NONPROFITS: Revenue up; new boss eyes expansion
About this time last year, Nicole Suydam was taking the reigns at Santa Ana-based Goodwill of Orange County—after months of trepidation.
NONPROFITS: Sees children’s mental clinic boosting US
CHOC Children’s Foundation, the fundraising entity for Children’s Hospital of Orange County, sets the bar high.
Sharing, Caring at Casco Includes People, Founder
Millennials aren’t interested in merely seeking an employer with a good happy hour, according to Casco Contractors owner Cheryl Osborn.
Global Firm’s OC Outpost For 5-Year $320M Project
Ted Wilm is closing in on four decades at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the New York-based Big Four accounting firm with a significant stake in Orange County. The local office in Irvine employs 375—making PwC one of the Big Four in OC as well.
ECONOMY: Most not seeing recession
Since California State University-Fullerton’s Orange County Business Expectations Survey reached an all-time high of 98.1 in the third quarter of 2018, local executives began adopting a less sanguine view of their own futures and the overall economy.
ECONOMY: Q2 local sentiment jumps
Orange County consumers are bringing back that bullish feeling.
ECONOMY: CSUF survey shows confidence dipa
Orange County executives aren’t planning on a U.S. recession this year, according to the latest quarterly survey from California State University-Fullerton.
TECHNOLOGY: $6.8B with mantra: work hard, play hard
At Alteryx Inc. they throw parties—birthdays, company milestones, Halloween, and Christmas.
ACCOUNTING: 93-year-old firm in expansion mode
John Di Carlo can’t testify under oath that the founders of Windes Inc. had company culture and employee engagement at the core of their thinking when they opened their accounting firm. It was 1926 and the managing partner hasn’t come across any old work papers with “people first” scrawled across them.
Famous quotes from the fantasy fave “Game of Thrones” bookended the 2019 Spring Economic Forecast of California State University-Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.
Orange County executives stared at a considerable wall of worry to start 2019.
Execs Answer 911 Call to Help Inaugural Hoag Tourney
After 40 years spent golfing and running professional tournaments, Jeff Purser can track the trajectory of a title sponsor as well as any golf ball.
OC executives are jumping at the chance to swing clubs in temperate climate with zero chance of snow while wining and dining their customers during this week’s Hoag Classic at the Newport Beach Country Club.
The Newport Beach Country Club touts the PGA Tour Champions event being held on its grounds this week as the longest-hosted event on the Champion’s tour “by a wide margin.”
The Hoag Classic in Newport Beach doesn’t tee off until March 6, but there’s still plenty of local golf news.
Du Family Helped Hoag Irvine Meet Surging Emergency Needs
In business and philanthropy, investors like ROI, return on investment.
ECONOMY: Tariffs being felt locally
For the 39th consecutive quarter, Orange County manufacturers will expand output as they anticipate increased orders, according to a quarterly survey of purchasing managers conducted by Chapman University’s A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research.
ECONOMY: Most still see Q1 growth
What a difference a year makes, even a quarter.
LEGAL: Both cases over; colleagues, experts weigh in
It was early evening Dec. 6, the calm after a rare storm in Orange County. There was flooding throughout the region.
MANUFACTURING: And signed legend William Shatner
The call to Pedego Electric Bikes’ Fountain Valley headquarters came about a year ago.
Late Tuesday, Judge David Carter ordered a second hearing, set for Thursday, before he will sign off on James Mazzo’s agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle insider trading charges.
ECONOMY: Sentiment index dips from 100 to ‘still-high’ 97
Orange County consumers are losing a little of that bullish feeling.
So saddened by the news of the passing of my friend, Orange County Business Journal family member Patrick Chao, this past Tuesday.
Cybersecurity leader Cylance gets an offer it can’t refuse; Aliso Viejo lures device-maker Glaukos to new and bigger digs; Orange-based Allied Universal could be readying a big IPO for 2019.
OC’s chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored nine of the county's outstanding givers at the annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon Thursday before a crowd of 700 at City National Grove in Anaheim—part of a day of recognition, nationwide.
Paul Musco Built Gemini Industries Into Powerhouse; Now He Uses Profits to Spread Love of Arts
On a Monday evening in early October, Sebastian Paul Musco spent a few hours doing what he loves—watching his friend Plácido Domingo perform at his award-winning Musco Center for the Performing Arts at Chapman University.
TECHNOLOGY: Year two of UCI partnership
Trace3 Inc. Chief Executive Tyler Beecher is betting his company can turn CTOs into CEOs.
Props to Chris Casacchia, Research Director Meghan Kliewer and former Editorial Asst. Rebecca Mondon for weeks of work developing our page 1 feature on female representation on public company boards.
ECONOMY: Job growth here will slow, but ‘let’s enjoy the sun’
Tough week to deliver a rosy economic forecast. The global equities markets were pounded by more than 10%, and earnings season here disappointed (see Q3 bank story, this page).
Even an 86-year-old food company can boost sales double digits, and this one’s got plenty of younger company too in our annual review of fastest-growing public companies.
Anil Puri’s CSUF survey asked execs to rank the threats to the economy: No. 1 was polarization of our politics.
MANUFACTURING: Growth grinds against headwinds
Orange County manufacturers continue to defy expectations and plan to expand output, if not payrolls.
How owners of The Hive creative office complex in Costa Mesa turned a sweet profit in three short years—the Los Angeles Chargers and Kobe Inc. are housed at Hive.
BANKING: Family office’s newest office fastest growing
Whittier Trust Co. began life as just a family office, the family was the Whittiers.
INNOVATION: Like Uber for medical uses
Vanessa Benavides-Lemos was in the backseat of an Uber at 2 a.m., going home from her job as a nurse when she received a call from her boss asking her to work another shift.
Two things I expect at events like National Philanthropy Day, Wooden Floor’s Step Beyond Breakfast or our own Civic 50 OC luncheon: I’ll leave feeling better than when I came, and I’ll get my headline from Antis Roofing & Waterproofing founder and CEO Charles Antis (see above).
Giving Works in Many Ways—Witness These
Young Carson Kropfl recently spoke at my Chapman University journalism class. You may know Carson; when the San Clemente resident was 11, he created and later patented a nonfolding skateboard that fits into a school locker and snugly into a backpack—a good enough market and message that Richard Branson had to outbid Mark Cuban on “Shark Tank” to buy 20% of Carson’s company, Locker Board.
FINANCE: Urovant broke the slump; will others follow?
There are several ways to parse the paltry number of Orange County companies going public this year, a total of three initial public offerings reaping relatively meager proceeds of about $210 million combined.
You’ve avoided Newport Center Drive if you haven’t seen the influx of Big Finance that serves the swelling ranks of wealth here—from legacy to first-gen—and also serves our thriving middle-market businesses.
With a half nod to Yankee Aaron Judge in this MLB Playoff season, the Irvine Company unveils new Mid Rise product at The Quad in the Spectrum.
ECONOMY: Sales hopes, hiring plans fall in survey
Orange County executives expect the regional expansion to keep on trucking in the fourth quarter, according to California State University-Fullerton’s Orange County Business Expectations Survey.
Our most valuable company, Edwards Lifesciences Corp., threw a “60 years of Discovery” event Tuesday night.
We spotlight our 2018 honorees for Innovator of the Year including mortgage-fintech Cloudvirga, Tustin’s 11 Health where founder and bowel-transplant recipient and cancer survivor Michael Seres, spurred on by his own experience, merged data and communications technology to improve the lives of fellow ostomy patients.
RESTAURANTS: Cavanaugh has new ideas, new partner
In recent weeks Doug Cavanaugh knew he was headed to bankruptcy court with the restaurant chain he founded, Newport Beach-based Ruby’s Diners Inc.
Sports complex is ‘in the can’ at the OC Great Park
On a clear day, one can see an awful lot going on at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.
Thursday was a good day for boosters of the OC startup-growth ecosystem; UCI Applied Innovation CEO Richard Sudek told the luncheon crowd at our 4th annual Innovator of the Year Awards at Hotel Irvine, that The Cove has grown from 15,000 sq. ft. to 100,000 sq. ft. in four years and now hosts 750 annual events in support of the entrepreneurial sector.