Seven of the 10 fastest-growing privately held companies in the Los Angeles metropolitan area are headquartered in Orange County, according to a list recently published by Inc. magazine.

The “Inc. 500” ranks independent American companies based on the how dramatically their revenue grew during the past three years.

Nineteen businesses from nine O.C. cities were named in the 32nd annual national list. That’s eight more than last year. A total of 1,109 employees at those firms generated $328 million in revenue. Here are the three local companies, all based in Irvine, that ranked in the top 100:

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At No. 47 is 29 Prime, an agency that helps businesses maximize their ranking in search engine results. It brought in $13.8 million of revenue last year, up from $249,681 in 2009. The company was founded in 2008 by CEO Russell Wallace, COO Tony Redman and CTO Jason Martin. The company employs 152, almost all of whom were hired within the last three years.

Coming in at No. 58 is eGumball, another search-engine optimization company. The company reported $9.6 million in revenue, up from $188,469 in 2009. It was founded with a three-member staff in 2007 by president and CEO John Bauer. The company now has 125 employees.

Janes Capital Partners is an aerospace and defense investment bank that specializes in mergers and acquisitions. The firm ranked 78th in Inc.’s report, with revenue of $7.5 million, up from $180,000 since 2009. The company has a staff of 10. It was formed by Chairman David Janes and Managing Director Stephen Perry in 1997.

Five of the Orange County-based companies that appeared in the list serve the financial services industry. Three are software companies, and another three provide consumer products or services.

The business that took the top spot nationally was Fuhu, a company based in El Segundo that makes Android-based tablets designed for children.

Inc. did not examine profits when compiling its list. Businesses have to pay a $125 application fee to appear and are required to provide documentation of their revenue.

On the move

Jesus Gaytan has been appointed vice president of product management at Local Corp., an Irvine-based company that provides digital marketing services. He previously led strategy development for MobTame, and before that was director of product for The Walt Disney Co.

Rick Scully was appointed president of The Peligroso Spirits Co., a tequila company based in San Clemente. Scully joined the company in January as vice president of sales.

Samuel Liu is now executive vice president of sales and marketing in Asia for FITT Highway Products Inc., an energy drink company based in Mission Viejo. He is also president ofChina Growth Development Inc.

Alex Yu has been named social media director at, a Huntington Beach-based site that turns online pictures into printed photos, books and other tangible products. Yu was previously a marketing coordinator at Irvine Endodontics.

Paul Tenold was hired by Sundt Construction Inc. as preconstruction project manager for the company’s Irvine office. Sundt is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. Tenold previously worked as chief estimator and preconstruction director at Suffolk Construction.

Ryan Foland has been appointed the Orange County regional leader for The Bully Project, a national social action campaign to stop bullying. Foland is the COO of San Clemente-based mobile app developer Iconosys Inc. and founder of Bully Buster USA, an organization that hosts workshops to help children react to verbal or physical confrontations.

New ventures

The Caduceus medical group has opened a 12,000-square-foot medical center at 18210 Yorba Linda Blvd. in Yorba Linda, the new location of the group’s centers for kids, women and specialty care.

Ocean Media, a media planning and buying firm based in Costa Mesa, has been selected by 17-year-old online learning company as its agency of record for television media buying. Earlier this year, raised $103 million in funding.

A “failure analysis center of excellence” will be built near Irvine by Nanolab Technologies Inc., once the company finds a location that fits its special needs. Milpitas-based Nanolab conducts scientific tests for high-tech industries such as aerospace, medical devices and semiconductors. The O.C. lab will figure out why a part is failing. It is expected to open next year.


NCM Demolition and Remediation LP, a demolition contractor based in Brea, was recently one of five recipients of the “environmental excellence award” from the National Demolition Association, a trade group based in Pennsylvania. NCM won for its work decommissioningSouthern California Edison‘s Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, Nevada.

UC Irvine was ranked the third-most environmentally friendly college in the nation by Sierra Magazine, in its seventh annual “Coolest Schools” list. The list recognizes colleges for their work on solving climate problems and attempts to operate sustainably. UCI was the only O.C. school to rank in the Top 10. It appeared in ninth place last year. Sierra cited the school’s solar panels, botanical garden and student clubs focused on “eco-issues” as some of the factors that lead to its inclusion on the list.

Good works

Volunteers from Smiles for Everyone Foundation, an Irvine-based nonprofit organization that provides free dental care to those who would otherwise not have access to it, recently spent nine days in Nicaragua, where they performed 2,026 dental procedures valued at $567,000 for 621 patients. They also provided training for local dentists and left behind some medical equipment.