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ACG Orange County Annual Awards Event to Salute Top Performing Regional Companies

TUSTIN, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/11/13 -- The Association for Corporate Growth Orange County chapter (ACG OC) will honor 16 companies at its annual 2013 Awards Gala, which will be held at the Balboa Bay Club on Thursday, May 9th at 5:00 p.m. The signature event, presented by Opus Bank, will spotlight the highest performing companies across the region, as judged by an independent review panel of academic and business professionals.

Last fall, the organization, which represents professional service advisors and corporate executives throughout Orange County and the Inland Empire, sent out a call for nominations to more than 700 business leaders. ACG OC advisors then conducted a series of candidate interviews, after which a final list of prospective nominees were presented to outside judges for review and formal evaluation. The finalists are:

American Advisors Group; Arbonne; ARQ Wireless; Avanir Pharmaceuticals; Brandman University; Dr. Fresh; Habit Restaurants; Horizon Technology; KTGY, Inc.; Mark Beamish Waterproofing; Nature's Best; Smart Utility Systems; Sunwest Bank; The Management Trust; Universal Services of America; and Village Nurseries, LLC.

The competition spans seven different categories, each representing a different facet of corporate growth and development. Institutions represented on the judges panel include: UC-Irvine, Chapman University, OC Tech Alliance, Cal CPA, OCTANe and Clean Tech OC.

This year marks the 18th anniversary of the signature event. Winners will be announced at a black tie optional event that ACG OC organizers promise will be unlike any that has come before it.

"We are building on the great tradition ACG has established with its Awards Gala -- but, giving it a different twist in terms of the guest experience," noted Awards Gala co-chair Samantha McDermott, chief marketing officer for Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth P.C.

Event Co-chair Yolanda De La Paz added, "We are making it more interactive, more engaging and, ultimately, more fun! This is the one corporate awards show you don't want to miss."

ACG OC president and co-managing partner of SingerLewak David Krajanowski commented, "We are very excited to again host this year's awards gala. With the economy showing more signs of stability and improvement, this year's honorees are particularly noteworthy for ways in which they are capitalizing on growth and development opportunities within their respective markets."

In addition to Opus Bank, the following list of companies have signed on as sponsors for the marquee event: Event Sponsor: Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth; Finalist Reception Sponsor, GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC; Sommelier Sponsor, Sullivan, Curtis & Monroe; Valet Sponsor, Snell & Wilmer LLP; and Silver Sponsors, First Bank, SingerLewak and Union Bank.

Admission to the event is $185.00 for registered members and $250.00 for non-members. For more information or to register on-line, please email or visit the website at

ACG OC Platinum Sponsors include: Community Bank; Dorsey & Whitney; Hardesty; Hein & Associates; McColl Partners; McGladrey; Stradling; and U.S. Bank.

ACG OC Gold Sponsors include ADP; Aon Risk Services Inc.; Daly-Swartz PR; D.A. Davidson & Co.; Euler Hermes; First Bank; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP; GlassRatner; Grant Thornton LLP; PNC Business Credit; Robert Half International; Union Bank; White Nelson Diehl Evans LLP; and Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corporation.

About ACG Orange County
Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth http:/ is a global organization with 56 chapters involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. ACG's 14,000 members include professionals from private equity firms, corporations and lenders that invest in middle-market companies, as well as from law, accounting, investment banking and other firms that provide advisory services. Learn more at

Jeffrey Swartz

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