NEWSMAKERS

ACCOUNTING

The West L.A. office of Moss Adams LLP, a national accounting firm, has named Mindy McLees senior manager of property tax. McLees previously served as vice president in the L.A. area office of AccuVal Associates Inc., a valuation, advisory and asset management company.

The downtown Los Angeles office of Ryan, a Dallas-based accounting firm, has hired Christopher Sadac as consultant. Sadac was previously economics teacher at an inner-city public school in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

ARCHITECTURE

Ehrlich Architects, a Culver City design firm, has named Rachel Stanley associate. Stanley previously served as director of development with the firm.

BANKING & FINANCE

Thomas P. Clerkin has joined the West L.A. office of Mercanti Group, a Minneapolis-based investment bank. Clerkin was previously partner at Yucaipa Cos., an L.A. investment banking company.

COMMUNICATIONS

Wonacott Communications, a West L.A. public relations and communications agency, has hired Racheal Caswell as senior account executive and Damion Martin as account director. Caswell was previously account executive at Pacific Media Partners, a West L.A. marketing firm. Martin served as public relations and marketing communications manager at All Nippon Airways, a Japanese commercial airline.

DESIGN

Stan Lim has joined Troika Design Group as art director at the Hollywood design agency. Lim was previously art director of Imaginary Forces, a design company with offices in Hollywood and New York.

ENGINEERING

David Ludwin has joined Parsons, a Pasadena-based engineering firm, as vice president of business development for the water and infrastructure group. Ludwin was previously regional business group manager of CH2M Hill, an engineering firm based in Englewood, Colo.

ENTERTAINMENT

Zoic Studios, a digital studio with offices in Culver City and Vancouver, Canada, has hired Syd Dutton as art department lead and senior matte painter. Dutton was previously co-founder of Illusion Arts, a Van Nuys visual effects production studio.

Lynn Hirshfield has been promoted to senior vice president of publishing for Participant Media, a Beverly Hills-based entertainment media company. Hirshfield was previously vice president of business development with the company.

HOSPITALITY

Vagabond Franchise System Inc., an L.A. hotel franchise, has promoted Les Biggins to president and Charles Valentino to vice president. Biggins previously served as chief financial officer of the company. Valentino was director of franchise services.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Equis Financial Staffing, a Calabasas staffing agency, has hired Justin Allen as staffing manager. Allen previously served as information technology recruiter at Kforce Professional Staffing, a national staffing firm headquartered in Tampa, Fla.

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