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Monday, June 26, 2017


Inabinet
  
INFRASTRUCTURE
Responding to ongoing growth, HNTB Corp. has named new presidents to its leadership team, including Michael Inabinet, PE. In his new role as West region president, Inabinet oversees the Great Lakes, Central and West divisions. Most recently as HNTB’s Southeast division president, he achieved success in advancing that division into the largest and fastest-growing of all divisions of the firm. Having begun his career with HNTB in 2005 in Austin, Texas, as a project manager, Inabinet has progressed through several leadership and operational roles in the firm’s Austin, San Antonio and Arlington, Virginia, offices.


Stone, Paulsson & Nakagawa
  
NON-PROFIT
The Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF.net) recognized local businesses that “do well by doing good” at its 3rd Annual ECF Business Partner Luncheon. Business partners committed to inclusive business practices were honored for integrating people with special needs and unique abilities into their workforce. Exceptional Business Partner Awards were presented to Stone Candles/Light for Life Cause, Paulsson, Inc. and Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies.


Grimes
  
COMMUNICATIONS
Strategic Venue Partners Launches Wireless Infrastructure Firm

Strategic Venue Partners (SVP) announce the formation of their innovative company focused on comprehensive wireless infrastructure solutions for enterprise, in-building, distributed antenna systems (“DAS”). Its founders, Rich Grimes and Chad Aaron, have decades of industry experience. Tiger Infrastructure Partners, a leading private equity firm that invests in growing infrastructure platforms, is SVP’s financial partner. SVP will provide its customers end-to-end solutions to help seamlessly navigate the complexities of the Wireless Infrastructure market.



Fahey
  
FINANCE
Dave Fahey has been named Senior Vice President, Branch Manager for D.A. Davidson & Co., a full-service investment firm with a strong footprint across the West and Midwest.

Fahey’s work includes recruiting talented professionals interested in working in D.A. Davidson’s Los Angeles office. The branch is previously the headquarters location of the exceptional Crowell Weedon & Co., which has merged with D.A. Davidson to create a stronger firm while remaining independent and employee-owned. In addition, Fahey’s work focuses on management, strategy and regulatory oversight for the branch, comprised of a number of experienced financial professionals.

Fahey has extensive experience in investment industry management, most recently as the associate complex director for RBC Wealth Management responsible for offices across both Utah and Montana. He previously served as Encino branch manager for UBS Financial Services, where his exceptional efforts earned him title of Branch Manager of the Year. He attended the State University of New York at Oneonta.

The Los Angeles branch is one of 11 offices across Southern California that are part of D.A. Davidson’s Individual Investor Group.

D.A. Davidson’s Individual Investor Group offers an array of financial products and services to individuals, families, businesses and institutions. For over 80 years, the firm’s advisors have provided straightforward advice and personalized solutions to help build, protect and pass on wealth for generations.

The group is part of D.A. Davidson Companies, an employee-owned financial services firm offering a range of financial services and advice to individuals, corporations, institutions and municipalities nationwide.



Nagel
  
REAL ESTATE
Decron Properties is proud to announce the promotion of Daniel Nagel to Chief Financial Officer. Since joining the company in 2009, Daniel has held positions on both the commercial and residential side of the company. More recently as Vice President of Acquisitions and Finance, Daniel has been responsible for sourcing, structuring, and closing almost $2 billion of capital transactions.

Under Daniel’s leadership, the acquisitions department acquired 21 properties totaling $1.05 billion dollars and 5,030 units. In addition, Daniel oversaw the sale of 12 assets totaling $350 million and refinancing of 26 assets totaling over $500 million.

Aside from overseeing all capital transactions, Daniel led the redevelopment of many of Decron’s asset repositionings and assisted Decron in gaining entrance to the prestigious Fannie Mae Borrower Channel reserved for Fannie Mae’s top 100 borrowers.

In his capacity as Chief Financial Officer, Daniel will continue to oversee the acquisition of all new investments, divestitures of existing assets, and serve as the primary point of contact with all lenders.


Monday, June 19, 2017



Rodgers
  
ACCOUNTING
Michael Rodgers, CPA, has been named to head the Ontario, CA, office of Lucas Horsfall Accountants and Advisors, serving the Inland Empire and the East San Gabriel Valley, said Mike Amerio, managing partner. Rodgers earned a B.S. in accounting from Loyola Marymount University and a Masters of Taxation from U.S.C. Lucas Horsfall is headquartered in Pasadena and is one of the largest accounting firms in Southern California.


Merrett
  
ENGINEERING
Arup, the global design and consulting firm for the built environment, has named Alan Merrett, ENV SP, PMP Associate Principal in the Americas Region. A project manager in the Los Angeles he specializes in the transportation infrastructure, particularly in rail/transit, airports, and highways.


Fortmeyer
  
ENGINEERING
Arup, the global design and consulting firm for the built environment, has named Russell Fortmeyer, LEED AP BD+C Associate Principal in the Americas Region. An architectural engineer, he leads the sustainability team in Los Angeles. He focuses on high-performance buildings, masterplanning, policy, and resilience planning.


Ramirez
  
REAL ESTATE
Maurice Ramirez has joined the Sacramento based affordable housing developer, Domus Development LLC, as President. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Ramirez will oversee the acquisition and development of new multifamily housing throughout California from the Domus Los Angeles office.


Howell
  
ENGINEERING
Arup, the global design and consulting firm for the built environment, has named Martin Howell, LEED AP, CEM, Associate Principal in the Americas Region. A mechanical engineer in the Los Angeles office, he leads the energy team and specializes in sustainability and low-carbon energy.


Bogonovich
Haverstick
  
INFRASTRUCTURE
HNTB Corporation expands rail systems and Positive Train Control team by adding two experienced professionals:

Michael Bogonovich, senior systems project engineer has more than three decades of experience delivering transportation projects. He specializes in the design, integration, manufacture, commissioning, operations and maintenance of rail transit vehicles, control and security systems.

Michael Haverstick, PTC systems project engineer brings more than 26 years of experience in transit and rail communication systems. His experience includes communication system design, specification development, project management, communication system installations, and maintenance management.



Whalen
  
POLICE
El Segundo welcomes Bill Whalen as its new Chief of Police. He brings over 25 years of experience in public safety, joining us from the Irvine Police Department where he served as the Operations Commander. Bill will be adding his experience and expertise to the City’s highly regarded Police Department.


Torin
Connelly
  
EVENTS
Griffin Club Los Angeles Welcomes New Chef & Director of Special Events

Griffin Club Los Angeles welcomes Chef Jeff Torin as its news Executive Chef, formerly at Petite Ermitage and owner of PDA catering. Fiona Campbell Connelly brings her special events expertise to the team with her past clients including The Directors Guild of America and City of Beverly Hills.


Monday, June 12, 2017



Lippmann
  
CONSTRUCTION
Porter Consulting, LLC, a leading construction management and consulting firm based in Northern California, announces the opening of its Southern California office. Porter is experiencing strong growth in the construction consulting business, representing project owners from site selection through design, construction and facilities maintenance. Currently, Porter has over $500M in active projects in the State, ranging from $100,000 to $180,000,000 in project value. Ryan Lippmann, Vice President will lead the efforts for Porter in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego and looks to expand on the company’s strong resume. Ryan brings 15 years of expertise in preconstruction as well as field operations working for clients including Lucasfilm, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, UCSF, UC Davis, John Muir Health, Shriners Hospitals For Children, Sutter Health and the State of California. Ryan is a graduate from California State University, Chico with a degree in Construction Management. Ryan most recently worked for DPR Construction based out of Pasadena.


Confair
  
FIRE & SECURITY
Red Hawk Welcomes Gloria Confair Business Development Manager

Red Hawk Fire & Security U.S., leader in fire, life safety and security services appointed Gloria Confair, Business Development Manager for Southern California to direct sales and strategic marketing efforts connecting commercial real estate investors, building managers and occupants to Red Hawk’s best in class products and services.



Baldassari
  
LEGAL
Jeff Baldassari joins HBR Consulting as a senior director. He is focused on helping Fortune 1000 companies optimize third-party expense management strategies. Jeff excels at leading teams to achieve organizational goals by fostering trust, empowering personnel and adapting proactively to achieve extraordinary outcomes.


Nass
Reitzenstein
  
LAW
Law firm Carlton Fields grows its Los Angeles office with the addition of Shareholder Menasche M. Nass and Of Counsel Henry A. Reitzenstein. Mr. Nass and Mr. Reitzenstein are members of the firm’s Business Transactions practice group. They represent high-net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses in a wide variety of business and tax matters ranging from sales, mergers, and acquisitions; state, federal, and international tax planning controversies; estate planning; and executive compensation, and pension and profit-sharing.


Wilkinson
  
LEGAL
Jerry Wilkinson joins HBR Consulting as a senior director working with Chief Financial Officers to accelerate systemic growth and profitability of Fortune 1000 companies. Recognized for his contributions to enterprise-wide financial improvement, Jerry has over 25 years of leadership experience collaborating with clients from a broad range of industries.


Torres
  
CONSTRUCTION
Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, one of Southern California’s most trusted names in the roofing and decking industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rita Torres as Account Executive for the Los Angeles region. Torres comes to Antis with over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Her early career was in glass and plastering, and in 2006 she began working in roofing. Torres will be integral to ensuring our clients receive the best quality of service in our emerging Los Angeles region. Torres believes in the Antis mission that every family deserves to be healthy in a safe, dry home. Rita said, “It’s amazing to see the energy being put forth to not only do what is right, but also, invite, excite and give opportunities to those we associate with.”


Monday, June 5, 2017



Small
  
LEGAL
Brad Small joins Rosenfeld Meyer & Susman LLP as Partner.

Small, former EVP, TV Business & Legal Affairs at The Weinstein Company, will round out Rosenfeld’s entertainment and media group with his television, digital media, and brand-driven deal making expertise. Having served on both sides of the negotiating table makes Small uniquely qualified in his representation of companies, talent and athletes.


  
NON-PROFIT
St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles’ Gala May 24, 2017 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles honored Board President Ray Sweet & Maria Contreras-Sweet, Linda Swick, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation; the Old Mission Santa Ines Parish Community & Reverend Matthew G. Elshoff, OFM Cap. for their service to the poor and homeless. Emceed by Kenny Lund of the Allen Lund Company, proceeds benefitted our Circle V Ranch Camp which hosts 1,200 disadvantaged children every summer.



Linn
Hill
  
FINANCE
Golden 1 Credit Union continues to expand its senior leadership team with the recent additions of Courtney Linn as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Allyson Hill appointed to Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Both Linn and Hill will play integral roles leading Golden 1’s strategic financial initiatives. With more than $11 billion in assets, Golden 1 is the leading credit union in California, and the sixth largest credit union in the United States.



Simmons
  
HUMAN RESOURCES
Oakwood Worldwide®, the global leader in corporate housing and serviced apartment solutions, is pleased to welcome seasoned HR executive Craig Simmons as senior vice president (SVP) and chief human resources officer (CHRO) for the global organization. Simmons will report directly to Chris Ahearn, CEO, Oakwood Worldwide. “I am pleased to have someone as talented and as experienced as Craig join the senior leadership team,” said Ahearn. “Craig will play an essential role as we start a new era of global growth.


Monday, May 29, 2017



Dondanville
  
FINANCE
American Business Bank promoted Suzanne Dondanville to Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer. Ms. Dondanville joined American Business Bank in December 2013. She has over twenty-five years of banking experience. Ms. Dondanville holds her Business Administration and Arts Management degree from Scripps College, Claremont, California.


Yarossi
  
INFRASTRUCTURE
HNTB Executive Vice President Paul Yarossi has been named the new chairman of the ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation Board of Trustees. Yarossi has been a volunteer ARTBA leader for nearly two decades, serving as 2011 chairman and as ARTBA-TDF vice chair since June 2014. He joined HNTB in 1973 and has been involved with nearly every aspect of the firm, including president of HNTB Holdings Ltd., CEO and chief operating officer of HNTB Corporation; chair of the firm’s aviation practice; and officer-in-charge of several company offices in New York and New Jersey.


Monday, May 22, 2017



Green
  
ARCHITECTURE
R&A Architecture + Design, a young, energetic firm whose extensive breadth of work includes commercial, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use projects, welcomes Studio Director Lindsay Green, Assoc. AIA, EDAC. Green brings more than a dozen years of experience in project management to the rapidly expanding firm.


Berkman
  
PUBLIC WORKS
Ken Berkman is the City of El Segundo’s new Director of Public Works. Ken has over 25 years of public works and engineering experience. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and has been a California licensed civil engineer for the past 22 years. Ken brings a valuable blend of experience working in the public and private sectors, including LA County, Culver City and Agoura Hills, as well as Turner Construction, Parsons Corporation, and Psomas. Ken will be leading our Public Works team of approximately 50 staff and overseeing an operating budget of almost $40 million that supports four Divisions (Engineering, Streets, General Services, and Water).


Rodrigues
  
PUBLIC RELATIONS
NRPR Group, an award-winning public relations, digital marketing and social media agency founded by industry veteran Nicole Rodrigues, is expanding into new offices in Beverly Hills. NRPR Group was recently named #49 on Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of Top PR Agencies, moving up 11 spots from #60 in 2016.
Additionally, NRPR Group founder and CEO, Nicole Rodrigues, was recently hand-selected to join Women Of Wisdom, a development and mentorship program exclusively for women. This news comes shortly after Rodrigues launched NRPR Group’s new Corporate Social Responsibility program: Make It Happen. Make It Happen is an ongoing initiative kicking off with a speaking tour for Rodrigues, where she’ll meet with 5th through 12th graders at various Los Angeles and Bay Area schools to talk about goal setting, personal brand building, and persevering through life’s ups and downs.
“I could not be more proud or excited about how much NRPR Group has accomplished as we approach our three year anniversary,” said Rodrigues. “Moving into our new home on Wilshire Boulevard is symbolic for so many reasons. To be named one of the top 50 PR agencies in Los Angeles, hand-selected to join Women of Wisdom, and kick off our Make It Happen Tour to inspire today’s youth, all at barely three years old, is a truly incredible feeling. We’re bringing our best each and every day and can’t wait to see what year four holds for us.”


Lindberg
  
HUMAN RESOURCES
The City of El Segundo is pleased to welcome Lynn Lindberg as Director of Human Resources. Her prior experience includes leadership positions across all areas of HR in both the private and public sectors, including Boeing, Science Applications International Corporation as well as El Camino College and the City of Torrance. She has a BS in Business Management from Pepperdine and is a long time resident of the South Bay.


Martin
  
ACCOUNTING
PDM LLP announced Matthew Martin has joined the firm as a Senior Tax Manager in the Torrance office. Matthew has 10 years of experience and works with closely held businesses and their owners. Matthew graduated from Indiana University then, while working, earned an Accounting Certificate from the UCLA Extension and passed the CPA exam. Matthew has been in accounting since 2006 working with all types of small to midsized (sometimes large) closely-held businesses and the owners spanning a wide array of industries including restaurants, real estate, apparel, manufacturing, entertainment, medical & other professionals.


Monday, May 15, 2017



Colón
  
ARCHITECTURE
Jorge Colón, AIA, LEED AP, joins CO Architects as the first Director of Interior Architecture and Design. Colón is responsible for coordinating all activities related to interior architecture and design for projects office-wide. He brings more than 20 years of experience in workplace, academic, and institutional work to the award-winning firm. www.coarchitects.com


d’Errico
  
FINANCE
AdaPia d’Errico joined AlphaFlow, the first automated portfolio service for real estate investments, as COO to lead operations and scale the company’s investor platform. Her career spans retail banking, investment management, intellectual property development and financial technology. Ms. d’Errico is nationally recognized for her role in launching real estate crowdfunding.


Hurley
  
CONSULTING
Dan Hurley, Director of Business Development at PricewaterhouseCoopers has been named Board Chair for the Arthritis Foundation Los Angeles office. Dan started with the organization in 1994 when he did his first California Coast Classic bike ride. “It’s fantastic riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and I look forward to it again this September.”
arthritis.org/CaliforniaCoastClassic


Zinge
  
FINANCE
Tony Zinge has joined City National Bank as a private banker based in the bank’s Beverly Hills office. Mr. Zinge has more than 25 years of experience working with clients on all aspects of wealth management, including investments, structured credit, estate planning, tax planning and trust administration.


Seidman
  
HEALTH CARE
Richard Seidman, MD, MPH, has joined L.A. Care Health Plan as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Seidman will oversee all areas of clinical operations, including care management, quality improvement, pharmacy, social services, and behavioral health. He will lead efforts to ensure the delivery of quality health care to L.A. Care members. He brings over 20 years of medical and managed care experience.


Leahy
  
REAL ESTATE
William J. Leahy has joined La Terra Development as Division President, Construction.

One of the most experienced executives in overseeing urban infill apartment and multifamily construction in the U.S., Mr. Leahy will supervise construction of all LaTerra properties underway in urban districts in Southern California. Mr. Leahy has managed more than $1 billion in large-scale, ground-up mixed-use and multifamily construction projects over the past 20 years, compiling an outstanding on-time, on-budget track record. Mr. Leahy served as Senior Vice President of Construction at Wood Partners for nine years and most recently as Senior Vice President and member of the Executive Board at The Picerne Group. He has supervised projects ranging from high-rise to low-rise garden style multifamily communities in California, Texas, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Florida and Georgia.



Nieman
  
LAW
CGS3 Adds to Legal Team, Opens New Los Angeles Office

Expanding its Los Angeles legal team, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) has announced the addition of attorney Cheryl Nieman to its growing commercial real estate practice. Nieman will work closely with partner David Swartz in the firm’s newest office location at 11601 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1600 in Los Angeles.
According to Swartz, who oversees the firm’s LA office, the new location makes good business sense in light of the significant number of clients headquartered in Los Angeles and Orange County and supports CGS3’s commitment to delivering best-in-class responsiveness and work product quality while employing a “street smart” approach to sophisticated commercial real estate deals.
“With our new offices, we are poised to proactively serve our existing LA- and Orange County-based clients and continue growing our team of talented lawyers, like Cheryl, who share our commitment to addressing our clients’ legal needs with innovation and creativity,” said Swartz. “Cheryl is a tenacious litigator and skilled transactional attorney with a wealth of experience who can get things done without unnecessary effort.”
Nieman most recently was an associate at the Law Offices of Robert P. Friedman in Bel Air, Calif., where she represented developers, property owners, businesses, investors and tenants in transactional real estate and corporate matters.
She holds a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York and graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University with a degree in business administration.


  
CONSTRUCTION

Local General Contractor Garners New Construction Projects After Achieving National Recognition

AMG & Associates, Inc., Santa Clarita based public works general contractor, continues building a strong presence in California communities with recently awarded construction projects after achieving national recognition.
SANTA CLARITA, California, May 15, 2017 -- Public works general contractor AMG & Associates (AMG), headquartered in Santa Clarita, was recently awarded three new construction projects in California, totaling over $34M, after being recognized on Inc. 5000’s 2016 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Recently garnering new projects for Moreno Valley Unified School District, the Department of the Army, and City of Buena Park, AMG is adding to its resume of 200+ completed projects, which includes owners such as NASA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and El Camino College District.
With company president Albert M. Giacomazzi at the helm, projects such as the aforementioned, along with a combined 75 years of public works experience from the management team, are what has led to AMG’s recognition. A 134% three-year average growth earned AMG the #2635 spot on Inc. 5000’s 2016 list, which was the company’s seventh time to be on the list out of the last eight years. AMG was also included in ENRCalifornia’s (Engineering News-Record’s) 2016 Top Contractors of California as #77 out of 100, and listed by the Los Angeles Business Journal of 2016 as #84 of the top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies.
AMG will partner with the Moreno Valley Unified School District for the construction of a $14M athletic complex for Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley. Construction will include a new athletic stadium, three new service buildings, new track and field, athletic fields, and tennis courts.
The Department of the Army recently awarded AMG with the $10.2M project, Renovation and Repair of Dock 5 at Beale Air Force Base (AFB). The project is scheduled for a one year duration, consisting of the construction of two interior structures with repair shops, conference rooms, and administrative offices, along with the renovation of existing aircraft hangar B1076, Dock 5, which will support the maintenance and repair of the KC-135 aircraft at Beale AFB.
The City of Buena Park is expeditiously moving forward with the $9.4M new construction of Fire Station No. 61 after awarding the project to AMG in the early part of April. The groundbreaking ceremony occured in Buena Park Tuesday, May 2, with construction beginning immediately thereafter. The new 18,000 SF fire station will consist of a three-lane apparatus bay, dormitory, training room, and administrative offices.

To learn more about AMG, visit: www.amgassociatesinc.com.
Media Contact: AMG & Associates, Inc.
Business Development
Kimberly Espinosa
661-251-7401
kespinosa@amgassociatesinc.com


Monday, May 8, 2017



Wong
  
ESCROW SERVICES
Jenny Wong joins Commonwealth Land Title Company as Assistant Vice President, Senior Commercial Escrow Officer. She brings over 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge with her to the company. Jenny specializes in high liability, high profile, and complex local commercial transactions. She enjoys working with her clients and their counsel to achieve smooth, timely, and successful closings. Contact Jenny for your next transaction! Jenny Wong (213) 330-3101 Jenny.Wong@cltic.com


Ellis
  
REAL ESTATE
MWest Holdings is pleased to announce the promotion of Matthew Ellis to Chief Investment Officer. Ellis will oversee the firm’s acquisition and capital markets group. “I am thrilled to elevate Matthew into this well-deserved executive role,” says Karl Slovin, President of MWest. “As Senior Vice President, Matthew has driven our market share, assets under management, and nurtured lasting equity partnerships. I have no doubt that Matthew will continue to build upon his outstanding reputation as we grow MWest’s portfolio.” Prior to joining MWest Holdings, Ellis worked for Wachovia Securities where he originated, underwrote, structured and closed debt and equity transactions totaling over $4 billion. Ellis is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte where he received a B.S. in Economics and Geography and Masters in Economics.


Morris
  
TOURISM
Jeffrey Morris, a 25-year creative advertising and marketing strategist in the greater Los Angeles area, has been named the Chief Marketing Officer for Visit West Hollywood, the city’s tourism organization. Mr. Morris joins the organization at the launch of a new brand and supporting campaign, where he is a natural fit. He has built brands for leaders in the sectors of tourism and travel, retail, sports, restaurants and entertainment. He created marketing programs for Discover Los Angeles, Universal Studios Hollywood, DreamWorks Animation, The Los Angeles Times, Cirque du Soleil, Kroger Supermarkets, Ketel One Vodka, Los Angeles Clippers Professional Basketball team, and restaurants such as IHOP and Marie Callender’s – for which he won Addy’s, Telly’s and an Effie Award – the industry’s highest recognition for advertising effectiveness.


Metzger
  
REAL ESTATE
Mike Metzger, who previously handled leasing for Westcore Properties’ Sacramento, Reno and Silicon Valley office and industrial property portfolios, has opened an office for Westcore in El Segundo, California. Mike is now a Director of Acquisitions at Westcore and will focus solely on the Los Angeles industrial and office marketplace. Mike will work closely with Hack Adams and Westcore’s investment committee. Hack will continue to lead acquisitions for Westcore in the Southern California markets of Orange County, Inland Empire and San Diego.

Westcore Properties is a global, entrepreneurial commercial real estate investment firm with a specialized focus in western United States commercial and industrial properties. Since its founding in 2000, Westcore Properties and its affiliates have acquired and managed more than $4 billion in industrial and office assets, comprised of more than 750 buildings and totaling over 45 million square feet. In addition to its U.S. headquarters in San Diego, Westcore Properties has regional offices in Oakland; Sacramento; Los Angeles; and Denver, Colorado, as well as satellite offices in London, England; Vienna, Austria; and Lausanne and Geneva, Switzerland.


  
ENGINEERING
After working on several projects with its clients in Southern California, AlfaTech is pleased to announce the expansion of its office at 355 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 1605 in downtown Los Angeles.
AlfaTech’s Los Angeles team includes Diarmuid Hartley, Managing Director and Mechanical Lead; Zoheir Guemmat, PE, Principal, Electrical Lead; Aaron Poplar, PE, Plumbing Lead; Jorge Meraz, RCDD, Principal, Technology Lead; Rohini Pendyala, Lead Lighting Designer; Raphaelle Hallaj, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, Director of Sustainability/LEED; Elizabeth Monti, CPSM, Principal, Corporate Business Development; and Lawrence DeHart, Principal, Commissioning/Energy Solutions.

Diarmuid Hartley
Diarmuid comes to AlfaTech with experience on a wide variety of projects comprised of core and shell renovations, ground-up new construction and tenant improvements. Besides managing the Los Angeles office, he also leads the Mechanical Department.

Zoheir Guemmat, PE, Principal
Zoheir has more than 25 years industrial and commercial experience in the US and across the globe. He has been involved in various types of refineries, high-voltage substations, industrial, institutional, civic, higher education, and heavy technical projects. He is managing our Los Angeles Electrical Department.

Aaron Poplar, PE
Aaron has a broad knowledge of HVAC and plumbing systems. He has had experience with LEED, OSHPD and DSA, as well as 10 years construction experience in the HVAC industry. He leads our Los Angeles Plumbing Department.

Jorge Meraz, RCDD, Principal
Jorge has over 20 years of electrical, structured cabling, information systems and telecommunications experience, with primary emphasis on data communications (inside/outside plant), and technology infrastructure projects. He leads our Los Angeles Technology Department.

Rohini Pendyala
Rohini is an award-winning lighting professional with more than 14 years of experience in lighting design, architecture and construction. Her credits include Clif Bar, Citrix, Volkswagen Electronic Research Lab, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Raphaelle Hallaj, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA
Raphaelle brings 16 years of experience in the fields of LEED certification and sustainability, with a project portfolio that includes substations, mixed use facilities, educational, residential and public facilities. She is also a prolific writer, having written whitepapers on a variety of topics throughout her career.

Elizabeth Monti, CPSM, Principal
An industry veteran, Elizabeth leads new business development, with overall responsibility for the Los Angeles office and other domestic and international locations. Elizabeth ensures strong, trusted client relationships, forages new opportunities, and oversees marketing and corporate brand firm-wide.

Lawrence DeHart, Principal
Lawrence brings over 10 years of experience in commissioning to AlfaTech’s team of experts. He is a solutions-driven and result-focused technical professional who combines education with over a decade of hands on experience in design review, operations, system integration, and troubleshooting.

AlfaTech, founded by CEO Jeff Fini, PE, in 1987 in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, provides sustainable, integrated mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design, technology (audio visual, low voltage and security) design management, energy solutions and commissioning services for many Fortune 500 firms such as Uber, Facebook, Cisco Systems, LinkedIn, Adobe Systems, Seagate, Intel, eBay, and others. The firm employs approximately 125 staff in California and over 300 across the globe with international offices in Dublin, Singapore, Sydney, Queensland, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Bangkok and Tokyo.


Monday, May 1, 2017



Mourouzis
  
SERVICES
General Finance Corporation, (“GFN”) a leading specialty rental services company offering portable storage solutions is pleased to announce that Theodore Mourouzis has been appointed President and CEO of Pac-Van, Inc., a GFN subsidiary. Pac-Van’s leasing operations include 55 North American branches, including two based in Chino and Bakersfield, California.


Williams
  
ARCHITECTURE
Brad Williams Named New CEO Of Architecture Firm Retail Design Collaborative

Leading architecture firm, Retail Design Collaborative, today announced Brad Williams as new Chief Executive Officer, elevating him from Chief Operating Officer.

Williams joined the firm in 1999 as part of the firm’s Studio One Eleven brand, and has exceled in various roles throughout his tenure. Following his appointment as COO of the overall firm in 2013, Williams helped lead the company in a positive direction, making strategic hires, implementing best-in-class management systems, and overseeing the firm’s Shanghai subsidiary. Now also assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Retail Design Collaborative’s Shanghai entity, Williams will be responsible for ensuring that the firm’s brand is held to the highest global standards. As CEO, Williams plans to focus on the growth of the company and will work to clearly establish and expand the firm’s services in the re-imagining of the retail realm. Williams and the management team are seeking new opportunities for growth as well as managerial, financial, and design excellence.

“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to help take this firm in a new direction, to help focus our efforts on bringing our clients a world-class design process, a more stringent technical process and to help create a better overall experience for our clients and staff,” said CEO Brad Williams. “I’m looking forward to helping our firm grow in all areas of the practice and I am honored to lead Retail Design Collaborative’s in this new role.”



Speirs
  
TRANSPORTATION
David Speirs, PE, joined HNTB Corporation’s growing Southern California team as project director. He directs the SR 241 Toll Road Extension environmental documents process for Transportation Corridor Agencies, and plays a key role in expanding the firm’s growing transportation practice. Speirs has more than three decades of experience in transportation including major highway improvement projects located in the counties of Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside. He has been responsible for all aspects of civil engineering design, including project initiation documents, environmental documents and preparation of final bid documents.

Monday, April 24, 2017


Mouradian
  
LAW
Mhare Mouradian has joined Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley, P.C.’s Los Angeles office as a partner and Transactional Group member. His clients span a variety of industries, including entertainment, technology and transportation, as well as individuals. A seasoned litigator, Mouradian is experienced in business, commercial, contracts and products liability law.


Woodward
  
REAL ESTATE
Revere Capital Founder Clark Briner announced the firm has hired industry veteran Sarah Woodward as Senior Vice President to spearhead its new Southern California office, with responsibility for commercial real estate loan originations throughout the United States. Revere is a direct lender with fully discretionary private capital. www.reverecapital.com (949) 339-1937.


Sweet
  
NON-PROFIT
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles announces management and human resources expert Ray Sweet as new President of the Board. Sweet has a record of spurring growth in workforce size and efficiency. He guides a Catholic charity serving the poor and homeless. For more info: www.svdpla.org


Barnett
  
ENGINEERING
Psomas appointed Brett Barnett, PE, CCM, QSD, ENV SP to head up their Southern California Transportation Construction Management Team. With 30 years’ experience, Barnett has overseen the construction management of some of the state’s largest transportation projects including California High-Speed Rail, I-405 Sepulveda Pass in Los Angeles, and California SR-22.