Nearly all OC automakers saw sales increases for June while year-to-date sales were mixed.
AUTOMOTIVE: Local control new top execs, aimed at product
South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co. is taking a regional approach to combat slumping sales as it works to complete a global restructuring plan next year.
Pacific Sotheby’s Bulks Up; First Team Stretches to LB
Two is better than one for Irvine-based brokerage firm First Team Real Estate and the San Clemente office of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.
Social Media Ads Promote Brand’s New Eclipse Cross
Cypress-based automaker Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. is getting lyrical for its 2018 Eclipse Cross.
Cypress-based automaker Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. promoted Natalie Milton to vice president and chief information officer.
The University of California-Irvine will remove donor and Professor Francisco Ayala’s name from its biology school and rename the it the UCI School of Biological Sciences.
The Santa Ana-based Orangewood Foundation won a $900,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco’s Affordable Housing Program that will help fund the nonprofit’s Samueli Academy expansion.
Growing Firm Supplies Autos Memory Lane
Shortly after moving to California in the mid-1970s, Detroit native Jeff Leonard scooped up a marine blue 1967 Chevrolet Camaro with an 8-track player in the center console.
Automotive software provider DealerSocket named Bryan Klann chief revenue officer on Monday.
Cypress-based swimwear manufacturer Manhattan Beachwear Inc. said Monday it will design and distribute women’s swimwear for Vernon-based fashion label BCBGMaxAzria and its BCBGeneration line.
Alfred Chang was promoted to president of Anaheim-based retailer Pacific Sunwear on Wednesday.
Brea Firm Plays Up Employee Balance for Great Service
KPRS Construction Services Inc. is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. That means it survived economic slowdowns caused by the internet bubble burst, the 9/11 terror attacks, and the 2008 financial collapse.
A shakeup has happened in the North American offices of South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motor Corp.
APPAREL: Retailer puts ‘disruptive DNA’ into stores
Stance Inc. wants to make standing in line a distant memory at its retail shops.
130-Year-Old Swinerton Plays Up Staff Ownership
San Francisco-based construction firm Swinerton Inc. wanted to mark its 130th anniversary with a new identity.
State Attorney General Xavier Becerra named Newport Beach food manufacturer Graceleigh Inc. in a lawsuit last week for selling toddler formula with high levels of lead.
MARKETING: Firm aligns its, LoJack brand’s looks, and more
CalAmp Corp. set out to reinvent businesses through telematics, or technology that remotely monitors assets, such as cars.
Exclusive Kicks Sponsor Of US, Canada Events
Asics America Corp. is ready for the summer music festival season, but consumers can bank on getting more than flower crowns.
EDUCATION: One of three picked for subsidized tuition
Brandman University’s business is providing higher education to working adults, partnering with over 2,700 companies like Irvine Co. and Blizzard Entertainment.
Irvine-based online distressed real estate auction company Auction.com promoted Amit Aggarwal to chief technology officer on Monday.
Head Broker Comes From Malibu With New Tack
Beverly Hills luxury brokerage The Agency has grown its West Coast footprint over the past year with nine new offices, but it took a bit of coaxing for it to open No. 10, its first Orange County outpost.
Beauty Brand Encourages Women to Own Identities
Indie beauty brand RealHer Inc. is sharing the love.
Nearly all of Orange County’s automakers reported an uptick in sales for May while year-to-date sales remain mixed.
Walmart employees will be able to attend Irvine-based Brandman University for $1 a day as part of a new program the retail giant said on Wednesday.
Irvine-based automaker Kia Motors America named Michael Cole chief operating officer and executive vice president on Tuesday. He succeeds Michael Sprague, who left the post last month.
NONPROFITS: How St. Joseph nun started movement for success
Fewer parents will be camping out the night before auditions at Santa Ana-based nonprofit The Wooden Floor.
Now Nui Foods, It Will Reach Beyond Keto Heads
The ketogenic diet is the latest health craze—even praised by celebrities Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian—but one keto snack maker has ditched its Keto Kookie name to appeal to a wider audience.
Anaheim-based retail chain Pacific Sunwear of California is reported to be in talks with Bellevue, Wash.-based sports retailer Eddie Bauer to consolidate their businesses, according to Reuters.
Now Charlie Zhang Pursues His Dream
Charlie Zhang built his fortune in the restaurant business when he started fast-casual chain Pick Up Stix in 1989 in Rancho Santa Margarita—growing to 100 locations, then selling it in 2001 to TGI Friday’s owner Carlson Restaurants Worldwide for $50 million.
Rael Raises $2.1 Million In Preseries A Round
Buena Park-based startup Rael wants more women to talk about their periods, and investors are listening.
Edge, MondoTunes To Put Songs on Big Channels
Music video streaming service Edge Music Network wants to help users reach more fans and make more money.
Footwear veteran Joel Oblonsky was named chief executive of Huntington Beach footwear licensee Titan Industries Inc.
Hoping Merger of Unequals is Savvy Move
A mix of wine, appetizers and sketches on a napkin sparked a merger between Costa Mesa-based advertising agencies Sunday Brunch and Irvine-based Gigasavvy.
Facebook Messenger Puts Virtual Car Anywhere
Want a quick and free way to get a Kia Stinger GT in your driveway? Log onto Facebook.
Rogers-Kante’s SeneGence Recently Launched New Initiatives
Joni Rogers-Kante is on a mission to help women take control of their lives.
Nicole Suydam Learned, Now Leads Second Harvest
If you asked Nicole Suydam more than 20 years ago to explain hunger in Orange County, she wouldn’t have been able to give you an answer.
Former Big Sports Execs Join Management Team
The Athletes First sports agency is expanding its arena of services with the launch of Athletes First Partners, an international sales and marketing services company.
EDUCATION: Power lawyer back in power in ivory tower
Framroze Virjee waved goodbye to his colleagues at the prominent Los Angeles-based law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP and hopped on a plane to live out his retirement in Rwanda.
Cypress-based automaker Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. said Wednesday that Mark Chaffin will succeed Don Swearingen as chief operating officer.
Kathleen Burke has been named chancellor of the South Orange County Community College District.
Orange County automakers’ sales dropped in April, and only two—Mazda Motor of America Inc. and Mitsubishi Motors N.A. Inc.—are up for the year.
Los Angeles-based nonprofit Chrysalis is taking its first step outside of Los Angeles County by seeking a new office in Anaheim.
Service Product Of ‘Years Of’ Tech Research
Residential brokerage firm Surterre Properties is getting into the advertising business.
How a Newport Decorator Got Back in the Black
Interior designers looking to spur their creative juices and graduate out of their home offices can head to a new co-working space in Newport Beach called Studio88.
Costa Mesa-based PBS SoCal expects to merge with KCETLink Media by mid-year with the newly formed group operating under a new name.
Huntington Beach-based Boardriders Inc. completed its acquisition of rival Billabong International Ltd. on Tuesday.
Michelle Deutchman has been named the first executive director of the University of California’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.
Three-Year Campaign Focuses on Other Strengths
Visit Anaheim introduced a new cast of characters this month to highlight the city’s attractions.
Losses Eased And Several Bucked Trend
Orange County’s largest apparel companies showed they aren’t immune to the ongoing headwinds facing the apparel industry as local employment in the 12 months through March fell slightly for the second year.
Fighting Disruption With Digital Printing, Packaging
Orange County’s largest commercial printers posted only steady results in 2016, but the 29 companies on this week’s Business Journal list picked up the pace last year.