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Total, Average, Donor Count, No. 1: All Rise
Some say “Give Till It Helps,” while others use the old school cry “Give Till It Hurts.”
Markets middling on Fed meeting; First Foundation rises on results (keep reading)
Alteryx down after big November; presenting today at Raymond James conf. (keep reading)
Del Taco Restaurants sold all eight company-owned locations in the Reno, Nev., market to franchisee Mark Miller, a partner in Portland, Ore.-based 3 Brothers Restaurants. The franchisee operates a dozen restaurants in the Pacific Northwest and has agreed to open 10 more in that region over the next seven years.
Foothill Ranch-based lender LoanDepot named Sudhir Nair its Chief Information and Technology Officer.
ChromaDex Corp. said health regulatory body the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration approved its nicotinamide riboside chloride “for use in listed complementary medicines” with “market exclusivity” for two years.
Cypress-based Xperience Restaurant Group bought Sol Mexican Cocina and Solita Tacos & Margaritas, sister brands with a total of six locations.
Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (Nyse: EW) is No. 25 on this year’s Management 250, the Drucker Institute’s list of the best-run companies in the U.S., the only locally headquartered firm named to it.
Santa Ana engineering firm Salas O’Brien bought RMS Engineers in Richardson, Texas, on undisclosed terms. RMS does heavy industrial consulting in Texas for chemical; oil and gas; paper and pulp; and mining companies.
Blinking Owl Distillery in Santa Ana will close for 25 days after a Sacramento administrative law judge affirmed Alcohol and Beverage Control allegations the spirits maker had served too much alcohol to an undercover agent.
Anaheim-based Willdan Group Inc. (Nasdaq: WLDN) bought Energy and Environmental Economics Inc. (E3) in San Francisco on undisclosed terms.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts named Casey Reitz its new president, effective in December, replacing Terry Dwyer, who left the post in March.
Indexes each edged up about 0.1% in midday trading. The S&P ticked higher to 2,998.92; the Dow Jones Industrial Average to 26,800.91; and the Nasdaq to 8,111.54. (keep reading)
GIVING: Points of Light, OneOC, 400+ Turn Out
More than 400 attendees came together to honor giving and philanthropy by Orange County companies at the third annual Civic 50 awards, presented by the Business Journal, local volunteer boosters OneOC in Santa Ana, and the Atlanta-based U.S. nonprofit Points of Light.
Atlanta-based OneDigital Health and Benefits bought Moore Benefits Inc. in Irvine on undisclosed terms.
Foothill Ranch-based loanDepot named David King its chief marketing officer, a new position.
San Clemente-based CareTrust REIT Inc. (Nasdaq: CTRE) bought Vista del Lago, a memory care facility in Escondido, for $12.6 million.
Irvine-based workspace design firm PeopleSpace named Daniel Delaney its chief customer officer, joining Michelle Sample, chief marketing officer, as new C-Suite additions this year.
Orange County Community Foundation named Tammy Tumbling its chief operating officer, a new position.
Stock indexes had declined in early trading prior to the U.S. Federal Reserve cutting its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point.
Lake Forest-based Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) promoted Chad Gretzema to chief operating officer, a new position.
Electric Models Made In Orange County, USA
Electric Bike Co. in Newport Beach has an update on Henry Ford’s dictum, “Any color you want, as long as it’s black.”
Sibling Owners Lean In On Ready-to-Eat Meals
Sister-and-brother owned, ready-to-eat food-maker and deliverer Fresh n’ Lean in Anaheim is bringing some of the best sales growth of any area food company.
30-Year-Old Restoration Contractor Makes It New
When you visit the newly redesigned, renovated, redone, and more than lightly refreshed Anaheim headquarters of American Technologies Inc., ask to use the restroom.
University of California-Irvine named Tom Andriola its vice chancellor of information technology and data, a new position.
17 Firms See Double Digit Growth; List Tops 8% Up
A strong year for architecture firms may or may not presage more development and construction in the not-too-distant future, but it definitely altered the upper echelons of the Business Journal’s list of top local shops ranked according to OC office billings for 12 months ended June 30.
Big Firms Hit High Notes; Salas O’Brien Up 311%
Engineering firms with operations in OC posted 13% growth to $1.2 billion in local annual billings—and only about a third of that expansion came from the perennial big three.
Pujols Combat Human Trafficking
Where to begin? That’s one thing Deidre Pujols didn’t know when she first encountered human trafficking: how to help the tens of millions of people, often children, violated in terrifyingly intimate ways, daily and worldwide.