Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. named action sports veteran Kevin Meehan president of its North America business. Meehan’s arrival follows recent hires of top executives for Volcom units in Europe, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. Volcom is part of Paris-based Kering, which acquired the company along with San Clemente-based Electric Visual LLC for $608 million in 2011. Meehan previously served as general manager of the Analog Clothing and Gravis Footwear brands. Both were based in Costa Mesa until Vermont-based Burton announced a restructuring plan about a year ago that included the closure of the local office.
Irvine-based action sports apparel licensing company La Jolla Group Inc. will end a deal with Rusty North America in an effort to focus on what the company called its “operational backbone and core competencies.” The license will be returned to Rusty at year-end, with La Jolla continuing to handle orders, customer service and marketing responsibilities for the brand through December. The announcement ends a six-year partnership between the two companies. Happy Shovel LLC will become Rusty’s apparel licensee at the start of 2014. The announcement leaves La Jolla Group with a brand portfolio that includes O’Neill, FMF and Metal Mulisha.
The head of retail for Anaheim-based Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. is set to resign from the company Nov. 8, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Paula Lentini has been senior vice president of retail at the chain since 2010. Pacific Sunwear has made significant changes in in-store merchandising since then by playing up heritage brands and new women’s offerings, in addition to the company’s more recent testing of its first-ever pop-up shop concept in New York’s SoHo shopping district.
The Automobile Club of Southern California Insurance Group ranked No.1 in the latest auto-claims satisfaction study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, The Auto Club has its core operations in Costa Mesa, including its insurance unit and other administrative offices. Its on-the-books headquarters are in Los Angeles.
Soka University in Aliso Viejo was ranked No. 41 in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 50 best liberal arts colleges for next year. Soka has about 450 students. The list ranked the school No. 1 for faculty resources and foreign students. About 40% of Soka’s students are from other countries.
HID Global in Irvine, which makes identity security systems, won a $1.5 million federal grant to develop identity-verification systems for mobile devices and jewelry.
The president of a real estate management company in Newport Beach bought the historic Santora Arts Building in Santa Ana, the Orange County Register reported. Jack Jakosky of Jakosky Properties bought the 1928 building at 207 N. Broadway, which housed Daninger’s Tea Room in the 1930s and ‘40s, when the restaurant was a draw for Hollywood stars. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Art studios, restaurants and shops now call it home.
Mark Ganahl of Anaheim-based Ganahl Lumber Co. has been elected president of the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association for 2014. Ganahl is vice president at family-owned Ganahl Lumber and serves as general manager of the company’s Anaheim operations. His father, Peter, the company’s president, served as the association’s president in 1982. Ganahl Lumber, founded in 1884, received the “longevity award” at the 2010 Family-Owned Business Awards hosted by the Business Journal and California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Family Business.
A Louisiana company bought Irvine-based engineering firm Noble Consultants Inc. Consulting and engineering firm G.E.C. Inc. in Baton Rouge bought Noble for an undisclosed price. Noble President Ronald Noble will stay on in that role, and the local operations will keep the Noble name.
A Santa Ana-based distributor of medicine containers for natural and marijuana products opened a Canadian division. Kush Bottles is making the move with an eye on a trend of larger marijuana farms in Canada.
UP: Passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport in September, when it grew 3% over the same month last year, to 728,971. International traffic at the airport during the month jumped 30.5% to 27,837. Southwest Airlines, the airport’s busiest airline, served 296,756 passengers during September. Air cargo at JWA was up 1.8% to 1,544 tons.