REAL ESTATE: Knobbe Martens will stay on as tenant in tower
Knobbe Martens, Orange County’s largest law firm by local attorney count, is selling the 14-story office tower that holds its Irvine headquarters to the two top executives of Corona-based Monster Beverage Corp., the Business Journal has learned.
RETAIL: $10M+ raised; $50M ad budget
Todd Davis, co-founder and former chairman and chief executive of Tempe, Ariz.-based identity protection firm LifeLock Inc., has set his sights on a new industry: CBD.
HEALTHCARE: AI platform; 91% growth in 2 years
Alignment Healthcare, which began in 2013, is well on its way to becoming a billion-dollar business.
PacLife Sells Stake in Aircraft Leasing Co. for $3B
Aviation Capital Group gets little attention as the relatively quiet affiliate of the giant insurance company Pacific Life Insurance Co.
30-Year-Old Restoration Contractor Makes It New
When you visit the newly redesigned, renovated, redone, and more than lightly refreshed Anaheim headquarters of American Technologies Inc., ask to use the restroom.
32% Jump for Rental Buyer; $800M 2019 Buys Planned
Record demand is driving record numbers at Passco Cos.
Sibling Owners Lean In On Ready-to-Eat Meals
Sister-and-brother owned, ready-to-eat food-maker and deliverer Fresh n’ Lean in Anaheim is bringing some of the best sales growth of any area food company.
148-Door Chain Refines Its Multiple Experiences
Opening doors is the way to scale; continuing to iterate on the in-store experience builds brands.
More Locations on The Way; Pushing $8M
Sender One Climbing, an indoor rock climbing gym—where, full disclosure, I coached youth climbers for nearly three years prior to joining the Business Journal—is scaling new heights.
No Industry Dominates; Irvine Attracts Most
From electric bikes to dental technologies to customized sandwiches, Orange County’s eclectic mix of private companies continue to thrive.
Electric Models Made In Orange County, USA
Electric Bike Co. in Newport Beach has an update on Henry Ford’s dictum, “Any color you want, as long as it’s black.”
Urban Outfitters, Ulta Among New Retailers Added to Roster
Before Manna Kadar’s beauty business became a multi-brand portfolio, retail buyers were being greeted at Island Tan, passing tanning beds before getting to the 100-square-foot showroom of Manna Kadar Cosmetics.
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Irvine Heads Distribution Of Mixed Reality Headset
Ingram Micro Inc. sees more opportunities to work with Microsoft following a global distribution deal for the software giant’s HoloLens 2, said Eric Hembree, an executive of the Irvine-based company.
$2B Valuation Possible, Newport Beach Exec Says
When Clean Energy Fuels Corp. of Newport Beach looks to the future, it thinks big, very big.
Ingram Micro Hosts Event in Spectrum
Computer networking products maker Lantronix Inc. showcased its latest devices to link various products to the internet for business purposes at a tech summit in Irvine this month.
VP McMillen to Target New, Existing Markets
Mergers and acquisitions are set to be a big part of Irvine-based TRI Pointe Group Inc.’s (NYSE: TPH) growth plan going forward.
Second Summer Sale For Host Hotels
Host Hotels & Resorts has sold its second local hotel of the summer.
$40M Community To Hold 662 Homes
William Lyon Homes (NYSE: WLH) is preparing to close on 163 acres in Arizona, to build what local reports peg as a $40 million master-planned community.
Events Aid Growth As $5B Target Remains
No one ever hit the $1 billion mark on cruise control.
Anker-Morris Leaving At End of Month
Irvine-based retailer Tilly’s Inc. is set to lose longtime Chief Merchandising Officer Debbie Anker-Morris, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Postmates Partnerships Expand Service Options
Restaurant operators continue to play the convenience card in the race for consumer wallet share.
SimRated, a simulation-based e-learning tool, has developed software that allows students and other healthcare practitioner users to learn and practice a variety of medical procedures.
Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments
New Pacific Realty Corp. purchased a research and development building from the Oddo Family Trust for $16.5 million, or $281 per square foot.
Leases in the Air
Laguna Beach residents and the area’s LGBTQ community likely remember the multiyear “Save the Boom” campaign of local activist Fred Karger, which attempted to save and then resurrect the city’s iconic Boom Boom Room, a gay bar that closed in 2007.
TECHNOLOGY: Company creating ties to UCI
The new offices of SAP SE in Newport Beach combine a trendy interior with a relaxing view to the scenic harbor front outside—just the mix to spur more innovation for the Germany-based enterprise application software giant, company officials believe.
FITNESS: Expanding new studio concept
Add another storied gym chain to Orange County’s collection of fitness businesses that call the area home.
AUTOMOTIVE: Cox joins Amazon, Ford as backers
Cox Automotive Inc.’s $350 million investment in Michigan-based automaker Rivian Automotive LLC is expected to bolster the electric vehicle maker’s retail and customer service programs—and hiring in its growing Irvine operations hub—as its market launch looms.
EDUCATION: UCI research cites positive teen impact
Good news for Orange County’s contingent of gaming software companies, esports firms and smartphone app makers, not to mention concerned parents: there is “little evidence” to support the popular notion that tech time creates mental health problems for teenagers glued to their smartphones, a new report says.
The Orange County Business Journal has added a pair of reporters to its growing staff, Kari Hamanaka and Jessie Yount.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 12th Annual Pipeline to a Cure took place on July 13 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa.
Trophy Home Architect Jeannette Explains His Art
Brion Jeannette loves the sun.
COWORKING: 3 floors now, 2 more later
WeWork has struck a huge deal to occupy the bulk of a five-story office near John Wayne Airport, its latest notable lease in Irvine this year.
RESTAURANTS: Chain plots next phase of growth
Part of the challenge in diversifying Orange County’s food scene is people like Wahoo’s Fish Taco co-founder Ed Lee.
FINANCE: Fintech raises $70 million
Scott Saunders is on a mission “to transform sad money” at Happy Money.