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Cal Ripken of Innovation
“You have to get used to failure,” Edwards Lifesciences CEO Mike Mussallem said last week at OCTANe’s Medical Technology Innovation Forum in Newport Beach, during a keynote address where he extolled the need for medtech executives and others to take chances, and spend the money in R&D to find the next breakthroughs.
Started firm 2002 … raised, deployed $52M, 2003-2008 … committed fund $61M, invested 2012-2018 … buys into cos., $15M to $100M sales … holdings include Lindora (see Will Righeimer) … former chairman, SoCal Young Presidents Organization … on Team Kids board … UCSD grad; USC law … can’t miss: ‘my wife’s birthday’ … first car: used Dodge Colt, ‘I paid half, my parents paid half’
A Tribute to an Orange County Business Leader
Editor’s Note: Frank P. Greinke, who died at the age of 64 in May, was well known in the Orange County business community and a friend of this newspaper for more than 25 years.
This week’s Insider was written a thousand miles north of the Business Journal’s headquarters, at the other big Newport along the West Coast: Newport, Ore.
Medically supervised weight loss … 35 clinics, 10 in OC … growing nutrition and wellness lines: high-protein, low-carb, gluten-free items; supplements, skin creams; sleep, digestive aids … named to role 2017 … equity owners include Solis Capital (see Dan Lubeck), Innovate Partners ... previously at Mars Inc. … first job: Pepsi truck delivery driver … first car: 1977 Chevy Caprice … can’t-miss calendar: NB Christmas Boat Parade
Started firm 2002 … raised $52 million 2003; $61 million 2012-13 … local investments have included Lindora Inc. in Costa Mesa, software maker Resolve Systems in Irvine, safety apparel maker ML Kishigo Manufacturing Co., in Santa Ana … others: propane systems maker ICOM North America … buyers have included NY’s Insight Venture Partners … Young Presidents’ Org … B.A. econ, UCSD; USC law
AUTOMOTIVE: Investor move also raises a question
Sejal Pietrzak may be a newcomer to the staff at DealerSocket Inc. in San Clemente, but the private equity firm that owns the software-as-a-service company knows her well—the new president and chief executive was part of the management team at ACTIVE Network in Dallas, which Vista Equity Partners agreed to sell last month to Global Payments Inc. for $1.2 billion.
Resolve Systems, an Irvine-based software company with 125 employees, was sold to Insight Venture Partners of New York. Terms were not disclosed.
Solis Capital Partners of Newport Beach sold ML Kishigo Manufacturing Co. to London-based Bunzl PLC. Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed.
Solis Capital Partners of Newport Beach sold ML Kishigo Manufacturing Co. to Bunzl PLC. Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed.
Temp CFOs ‘Parachute’ In, Give Big-Picture Perspective
Interim, or temporary, chief financial officers, known as fractional CFOs in the industry, have become an important and increasing part of business growth in Orange County, according to private equity companies and agencies that place the executives.
At least 8 Active OC Firms Chart Their Own Courses
Orange County’s private equity scene covers a wide range of industries and market segments, a reflection of the diversity in characteristics and specialties of the investment firms here.
Newport Beach-based private equity firm Solis Capital Partners has acquired an equity stake in Lindora Inc., a Costa Mesa-based provider of weight-loss management programs.
Newport Beach-based private equity firm Solis Capital Partners has acquired an equity stake in Santa Ana-based ML Kishigo Manufacturing Co.
Local financial industry professionals are banking on an improving U.S. economy that could feed business growth here.
Newport Beach-based private equity firm Solis Capital Partners LLC has made an equity investment in LEHR Inc., a manufacturer of propane-powered engines and tools for home and commercial uses.
Number of Deals Down 11% in U.S.; Total Value Up
The pace of merger-and-acquisition activity by Orange County businesses rose by about 3% in 2013, capping the year at 310 deals.
FINANCE: Cites potential for scale at Horizon Communications
Irvine-based telecommunications company Horizon Communications Technologies has sold a “significant” ownership stake to Solis Capital Partners LLC, a private equity firm in Newport Beach.
Newport Beach-based private equity firm Solis Capital Partners LLC has sold its majority interest in Tigers Ltd., a Hong Kong-based transportation and logistics company, to GeoPost S.A. in France.