Mark Mueller

Editor

Mark Mueller covers commercial and residential real estate for the Orange County Business Journal. His beat also includes title insurers and mortgage lenders, as well as government stories that relate to real estate. He can be reached at mueller@ocbj.com.

Email: mueller@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 226

Recent Stories

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Summer Travel

Boats, yachts and mega-yachts that could pass for luxury hotels are prominent in this week’s OC’s Wealthiest edition

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Glidewell’s Side Hustle: Yacht Chartering

DENTAL: Exec has big boats for hire, sale

Yacht chartering services will cover a majority of operating costs while keeping sailing crew active

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OC’s Wealthiest: Billion-Dollar Club

ECONOMY: 37 billionaires; net worth totals $160B

The pandemic, it’s been said, created winners and losers in the business world

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Food & Shelter

When the opportunity arose to take the top spot at Just Food for Dogs, it was an easy choice for private equity executive Julian Mack

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Just Food for Dogs Revamps Exec Team

RETAIL: New CEO, CFO; funding deal on tap

Rapid growth creating potential for an initial public offering; other options being considered as demand increases

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Cataract-Focused RxSight Eyes IPO for Expansion

DEVICES: VC heavyweight Bill Link on board, IntraLase ties

RxSight has its sights set on becoming Orange County’s next big public company in the ophthalmology sector

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Laguna Beach Addition For Montrose Environmental

SERVICES: First local buy since 2020 IPO

Montrose Environmental Group looked local to find its first purchase since 2020 IPO

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Furnishings Firm At Home Coming to Tustin

RETAIL: 105K-SF lease tops for year

At Home Group has inked a sizeable deal in Tustin for its second Orange County location

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Charges, Changes at Genesis

Count Genesis Motor North America’s Mark Del Rosso among those vouching for the long-term viability of electric vehicles

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Dell’s New Workout

The race for fitness companies to break out from the pack and become the next Peloton Interactive is heating up

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Mobilitie Sale Confirmed

Australia’s BAI Strikes Deal

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Fullerton’s Funders

Amazon's ties with Orange County are being strengthened with new opportunities

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Mobilitie Selling For Nearly $1.7B

WIRELESS: Jabara exiting; deal with Australia’s BAI

Company will run out of Newport beach as a division of BAI to increase U.S. presence

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World Poker Tour Sale Heads Toward Completion

MEDIA: $105M bid marks big increase

The sale of the World Poker Tour may be approaching its final few hands

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Jackson Takes Accounting Experience to Fintech World

OC Local Named COO of Lendistry

After a more than 30-year career in the accounting world, and having helped a pair of accounting firms beef up their local and national profiles, Scharrell Jackson is taking on a new challenge

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Baker Tilly Names Thomas Bennett Managing Partner in OC

Steve Milner Heads Western US Market

Baker Tilly US LLP has tweaked its local management structure, its first significant reported operational move in Orange County since the Chicago-based firm teamed up with Irvine’s Squar Milner LLP

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Skyworks Seal of Approval

Skyworks Solutions has a friend in Jim Cramer, and that friendship is paying off for other local tech firms

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Nixon’s Plumber Friend

Are the warmer inland temperatures of Brea the reason the city’s become the HVAC capital of Southern California?

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Zero to Seventy

Acorns Grow expects to be valued at around $2.2B when it completes its reverse merger with SPAC Pioneer Merger Corp. and goes public later this year

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Cloudvirga Sold To Stewart Title

TECHNOLOGY: Software firm keeping Irvine base

Reaffirmed position in Orange County brings more local hiring and focus on software service after acquisition

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Office Returns

Post-pandemic priorities see companies focused on new leases and office returns

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Fishing Lessons

Former Quest Software CEO Vinny Smith named his philanthropic foundation after the famous saying, Teach a Man to Fish

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50 Shaping the Future of OC, and its Economy

The world paused for much of 2020 and early 2021 for some.

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Fit for the Long Haul

Winners of the Business Journal’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards, now in its 20th year, have staying power.

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The Show Goes On

High-profile attention for Orange County businesses this week

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Texas Two-Step

Irvine Co. certainly isn’t among the ranks of OC companies looking to relocate to Texas.

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Sports Collectors

Big moves are happening for professional sports franchises and memorabilia

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Olson’s Opportunity

High-Priced Sales, New Projects Highlight Hotel Industry’s Resilience

Record-setting sales providing plenty of funds for planned developments on hotel properties

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Rocky Mountain Rivalry

Orange County companies continue to increase their presence in Colorado

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An Opportunity Made

Acquisitions and a planned IPO are setting up for big 2021 expectations

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Advantage’s Office Solution: Downsized, Low-Rise HQ

PubCo.’s Move a Sign Of 2021 CRE Uncertainty

While Advantage shifts, other companies are also considering property changes in Orange County

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Miami, Marlins, and Dolphins

Money is flowing in both directions when it comes to the connections between Orange County and Miami

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Banks and Books

Acquisitions and talks of an IPO have companies focused on growth and expansion

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Corporate Reinventions

Companies are making big moves while focusing on a post-pandemic landscape

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Software and Subleases

Companies are shifting priorities towards relocation, subleasing and adapting for future business

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Staffing Firm Volt Moves HQ to Orange

SERVICES: Looking to sublease 200K-SF campus

The company looks to cut costs with real estate moves while adapting to new challenges

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Letters to Investors

IPO prospectuses can be dry affairs, 200+ pages of legal disclaimers, corporate buzzwords and often undecipherable financials, with the occasional item of note sprinkled in.

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Leigh Steinberg Agency’s Latest Score: Ron Burkle

SPORTS: Plans boost in marketing, content creation

In mid-February, Leigh Steinberg was conducting his annual Agent Academy, a two-day course designed to teach prospective sports agents the basic principles of the athlete representation industry—the skills needed to negotiate a contract and operate a financially responsible practice, as well as advanced techniques in negotiating and crisis control, among other unique job requirements.

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The Price of Growth

Newport Beach-based Harvey & Co. helps OC firms grow their business; Santa Ana’s Allied may become OC’s largest private company by revenue; HP Inc. will be purchasing the HyperX gaming products maker from Kingston in $425M deal

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Home Sales

LoanDepot becomes OC’s sixth-largest public company by market value; CoStar Group Inc. 'stunned' to read of CoreLogic buyout; Yucaipa Cos. of Los Angeles takes heavy equity stake in Steinberg Sports and Entertainment

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Luxe Candle Co. Finds Growing Customer Base

RETAIL: Family affair in Laguna

2020 proved to be a breakout year for candle companies, as stay-at-home orders brought more attention to home décor and shoppers looked for comforting products.

Growth in the Billions

Palmer Luckey’s nearly $2 billion-valued Anduril Industries isn’t the most valuable tech-focused company at Irvine’s 2722 Michelson building—for now.

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Abundance of Investments

Irvine’s PE-backed firm Interior Logic Group will be sold to Blackstone for $1.6B; Stone Point Capital and Insight Partners will pay $6B for Irvine’s CoreLogic; Chicago ratings agency affirms AAA ratings for CMBS-loans backed by Irvine Co. office properties

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EV Truck Maker Lordstown Picks Irvine

AUTOS: Opens first center outside Midwest

Irvine’s base of electric vehicle makers got another energy boost last week, as Ohio’s Lordstown Motors Corp. established a new service center in the Spectrum area of the city, in preparation for the launch of its first vehicle later this year.

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New Homes

Irvine’s First Foundation Inc. moves holding company to Dallas; new H Mart to open in Irvine; local businessman Sir Torben Aaskov, Chapman U grad, knighted by Queen Margrethe II

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Apria Ditches OC HQ as IPO Beckons

FINANCE: Indy base; Blackstone bought in 2008

Apria Inc., one of the country’s largest home healthcare companies, is poised to go public again, 13 years after it was taken private by a unit of Blackstone Group LP

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Legal Scores

Keller/Anderle LLP trial lawyer Jennifer Keller ranked No. 1 attorney by SoCal Super Lawyers; Evan Moore, former NFL tight end, scores apartment complex via Stratford Capital investment firm; Jeff Moorad's Newport Beach MSP Sports Capital bought soccer clubs in Spain and Portugal since 2019

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Tesla Sales Center in Works for Irvine

AUTOMOTIVE: Would be first spot in city

City planning and permitting documents indicate a Tesla sales facility is in the works for a 58,000-square-foot building fronting Jamboree Road in Irvine

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New Drives

What’s ahead for Foothill Ranch’s loanDepot; Tesla's $800B plans to expand in Irvine; Irvine’s Rivian is nearing another funding round, valuing the company close to $25B

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Olen’s Southeast Rental Portfolio Now Tops $2B

REAL ESTATE: Charlotte push; office buy near Nashville

Olen Properties Corp.'s late-year acquisition spree in the Southeast pushed the value of the Newport Beach-based real estate investor’s growing apartment portfolio past $2B

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