La Voz Marketing and The Private Bank of California Attend 23rd Annual OC METRO ‘Hot 25’ Event

Pictured from left to right: David & Kathy, The Private Bank of California; Stacey & Erik, La Voz Marketing; Steve Churm, Founder of Churm Media

Last night, La Voz Marketing and its client The Private Bank of California attended the exclusive (and much anticipated) OC METRO ‘Hot 25’ event at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The Hot 25 List includes Orange County honorees that abound with talent and personality, making their community a special place to explore new frontiers, launch new ideas and grow businesses. This highly successful group of movers and shakers is spotted and tracked by OC METRO through Facebook, LinkedIn, various news blogs and also through nominations received from fellow supporters.

Once narrowed down from 100 candidates to 50, the list is finalized to 25 of the most impressive and influential people in O.C. Although all 25 had a huge impression on us, we were especially intrigued by the accomplishments of the following honorees:

Philanthropic Jewelers
Kallie Dovel, Alli Swanson, Anna Nelson, Jessie Simonson & Brook Hodges 31 Bits, Costa Mesa
Hot Factor: Created a successful jewelry design firm that empowers Ugandan women to rise above poverty.

Action-Sports Innovator
Dan Griesemer – President & CEO of Tilly’s Inc., Irvine
Hot Factor: Heads a profitable company that garnered $124 million in its IPO.

Key Influencer
Kristen Howerton – Writer of Rage Against the Minivan, OC Family, Huffington Post
Hot Factor: Her popular mom blog draws more than 1 million readers per month.

Media Messiahs
Aaron Kushner & Eric Spitz – CEO & Publisher / President of Freedom Communications OC Register, Santa Ana
Hot Factor: They intend to save a company – and an entire industry.

Lens Master
Patrick O’Neill – CEO of Olloclip, Huntington Beach
Hot Factor: Developed an iPhone lens that is now sold in Target, Best Buy and Apple retail outlets.

Super Juicers
Steven & Alexis Schulze – President / Chief Visionary Officer of Nekter Juice Bar Inc., Newport Beach
Hot Factor: Founded a growing company that taps into the community’s desire for healthy living.

Search Engine Pioneer
Danny Sullivan – Editor In Chief of Search Engine Land; Marketing Land, Newport Beach
Hot Factor: A pioneer in internet exploration.

Greek Tycoon
Bill Trefethen – CEO of Daphne’s California Greek Restaurants, Carlsbad
Hot Factor: Applied his vision and financial acumen to turn around a restaurant chain.

Municipal Champion
Paul Walters – City Manager of Santa Ana
Hot Factor: Helped save Santa Ana from financial insolvency.

For a full lineup of all 25 honorees, visit

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