space

LPA’s ‘Smarter’ Design Approach to Glaukos, MerchSource HQs

This push to find ways to do more with less has inspired somewhat of a new trend in office design, according to Irvine-based architecture and design firm LPA Inc.

Five CFOs Won, Then Had Dramatic Years

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