Los Angeles Business Journal

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mark Montoya and David Selna each join Skanska’s Los Angeles office as a Vice President/Account Manager. Montoya has been in the construction business 30 years and has significant experience in mixed-use and multi-family residential work. Selna has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and more than a decade of design-build expertise. Kim Grant joins as VP of Operations and will help lead aviation projects in the region.

Phelps, an integrated marketing communications agency, welcomes Saswati Pati as a quality assurance (QA) specialist bringing more than 12 years of experience in QA and project management. Saswati is responsible for digital projects for Public Storage, Panasonic, Tyson Foods and Southern California Gas Company clients. Pati graduated from Pune University in India with a master’s degree in computer science, and has previously worked with DirecTV, NFL, Cisco and Sony.


Brandon Dekker, Assoc. DBIA, has achieved the level of Principal because he thinks like an owner of gkkworks, embracing the responsibility to always act in the best interests of his clients and to grow the firm. Brandon’s responsibilities include developing creative solutions for clients while collaborating with the operations team to deliver “best in class” professional services and quality projects. Brandon also sits on several industry organizational committees including the DBIA Western Pacific Region.

Senior Vice President at Citizens Business Bank and San Fernando Valley-based business leader, Alon Haim, has been appointed as the newest member of the Los Angeles Region of the Israeli-American Council (IAC). Established in 2007, the IAC emphasizes community empowerment, philanthropy, and advocacy in an effort to build an engaged and united Israeli-American community. Haim is the current Senior Vice President and Manager of the San Fernando Valley Commercial Banking Center for Citizens Business Bank. He specializes in real estate, nonprofit, acquisitions financing, working capital, and large deposit banking relationships for Southern California businesses.

Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) bestowed awards to distinguished honorees at Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner November 20. (l-r): Nordstrom’s Terri Baldwin accepted DRLC’s Corporate Award for featuring models with disabilities in advertising and marketing campaigns; film producer Bonnie Arnold accepted on behalf of DreamWorks Animation for depiction of disability in storyline and animation in films How to Train Your Dragon 1, 2; acrobat Jen Bricker, Disability Rights in Sports Award for courage and accomplishment; Melanie S. Cibik from Teledyne Technologies with DRLC’s Employer of the Year Award; and Paula D. Pearlman, Charles D. Siegal President’s Award. DRLC champions the rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy and litigation.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Alan Frank, a retired accountant and member of Oakmont Country Club, was elected president of the Southern California Golf Association at its Annual Meeting, held Thursday morning in Universal City. He succeeds Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and Torrey Pines Men’s Golf Club member Ken Bien.

Kimberly Hosken, LEED Fellow, has joined California-based energy efficiency consulting/design firm Partner Energy as Director of Training. She will lead Partner Energy’s newly launched training program focused on delivering green building development and management classes to building owner/operators. Ms. Hosken joins Partner Energy from Johnson Controls, Inc., and previously held the position of Director LEED, New Construction for the US Green Building Council.


Gensler, the leading global design firm, announces architect Deborah Shepley, AIA, LEED AP has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as Director of Higher Education. An accomplished and award-winning higher education design leader, Shepley has successfully collaborated with more than 40 California community colleges on a variety of projects. Shepley brings strategic leadership and experience in master planning, capital outlay planning and educational space programming.

Monday, November 17, 2014


Robert Wise was appointed as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at FreeConferenceCall.com, the largest privately held conferencing provider in the United States, to lead the company’s growth strategy and corporate development. Wise brings more than 15 years of cloud-based and hosted conferencing, collaboration and unified communications experience.

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services – one of Los Angeles County’s leading private providers of children’s mental-health services – has appointed Ken Goldstein to its Board of Directors. Ken currently serves as a strategic advisor for Market America, and previously held the position of CEO and Chairman of the Board at SHOP.com.


Terry Nash, PE, has joined HNTB Corporation as a transit and rail leader. Nash will focus on the Southern California transit and rail market. He is a senior project manager on transit projects and participates on client leadership teams throughout the West region. Nash has served in a variety of management and technical roles on a wide range of transit planning, analysis, design and construction projects for street car and light rail transit delivery with clients such as LA Metro, Sound Transit in Washington, Valley Metro in Arizona and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Monday, November 11, 2014

Lalo Diaz, Executive Vice President at Travers Realty Corporation, has joined the Orthopædic Institute for Children (OIC) Foundation Board of Trustees. OIC is a world leader in pediatric orthopaedic care, research and education, with locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Westwood.

Celine Larkin, AIA, LEED-AP, has joined HGA Architects and Engineers as Associate Vice President and Senior Planner in the Los Angeles office. With more than 25 years of experience focused on master planning and urban design, she will direct planning across the firm’s growing healthcare, higher education and public/corporate practice groups.


City of Palmdale Director of Development Services Chuck Heffernan is joining Psomas as a vice president in the Engineering Group. A leader in the land development industry, Heffernan has strong relationships in both the public and private sector. He will be responsible for directing the firm’s engineering operation in the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding region, as well as assisting with efforts in other regions.

Jennifer A. Post joins Raines Feldman LLP as Partner and Chair of the firm’s Securities Practice Group. Post serves as primary outside counsel to a variety of individuals and companies, including entrepreneurs, startups and investors, as well as domestic and international public companies. Her expertise includes private and public securities offerings, capital markets transactions, venture capital financings, M&A, secured lending and commercial transactions, SEC reporting and registration statements, exit strategies and transactions.

Monday, November 3, 2014


Wirt Design Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Eduardo Melgar to Design Principal. Eduardo has over 17 years of progressive experience in Corporate Interiors. He joined the firm in 2008 as a Senior Designer and has led many important project assignments including those for Bolton Insurance, eHarmony, Red Bull and Whole Foods Market. He is well respected in the industry and a proven team player. Wirt Design Group is looking forward to his continued leadership in this new role.

In recent months, LBW Insurance and Financial Services added 4 new staffers and promoted an additional 3 veteran team members. The Group Benefits department added Account Managers Kathy Phillips and Joe Tejada while the Commercial Lines department added Assistant Account Manager Letty Torres. Jamie Morton joined the firm as an Administrative Assistant. Promoted team members include Dawn Hovhannisyan now Vice President of Commercial Lines, Sandra Phillips now Assistant HR Manager / Office Administrator and April Price who is now Manager of Sales & Marketing.

Jessie Robertson has joined HGA Architects and Engineers as Associate Vice President and Business Developer in the Los Angeles office. With more than 20 years of marketing and strategic planning experience within the architecture and engineering industries, she will oversee business development strategies in the firm’s healthcare, higher education and government/corporate market sectors.

Volunteers from Lawry’s The Prime Rib of Beverly Hills led by general manager and LA5 Rotary Club member Gina Doyle served a prime rib lunch to nearly 100 men on Skid Row at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s (SVDPLA) Cardinal Manning Center homeless facility October 21, 2014. Doyle said, “Lawry’s being here and being a part of LA5 shows service above self.”

The Downtown Women’s Center, a pioneering permanent supportive housing provider for women in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, named Sylvia Rosenberger its new Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Rosenberger has spent two decades advocating for women and girls, most recently as Chief Administrative Officer of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.


Mark Hamburg recently joined Community Bank as Senior Vice President, South Bay Business Center Manager. He brings 34 years of banking and finance experience, the last 20 focusing on the South Bay, to Community Bank. Hamburg specializes in manufacturing, distribution, service and marine industry accounts. His extensive banking experience includes credit, management, sales, compliance and customer service. In addition, Hamburg has consistently provided excellent customer service and solutions to meet the needs of his clients.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Stradling is proud to announce that debt finance attorney, Dayan Rosen, joins the Firm as shareholder and will lead the expansion of its Debt Finance and Financial Services practice group. Mr. Rosen has a broad finance practice with a particular focus on acquisition financings, middle market debt financings, broadly syndicated debt financings, asset based lending and a broad variety of cash flow based debt financings, including first and second lien debt, unitranche financings, mezzanine debt and others. Mr. Rosen regularly represents financial institutions and private equity firms, as well as companies in connection with their ongoing financing needs. He will be based out of Stradling’s Santa Monica office. Dayan Rosen, Shareholder • (424) 214-7052 drosen@sycr.com

City National Bank has hired J. Peter Barbara to lead private client services in downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley and the South Bay. Barbara is a senior vice president and manager with more than 25 years of wealth management experience and will lead a group of highly skilled private bankers and advisors who provide advice and services in investment management, customized credit and trust and estate planning for high-net-worth families, professional services firms and select nonprofit organizations. drosen@sycr.com


Peter Aarons joined HNTB Corporation as West Division aviation director and associate vice president. He brings 25 years of experience in planning, development, design, program and project management, and construction to HNTB, which was ranked as the No. 1 airport design firm in Roads & Bridges magazine. Aarons served as program manager for the “Green Build” terminal at San Diego International Airport and will lead development and implementation for HNTB’s aviation strategy in the West. He will work on the development of targeted client service action plans, project pursuits and industry representation.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kayla Horacek has joined the Family Law Group at Valensi Rose, PLC. Named a Rising Star in 2014 by Super Lawyers Magazine, Horacek has extensive experience in business evaluations, complex property division and child custody issues, especially pertaining to high asset clients. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist and accredited Minor’s Counsel. Century City-based Valensi Rose serves clients in the areas of Banking and Creditor’s Rights, Business, Entertainment, Family Law, Litigation, Real Estate, and Tax and Wealth.

Evens Architects, part of KAA Design Group, is pleased to introduce the newest member of its senior leadership team - John Margolis, AIA. A native Bostonian, John joins Evens Architects as a Senior Project Manager after maintaining his own practice - Margolis, Incorporated - for more than twenty years on the affluent Gold Coast north of Boston. His impressive portfolio consists of custom private residences, predominantly is the traditional vernacular typical of the region’s historic grand estates. John’s passion for classical and traditional architecture led him to the Institute of Classicial Architecture and Art where he served as New England Chapter President for five consecutive years.


Cesar Reynoso<, CPA, has joined Marcum LLP as a Senior Manager in the firm’s national Real Estate Practice, serving as the Regional Practice Leader for Real Estate in Southern California. Mr. Reynoso has extensive experience in the real estate accounting industry for both public and private companies. “Cesar’s expertise in all aspects of real estate audit and attestation further strengthens Marcum’s real estate services capability in Southern California,” said Philip J. Wilson, Southern California Partner-in-Charge and lead Real Estate Tax Partner in the region. Mr. Reynoso holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of California.

Emmy Award-winning casting director and BET executive Robi Reed has joined the American Heart Association Los Angeles County Division as a new board member. She will serve a two-year term and help lead the local charge of advancing the organization’s mission of building healthier lives, free of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.



Knoll announces two new hires to their SoCal team. Casey Craig has joined Knoll as the Architecture and Design Manager for Southern California. Casey brings experience from her prior role as Senior Consultant on CBRE’s workplace strategy team, where she was directly involved in the creation of their internal “Workplace360” strategy. As A&D Manager, Casey will be responsible for interfacing with the A&D Community, pursuing new business opportunities, and communicating Knoll’s latest research on workplace trends and industry sectors. Hana Dorani has joined Knoll as the Dealer Sales Specialist of Southern CA. Hana will be working closely with Knoll’s local dealers and design communities to ensure success with each opportunity. Her capabilities in account acquisition are highlighted by accomplishments where she has utilized her expertise in the contract furnishings market and established quality relationships. Previously, Hana was the LA Account Developer for SideMark Corporate Furniture

Monday, October 13, 2014

Emmy Award-winning casting director and BET executive Robi Reed has joined the American Heart Association Los Angeles County Division as a new board member. She will serve a two-year term and help lead the local charge of advancing the organization’s mission of building healthier lives, free of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

Greg Mino, PE, LEED BD+C has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at Fuscoe Engineering’s downtown Los Angeles office. A dedicated professional greatly respected for meticulous attention to detail and creative design solutions, Greg’s experience includes urban infill mixed-use, retail, parks, commercial and educational projects. Tel 213.988.8802 / www.fuscoe.com


Mark Luttrell, CPA/ABV, the Senior Managing Director of the Southern California offices of the national accounting firm Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., spoke at the 87th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California in San Diego on September 11, 2014. His presentation focused on accounting tactics employed by parties involved in divorce matters.

Millie and Severson General Contractors, with headquarters in Orange County, is pleased to announce the opening of a third office in Stevenson Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley. Along with our offices in the Orange County area and Ontario, this new office will allow us to better service our clients in the northern Los Angeles County area.
With the opening of this office, Peggy Sue Skornik joins the Millie Severson team as Senior Estimator where she will be responsible for supporting our warehouse / distribution clients across Southern California with a focus on those in Los Angeles County. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in the construction industry as an Estimator and has been a Project Estimator for projects exceeding $38 million dollars. Prior to joining Millie and Severson Skornik worked for Oltman’s Construction for seventeen years and lastly served as a Senior Estimator.


Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC, a leading investment advisory firm to high net worth individuals, families, trusts and foundations, announced today the addition of Tom Garibaldi as Vice President to its trusted and highly regarded team of professionals. Tom will provide investment advisory services to Bel Air’s clients.

McGladrey’s Los Angeles office is pleased to announce the promotion of Patrick Chylinski to principal in the firm’s litigation consulting and financial forensics practice. Patrick has extensive experience managing and directing engagements relating to complex commercial litigation, business disputes, and investigations of fraud and financial misconduct. He also has experience testifying as an expert witness. Industries and areas covered include construction, real estate, intellectual property, hotels, gaming, insurance, entertainment, financial services, and technology. www.mcgladrey.com.

Monday, October 6, 2014


Craig Warden was appointed Citi Commercial Banking director for Greater Los Angeles. In this role, he will be managing the Greater Los Angeles Commercial Banking office for Citi, which provides senior secured loans, treasury management and global banking products to companies in the area. Warden has more than 25 years of banking experience in Greater LA. Prior to Citi, he worked at Wells Fargo as SVP and regional team leader.

Alex Guerrero has joined VEDC as Chief Operating Officer. In his newly appointed position, Guerrero will provide day to day oversight of the entire national organization. Alex comes to VEDC from his previous position as the Executive Vice President of Tower General Contractors where he was a vital part of their success. Mr. Guerrero joins VEDC at a time of tremendous growth as the organization expands into Nevada, Salt Lake City, Chicago and the New York Tri-State area.


Congratulations to Kelly O’Neil, CPA, Shareholder and Attest Practice Leader with Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., a national accounting firm for being named to the “40 Under 40” program by CPA Practice Advisor. This award honors distinguished individuals under 40 who have made an impact on the accounting and tax profession.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Richard E. Cavecche, LEED AP, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations for Snyder Langston, serving as Snyder Langston’s liaison with current and potential clients for assigned projects along with overseeing the process management of all projects and subcontractor relations in the institutional and commercial market sectors.

Jonathan Bagnall is now Vice President, Project Development for Snyder Langston. He is a Client direct contact responsible for the overall success of the project, working on the entire spectrum of a project, from development into pre-construction and then through execution. Since joining Snyder Langston in 2005, Jonathan has served as Project Manager and Senior Project Manager. Experience includes healthcare, institutional, faith-based, tenant improvement, sports centers, commercial office, retail, bio-tech labs and data centers.


Craig Warden was appointed Citi Commercial Banking director for Greater Los Angeles. In this role, he will be managing the Greater Los Angeles Commercial Banking office for Citi, which provides senior secured loans, treasury management and global banking products to companies in the area. Warden has more than 25 years of banking experience in Greater LA. Prior to Citi, he worked at Wells Fargo as SVP and regional team leader.

Jason Rich, LEED AP, is now Vice President, Operations for Snyder Langston, responsible for project execution and overall client satisfaction. He handles staffing and training for all operations personnel as well as ensuring budgets, schedules, safety and quality are met and maintained. Jason is a mentor to team members, reinforcing Snyder Langston’s Trusted Advisor commitment. A 25-year industry veteran, Jason’s experience includes a spectrum of multifamily, office and retail commercial construction projects.


HOK has announced that Robert Cull, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined the firm’s leadership team as senior vice president and managing principal in Los Angeles. Cull brings 25 years of experience in the architectural and engineering profession. Most recently, as executive project director at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, he led the project team that developed the 820,000-sq.-ft., LEED Gold-certified Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion in Los Angeles. HOK was the architect and interior designer for the project.
Current and recent projects for HOK’s Los Angeles practice include the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) in Anaheim; the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences; the Scripps Memorial Hospital Prebys Cardiovascular Institute in La Jolla; PHX Sky Train® at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport; and the East County Detention Center in Indio, Calif.
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm and has been named by ENR California 2014 Design Firm of the Year.