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Feting Our Next Big Thing

We feature the honorees of our 17th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards, including high-flying, fintech AutoGravity and hybrid digital solutions/investor-incubator Cie Digital Labs.

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OC 500: Feyzi Fatehi

Excellence in Entrepreneurship honoree … set out to recreate Intel business model for software … deals with Dell, Amazon, Accenture, Cisco and Intel for cloud storage … automated software migration turns firm’s

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Five Entrepreneurs Feted

More than 300 members of the Orange County business community celebrated five winners during a luncheon at the Business Journal’s 16th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.

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Business Journal Fetes Entrepreneurs

More than 300 members of the Orange County business community celebrated five winners during a luncheon at the Business Journal’s 16th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.

OC 500: Kevin Lawrence

Excellence in Entrepreneurship honoree … $100M protein supplement business launched 1993 when son couldn’t digest mother’s milk, formula … product based on fast-digesting proteins … investors 2003 … double-digit annual growth each of past five years … primarily powder, drinks, bars: Power Crunch … excompetitive body builder … accounting degree, chemistry minor

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OC 500: Peter Nguyen

Excellence in Entrepreneurship honoree … founded firm 2013 … $140M 2017 revenue projected at digital ad marketer, up 40% … co-founder ConversionPoint Technologies Inc., $60M revenue, which creates and sells products online … earlier developed video course to help people sell online, later adopted by Baylor U. program … perfect score, SAT math portion

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OC 500: Peter Nguyen

Excellence in Entrepreneurship 2018 … founded first firms as Florida college student: WhizNotes tutoring, exam review; Shox Printing graphic design … bachelor’s, 2005 … Ad Exchange $90M revenue … also Push Innovation, warehouse shipping, fulfillment … Chargeback 360, credit card charges mitigation … ‘failure only happens when you give up. I never gave up’

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OC 500: Lane Rankin

Excellence in Entrepreneurship honoree … software developed from previous firm lets students, teachers, parents, administrators make real-time, data-based decisions … 6M kids, 46 states … 2016 annual revenue $33M, up from $150K in 2009 … mom middle school teacher … administrator … four kids of own … based in OC so he can surf in Laguna Beach

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OC 500: John Saunders

Excellence in Entrepreneurship honoree … shrewd investor, big and small … London Coin founded U.K. in 1970s … now one of largest U.S. dealers … privately held … $20M sales … globally recognized coin expert … has sold 500K+ coins in career … property firm holds $1.3B assets, 5M SF—office, retail, apartment, mobile home parks— much in OC

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Vizio, Sole Technology Founders, Other Entrepreneurs Honored

Five entrepreneurs,from a seller of flat-panel TVs to an operator of nursing schools,were honored at Tuesday's Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards luncheon in Irvine put on by the Business Journal.

OC 500: Alan True

Made fortune with $250M firm, largest office chair supplier, U.S. retail … sold in 2011 … co-founded PE firm with wife, Twila … 100 employees … RE arm owns 1K homes; aims for 10K … $30M 2018 investment in Buena Park food preservation co. … ‘find very big trends … get in front of them’ … Twila in 50+ businesses; Business Journal Excellence in Entrepreneurship award, 2016

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OC 500: Phu Hoang

1983 Vietnamese immigrant … bachelor’s, U of Waterloo, 1991; MBA, Northern Illinois, 1996; founded firm 1997 … software for massive data transfers … encryption, speed … patents … clients have included Boeing, GE, Intel, IBM … past Business Journal Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Innovator of the Year honors … two-year growth 73% to $95M … backed by L Squared

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OC 500: Julie Zimmerer

Business Journal Excellence in Entrepreneurship 2018 … launched personal service agency, 2007, after unable to find caretaker for dad … offers nonmedical help to elder community: meal prep, companionship, transportation … 200+ employees, 400+ caregivers … stays lithe in growing market via individual focus, adaptation: ‘have to be chameleons’ … revenue growing at $1M-a-year clip

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OC 500: Joni Rogers-Kante

Business Journal 2018 three-peat— Women in Business, Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Family-Owned— launched beauty products direct-seller 1999 from mobile home … first product: LipSense line … 500+ employees, 200KSF distribution … native Sapulpa, Okla. … new 225-acre facility, Tulsa … prior: Mary Kay … first job: scooping ice cream, Sav-On Drugs … first car: bright orange Toyota … would meet Gandhi

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OC 500: John Saunders

Holds 4M SF commercial RE, offices to mobile home parks … runs coin dealer London Coin Galleries … contributor, Krause World Coins Catalogue … began buying, selling coins at 13 … New Majority, Lincoln Club … backs Boy Scouts, UC Santa Cruz, Pitzer, Kidworks, Cato Institute, Goodwill (see Nicole Suydam), Red Cross … Business Journal Excellence in Entrepreneurship, 2017

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OC 500: Vic Merjanian

Business Journal Excellence in Entrepreneurship honoree … app-based emergency communications send GPS, status, text, images between clients, public safety agencies … $2M seed … signed $300M+, multiyear contract, NYC global security firm, April 2018 … pursuing patents, East Coast growth … Armenian-fluent, Spanish- proficient … classically trained pianist, guitarist … founder, managing partner, Kalfayan Merjanian LLP

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OC 500: Anderee Berengian

Business Journal Excellence in Entrepreneurship honoree … outsourced digital services … bought 2015; founded 1998 by Justin Choi … 100 workers, 14K SF HQ … wants to meet: da Vinci, ‘inspiration as artist, inventor’ … Bucket list: Running of the Bulls, Pamplona … always attends: Cavalcade sports car rally, Italy … mentors Calif., Colo., startups … boards: UCI undergrad advisory; Human Options, Discovery Cube (see Joe Adams)

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Five Honored for Entrepreneurship

About 300 members of Orange County’s business community celebrated five honorees at the Business Journal’s 17th annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards Thursday.

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OC 500: Don Dicostanzo

With fellow CSUF Titan Terry Sherry moving industry view from ‘cheating’ to ‘disrupting’ … 150 branded stores; company flagship, Surf City … $20M+ revenue … 30 year car guy, ‘4Ps’ marketer, incl. auto chem maker Wynn’s Int’l … Business Journal Excellence in Entrepreneurship keynote, 2018 … backs: Free Wheelchair Mission ... Bucket list: World Series game ... Early jobs: door-to-door selling seeds, light bulbs, NY Times

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Seven Honored for Entrepreneurship

Members of the Orange County business community celebrated seven winners during a luncheon Wednesday for the Business Journal’s 14th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.

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