Biz News: OCC names new marketing and PR director

Orange Coast College has a new director of marketing and public relations.

Juan Gutierrez will serve as public information officer, overseeing marketing, student recruitment, media relations and media publications.

"I am excited to be part of the Orange Coast College family," Gutierrez said, according to a news release. "I look forward to working with our many wonderful community groups, dedicated faculty and staff, and talented and driven students."

Gutierrez, who has more than 10 years of experience working in higher education, previously served as director of public relations at Pasadena City College. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Cal State Bakersfield and an MBA from the University of Redlands.


RSI names division president, COO

Newport Beach-based RSI Development LLC has named Peter Boutros president and chief operating officer of the New House by RSI, which focuses on single-family replacement homes.

Boutros, according to a news release, will handle Realtor and home building partnerships, property acquisition, marketing and sales and operational management of the New House — a division that builds energy-efficient homes in 90 days or less.

Boutros has worked in product development, marketing and operations for "leading consumer products and technology companies," according to the release. He spent about a decade working for the Walt Disney Co., becoming a vice president.


Rutan & Tucker's 'Super Lawyers'

Twenty-one partners at Costa Mesa-based Rutan & Tucker LLP have been chosen for the 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers list, an annual distinction given to about 5% of Southland lawyers by Thomson Reuters. The ratings single out practitioners in 70 specialty areas of the law.

The lawyers on this year's list from Rutan are Robert Braun, David Cosgrove, Milford Dahl Jr., Clifford Frieden, Michael Hornak, Lindsay Hulley, Philip Kohn, Joel Kuperberg, Paul Marx, Jeffrey Melching, Richard Montevideo, James Morris, Patrick Munoz, Steve Nichols, Jeffrey Oderman, Ronald Oines, Ira Rivin, Michael Rubin, Brian Sinclair, Maria Stearns and George Wall.

"Having so many of our partners receive the prestigious designation of Super Lawyer only reaffirms that we have established the right atmosphere for professional growth and achievement at our firm," Kim Thompson, Rutan's managing partner, said in a news release.


First Team affiliates with Christie's

Irvine-based First Team Estates, which sells high-end real estate in Newport Beach and the rest of coastal Orange County, has been awarded an "invitation-only affiliation" with Christie's International Real Estate, the real estate subsidiary of the fine art auction house.

The affiliation will focus exclusively on estate properties of $1 million or more in Orange County and the coastal Long Beach communities of Naples and Belmont Shore, according to a news release.

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