manager for the past five years.
Tracy Stephens has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of Resources Global Professionals, an Irvine-based professional services firm. He was previously senior vice president of the company's central-southeast region. Layne Yoshida recently joined the business as managing director of RGP's Honolulu office. He was previously controller at Sopogy.
Scott Kitcher has been appointed executive director of CleanTech OC, an Irvine-based clean technology trade group. Kitcher is founder of EcoFin Consulting LLC, a financial and strategic consulting firm. He replaces Taylor Honrath, who has enrolled in graduate school.
Shirley Meredith has been appointed vice president of the independent representative department at Jusuru International Inc., an Anaheim-based nutritional supplement maker. She was previously director of sales at Give Something Back.
Felix Wong has been promoted to president of Ingram Micro Mobility's Asia Pacific region, from his previous role of vice president and managing director of the company's South East Asia region. The mobile services provider is a division of Santa-Ana based tech product distributor Ingram Micro. Wong replaces Bruce Thomlinson, who is now a senior vice president at Ingram Micro.
Colleen Cornett has been promoted to director of meeting solutions at Anaheim Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau. She was previously director of convention housing and now oversees both departments.
Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC, an Irvine-based company that sells, merchandises, and markets food products and packaged goods, has acquired Program Sales Inc., a food brokerage firm based in Charlotte, N.C. The new Advantage division will continue to operate in North Carolina. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
Shareholders of Newport Beach-based Commerce National Bank have approved the company's acquisition by Sterling Financial Corp. for approximately $42.9million. The deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter.
A new Panera Bread bakery-cafe has opened at 19461 Main St. in Yorktown in Huntington Beach. The new restaurant's franchisee, Pride Bakeries LLC, will donate $1 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County for each cafe visitor that registers for its loyalty program through Sept. 30.
Kaufer DMC, a digital marketing agency, opens an office in Irvine. The new space will be lead by Scott Holman, who joins the company as director of industry marketing for architecture, engineering, construction and building materials.
PBteen, a spinoff of Pottery Barn that sells furniture and accessories designed for teens, has opened its first Orange County store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The mall is already home to Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids locations.
Robert G. Magnuson was elected as the new chairman of the board at PBS SoCal, a Costa Mesa-based TV station. Magnuson is the founder of Magnuson and Co., a communications management consulting firm based in Laguna Beach. He also teaches media and communications at Chapman University.
"Ignore the stock market except when it presents remarkable opportunities due to periodic investor foolishness." -- John Heldman, owner of Newport Beach-based Triad Investment Management, offers advice in a quarterly letter to clients
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