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Dr. Nelson Granados' Recent Appointment Highlighted in the OC Register

August 22, 2017  | 3 min read

On the Move

James A. Rooney is the new chief executive officer at Corient Capital Partners in Newport Beach, a privately owned independent wealth management firm. Rooney brings over two decades of experience in asset management, investment banking and private equity. He has also worked for and with several private and public companies in the U.S., the United Kingdom, France and Spain. Rooney will oversee all areas of the firm, working to expand Corient services to a client base of ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families and institutional clients. Corient was founded in 2015
White Nelson Diehl Evans in Irvine has promoted five staff members to partner. They include Jill Cohen, Mike Glaab, Jennifer Pugh, Kassie Radermacher and Christina Wenk. Wenk is a tax and advisory services partner, and while the other four are audit and assurance partners.
Sara Myers has joined Global Girls Leading Our World (Global GLOW) as associate director of development. The nonprofit in Santa Ana helps girls from underserved communities throughout Southern California and globally in over 50 countries. Myers will be responsible for cultivating donor relationships, raising community awareness, and contributing to the overall growth of Global G.L.O.W.’s revenue through partnerships and outreach events. Myers is a licensed marriage and family therapist.
Dr. Nelson Granados, an Irvine resident, has been appointed director of the Center for Applied Research at Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management. He’s currently an associate professor of Information Systems. Granados began this role Aug. 1. He has been with Pepperdine Graziadio since 2006 where he is also the director of the Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture.

New ventures

Willdan Group in Anaheim has acquired Integral Analytics, a Cincinnati-based data analytics and software company. Terms were not disclosed. IA’s data analytics helps utility managers evaluate, plan and dispatch electricity resources more effectively. Willdan, in a statement, said it expects the IA acquisition will not affect the company’s 2017 revenue or earnings per share forecast. In 2018, Willdan expects the acquisition will add roughly $10 million in revenue. Willdan provides professional technical and consulting services to utilities, public agencies and private industry throughout the U.S.
The Newport Beach-based private equity firm JW Hill Capital has acquired GKN Aerospace Bandy Machining, a subsidiary of GKN Aerospace. Terms were not disclosed, and the transaction closed Aug. 11. Burbank-based Bandy is a producer of specialized hinges used in a variety of aerospace, defense and industrial industries. The company produces over 100,000 hinges per year. JW Hill, according to a statement, focuses on corporate divestitures, owner liquidity, recapitalizations, management buy-outs, and both strategic and add-on acquisitions.


Orangegrove Rehabilitation Hospital in Garden Grove has been honored with the Facility of the Year Award for its Southwest Division by Life Care Centers of America. Criteria for this award include excellent customer service, a strong activities department, an active volunteer program and involvement in the community. Orangegrove Rehabilitation Hospital is led by Executive Director Alex Medina. The facility is known for catering to the needs of the Korean-American population. It employs Korean translators seven days a week to make sure residents and caregivers communicate well, and it is known to serve an authentic Korean menu.

Grants & Scholarships

Discovery Cube in Santa Ana is the recipient of a $200,000 grant from the Orange County Department of Education. The majority of the grant will support the development and expansion of Discovery Cube’s Futuros Radiantes/Bright Futures program for parents and preschoolers, with the rest helping to fund the reading room with a new exhibit called “Eat Well, Play Well, Sleep Well.” Additionally, Discovery Cube has developed plans for an early learners’ permanent exhibit. The remaining grant dollars from the Orange County Department of Education will help the Cube finalize the design, fabricate, install, and maintain the “Sleep Well” portion of the exhibit, specifically the reading room.
Eagle Community Credit Union in Lake Forest has awarded scholarships to four local students. The credit union gave each recipient $4,000 to help with college expenses. The recipients are Jacob Christensen (Princeton); Javier Sanchez, (Cal State Fullerton); Dominic Johnson, (San Francisco State); and Justin Chang (USC). The annual scholarship program has been offered by the credit union for the past 30 years. Recipients must be members of the credit unions and have to be students, but there is no age limit.

Good works

Kure It Cancer Research in Irvine has donated $100,000 to The UC Irvine Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. The money will be used to support two projects, kidney cancer therapy development and colon cancer. Kure It Cancer Research is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by US Storage Centers chairman and founder Barry Hoeven to help eliminate the deficit of cancer research funding for kidney and other underfunded cancers.