Gordon Gekko was OK, but Charles Crumpley doesn’t like today’s activist investors.
Comment: Charles Crumpley wonders if American Apparel is losing its strong brand.
Alhambra “Dadpreneur” Ray Phillips was merely looking for a way to make baths more fun for children.
When Grant Kirkpatrick, partner at architecture firm Kirkpatrick Architects in Marina del Rey, decided to make his four-acre plot of land in Paso Robles into a vineyard seven years ago, his wife, Shaya, had an idea.
Six years ago, Jamie Siminoff’s newborn son, Oliver, was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that prevents him from metabolizing the sugar found in dairy products.
A surfer for 14 years, MomentFeed Chief Executive Robert Blatt, 54, woke up before dawn about a month and a half ago to hit the waves at Topanga State Beach.
The Business Journal finds Jim McDonnell best suited to serve as L.A. Sheriff.
It’s going to get pretty bumpy for Sara Rotman next year. She’ll be hitting the road as an off-road race driver.
For one day last month, Christopher Thornberg was principal at one of Los Angeles Unified School District’s most infamous schools.
The financially sick Daughters of Charity Health System could get well with a merger, writes Charles Crumpley, but a union doesn’t want that to happen.
At $64,000, it’s the most expensive shot of whiskey in the world.
Comment: The diminishing number of local banks and thrifts has Charles Crumpley feeling withdrawn.
As chief executive of DesiHits, an L.A. music-focused digital media firm, Anjula Acharia-Bath connects pop stars such as Lady Gaga with audiences in India, and Bollywood stars with U.S. fans.
His life might not exactly mirror “Green Acres,” but L.A. native Jerrold “Jerry” Bregman could feel as if he’s starring in a reprise of the old TV show.
Business Journal gives nod to Bobby Shriver in county supervisor race.
Mark Robinson knew when he embarked on an African safari this summer with his wife, Pamela, that he’d get to see all kinds of wildlife up close. But the executive director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Century City real estate brokerage never imagined just how close.
In less than a year, David Fletcher went from being a single guy to married with two children.
Ari Bass was one of many L.A. dads who spent a couple weeks in August driving a van on a family vacation.
Dez White, founder of free ephemeral messaging app Invisible Text, is excited to head to New York this month to kick off her work with the Clinton Global Initiative.
Things got a little uncomfortable at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce last week.
Mike Margolis drove down to San Diego with his family earlier this month to cheer on his oldest son, 18-year-old James Wu, who was participating in an unusual event: an international robo-sub competition.
From soap opera extra to crew director, Steven Barber has had every job in the “biz” over the past 25 years.
Why split the state into six small ones, Charles Crumpley asks, when it’s so much fun as a big dysfunctional mess?
Barbie’s had many careers but Charles Crumpley thinks it’s time for Mattel to retire her.
Most people find a packed flight to be a disappointment, robbing them of the chance at being next to an empty seat. But Drew Zager sees a silver lining.
Five years ago, Mother Co. founder and Chief Executive Abbie Schiller, 42, and her family decided to move in with her parents at her childhood home in Pacific Palisades to keep her then-fledgling children’s entertainment startup above water.
Sandy Lechtick makes sure to exercise regularly when he’s not running Woodland Hills legal search firm Esquire Inc. But the 65-year-old is not much for golf or treadmills.
Most bank executives wouldn’t brag about how many of their employees were watching sports during the workday. Then there’s Alan Rothenberg.
Ilya Kuntsevich studied economics as a college student in Russia, but his training wasn’t exactly the industry standard for employees of big international companies.
An NFL stadium in Los Angeles? Maybe Inglewood would be the best place, Charles Crumpley opines.
The sacking of Dov Charney points out how creative types still don’t fit well in straight-laced corporate America, Charles Crumpley writes.
Swagbucks Chief Executive Chuck Davis, an avid soccer fan, enjoyed this summer’s World Cup in person by heading down to Brazil to catch some games.
Shortly after Andrew Silber opened his Whale & Ale pub in San Pedro, he hired a retired violinist to provide entertainment every Friday night.
On a Thursday in May, Hugh Hewitt was not at the Burbank studio where he records his nationally syndicated radio program or at the downtown Los Angeles law firm offices where he is a partner.
As a college student in the late 1970s, Darell Krasnoff dreamed of getting a job with a company where he could climb the ranks and eventually become a top executive.
Though they’d both been lawyers for at least 30 years, Ira B. Katz and Ira N. Katz first met three years ago over lunch – though they didn’t eat together.
Local attorney and car enthusiast Tim Lappen recently scored the gig of a lifetime: test driving and reviewing a $2.5 million Bugatti roadster.
Last month’s Walk to End Genocide at Pan Pacific Park drew more than 3,000 people, the largest iteration yet of what has become the biggest annual anti-genocide demonstration in the country.
L.A. is a magnet for magnates, and that is one of the city’s greatest assets, says Charles Crumpley.
Monica Dodi is a managing director of the Women’s Venture Capital Fund on the Miracle Mile and co-founder of MTV Europe.
Sometimes a crisis is good for a workplace, Charles Crumpley opines.
Charles Crumpley thinks California’s water crisis is all wet.
Talk about a career change: Longtime local TV newscaster Laurel Erickson, who used to do hard-hitting stories on housing developments, is now showing houses for a living.
In his 34 years as an attorney in Los Angeles, Michael A. Sherman has made a name for himself as a bet-the-company litigator.
It wasn’t Hollywood where dreams of stardom came true for Steve Jaffe. It was Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Charles Crumpley pushes for a sea change in the way the ports are promoted and operated.
The death of Mickey Rooney last week got Michael Levine reminiscing.
Daniel Singer is the 14-year-old creator of Backchat, an anonymous messaging application.
Ross Goldberg remembers what his father told him 11 years ago when he asked if he’d join him again on opening day at Dodger Stadium.
Charles Crumpley looks forward to the day he won’t hear the same bleak numbers at L.A. luncheons.