Before retiring in February, Barbara Bond logged 35 years with Orange Coast College, serving as the dean of physical education and athletic director. Bond helped the college rank in the top five in athletics by winning state or national championships in one of the dozen sports OCC offers. Bond, a Santa Ana native, played volleyball at Cal State Long Beach alongside four Olympians.
Not many people can say they hired more than 500 people during the Great Recession. But Robert Braithwaite, chief administrative officer at Hoag Irvine, which opened in September, can. With 154 beds, a massive orthopedics ward and new technology, the hospital is ready to treat the legions of Irvine baby boomers who've played too much tennis. It brought 900 new employees to Irvine, with some transferring from the Newport Beach campus.
Maria Elena Avila
There are many good restaurants on Costa Mesa's Westside, but only one is owned by Maria Elena Avila, a champion of this community, its schools, residents and businesses. Avila's El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant is where she tends to hold court on Friday nights, but lucky diners catch her on other days. Avila has been involved in business and charitable causes in Orange County for many years.
Double-check your board shorts. Chances are Bob Hurley may have made them. Starting out as surfboard shaper in Huntington Beach, the surf executive has transformed his love of the sport into a global brand. Hurley gives back to the community in a number of ways, including his Walk the Walk event, which encourages high school students to take a stab at fashion with their own fashion show.
Though he has been in the news lately because City Manager Allan Roeder put him on leave, it was Capt. Ron Smith's supervision in a homicide investigation earlier this year that earned him a place on the list. What started as an apparent sexual assault murder case involving two Orange Coast College students quickly turned into a much more complicated murder-for-profit plot.