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McClatchy-Tribune  06/06/2014 10:50 AM ET
O.C. malls get high-speed electric car chargers [The Orange County Register :: ]

June 06--Eco-conscious shoppers will be able to charge their electric vehicles, for a fee, while they look for things to buy at Westminster Mall when a "Freedom Station" opens this month in the northeast parking lot between Sears and JCPenney.

It's the latest of four stations mall operator Simon Property Group installed at Orange County retail centers. The other three stations are in parking lots at:

--The Shops at Mission Viejo, between Forever 21 and P.F. Chang's China Bistro

--Brea Mall, near California Pizza Kitchen, south of Macy's

--The Outlets at Orange, near Neiman Marcus Last Call and Burke Williams Day Spa.

The stations are part of a network built by Houston-based NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc. of Princeton, N.J. The Orange County stations connect San Diego to Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Each fueling station has a Level 2 charger and one or two direct current fast-charging units capable of charging compatible vehicles to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes.

Shoppers can pay $10 for a single charge, or visit nrgevgo.com to purchase a plan. Rates start at $6 monthly with additional fees for each charging session.

Simon now has 126 charging stations at 65 properties.

On the move

Mark Mathews has been named president at Airwolf 3D, a Costa Mesa manufacturer of 3D printers. He formerly served as president and chief executive at Irvine-based Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.

Joseph M. Hart has been hired by Vertical Capital Markets Group LLC, an asset management company in Irvine, as executive vice president and director of business development. He previously worked at Realty Capital Securities LLC in Boston as executive vice president of institutional sales.

David Payne, founder and chief executive at Advanced Systems Integration, is now director of client services at the Microsoft Dynamics AX practice of Hitachi Solutions America, an enterprise systems integrator based in Irvine. Customers of the company Payne founded are now Hitachi clients.

Anthony Papadakis and Kevin Joseph have joined the structured finance division at Opus Bank, a commercial bank headquartered in Irvine, as managing directors. Papadakis, who previously worked at Inside Valuation, will be responsible for Northern California markets. Joseph, who was previously director of loan production for commercial real estate at Umpqua Bank, will focus on the Southern California region at Opus.

New ventures

Today is National Doughnut Day, and shops are celebrating with one-day deals. Miss Donuts in Anaheim (two locations) and Garden Grove is taking half off a dozen doughnuts. If you buy two dozen, you get one dozen free. DK's Donuts in Orange is giving away one free red velvet with a purchase of $1 or more. Krispy Kreme, which has locations in Mission Viejo and Orange, is giving each visitor a free doughnut of any variety. Look out for deals at doughnut shops throughout Orange County, which is home to 259 shops.

SecurityWorks Inc., a Fountain Valley company that makes accessories to secure tech devices in public settings, has launched a new division called GorillaDigital, to focus on multimedia and audio-visual carts. The new company also launched its flagship KongCart 2000 Series of AV carts, which was designed with the help of three school districts. One model securely supports a projector, camera, tablet or laptop and sound system.

Leadership

James Hecht, executive vice president of strategic development at Stearns Lending Inc., a Santa Ana wholesale residential lender, has joined the board of directors at HomeAid America, a Newport Beach nonprofit that provides housing for homeless families. Adrian Foley, chief operating officer of the California region at Brookfield Residential, has also been elected to HomeAid's board.

Beverly Sansone, an obstetrician/gynecologist and part owner of Women's Health Center in Fountain Valley, has been elected to the board of directors at Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, which is based in Orange.

Larry Goodman has been added to the board of directors at Specific Media, an Irvine-based digital advertising company that also owns Myspace. Goodman is founder and president of White Mountain Media.

Overheard

"Nobody is CEO of a company forever -- eventually they carry you out." Elon Musk, assuring Tesla shareholders that he'll remain with the company he founded for at least four to five more years

Staff writer Nancy Luna contributed to this report.

Contact the writer: 714-796-3589 or ksablan@ocregister.com

 

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