Long Beach Business Journal Year In Review

Top Photos Of 2013

(in no particular order; as selected by Business Journal photojournalist Thomas McConville)

December 31, 2013 – The Business Journal reviews top newsmakers, news stories and photos of 2013, plus a look ahead to what local issues we’ll be watching closely in 2014.

The Aquarium of the Pacific welcomed more than a dozen Magellanic Penguins with the opening of its new permanent exhibit, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, on May 17.

The Boeing Company delivered the first of 10 C-17 Globemaaster IIIs to the Indian Air Force on June 11. Representatives from Boeing and the Indian Air Force gathered in Long Beach to commemorate the occasion.

The RMD Group, an advertising agency boasting clients such as Ford, moved its headquarters to North Long Beach this year. Ralph Holquin, CEO of the RMD Group, took the Business Journal on a tour of the 97,000 square-foot building.

Nick Worthington,, grandson of the late Cal Worthington, pops up the hood of the 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 at the Cal Worthington Ford dealership in Long Beach in November.

John Kelsall, co-founder of The Jonas Project, holds a photo of his son, Jonas Kelsall, a U.S. Navy Seal who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011. The project supports military members returning to civilian life and looking to start a business.

Alycia Lyrse works out with visitors to her gym, Live In Fit Bootcamp Training, which opened in North Long Beach this year. The gym offers bootcamp and metabolic training classes.

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster leased a plug-in hybrid electric 2013 Chevrolet Volt after driving an all-electric Toyota Rav4 for 11 years.

A ghoulish piece of art entitled "2-Face" by special effects artist Gabe Bartalos is shown on exhibition at California State University, Long Beach. Twenty-eight of Bartalos' works, seen in horror films such as "Cremaster 3," were on display at the university in fall of 2013.

On December 5, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) graduated its first academy class in four and a half years. Academy Class #86, presented here by Chief of Police Jim McDonnell, included 40 new members of the LBPD and two Modesto Police Department recruits.

The fiberglass golfer that formerly overlooked the Dominguez Hills Golf Course now dons Porsche attire as he surveys construction on the Porsche Experience in Carson. The 53-acre complex will be home to a vehicle testing, training and exhibition facility.

John Michaelian has been with the Grand Prix of Long Beach since its inception in 1975. He became president and CEO in 1991.