LABJ WEEKLY EDITION
Banc of California valued SoCal native Steve Sugarman enough to hand him the reins before his 40th birthday.
Youthful CEO Steve Sugarman has led Banc of California into an age of expansion.
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Top executives of L.A.’s biggest companies and organizations.
From aerospace/defense to software industries, top executives at L.A.’s biggest companies and organizations.
CEOs could learn from arts organizations on how to stage a successful business, according to Ritch K. Eich.
The new year arrives, bringing more opportunities and challenges to L.A.’s business leaders. So the Business Journal asks:
What would L.A.’s business operators most like to see reduced in 2015?
SoCal’s ability to compete in business hinges on region’s success in boosting wireless broadband networks.
Jonathan Adelstein sees a boosted broadband infrastructure as a key link to Southern California’s future.
INTERNET: Fullscreen alleges ex-exec tried to poach talent.
Fullscreen’s lawsuit against a former exec spotlights the growing value of YouTube stars.
DEVELOPMENT: Supervisor switch may power up park plan.
New Eastside county supervisor may provide a shot in the arm for biomedical park project.
NIGHTLIFE: Ex-worker frames portrait as gift from Liz Taylor.
Former Abbey employee says he can’t picture how the bar has claims on his portrait of Elizabeth Taylor.
Medbox changes up its board and pot business as it looks to build buzz for a jump to Nasdaq.
ENTERTAINMENT: Studios see mobile tie-ins giving films legs.
Studios look to mobile games tied to movies to push the right buttons with fans.
FiveCurrents steps up to stage opening event for Special Olympics.
FiveCurrents will work to keep 10,000 participants on track during the Special Olympics’ opening ceremony.
Replenish Bottling eyes repeated success with resuable product.
Replenish Bottling looks to mix it up with cleaning products that use refillable concentrate.
Filming the new low-budget movie “The Humbling” turned out to be a humbling experience for movie superstar Al Pacino.
News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County
Cydcor Inc., an outsourced sales operation company, has moved from Westlake Village to Agoura Hills.
FOOD: Premier Meat sees any additional business from launch of consumer-targeted Internet sales venture as gravy.
Premier Meat Co. looks to prove its chops by expanding into online sales.
BIOTECH: Xencor’s stock rises as interest increases in company’s research field.
Shares of Xencor get a healthy boost from Wall Street interest in the drug developer’s focus.
REAL ESTATE: $160 million hotel purchase among rush of pickups to close out 2014.
Investors close out the year with a bang and some of the biggest deals of 2014.
HOSPITALITY: Groups claim union exemption undercuts bargaining by businesses.
Hotel owners say a city of L.A. wage ordinance makes too much room for union organizing.
INTERNET: Park charges MomentFeed with turning photos into boon for brand.
Disneyland visitors’ Instagram photos have given the park an e-ticket to an e-marketing opportunity.
INVESTMENT: Executives at NASI accused of selling machines that did not exist.
Federal prosecutors arrest and charge pair of executives in ATM Ponzi scheme.
CONSTRUCTION: Tutor Perini scores $190 million for halted MGM hotel.
Investors put their money on Tutor Perini after firm reaches settlement on ill-fated Las Vegas project.
INVESTMENT: Launchpad moves into spending more on programs, events.
Santa Monica tech accelerator Launchpad LA has officially ditched its office space at 1520 Second St. as part of its shift to a model emulating the country’s top accelerator, Mountain View’s Y Combinator.
EMPLOYMENT: Rich Reinis on to second firm after life as Kripsy Kreme franchisee.
After decades of practicing law, Rich Reinis felt something was missing.