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Monday, December 18, 2017

Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., has joined the board of directors of Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm headquartered in Fairfax, Va. A professor of policy and engineering at the University of Southern California, Knatz previously served as executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. Her expertise includes seaport management, environmental impact analysis, and regulatory compliance. Knatz is a senior advisor to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Port Services Network and founding chair of the World Ports Climate Initiative.

Brett Curry joins Skanska as a Vice President, Project Executive. Curry will provide management oversight across many market sectors. A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, he has worked in construction and construction management in Southern California for more than 30 years.

Steve Cho, LEED AP joins Skanska as Project Executive. Steve brings over 20 years of experience in the general contracting industry in Southern California and he will oversee a large portion of the company’s aviation sector work in the region.

Chris Maslyk joins Skanska as Scheduling Director. His more than 32 years of experience managing the planning, production, and construction of both domestic and international projects afford him the keen analytical skills and expertise to develop CPM schedules, evaluate build sequences, and assess risk to ensure a timely delivery of projects throughout the region.

“We are thrilled to have Brett, Steve and Chris join our Skanska family. Their wealth of experience and industry relationships will contribute to the growth of our market position in Southern California,” said Skanska Senior Vice President and Account Manager Raul Rosales.

Gensler has promoted six design leaders to the role of Design Director in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office.

As Design Directors, Chris Mitchell, Daniel Stromborg, Greg Sherlock, Katie Buchanan, Peter Himmelstein and Sung Suk Yoo are responsible for advancing Gensler’s mission of design excellence and innovation.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate investment company based in Beverly Hills, has announced the addition of Avik Mukhopadhyay as Managing Director in the company’s investment management platform. With $6B in transactional experience, Mukhopadhyay will be instrumental in sourcing investment opportunities for Kennedy Wilson’s comingled funds, separate accounts and balance sheet.

Horvitz & Levy LLP is proud to announce the promotion of Mark Kressel to partner beginning January 2018. Mark served on the firm’s business development committee for two years and is a past fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. His practice includes entertainment, government entity defense, CEQA, and elder abuse.

RSM US LLP, the 5th largest accounting firm in the U.S., is pleased to announce Steven Edwards as a partner in the Los Angeles office, and as the West Region Consumer Products Industry leader. Steven brings 25 years of experience in servicing clients both nationally and internationally. With a focus on the middle market, he will be responsible for managing client and prospect relationships, and supporting other regional offices.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Kinecta Federal Credit Union, based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., announced the promotion of Nancy Elander to VP, Mortgage Lending Operations. With 20 years of experience in all aspects of mortgage processing, fulfillment and delivery, Elander will oversee all aspects of the Credit Union’s fulfillment of conforming and non-conforming residential loans.

BDO USA, LLP recently announced the addition of Kris Kaufmann as an Assurance Partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Kris joins BDO with more than 28 years of public accounting experience working with clients in various industries including technology, media, and private equity. Kris will be responsible for managing client and prospect relationships for the firm and providing support to other west region offices. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – which assists more than 10,000 people with disabilities – has appointed Dr. Barsam Kasravi, MD, MPH, MBA, to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Kasravi, Playa Vista, Calif., is the Chief Medical Officer and Regional VP of California’s Medicaid, County and State Programs with Anthem Blue Cross. Over the past decade at Anthem, Dr. Kasravi has had extensive experience with California’s most complex and underserved patient population, including seniors and persons with disabilities; patients with behavioral health challenges; and children with various disabilities and health concerns hoping to address their physical and social determinants of health. He has also volunteered nationally and internationally in South Africa, South America and in Louisiana with the disaster of Katrina, providing medical care to vulnerable populations.

Dr. Kasravi graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine, where he was chief of the Los Angeles Salvation Army Homeless Clinic. He completed his residency as Chief Resident at the UCLA/Kaiser Woodland Hills Family Medicine Programs. After his training, he was one of two physicians in California to be accepted into the California Endowment Fellowship in Health Policy at Harvard University, where he received his Masters in Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health with a focus in health management and policy. He subsequently worked at Blue Cross in Massachusetts for two years before returning to Los Angeles to work at Anthem Blue Cross. Dr. Kasravi also received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Commented Mark Whitley, president & CEO, ESSC, “Dr. Barsam Kasravi’s stellar background in private sector medicine, public policy addressing medical care and the needs of underserved populations brings a unique and valuable perspective to the board of directors of Easterseals Southern California. We look forward to his input on furthering our mission of making a profound difference in the daily lives of more than 10,000 people with disabilities and their families in communities throughout Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties.”

Added Dr. Kasravi, “I have experienced first-hand the positive impact a frontline organization like Easterseals Southern California has in the lives of people with disabilities and look forward to working with them to further programs to help even more people lead happy and productive lives in our communities.”

Monday, November 27, 2017

James Arom has joined Luther Burbank Savings, an FDIC insured commercial bank with over $5.6 billion in assets, as Income Property Loan Officer. Leveraging over 14 years of commercial and multifamily lending experience, James offers industry and market expertise to Greater Los Angeles area clients considering purchase or refinance transactions.

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA), announced that Joel Graves, an insurance executive with 30 years of experience, has been appointed Director of Business Development in the firm’s Orange County office. Graves, who will work in the firm’s Aliso Viejo location, will lead business development initiatives in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire.

“Joel Graves is a highly accomplished insurance executive who will be a terrific addition to our growing team of professionals in Southern California,” said Paul Hering, MMA Western Region CEO. “Joel will help us meet the accelerating demand for strategic, customized insurance and employee benefit programs to employers in the region.”

Sergei Mytko was promoted to managing director of international tax services at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S. Mytko has extensive experience assisting clients with all aspects of domestic and international taxation, both inbound and outbound.

Silicon Valley Bank, the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and their investors, today announced the addition of three new bankers to its growing team: Al Guerrero, Managing Director, DeMarcus Williams, Director in the Early Stage Practice, and Kirk Stafford, Director in the Private Bank. The team’s expansion supports the Southern California region’s growing number of software, hardware, life science, healthcare, and energy companies, as well as their investors. Silicon Valley Bank has had a presence in Southern California since 1993 and works with private and public technology and life science companies of all sizes.

David Sternberg
Green Hasson Janks’ (GHJ’s) development of innovative leaders has led to the cultivation and promotion of David Sternberg to partner starting in January 2018. A member of GHJ since 2009, David’s transaction advisory experience is an asset to GHJ’s Transaction Advisory Practice, and his consultative mindset contributes to GHJ’s Consulting Practice’s growth. With his promotion to partner, David will help advance the Firm’s robust middle-market Audit Practice with a concentration on high-growth, entrepreneurial-minded organizations.

Polina Chapiro
Encouraging new ideas and fostering growth is a Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) core value. This belief is demonstrated through our exciting announcement that Partner Polina Chapiro is transitioning to a new role on GHJ’s Executive Committee beginning in January. Polina will be a key decision maker with a focus on the vision and direction of GHJ. In her previous role as GHJ’s Tax Practice leader, Polina expanded the practice through hiring employees with deep expertise and cultivating next-generation talent.

Akash Sehgal
Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) is committed to transforming vision and passion into tangible result. Partner Akash Sehgal will be leading GHJ’s Tax Practice starting in January 2018 and this is an example of growing great people. This celebrated succession comes on the heels of a rigorous strategic planning process by the partner group. As the head of GHJ’s State and Local Tax Team for several years, Akash is known as an innovative leader within the firm, and his deep knowledge and expertise will help the practice continue to grow.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Andrea Baker, CEng, has been hired as a rail project engineer in the Long Beach office of Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm. Baker is a civil engineer with expertise in the site assessment, design, coordination, and construction of light and heavy rail systems, including engineering of track alignment and rail structures and integration of railroad signal systems. A graduate of California State Polytechnic University, she has engineered projects throughout the U.S. and overseas.

Healthcare design expert Laurie McCoy has joined CannonDesign as a principal to lead the firm’s Los Angeles office. Laurie will focus on the growth and development of the firm’s Southern California practice - forging successful client relationships, mentoring staff, and creating new partnerships across health, education, corporate/commercial and science industries.

Swinerton Builders Special Projects and Corporate Services is proud to announce Christopher Carr, LEED AP joining our Downtown Los Angeles and Orange County Team as Project Executive. Chris brings over 30 years of experience in the general contracting industry and he will oversee a large portion of the Special Projects, Tenant Improvement and Corporate Account Services work in our region. Chris has spent the last several years managing accounts as an executive for other reputable general contracting firms and brings a vast portfolio of strengths and relationships to the Swinerton team.

Douglas Elliman, California is proud to announce Jennifer Fematt as the newest addition to the California brokerage. A successful broker, Jennifer’s success in real estate is attributed to her ten-year career in wealth management.

Jennifer understands that with substantial wealth comes substantial responsibility. She works closely with Ultra High Net Worth Individuals & Families and collaborates with their Trusted Advisors (Attorneys, CPAs, and Business Managers) to effectively navigate the complexities of their estates.

Jennifer’s priority is to ensure her client’s best interests are top of mind. Whether purchasing or selling a primary residence or vacation home (domestically or internationally); investing in development or income property; or transitioning wealth to future generations through real estate, Jennifer’s approach is thoughtful and holistic in nature.

As she carefully considers all aspects of her client’s balance sheet, Jennifer is able to recommend custom tailored strategies to achieve her clients’ goals. Her financial acumen, and analytical nature position her clients at an advantage. This is balanced by her innate ability to immediately build rapport with clients and agents alike. Her relationships and reputation have enabled her to outshine the competition, often beating out multiple offers and creatively keeping escrows together that the average agent would have shied away from, consistently keeping her client’s ultimate goals top of mind and flawlessly executing to achieve them.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Tim Hepworth has joined BAR Architects as Director of Interiors, reinforcing BAR’s philosophy of seamlessly integrating Architecture and Interiors. He brings a strong background in concept driven design solutions for hospitality, custom homes and workplace environments.

Erica Nelles, AIA, Joins Dewberry to Lead Sacramento, California, Office

Nelles’ multidiscipline expertise is welcomed as firm’s West Coast architecture practice grows. Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, announced that Erica Nelles, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been hired as the business unit director and a senior associate in the firm’s Sacramento, California, office.

Nelles is responsible for the firm’s architecture practices in its Sacramento and Pasadena offices, where she works as a client and project manager and oversees general office operations. She is currently leading multiple efforts on statewide contracts for criminal justice facilities. Nelles has extensive experience in both the design and management of multi-faceted architecture projects, including retail, new construction, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and sustainable policy development. Her areas of expertise include concept design, design research, project management, sustainable design and developing studio culture.

Prior to joining the firm, she worked as a senior vice president for a design group in northern California. Throughout her 16-year career, Nelles has worked as an architect for various clients, including Philz Coffee, Young at Art Children’s Museum, and General Electric. She also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Florida International University and as a senior associate for a nationally recognized engineering firm in Miami, Florida.

“Our architectural practice continues to grow in the western U.S. and Erica’s delivery experience, technical acumen, and client focus are central to expanding our base of operations in California,” says Joseph Wells, AIA, principal for Dewberry. “As our clients look to expand and develop more sustainable and state-of-the-art facilities, Erica will play a key role in leading the design and delivery of these projects.”

Nelles earned a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida (2005) and a bachelor’s degree in bio-resource engineering from Rutgers University (2001). She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Dewberry’s full range of architectural services includes programming, design, sustainability, production, construction administration, program development, architectural design, interior design, cost estimating and scheduling, sustainable strategies, 3-D modeling, and contract documentation. Its experienced staff provides services for a wide range of clients, including healthcare, higher education, justice, K-12, libraries, and recreation and wellness.

About Dewberry Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit

Pepperdine University selected Dr. Scott Bowling, President & CEO of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (, as one of their inaugural “Top 40 Over 40” business leaders - recognizing alumni who excel in their industry and have a strong philanthropic commitment. In his 18+ years with the nonprofit, Bowling has demonstrated exceptional vision and leadership resulting in over 3,800 children and adults with special needs accessing services annually via 15 sites throughout LA County. He has also tripled the size of the operating budget to $27M, developed innovative programming, established collaborative partnerships with over 100 businesses, and launched social enterprises and

Michael E. Ross joins Sklar Kirsh LLP’s Corporate Group. Ross, formerly Assistant General Counsel of Platinum Equity and VP and General Counsel at NewEnergy, Inc., has deep experience with licensing and distribution arrangements, technology and commercial contracts, as well as general corporate matters. Ross represents the fourth attorney Sklar Kirsh has added to its Corporate practice who has previously served in an in-house general counsel role.

Zena Gardner Brings Customer Service Expertise to CDC Small Business Finance

Zena Gardner has joined Team L.A. of CDC Small Business Finance to initiate and expedite the SBA-504 loan process for bankers and commercial real estate brokers advising small business owners on buying commercial/industrial buildings and large equipment. Direct: 305-900-7052

Monday, November 6, 2017

Yangchen Lama Named to Working Mother Magazine’s List of Top Wealth Advisor Moms

NEW YORK - Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced that Yangchen Lama, a Family Wealth Director, Financial Advisor in the Firm’s Beverly Hills Wealth Management office, has been named to Working Mother magazine’s inaugural list of Top Wealth Advisor Moms. This new listing recognizes a select group of individuals who, while pursuing careers as successful Financial Advisors, also juggle the responsibilities of having one or more children living at home.

“I am pleased that Yangchen is representing Morgan Stanley and our working mothers,” commented Robert Perry, Complex Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Beverly Hills office. “To be named to this inaugural list recognizes Yangchen’s professionalism and dedication to the needs of her valued clients.”

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, cash management and lending products and services, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services. Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in more than 42 countries, the Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals.

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BDO USA, LLP recently announced the addition of Kevin Anderson as a Business Development Director in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Kevin has been providing executive leadership to professional service and management consulting organizations for over 25 years. He most recently served as Office Managing Partner for a national professional services firm.

BlackLine, Inc. a leading provider of financial controls and automation software solutions that enable Continuous Accounting, has appointed veteran Finance and Accounting (F&A) executive Tammy Coley as chief strategy officer. Formerly executive director, Enterprise Accounting and Internal Controls Governance at leading broadband communications company and long-time BlackLine customer Cox Communications, Ms. Coley brings deep industry and product experience to BlackLine.

Coley is a visionary accounting leader with a deep understanding of how accounting processes intersect with modern technology. In her new role, she will help direct BlackLine’s strategic vision as the financial automation software provider continues to help customers transform their F&A operations through the use of BlackLine’s cloud software tools. More importantly, Coley’s background as a customer herself ensures that, even as BlackLine continues to grow, the customer experience remains the company’s core focus.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Chad Coombs was promoted to managing director in tax services at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S. Coombs, both an attorney and a CPA, has vast experience in insolvency tax and represents clients in a wide range of tax controversies.

Crystal & Company, a leader in insurance and risk management, is proud to welcome Julie Branstetter as a Managing Director within the Commercial Property & Casualty department and team leader in the Southern California region. Julie has over 30 years of experience and specializes in the construction industry.

Randy Starbird has been promoted to Executive Managing Director, West Region for Clune Construction. Randy has been with Clune for 25 years and has been instrumental in growing the volume of Clune’s work in the West Region and has overseen the execution of hundreds of projects in a leadership role for large tech companies, high-profile law firms, and Fortune 500 companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Southern California. Clune is a national, full-service general contractor with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

Crystal & Company, a leader in insurance and risk management, is proud to welcome Nick Donovan as the Business Development Leader for Southern California. He is responsible for growth in the region, further establishing the Crystal brand and recruiting talent within the industry to support and sustain that growth.

Sasia Mellinger has joined David N. Schultz, Inc. Real Estate Investments and Property Management as its human resources manager, it was announced by president Jennifer Schultz Bertolet. Mellinger brings to the firm a diverse background in project management, recruiting, talent and development, employee retention programs and improving company culture. She will primarily be working on maintaining labor and payroll law compliance as well as improving company culture.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) and NHM President and Director Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga announced that civic leader Shannon Faulk has been elected the new president of the museum’s Board of Trustees. On the eve of its 105th anniversary, the Natural History Family of Museums is embarking upon an ambitious 10-year program to revitalize the Natural History Museum, its historic anchor in Exposition Park, and re-imagine the physical space and programs of its world-renowned Ice Age fossil site and museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in Hancock Park.

Faulk’s involvement with the museum began in 2008, when then Second District Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke appointed him to the NHM Board of Governors. Faulk was later reappointed by current Supervisor and Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas. “As the museum fulfills its strategic goal to become ‘a museum of, for, and with L.A.’, we have made a commitment to access a critical priority. Shannon will help us as we make a long-term investment in understanding, hosting, reflecting, and embedding in our local communities,” said Bettison-Varga.

Faulk is a graduate of San Francisco State University and the Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Clark Atlanta University. After executive sales management and development positions at companies including the Pitney Bowes Corporation, he established his own independent insurance agency through the Farmers Corporation. He focuses on urban development by providing insurance and financial services products to urban-based community businesses and the private sector.

Usman Tariq, PE, CEM, PMP, LEED AP BD+C, is the new managing principal of HDR’s Los Angeles architecture studio. Having played an instrumental role in HDR’s successful growth in Washington, D.C. as associate managing principal, he is looking forward to being part of a renewed sense of identity for the firm in its new downtown Los Angeles office.

Named by Building, Design + Construction magazine as a “change agent” and receiving the magazine’s 2015 40 Under 40 award, Tariq is an electrical engineer with over 16 years of experience. His expertise spans the entire design process, from pre-design through construction-phase services for a wide range of building types. An avid learner, Tariq holds graduate degrees in mechanical engineering and operations research. He enthusiastically promotes literacy in the business of design through his involvement in the AIA, as well as through academic endeavors including university adjunct teaching positions. Tariq is passionate about the role of technology in redefining the design profession for the built environment. A strong proponent of data-driven design, he thrives on the challenge to reinvent the ways in which we deliver value-add services to our clients and communities.

“The Los Angeles studio has reshaped itself over the past few years,” said Tom Vandeveer, HDR’s director of professional services. “We’re better connected with our community and our clients, and we’re winning significant work. With Usman’s strong business acumen and a leadership style that promotes engagement and consensus, I am very optimistic about the future.”

Cheryl Teeter-Balin and Marco Valverde were admitted as partners in the firm’s Los Angeles, California, office. Cheryl specializes in advisory services to both publicly traded and privately owned companies in the technology, manufacturing and distribution, not-for-profit, and higher education industries. She has significant experience with issues of revenue recognition, internally developed software, share-based compensation, intangible assets, business combination, redeemable and convertible stock, and convertible debt.

Marco has practiced public accounting since 2004. He has significant audit experience directing all phases of audits and reviews for a variety of privately held middle-market apparel, manufacturing, distribution, and retail companies.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Major Properties is proud to announce the promotion of Anthony S. Behar to Executive Vice President and Partner. Mr. Behar has been with the firm since 2002, starting as a sales associate. He is the firm’s first associate to be named Partner. He will continue to serve his clients in the acquisition and disposition of commercial and industrial real estate throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Additionally, he will oversee the hiring and training of new agents as Major Properties grows its sales force.

Mr. Behar also consults on development site dispositions and has worked extensively with affordable housing developers. He represents buyers as well as for-profit and non-profit organizations. He distinguishes himself through his in-depth knowledge of the ever changing real estate market and by providing individualized marketing plans for each property. Mr. Behar earned Major Properties’ President’s Award in 2005 and 2010 and Salesman of the Year award in 2007, 2009, 2014 and 2015. Jeff Luster, CEO, says “Anthony has been a consistent top performer and we welcome him as a Partner as our firm continues its extraordinary success.” As a leader in the Downtown Los Angeles real estate market since 1964, Major Properties has brokered over $4 billion in transactions and has served thousands of property sellers, buyers, lessors and lessees. Major Properties specializes in industrial, commercial and residential investment real estate located in Downtown Los Angeles, Central, South and East Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Koreatown and Mid-City areas.

Huntington Hospital has named Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, as President and CEO. Dr. Morgan brings nearly 30 years of healthcare and healthcare administration experience with a focus on developing programs that support patient care, strengthening physician relationships and enhancing financial performance. She most recently served eight years as Corporate Vice President of Legacy Health, Portland’s largest local health system, and as President of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, the system’s largest hospital.

CohnReznick, a top accounting, tax and advisory firm in the United States, is pleased to announce that Kash Hussain has joined the Firm as an Assurance Partner, based in Los Angeles. Kash has more than 20 years of diverse experience providing audit and consulting services to privately held and public companies. He has worked with clients in numerous industries including media and entertainment, real estate, technology, manufacturing and distribution and consumer products.

Monday, October 16, 2017

CohnReznick, a top accounting, tax and advisory firm in the United States, is pleased to announce that Marc Wolf has joined the Firm as Regional Financial Services Industry leader, based in Los Angeles. Marc has more than 25 years of diverse audit, tax and consulting experience, specializing in Regulated Investment Companies (RICS), venture capital funds, hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, real estate funds, management companies, registered investment advisors and broker-dealers.

Todd J. Lerner, Financial Advisor
LBW Insurance and Financial Services

Mr. Todd J. Lerner joined LBW in September, bringing 15 years experience in the financial planning industry and doubling LBW’s assets under management. Lerner is valued by his clients for his proactive approach, ability to communicate in “plain English”, and his 24/7 availability. From 2011 to 2017, Lerner operated a sole practitioner financial planning practice through Morgan Stanley, offering long term retirement and estate planning alongside custom portfolio management.

Businessman and philanthropist Michael A. Nemeroff assumed the role of Chairman of the Board of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 27, 2017. He succeeds David C. Bohnett, who has been named Chairman of the Executive Committee, a new leadership position charged with leadership initiatives critical to the future growth and success of The Wallis. “I am delighted that Michael Nemeroff will steer The Wallis into its next chapter,” said Bohnett. “As The Wallis continues to emerge as a premier world-class performing arts institution and major cultural destination, it is vital that we continue to have strong Board leadership. Michael is a veteran non-profit board strategist who displays the successful leadership, energy and passion that will help The Wallis elevate its position on the world’s stage.” Michael A. Nemeroff is President and CEO of Vedder Price, a global law firm with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, London and Singapore. He counsels companies and private equity firms in transactions and governance matters. Nemeroff is one of two legal advisors to the G100, an elite international organization of leading CEOs from Fortune 500 publicly traded corporations who meet regularly to share practical collective experience about deal making and leadership challenges.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Kerbanu Pudumjee has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Pudumjee is immediate past president of Las Madrecitas, an auxiliary of the Charitable Children’s Guild of OIC dedicated to promoting the welfare of children. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Marshall School of Business at USC.

Former EY Executive Diane Gramil Appointed VP Market Development, Western US for Surgent CPA Review. Leveraging her 16 years’ experience in talent acquisition at EY, Gramil will work with firms and universities across western states to foster even more rapid growth of Surgent, the emerging force in CPA Exam Prep.

SierraConstellation Partners, LLC (SCP), an interim management and advisory firm to middle-market companies in transition, announced that it has hired John Farrace as a Managing Director in the firm’s Los Angeles office. “We are very pleased to have John join our team,” said Larry Perkins, SCP’s founder and CEO.

“His depth and breadth of experience as an operating executive, commercial lender and investor brings a differentiated point of view to bear for our clients, and will further enable us to elevate the level of counsel that we are offering both current and future clients as they confront a range of complex business challenges.”

Before joining SCP, Farrace was a Managing Director and Group Head in CIT Group’s Commercial Finance unit and was Head of Corporate Banking at OneWest Bank prior to its acquisition by CIT Group Inc. Farrace’s responsibilities included management of Corporate Banking, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Commercial Underwriting, and Syndications. Prior to that he was a Co-Head of Leveraged Finance for North America at Allied Irish Bank (AIB) where he helped establish AIB’s Corporate Banking business in the U.S., which included the bank’s successful middle market, ABL and gaming practices. Prior to that, he was a Portfolio Manager at Harch Capital Management, a hedge fund specializing in leveraged loans and high yield bonds and earlier in his career was Vice President in the Syndicated Finance division of Imperial Bank.

Farrace holds a BS in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Monday, October 2, 2017

California-based healthcare consultancy Freed Associates hired healthcare veteran Gay Fright as a new Vice President. Fright will strengthen Freed’s current relationships and leverage her clinical skills and 25 years of health care organization experience. Gay is well versed in business process redesign, strategy execution, IT development and revenue cycle enhancement.

Kim Walls has been promoted to the role of Lime Crime’s Global General Manager. Walls brings an extensive and impressive track record of successfully building brands from startups to global multinationals to her new role. As Global GM, she will continue to grow Lime Crime’s team, build out its technology infrastructure, and expand both brick-and-mortar presence, as well as its global cross border eCommerce business.

J.P. Morgan Private Bank announced that Bob Graziano has been appointed to the role of Vice Chairman. In his new position, Graziano will work to build significant client relationships throughout the West and serve as a senior resource in developing new business across all of JP Morgan Chase’s lines of business. He will continue to report to Olivier de Givenchy, West Region Head for the Private Bank.

“There are few people in the industry more deeply engrained in the Los Angeles market than Bob Graziano,” said de Givenchy. “We are delighted that he has accepted this new role. Bob’s insight and experience will be essential to our clients’ success not only in LA, but across the West region more broadly.”

Graziano has served on the Private Bank’s regional leadership team since 2013. Previously, he was a Managing Partner, Family Advisory Services at Northern Trust. In addition to his financial services experience, Graziano spent 18 years as part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization where he held roles including President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He also worked for the 1989 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and for Ernst & Young.

Graziano is extremely active in the community. As Chair of the Board of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, he was instrumental in the city’s successful bid for the 2022 NFL Super Bowl and is helping to attract other world-class sports and entertainment events to the region. He also remains active with the LA84 Foundation, YPO and, his alma mater, The University of Southern California. In both 2016 and 2017, he was recognized on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Most Influential People” list.

Julianne Knox, Director of Client Services

Julianne joins Wolcott as Director of Client Services. Her experience working with manufacturers and dealerships provides her a keen sense of the marketplace.

“We are thrilled to have Julianne join Wolcott. She brings firepower to our business development division as we continue to expand Wolcott’s market position.”
– AJ Wilder, President, Wolcott Architecture Interiors

Year Up Los Angeles (“YULA”), a one-year career development and internship program for low-income young adults (18-24), welcomes Michael Faught as Executive Director. Following a 35-year career in investment banking, investment management and technology start-ups, Michael most recently spent five years creating and teaching a career-centric business and finance program at high schools in south central Los Angeles. Among Michael’s top priorities is expanding YULA across Los Angeles in partnership with Los Angeles community colleges.