August 12, 2020

Kris DLP head shot from finalTen years ago, Kris De La Pena didn’t know “preferred stock from livestock.” Today, he holds five designations from the financial services industry.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal

WHILE MOST OF HIS FRIENDS WERE SKATEBOARDING AND PLAYING VIDEO GAMES, Kris De La Pena could often be found counting or playing with his allowance money in his bedroom in Whittier, California.

Once, he rolled up 300 one-dollar bills and scotch-taped them together to form a huge rope of currency that covered his entire room.

“My parents cracked up,” he says, smiling.

De La Pena was destined for a career in finance, right? Well, for most of his life, he had planned to become a doctor and one day take over his father’s Ophthalmology practice.

Anne Dalfiume, President of Best Bank Option in Orange County, California, saves clients thousands of dollars with her unique ability to shop commercial loans to get ‘dream’ terms.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal

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Anne Dalfiume, Best Bank Option

Anne Dalfiume, Best Bank Option


That’s how fascinated and intrigued they are with Dalfiume’s specialized focus at her firm, Best Bank Option. Dalfiume shops clients’ loan objectives — lowest rates, fees, down-payment options — to multiple banks and then assists clients in the selection process.

Comparisons are made with the information gleaned from different lenders. The client then makes the decision regarding which bank fits their financial needs and goals. The idea for Best Bank Option evolved during the 2007-08 economic crisis, when the entire landscape and climate of commercial loans halted. Obtaining a business loan during that time period was more than difficult.

For some people, it was downright impossible.

Editor’s Note:  Esmael (Essie) Adibi, Ph.D., professor of economics, holder of the A. Gary Anderson Chair in Economic Analysis and director of the University’s A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research since 1985, died of complications from a stroke on Friday, April 8, 2016.  He was 63. 

This article appeared several months before his death…

World-renowned Economist Dr. Esmael Adibi conducts his 38th Annual Economic Forecast at the exclusive Center Club Orange County in Costa Mesa, Calif. Typically, he had the audience laughing …


World-renowned Economist Dr. Esmael Adibi

World-renowned Economist Dr. Esmael Adibi


By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal
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WHEN YOUR JOB IS LECTURING ABOUT THE ECONOMY, GDP and government spending, you’d better have a sense of humor otherwise you can bore your audience into a deep sleep.

With Dr. Esmael Adibi, a well-known and respected economist and professor at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., boredom is not an issue when he lectures.

He’s so entertaining, he should be making the rounds on the late-night talk shows with Kimmel, Colbert and the rest of the 11:30 p.m. crowd.

Recently, Dr. Adibi held his 38th annual Economic Forecast before a packed audience at the exclusive Center Club Orange County in Costa Mesa, Calif. Typically, he had the audience laughing (a few had tears in their eyes from laughter) yet at the same time they were seriously contemplating the impact the economy will have on California this year.

Dining Collection at The Market Place in Tustin and Irvine Continues to Evolve … and Grow.


Tustin Mktpl lead shotBy California Business Journal (CBJ) staff.

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THE MARKET PLACE IN TUSTIN AND IRVINE has signed seven new restaurants to its lineup at the dazzling and glamorous 165-acre shopping center, the company announced today. The additions on the Irvine side of the center will include:

  • Texas de Brazil steakhouse, opening in April;
  • California Fish Grill, opening in July;
  • Luna Grill, arriving in summer;
  • FROZEN Decadent Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, opening in May;
  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar, opening in May.

The Tustin additions will include:

  • Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, opening in spring 2016;
  • Nekter Juice Bar, arriving in June.

According to records, the Tustin shopping center posted $515.7 million in taxable sales during the 12-month period that ended June 30, up 21.6% year-over-year. Market Place visitors are overly excited about the changes and additions. “Wow, what a great list of new restaurants,” Orange County’s Gwen Johanson says. “I’m excited. My family and friends already come here all the time. Now we have more of a reason to come.”