Bugatti has opened a franchise showroom in Irvine, joining supercar nameplates Lamborghini, McLaren and Koenigsegg on Auto Center Drive.
The 1,500-square-foot Bugatti Newport Beach is operated by Pietro Frigerio, the dealer principal who also operates the adjacent luxury car showrooms.
Cedric Davy, the company’s chief operating officer of Bugatti of the Americas, was in attendance for the ribbon-cutting last week.
“Being one of the largest hypercar markets in the world, Orange County has a lot of potential to bring new customers to our iconic brand,” Davy said in a statement. “The team at Bugatti Newport Beach began working with the brand in 2019, and in just two years, they became the number two Bugatti dealer in the world in 2021.”
Address: 44 Auto Center Drive, Irvine and online at partner.bugatti/newport-beach.
Interim chancellor David Andrews has been named the official chancellor at UMass Global, formerly known as Brandman University. (Photo by Matt Gush)
UMass Global taps interim chancellor for official gig
Interim chancellor David Andrews has been named the official chancellor at UMass Global, formerly known as Brandman University.
The Irvine institution said its regents conducted a nationwide search before offering the position to Andrews, who has held the interim spot since May.
“His lifelong devotion to teaching and learning, coupled with his gifts as an imaginative administrator, will serve Dr. Andrews and his colleagues well as UMass Global cements its international reputation as a leading university for working learners from all walks of life,” said Regent Katherine Newman, co-chair of the search committee and system chancellor for academic programs at the University of Massachusetts.
Andrews is the school’s second chancellor. He is tasked with growing UMass Global’s student body, which is comprised of working adults throughout the United States and abroad.
He previously served as president of National University from 2016 to 2021 and led the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University as its deanfrom 2010 through 2016.
The private, nonprofit UMass Global is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. It offers its 23,000 students an array of undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs.
Kurt M. Hook, an energy industry veteran with 30 years of experience in plant operations, is the new senior vice president of operations at Aliso Viejo-based IHI Power Services Corp. (Courtesy of IHI Power Services Corp.)
On the move
Kurt M. Hook, an energy industry veteran with 30 years of experience in plant operations, is the new senior vice president of operations at Aliso Viejo-based IHI Power Services Corp. He has previously worked in executive roles at PIC Group, Ethos Energy and Wood Group. Hook will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations and maintenance for each facility in IPSC’s power plant portfolio.
Participants raised $150,000 for Alzheimer’s Orange County at the eighth annual Golf Fore Alzheimer’s Tournament held May 13 at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo. (Courtesy of AlzOC)
AlzOC celebrates 40 years
Participants raised $150,000 for Alzheimer’s Orange County at the eighth annual Golf Fore Alzheimer’s Tournament held May 13 at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo.
The nonprofit, which is celebrating its 40th year, will use the money in programs that support county residents living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Two Orange County Democrats have been tapped by Gov. Gavin Newsom to judgeships in the Inland Empire.
Lake Forest resident Walter H. Kubelun, 59, has been appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court. He fills the vacancy created when Judge James T. Latting retired. Kubelun has served as a commissioner at the Riverside County Superior Court since 2007 and was a deputy district attorney at the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office from 2000 to 2007.
Yorba Linda resident Kory E. Mathewson, 51, will serve as a judge in the San Bernardino County Superior Court. He has been a sole practitioner since 2000 and is filling a vacancy left by Judge Pamela P. King who retired.
The compensation for each of these judgeships is $225,074 annually.
Newport Beach resident Victoria “Vicki” Graf has been appointed to the Advisory Commission on Special Education. She has been a professor and director of the Special Education Program at Loyola Marymount University since 1979. She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the California Council on Teacher Education, the American Educational Research Association, Kappa Delta Pi and Alpha Sigma Nu. Graf earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Education from UC Riverside. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. She is a Democrat.
The 15th annual Top Workplaces program opened for nominations on Sunday, May 29. (SCNG/ENERGAGE)
Nominate a Top Workplace
The 15th annual Top Workplaces program has extended the nomination period for Orange County companies and organizations to Aug. 5.
Here’s a look at who and how you can nominate Orange County companies and organizations …
—Any organization with 35 or more employees in Orange County is eligible to participate. They can be public, private, non-profit and government.
—Workplaces are evaluated by their employees using a short 24-question survey.
—Companies will be surveyed June through August.
—Nomination deadline: Aug. 5
—To nominate online, go to ocregister.com/nominate
—Call in a nomination at 714-442-2768
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