Biz briefly: LensGen lands $21M for cataracts device; donations sought for veterans

  • Irvine-based LensGen Inc. has raised $21 million for its Juvene device, an intraocular lens. LensGen says the implant restores “and continuous vision at all distances for patients with cataracts and presbyopia.” Presbyopia is farsightedness that usually occurs as people age. (File photo: Orange County Register)

    Irvine-based LensGen Inc. has raised $21 million for its Juvene device, an intraocular lens. LensGen says the implant restores “and continuous vision at all distances for patients with cataracts and presbyopia.” Presbyopia is farsightedness that usually occurs as people age. (File photo: Orange County Register)

  • Dr. Michael G. Mathews is the new chief operation officer at Auxilio, a healthcare document management firm based in Mission Viejo. Mathews is also president, COO and co-founder of CynergisTek, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Auxilio. (Courtesy of Auxilio)

    Dr. Michael G. Mathews is the new chief operation officer at Auxilio, a healthcare document management firm based in Mission Viejo. Mathews is also president, COO and co-founder of CynergisTek, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Auxilio. (Courtesy of Auxilio)

  • Jennifer Keller with Keller/Anderle LLP in Irvine has been named to the 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Keller has been named annually to the list since 2012. (Courtesy of Keller/Anderle)

    Jennifer Keller with Keller/Anderle LLP in Irvine has been named to the 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Keller has been named annually to the list since 2012. (Courtesy of Keller/Anderle)

  • Ziporah Paskman has joined Balanced Habits in Costa Mesa as marketing coordinator. She will be responsible for directing the company’s online presence, developing new marketing strategies, driving revenue and contributing to future product development. (Courtesy of Balanced Habits)

    Ziporah Paskman has joined Balanced Habits in Costa Mesa as marketing coordinator. She will be responsible for directing the company’s online presence, developing new marketing strategies, driving revenue and contributing to future product development. (Courtesy of Balanced Habits)

  • American India Foundation (AIF) hosted its fourth annual Orange County gala and raised $400,000 in support of AIF’s Ability-Based Livelihoods Empowerment (ABLE) initiative. Seen here is Shalini Khanna, director and honorary secretary of the National Association for the Blind India, an AIF Partner. (Courtesy of AIF)

    American India Foundation (AIF) hosted its fourth annual Orange County gala and raised $400,000 in support of AIF’s Ability-Based Livelihoods Empowerment (ABLE) initiative. Seen here is Shalini Khanna, director and honorary secretary of the National Association for the Blind India, an AIF Partner. (Courtesy of AIF)

  • American India Foundation (AIF) hosted its fourth annual Orange County gala and raised $400,000 in support of AIF’s Ability-Based Livelihoods Empowerment (ABLE) initiative. Seen here are Mona and Rup Shaw, AIF Orange County trustee, owners of MS International. (Courtesy of AIF)

    American India Foundation (AIF) hosted its fourth annual Orange County gala and raised $400,000 in support of AIF’s Ability-Based Livelihoods Empowerment (ABLE) initiative. Seen here are Mona and Rup Shaw, AIF Orange County trustee, owners of MS International. (Courtesy of AIF)

  • Cypress-based Earth Friendly Products celebrated its 50th anniversary in conjunction with Earth Month and in honor of Arbor Day. The company also gave back to the community by presenting a $150,000 check to the Discovery Cube Museums of Orange County and Los Angeles. (Courtesy of Earth Friendly Products)

    Cypress-based Earth Friendly Products celebrated its 50th anniversary in conjunction with Earth Month and in honor of Arbor Day. The company also gave back to the community by presenting a $150,000 check to the Discovery Cube Museums of Orange County and Los Angeles. (Courtesy of Earth Friendly Products)

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Irvine-based LensGen Inc. has raised $21 million for its Juvene device, an intraocular lens.

The company says the device restores “and continuous vision at all distances for patients with cataracts and presbyopia.” Presbyopia is farsightedness that usually occurs as people age.

The Juvene mimics the eye’s ability to change shape and adjust focus.

The financing was led by HOYA Group. It includes the option to expand the financial commitment by $5 million.

On the Move

Dr. Michael G. Mathews is the new chief operation officer at Auxilio, a healthcare document management firm based in Mission Viejo. Mathews is also president, COO and co-founder of CynergisTek, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Auxilio, where he has managed the day-to-day and operational functions of the company for more than a decade. Previously Mathews was the first chief security officer at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Texas.

Ziporah Paskman has joined Balanced Habits in Costa Mesa as marketing coordinator. She will be responsible for directing the company’s online presence, developing new marketing strategies, driving revenue and contributing to future product development.

New Venture

La Tavola Fine Linen Rental has opened a new showroom in Corona Del Mar at 3242 East Coast Highway. The showroom serves as a creative workspace for event producers, brides and grooms, and anyone looking to host an event.

Yokohama Tire Corp. in Santa Ana has rolled its public relations business into its longtime ad agency, Kovel Fuller. KF, which has been Yokohama’s ad agency of record since 2006, will now spearhead the tire maker’s public relations programs, corporate messaging and media outreach from its Culver City office.

Milestone

Jennifer Keller with Keller/Anderle LLP in Irvine has been named to the 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Keller has been named annually to the list since 2012. She has tried over 150 cases to jury verdict, ranging from complex civil matters — including business and intellectual property cases — to white collar to murder. She is the former president of the Orange County Bar Association and serves as a trustee at Chapman University.

Grants

Science@OC has received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. The grant will support the nonprofit’s Orange County Middle School Initiative, designed to improve science education for thousands of students to better prepare them for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) -related jobs.

Good works

Cypress-based Earth Friendly Products celebrated its 50th anniversary in conjunction with Earth Month and in honor of Arbor Day. The company also gave back to the community by presenting a $150,000 check to the Discovery Cube Museums of Orange County and Los Angeles. The donation supports the museums’ Eco Challenge exhibit and brings green chemistry into classrooms to empower children with the tools they need to “think green” at an early age.

American India Foundation (AIF) hosted its fourth annual Orange County gala and raised $400,000 in support of AIF’s Ability-Based Livelihoods Empowerment (ABLE) initiative. The program trains people with disabilities and facilitates their entry into the job market through advocacy, promoting inclusive growth in India.

Grocery Outlet made a $25,000 donation to Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino Food Bank (FARSB). The donation was part of a March food drive that was held at all 20 stores located in the region to commemorate its one-year anniversary in Southern California.

St. Joseph Hospital‘s annual golf tournament in Newport Beach raised more than $280,000, which will support the hospital’s Behavioral Health Services. Funds will go toward additional patient beds along with new services and specialized treatment programs.

Anaheim-based Northgate Gonzalez Market has donated $100,000 to support organizations helping immigrants known as Dreamers, or children of undocumented immigrants. The donation will be divided equally among the four recipients: the TELACU Educational Fund; the Hispanic Educational Endowment; the San Diego Dream Team; the University of California Undocumented Students Legal Services Center.

Coming up

The Orange County Small Business Development Center, an economic development program of Rancho Santiago Community College District, will host several business-oriented workshops in May. They include:

–May 10: Legal Do’s and Don’ts for Business, 6-8:30 p.m., Rancho Santiago Community College District, 2323 N. Broadway, Room 107, Santa Ana. Cost is $25.

May 16: Contracting and Certification Orientation, 10-11:30 a.m., Rancho Santiago Community College District, 2323 N. Broadway, Suite 201, Santa Ana. Free.

May 23: The Art and Science of Creating a Successful Business Plan, 6-8:30 p.m., Rancho Santiago Community College District, 2323 N. Broadway, Room 107, Santa Ana. Cost is $25.

May 25: Business Loan Basics: What you Need to Know First, 10-11:30 a.m., Rancho Santiago Community College District, 2323 N. Broadway, Suite 201, Santa Ana. Free.

May 25: Electronic Delivery: How to Create, Market, and Sell High-Profit Products, 6-8:30 p.m., CIELO — Golden West College-Student Services Annex, Room 125, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. Free.

Help a veteran

Lori Renaud, franchise owner and director of Acti-Kare in-home care of south Orange County, is hosting a spring drive to benefit local veterans. Renaud teamed up with the nonprofit Veterans First to launch the drive, focusing on what the agency’s current needs are for their 85 veterans. Acti-Kare will be accepting donations through Memorial Day at 25283 Cabot Road, Suite 212, Laguna Hills. Donations needed include vinyl mattresses, twin sheet sets, pillow covers, and comforters. Veterans First works to provide services to the region’s homeless and at-risk veterans. They provide a multitude of services including housing, meals, life coaching counseling, life skills, access to mental health counseling, benefit counseling and transportation. To donate directly to Veterans First, go to veteransfirstoc.org/donate.

Status Update is compiled by contributing writer Karen Levin and edited by Business Editor Samantha Gowen. Please submit relevant items to sgowen@scng.com. Allow at least one week for publication. High-resolution photos also can be submitted.

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4 Orange County women to be feted for their roles in business

  • Anoosheh Oskouian will be honored at the annual Remarkable Women Awards Gala in May as Business Owner of the Year. A chemical engineer, Oskouian, a native of Iran, formed Ship & Shore Environmental Inc. to produce pollution abatement systems and services that provide cleaner and healthier air to breathe. Signal Hill, Calif.-based Ship & Shore has locations across Canada, satellite sales/service offices in Europe, and new offices in Singapore and China.

    Anoosheh Oskouian will be honored at the annual Remarkable Women Awards Gala in May as Business Owner of the Year. A chemical engineer, Oskouian, a native of Iran, formed Ship & Shore Environmental Inc. to produce pollution abatement systems and services that provide cleaner and healthier air to breathe. Signal Hill, Calif.-based Ship & Shore has locations across Canada, satellite sales/service offices in Europe, and new offices in Singapore and China.

  • Heidi Hendy will be honored at the annual Remarkable Women Awards Gala in May with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Hendy established Newport Beach-based H. Hendy Associates in the late 1970s. Four decades later, with Hendy as managing principal, the firm has been named as one of Interior Design Magazine’s Top 200 Architecture Firms 30 years in a row.

    Heidi Hendy will be honored at the annual Remarkable Women Awards Gala in May with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Hendy established Newport Beach-based H. Hendy Associates in the late 1970s. Four decades later, with Hendy as managing principal, the firm has been named as one of Interior Design Magazine’s Top 200 Architecture Firms 30 years in a row.

  • The 2017 honorees include Loreen Gilbert, Business Advocate of the Year; Heidi Hendy, Lifetime Achievement Award; Anoosheh Oskouian, Business Owner of the Year; Scharrell Jackson, Entrepreneur to Watch.

    The 2017 honorees include Loreen Gilbert, Business Advocate of the Year; Heidi Hendy, Lifetime Achievement Award; Anoosheh Oskouian, Business Owner of the Year; Scharrell Jackson, Entrepreneur to Watch.

  • Loreen Gilbert will be honored at the annual Remarkable Women Awards Gala in May as Business Advocate of the Year. Gilbert opened her own financial planning firm, Irvine-based WealthWise Financial, which helps women business owners achieve financial security and was appointed to the 19-member Trump Pence Small Business Advisory Council.

    Loreen Gilbert will be honored at the annual Remarkable Women Awards Gala in May as Business Advocate of the Year. Gilbert opened her own financial planning firm, Irvine-based WealthWise Financial, which helps women business owners achieve financial security and was appointed to the 19-member Trump Pence Small Business Advisory Council.

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Four women will be honored May 11 for their leadership roles as longtime business owners and executives.

The awards will be presented at the Women Business Owners, Orange County Chapter’s 21st Annual Remarkable Women Awards Gala. The theme this year is “Stand.”

“Our four honorees epitomize what you can accomplish when you stand for what you believe, stand in the face of obstacles, stand up for others, and stand together,” said NAWBO-OC President Liz Camaur.

This year’s honorees are:

Women Business Advocate of the Year: Loreen Gilbert: The Laguna Beach resident opened Irvine-based financial planning firm WealthWise Financial 20 years ago.

Gilbert serves as the company’s founder and president. She is the only Californian and the only woman on the Trump Pence Small Business Advisory Council, which has 19 members.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Heidi Hendy: The Newport Beach resident started H. Hendy Associates, also in Newport Beach, in the 1970s. Hendy serves as the firm’s managing principal.

Business Owner of the Year: Anoosheh Oskouian: The Newport Beach resident started Ship & Shore Environmental in 2000. She is an Iran native who immigrated to the U.S. when she was 14.

Ship & Shore produces pollution abatement systems.

Oskouian also launched Green Energy Industrial Solutions in 2010 to help people reduce energy costs.

Entrepreneur to Watch: Scharrell Jackson: The Lake Forest resident founded Newport Beach-based Leadership in Heels, a speaker series.

The series began in 2015 and has hosted five sold-out events. Jackson serves as Leadership in Heels’ chief executive.

She is also the COO and CFO for accounting firm Squar Milner. At the company, she established a philanthropic team that partners with various organization.

The women will be honored at the City National Grove of Anaheim on May 11. Tickets start at $95. More information can be found by calling 626-292-1400 or visiting nawbo-oc.org.

Founded in 1991, the local chapter of NAWBO provides information, resources and an environment for women business owners to help them thrive and grow.

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Former Sbarro CEO tapped to lead Irvine-based AquaBall

  • Sbarro CEO James J. Greco has been appointed CEO of Irvine-based True Drinks. The company makes AquaBall – a children’s beverage with no sugar, preservatives, calories, or artificial flavors. (Courtesy of AquaBall)

    Sbarro CEO James J. Greco has been appointed CEO of Irvine-based True Drinks. The company makes AquaBall – a children’s beverage with no sugar, preservatives, calories, or artificial flavors. (Courtesy of AquaBall)

  • Susan G. Komen Orange County has added Dr. Elizabeth Chao, MD, University of California, Irvine to its board of directors for 2017-2018. (Courtesy of Susan G. Komen OC)

    Susan G. Komen Orange County has added Dr. Elizabeth Chao, MD, University of California, Irvine to its board of directors for 2017-2018. (Courtesy of Susan G. Komen OC)

  • Dr. Lisa E. Guerra of Breastlink is a returning member to the Susan G. Komen Orange County board of directors for the 2017-18 term. (Courtesy of Susan G. Komen OC)

    Dr. Lisa E. Guerra of Breastlink is a returning member to the Susan G. Komen Orange County board of directors for the 2017-18 term. (Courtesy of Susan G. Komen OC)

  • Susan G. Komen Orange County has added Lisa Sparks, Ph.D., Chapman University, to its board of directors. (Courtesy of Susan G. Komen OC )

    Susan G. Komen Orange County has added Lisa Sparks, Ph.D., Chapman University, to its board of directors. (Courtesy of Susan G. Komen OC )

  • Jamie Reiter has been named meeting and event manager at The Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Previously, she served as a meeting and event manager at the Monarch Beach Resort, formerly St. Regis Monarch BeacH. www.LilySteinPhotography.com

    Jamie Reiter has been named meeting and event manager at The Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Previously, she served as a meeting and event manager at the Monarch Beach Resort, formerly St. Regis Monarch BeacH. www.LilySteinPhotography.com

  • Skyline Displays of Orange County in Lake Forest has recently added Christina Antonio as project manager. Antonio joins Skyline from EWI Worldwide, where she was an account manager and project manager for nine years.

    Skyline Displays of Orange County in Lake Forest has recently added Christina Antonio as project manager. Antonio joins Skyline from EWI Worldwide, where she was an account manager and project manager for nine years.

  • Skyline Displays of Orange County in Lake Forest has recently added Derek Arnold as director of creative services. Arnold was creative director at Skyline Exhibits of Los Angeles for the past 21 years.

    Skyline Displays of Orange County in Lake Forest has recently added Derek Arnold as director of creative services. Arnold was creative director at Skyline Exhibits of Los Angeles for the past 21 years.

  • Amway has opened its Amway North America California Business Center, or CABC, in Buena Park. The experience center offers flexible meeting spaces, training and demonstration areas, product and sampling zones, and in-store purchasing options for the company’s independent business owners. Amway’s engineering and facilities team partnered with Tom Rakestraw Architects of California to develop the CABC, as an expansion of Amway’s Center for Nutrilite Experience. The location was originally home to Amway’s first Nutrilite facility, opened in 1948. Address: 5600 Beach Blvd. (Courtesy of Amway)

    Amway has opened its Amway North America California Business Center, or CABC, in Buena Park. The experience center offers flexible meeting spaces, training and demonstration areas, product and sampling zones, and in-store purchasing options for the company’s independent business owners. Amway’s engineering and facilities team partnered with Tom Rakestraw Architects of California to develop the CABC, as an expansion of Amway’s Center for Nutrilite Experience. The location was originally home to Amway’s first Nutrilite facility, opened in 1948. Address: 5600 Beach Blvd. (Courtesy of Amway)

  • The Hydration Room, an IV and injection therapy clinic will open its fourth clinic in May at 1617 Westcliff Drive, inside the Castaway Commons retail center. The space will include five lounge chairs and complimentary WiFi and Netflix. The company was founded in 2014 by board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Brett Florie. (Courtesy of The Hydration Room)

    The Hydration Room, an IV and injection therapy clinic will open its fourth clinic in May at 1617 Westcliff Drive, inside the Castaway Commons retail center. The space will include five lounge chairs and complimentary WiFi and Netflix. The company was founded in 2014 by board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Brett Florie. (Courtesy of The Hydration Room)

  • OneOC has been given $50,000 from the Fieldstone Foundation for a Clare Rose Sabbatical Award, which will go to Dan McQuaid, OneOC’s president and CEO. He is one of five nonprofit executives from Orange and San Diego counties who have been awarded a three month paid sabbatical, with individual stipends and expenses to travel, reflect, or otherwise renew themselves in whatever non-work related manner they propose. McQuaid will spend his first 3-weeks abroad traveling with family in Scotland and Ireland. (Courtesy of OneOC)

    OneOC has been given $50,000 from the Fieldstone Foundation for a Clare Rose Sabbatical Award, which will go to Dan McQuaid, OneOC’s president and CEO. He is one of five nonprofit executives from Orange and San Diego counties who have been awarded a three month paid sabbatical, with individual stipends and expenses to travel, reflect, or otherwise renew themselves in whatever non-work related manner they propose. McQuaid will spend his first 3-weeks abroad traveling with family in Scotland and Ireland. (Courtesy of OneOC)

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On the move

Former Sbarro CEO James J. Greco has been appointed CEO of Irvine-based True Drinks. The company makes AquaBall, a children’s beverage with no sugar, preservatives, calories, or artificial flavors. Greco previously was recruited by former CEO Kevin Sherman and appointed as a company director in February. He now takes over day-to-day operations. Sherman will retain the role of president.

Greco currently serves as president and CEO of Pilgrim Holdings, a position he has held since October 2001. He is not taking a salary at True Drinks for the first six months as CEO, only stock, given his “confidence in the continued, rapid growth of the company,” according to a statement.

He also previously served as COO of Newk’s Franchise Co. from July 2014 until October 2016, as well as President from January 2016 until October 2016. Before that, Greco served as the CEO and president of Sbarro from January 2012 to October 2013, and as the CEO of Bruegger’s Enterprises from August 2003 to December 2011.

Susan G. Komen Orange County has added three doctors to its board of directors for 2017-2018. Elizabeth Chao at UC Irvine and Lisa Sparks, a Ph.D. at Chapman University, are new to the board, while Lisa E. Guerra, of Breastlink, is a returning member. Chao is an assistant professor in the division of Genetic and Genomic Medicine at UCI’s School of Medicine and the director of Molecular Genetics. Guerra is a board-certified, breast-dedicated surgeon working out of the Breastlink offices in Newport Beach and Laguna Hills. Sparks is the dean of the School of Communication and the McGaw Endowed professor in Behavioral Sciences at Chapman in Orange.

Skyline Displays of Orange County in Lake Forest has recently added Derek Arnold as director of creative services and Christina Antonio as project manager. Arnold was creative director at Skyline Exhibits of Los Angeles for the past 21 years. Antonio joins Skyline from EWI Worldwide, where she was an account manager and project manager for nine years. Skyline Displays of Orange County is a trade show provider of exhibits, graphics and services, serving Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Jamie Reiter has been named meeting and event manager at The Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Previously, she served as a meeting and event manager at the Monarch Beach Resort, formerly St. Regis Monarch Beach, from 2011 until coming to the Westin.

New ventures

Amway this week opened its Amway North America California Business Center, or CABC, in Buena Park. The experience center offers meeting spaces, training and demonstration areas, product and sampling zones, and in-store purchasing options for the company’s independent business owners. Amway’s engineering and facilities team partnered with Tom Rakestraw Architects of California to develop the CABC as an expansion of Amway’s Center for Nutrilite Experience. The location was originally home to Amway’s first Nutrilite facility, which opened in 1948. Address: 5600 Beach Blvd.

The Hydration Room, an IV and injection therapy clinic, will open its fourth clinic in May at 1617 Westcliff Drive, inside the Castaway Commons retail center. The facility will include five lounge chairs and complimentary WiFi and Netflix. The company was founded in 2014 by board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Brett Florie.

Briles Law Group is expanding in Irvine with the recent opening of a larger office as well as launching a new San Jose location. The San Jose office mainly covers cases concerning workers’ compensation, employment law and personal injury. The office is managed by Andrew Lee, who served as Of Counsel for Briles Law Group for a year. The Irvine office is managed by the firm’s founding attorney Tracy Briles.

Capistrano Mazda is getting a new look. Owner Miles Brandon is creating a new Mazda Retail Evolution showroom next to the existing dealership. The showroom will replace the Volkswagen showroom, which was built in 1963. The Capistrano Volkswagen dealership was just remodeled, which increased its capacity, freeing up space for Mazda’s new showroom. Brandon has been operating the Volkswagen dealership for 20 years. He opened the Mazda dealership in 2015, relocating a 40-year-old Mazda dealership from Laguna Hills. The new Mazda showroom will be completed in the fall.

Grants

The nonprofit OneOC has been given $50,000 from the Fieldstone Foundation for a Clare Rose Sabbatical Award, which will go to Dan McQuaid, OneOC’s president and CEO. He is one of five nonprofit executives from Orange and San Diego counties who have been awarded a three-month paid sabbatical, with individual stipends and expenses to travel, reflect, or otherwise renew themselves in whatever non-work related manner they propose. McQuaid will spend his first 3-weeks abroad traveling with family in Scotland and Ireland.  OneOC provides support and solutions to more than 750 nonprofit organizations and community initiatives each year.

Coming up

HIreLive will host a job fair from 9-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana, 201 East MacArthur Blvd. Parking is $5. Participants should bring 10 to 15 resumes and dress in professional attire. The job fair is free. 

Status Update is compiled by contributing writer Karen Levine and edited by Samantha Gowen. Submit items to sgowen@scng.com. High-resolution photos also can be submitted. Allow at least one week for publication. Items are subject to editing for length and clarity.

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