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OCBJ INSIDER

A replacement is in the works for Center Club Orange County, the private business and social club that shut down at the start of the year.

Dallas-based BNG Hospitality tells the Business Journal that its first private city club in California, The Park Club, will open this October at the garden level of Costa Mesa’s Center Tower office, next to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

The Park Club “will be inspired by the neighboring arts organizations and offer a new, exclusive destination to connect, create and enjoy,” says BNG, which runs five other locations in the country, and has a reciprocal network of 70 other clubs.

The Center Club, founded by the late Henry Segerstrom, counted a 36-year run. It and the unaffiliated Pacific Club were OC’s two top private city clubs.

Park Club’s October opening will be around the time of the unveiling of the new, $93 million Orange County Museum of Arts at Segerstrom Center.

For more info on another pair of local art museums in the works by UCI and Chapman, see Audrey Kemp’s stories on this page, and page 20.

This week’s edition is heavy with football players—see Peter J. Brennan’s front-page feature on the deep QB ties to investment firm RX3—but Chapman President Emeritus Jim Doti was channeling baseball during a March 17 event honoring former athletic director Dave Currey, who was honored by the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with its Distinguished Service Award.  

Doti, who introduced Currey at the event, said he concluded his remarks “by citing a record that will never be broken in any athletic conference.”  

“The record I referred to was the 25 years of a single president and single AD working together without either being fired,” Doti said of his and Currey’s tenures at the Orange-based university. He said he compared that record to the great “never to be beaten” records of Cy Young’s 510 career wins, Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak and Ted Williams’ .406 batting average.

Doti said he told the crowd that if any of them know of any President-AD team that served longer, “Don’t tell me. I want to go to my grave with the knowledge that I have at least one never-to-be-beaten record.”

Among OC’s largest universities, the AD with the longest tenure is now Cal State Fullerton’s Jim Donovan, who has been in that role a decade. CSUF held their own against Duke in their recent March Madness matchup, ultimately losing 78-61.

Byron Roth has moved to Miami because the number of Wall Street people who have relocated there from New York City “is staggering.”  

“People realize there’s a real business community there,” Roth told Brennan. “COVID is what set it over the edge.”

While he will open a Miami office later this year, he said Roth Capital Partners, the largest investment bank headquartered in Orange County, will retain its Newport Beach headquarters.  

“I love Orange County. I love Newport Beach. The company is going to stay there,” he said. As part of the RX3 football charity event, NFL players presented Roth with a signed football after the event, which he hopes will be even bigger next year.

“It was nice to see everyone come together for charity. And each of those quarterbacks wanted to win.”  

Mark Mueller
Mark Mueller
Mark is the Editor-in-Chief of the Orange County Business Journal, one of the premier regional business newspapers in the country. He’s the fifth person to hold the editor’s position in the paper’s long history. He oversees a staff of about 15 people. The OCBJ is considered a must-read for area business executives. The print edition of the paper is the primary source of local news for most of the Business Journal’s subscribers, which includes most of OC’s major corporate and community players. Mark’s been with the paper since 2005, and long served as the real estate reporter for the paper, breaking hundreds of commercial and residential real estate stories. He took on the editor’s position in 2018.
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