Kari Hamanaka

Staff Reporter

Kari Hamanaka covers apparel manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and automakers. She can be reached at hamanaka@ocbj.com.

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Recent Stories

Rivian Charges Up

RJ Scaringe Built OC’s Most Valuable Public Company. Now Comes the Hard Part.

Upstart went public in November and is making waves as Orange County’s largest IPO on record, by a wide margin

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Vizio’s Connected Pitch Finds a Growing Audience

CEO Wang builds ‘future of smart TV industry’

Viewers, investors and advertisers are tuning in as Vizio aims to build and maintain its standing as “the future of the smart TV industry”

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Xponential Bulks Up on Fitness Franchising Thesis

CEO Geisler in shape for 2022’s fitness race

CEO Anthony Geisler knew it wasn’t the greatest time to go public last July, but he pushed forward anyway, raising $120 million in the IPO

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WaBa Grills Up Growth as an OC Newbie

Operator keeps eye on franchise growth, innovation

Waba Grill placing growth on the grill as it plans to move headquarters to OC, incubate new restaurants, and expand a Korean chicken sandwich concept

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Jim Jannard Has Fun With ‘Inventions Wrapped in Art’

Oakley Founder Keeps Busy With New Design Projects

On the front of the “mad scientist” who started Oakley and Red Digital Cinema LLC, Jim Jannard seems to continue having fun in retirement.

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Red Digital Cameras Star In ‘Matrix Resurrections’

Production 1st to Film With OC Firm’s Gear

Red Digital cameras weren’t in full production at the time of filming, making The Matrix the first production to record with them

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Midday Stock Roundup

Romeo Power falls; Rivian rises

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Midday Stock Roundup

Sonendo, Xponential down

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Luxury Comes in Form Of High Tech at Genesis

Fragrance Setting Among New Features for G90

Refreshed version of the luxury automaker’s G90 sedan coming soon, with some high-tech touches as it aims to redefine what luxury means in the automotive world

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Karma Enlists Swiss AR Firm to Test Tech in EVs

WayRay’s Tech For Drivers and Passengers

The two companies say the technology would provide road alerts for drivers or other information as well as upgrade the passenger experience

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