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Pivot Pharmaceuticals, a Vancouver-based biopharmaceutical company, has leased a manufacturing facility in Costa Mesa that will act as the U.S. headquarters for its medical marijuana subsidiary Pivot Naturals, according to a statement. (Image courtesy of the public domain)

  • Anthony Tippins has been named president of CoolSys Energy Solutions in Brea. Tippins is founder of Axiom Energy Solutions, which CoolSys recently acquired

    Anthony Tippins has been named president of CoolSys Energy Solutions in Brea. Tippins is founder of Axiom Energy Solutions, which CoolSys recently acquired

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  • Morteza Rahmatian has been named dean of Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics for a two-year term, effective July 1.

    Morteza Rahmatian has been named dean of Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics for a two-year term, effective July 1.

  • Natalie Rubalcava, formerly Orange County Business Council’s vice president of investor relations, has been promoted to chief operating officer. 

    Natalie Rubalcava, formerly Orange County Business Council’s vice president of investor relations, has been promoted to chief operating officer. 

  • Danette Parente, OCBC’s vice president of finance and administration for 23 years, has been elevated to chief financial officer

    Danette Parente, OCBC’s vice president of finance and administration for 23 years, has been elevated to chief financial officer

  • Faisal Khan has been promoted to chief information officer at Home Franchise Concepts in Irvine. The 22-year IT veteran will help grow the company’s Budget Blinds, Tailored Living and Concrete Craft brands.

    Faisal Khan has been promoted to chief information officer at Home Franchise Concepts in Irvine. The 22-year IT veteran will help grow the company’s Budget Blinds, Tailored Living and Concrete Craft brands.

  • Jessica Thompson has joined Fisher Phillips, a labor and employment law firm, as an associate in its Irvine office. Thompson represents employers in various aspects of employment law, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour and retaliation matters.

    Jessica Thompson has joined Fisher Phillips, a labor and employment law firm, as an associate in its Irvine office. Thompson represents employers in various aspects of employment law, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour and retaliation matters.

  • James Banks has joined Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, architecture, construction and environmental firm in its Brea office. Banks is a pipeline engineer specializing in natural gas and liquid pipeline projects.

    James Banks has joined Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, architecture, construction and environmental firm in its Brea office. Banks is a pipeline engineer specializing in natural gas and liquid pipeline projects.

  • David Slavin has joined Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, architecture, construction and environmental firm in its Brea office. Slavin will serve as a project engineer specializing in natural gas pipeline facility project engineering, design and management.

    David Slavin has joined Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, architecture, construction and environmental firm in its Brea office. Slavin will serve as a project engineer specializing in natural gas pipeline facility project engineering, design and management.

  • John M. Williams III, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Orange County office, has been appointed to Orange County Community Foundation’s board of governors.

    John M. Williams III, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Orange County office, has been appointed to Orange County Community Foundation’s board of governors.

  • Scott Cannon, center, CEO at BigRentz, and the team build a house frame for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. (Courtesy of BigRentz)

    Scott Cannon, center, CEO at BigRentz, and the team build a house frame for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. (Courtesy of BigRentz)

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    Pivot Pharmaceuticals, a Vancouver-based biopharmaceutical company, has leased a manufacturing facility in Costa Mesa that will act as the U.S. headquarters for its medical marijuana subsidiary Pivot Naturals, according to a statement.

    Details on the address were not available as of Friday, May 25, but the company said the building falls in the city’s Measure X medical marijuana zone.

    The company, which is seeking a marijuana business permit from the city, will use the facility for wholesale medical marijuana distributing, manufacturing, processing and transporting as well as research and development and testing laboratories.

    Pivot Naturals makes powdered cannabis products such as food additives, capsules, bulk powder and stick packs. Topical creams and oral solutions also will be produced in Costa Mesa, the company said.

    “I expect that we will receive the necessary local and state manufacturing licenses in July 2018 and complete production equipment installation by August 2018,” said Patrick J. Rolfes, president of Pivot Naturals.

    Their products should be on dispensaries shelves in California by the end of the year, Rolfes said.

    April traffic up at JWA

    Passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased 5 percent in April compared with the same month a year ago.

    The airport reported it served 893,668 passengers last month, compared with 851,169 in 2017.

    Other highlights:

    Commercial aircraft operations increased 4.4 percent

    Commuter aircraft operations increased 12 percent

    Total aircraft operations increased 1 percent. There were 24,999 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), compared with 24,754 total aircraft operations in April 2017.

    The top three airlines were Southwest Airlines (329,158 passengers), American Airlines (138,974) and United Airlines (138,374).

    On the move

    Anthony Tippins has been named president of CoolSys Energy Solutions in Brea. Tippins is founder of Axiom Energy Solutions, which CoolSys recently acquired. Tippins, a 23-year veteran and retired Navy officer, last served as a civil engineering corps officer in the United States Navy’s Construction Battalion, the Seabees. Reporting to Tippins, and playing key leadership roles at CoolSys, are Kevin Ricci, vice president, and co-founder of Axiom Energy Solutions; Justin Wilson, vice president; and Aimee Rogers, manager of accounting and finance.

    Morteza Rahmatian has been named dean of Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics for a two-year term, effective July 1. The 30-year CSUF veteran has been serving as interim dean since July 2016. He joined Cal State Fullerton in 1988 as a faculty member in economics.  Rahmatian holds a master’s degree and doctorate in economics from the University of Wyoming.

    Natalie Rubalcava, formerly Orange County Business Council’s vice president of investor relations, has been promoted to chief operating officer. Danette Parente, OCBC’s vice president of finance and administration for 23 years, has been elevated to chief financial officer. Rubalcava will be responsible for day-to-day operation of the organization. Her career spans more than 20 years in marketing, research and development. She formerly worked for the Southern California News Group, publisher of the Orange County Register. Parente will continue overseeing all financial appropriations, expenditures, accounting and reporting for the organization as chief financial officer.

    Faisal Khan has been promoted to chief information officer at Home Franchise Concepts in Irvine. The 22-year IT veteran will help grow the company’s Budget Blinds, Tailored Living and Concrete Craft brands. Previously, Khan was VP of IT and director of enterprise business systems at Charlotte, N.C.-based MacLean-Fogg Co., a global manufacturer of automotive and power utility products.

    Jessica Thompson has joined Fisher Phillips, a labor and employment law firm, as an associate in its Irvine office. The firm has 39 attorneys in Irvine. Thompson represents employers in various aspects of employment law, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour and retaliation matters.

    James Banks and David Slavin have joined Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, architecture, construction and environmental firm in its Brea office. Banks is a pipeline engineer specializing in natural gas and liquid pipeline projects. Slavin will serve as a project engineer specializing in natural gas pipeline facility project engineering, design and management.

    On board

    John M. Williams III, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Irvine office, has been appointed to Orange County Community Foundation’s board of governors. Williams has experience representing private equity funds, business owners and boards of directors for both public and private companies.

    Good works

    BigRentz in Irvine swapped their laptops for hammers and saws to help build desperately needed affordable homes for families in Orange County. The company, which rents equipment, donated $25,000 towards the project “Leaders Build,” an annual event organized by Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.

    Golf for a good cause

    The Ultimate Charity Golf Tournament – Clyde Wright Invitational will tee off at Arroyo Trabuco Country Club in Mission Viejo on Monday, June 4. The tourney will benefit the Laguna Hills-based nonprofit Age Well Senior Services. Wright pitched for the Angels and threw a 22-victory season in 1970, which included a no-hitter.

    Interested sponsors and golfers can contact call Beth Apodaca at 949-498-3322 or via email at bapodaca@myagewell.org.

    Age Well, through Meals on Wheels, each year provides more than 300,000 meals to seniors who are living at home and are unable to prepare their own meals or go out to eat.

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

    Source : https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/25/status-update-jwa-traffic-rises-in-april-medical-marijuana-manufacturer-leases-in-costa-mesa/

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