LABJ WEEKLY EDITION
I first arrived about nine years ago. I came to the United States because the business opportunities were far greater than in Australia.
I arrived on Sept. 14, 1989. I came as a student to fulfill my internship requirement for college in Germany.
I arrived here in 1980 after having spent two years in Scotland, leaving behind the Iranian revolution in 1978.
I was born in Delhi, India, and migrated to Pakistan. I left my homeland for further education in March 1967.
More than 50 years ago, as an international student when I was 20.
Special Report: Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Business Journal spotlights local company founders for whom the advantages of the United States hit home.
Hyginex’s wristbands keep track of wearer’s hand-washing.
HEALTH CARE – Hyginex looks to clean up at hospitals and eateries with its wristbands that track users’ hand-washing.
Boxiecat relies on own pet to create cleaner clumping clay.
PETS – Boxiecat hopes to get drop on competitors with dust-free kitty litter.
Conference to rely on networking to connect with CEOs.
NON-PROFIT – Young Presidents Organization plans to take charge of its executive conference with networking events.
When Gene Urcan, a managing director of Santa Monica investment firm Cappello Group, was boarding a plane for a business trip to Las Vegas in November, he was surprised to find he was seated next his childhood hero, former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre.
News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County
On Target: Ducommun Inc., a Carson aerospace and defense contractor, has received a follow-on award to support a weapon system built by Raytheon Co., a Waltham, Mass., defense contractor.
Theater critic debuts review site to fill void in L.A.
LA Weekly critic acts to revive local theater reviews with new website Stage Raw.
InSURANCE: Self-insured group in $80 million hole.
INSURANCE – Member restaurants in self-insured group find it tough to stomach surprise payments to cover debt.
film: DreamWorks shares dip over ‘Mr. Peabody’s’ appeal.
FILM – DreamWorks shares fall as investors worry today’s kids won’t make time for its “Mr. Sherman & Peabody” movie.
INTERNET: ExpressCoin sees real returns from virtual currency.
Brokerage ExpressCoin seeks to make real money by handling digital trades for bitcoins.
Quick rundown on the controversial cryptocurrency.
Metals: Dealers see rise in silver sales while once-high-flying gold brought low by stock market’s recovery.
Dealers have taken a shine to silver as gold’s investment luster has waned.
CLOTHING: Shares of American Apparel plunge amid restructuring talk.
CLOTHING – American Apparel stock tumbles as the company reportedly looks to button up a restructuring plan.
REAL ESTATE: Pac Mutual rated Platinum after Rising’s $25 million renovation.
REAL ESTATE – Rising Realty’s $25 million renovation takes Pac Mutual to top of sustainability scale.
DEVELOPMENT: Business groups approve but want to see more from Garcetti.
DEVELOPMENT – Eric Garcetti is the latest L.A. mayor trying to build momentum behind streamlining the permit process.
MANUFACTURING: Shares of OSI Systems rise as loss of contract downplayed.
MANUFACTURING – OSI Systems looks good to investors as the scanner maker rebounds from the loss of a government contract.
INTERNET: Snapchat lands another high-quality hire with ex-Google engineer.
Former Google engineer is the latest high-quality exec to click with messaging platform Snapchat.
FOOD: Dolores’ plans to develop Roscoe’s chicken have yet to take wing.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles is open almost around the clock: 8 a.m. until midnight on weekdays and until 4 a.m. on weekends.
EMPLOYMENT: Kirkland limits hunt to corporate, private equity hires.
Chicago’s Winston & Strawn has been on a hiring spree in Los Angeles, netting a dozen attorneys in the last year.
ACQUISITION: Allen Lund picks up Northern Freight for sixth deal in 16 months.
Third-party transportation broker Allen Lund Co. said it acquired Northern Freight Services of Middleton, Wis., last month, the latest move in the La Canada Flintridge company’s ongoing expansion effort.
Last week’s major news from labusinessjournal.com and other sources
After nearly a century in Los Angeles, Westwood oil giant Occidental Petroleum Corp. has announced that it will move its headquarters to Houston and spin off its California operation.