Pete Weitzner

Contributing Editor

Phone: 949-833-8373

Recent Stories

$50M Ranch Hand

Randall Family’s Giving: Quiet No More

Randalls curate coastal OC future

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Goodwill as Influencer? Seeks Hipper, Trendier Image

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.

CHOC Amps Fundraising 12% to $47.7M

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.

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One Rep Max: Contractor Builds Community Muscle

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.

PwC Gets, Carries ‘Wonderfully Warm’ Giving Bug

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.

OC Executives Turn Up Optimism

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.

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OC Consumers ‘Alive and Kicking’

ECONOMY: Q2 local sentiment jumps

Orange County consumers are bringing back that bullish feeling.

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OC Executives Don’t See Late Year Recession

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.

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Alteryx Culture Stays The Course Over Years

TECHNOLOGY: $6.8B with mantra: work hard, play hard

At Alteryx Inc. they throw parties—birthdays, company milestones, Halloween, and Christmas.

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Windes Still Bending to its Roots in Irvine

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.

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OC Staves Off Winter Economic Blues

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.

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CSUF Survey Shows Modest OC Upswing

Orange County executives stared at a considerable wall of worry to start 2019.

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Rebuilding A Golf Classic's Swing

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.

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The Golf Networking

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.

Course Map

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 Sports Page

The Hoag Classic in Newport Beach doesn’t tee off until March 6, but there’s still plenty of local golf news.

First Responders

Du Family Helped Hoag Irvine Meet Surging Emergency Needs

In business and philanthropy, investors like ROI, return on investment.

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Manufacturing Survey Sees More Growth

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.

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OC Execs Temper Optimism

ECONOMY: Most still see Q1 growth

What a difference a year makes, even a quarter.

Mazzo: Quiet After the Storm

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.

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How Pedego Bikes Tackled the Tariffs

MANUFACTURING: And signed legend William Shatner

The call to Pedego Electric Bikes’ Fountain Valley headquarters came about a year ago.

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Mazzo Criminal Case Dismissed

“Mr. Mazzo, you must be very happy.”

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No Mazzo Deal Yet

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.

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OC Consumers: ‘This Is as Good as It Gets’

ECONOMY: Sentiment index dips from 100 to ‘still-high’ 97

Orange County consumers are losing a little of that bullish feeling.

Always Be Humble And Sing

So saddened by the news of the passing of my friend, Orange County Business Journal family member Patrick Chao, this past Tuesday.

Let’s Make a Deal

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.

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Philanthropy Day Honors Zhangs, Ueberroths

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.

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Fandom of the Opera

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.

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A CEO’s Tell

My first month as editor, I had lunch with Alteryx Inc. CEO Dean Stoecker.

Trace3 Teaches Techies to Think Like CEOs

TECHNOLOGY: Year two of UCI partnership

Trace3 Inc. Chief Executive Tyler Beecher is betting his company can turn CTOs into CEOs.

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‘I Just Wanted Tenure’

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.

CSUF Economists Say Longest Expansion Still Has Steam

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).

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Growth Stories

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.

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City Divided

Anil Puri’s CSUF survey asked execs to rank the threats to the economy: No. 1 was polarization of our politics.

Production Surge Planned for OC in Q4

MANUFACTURING: Growth grinds against headwinds

Orange County manufacturers continue to defy expectations and plan to expand output, if not payrolls.

With Tenants Like These

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.

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After 80 Years, Whittier Put its Trust in OC

BANKING: Family office’s newest office fastest growing

Whittier Trust Co. began life as just a family office, the family was the Whittiers.

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Nurse Starts Scheduling App

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.

‘The Tribe of Good’

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).

50 Honorees, 8 Awards on 2nd Civic 50 OC

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.

Doing Well by Doing Good

This issue is replete with tales of OC’s most community-engaged companies:

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OC’s 2018 IPO Tab Is Tiny; Just 3 Listings

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.

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The Venerable

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.

Mid Rise

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.

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OC Execs Temper Q4 Optimism a Tad

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.

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Humble at 60

Our most valuable company, Edwards Lifesciences Corp., threw a “60 years of Discovery” event Tuesday night.

Really, a Square Wheel?

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.

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Ruby’s BK Plan Backed by Developer

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.

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Where Not Long Ago There Was Only a Balloon

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.

A Good Day For The Ecosystem

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.