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Monday, January 22, 2018

Servicon Systems, Inc., the leading provider of sustainable cleaning services for complex aerospace, commercial, public and healthcare facilities, has appointed Tim Schultz as General Manager for the company’s Floor Coating Division. Schultz, a former Floor Coating Specialist at Tennant Co, Inc., will lead the expansion of Servicon’s Floor Coating Division.

City National Bank has expanded in Manhattan Beach, opening a Private Banking office across the street from the full-service branch the bank opened a decade ago. The seasoned team of private bankers in Manhattan Beach, including Lisa Farley, Jim Fenton and Mariko Plumlee, each with an average of 18 years of industry experience, will advise high-net-worth individuals, families, and their related professional services firms and non-profits, on all aspects of growing, protecting and transferring their wealth.

With $48.7 billion in assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 73 offices, including 18 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta and Minneapolis. In addition, the company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $62.2 billion in client investment assets.

City National is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC serves more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the United States and 35 other countries.

SulmeyerKupetz Welcomes Associate Attorney Claire Wu

SulmeyerKupetz is pleased to welcome Claire Wu to the firm as an Associate Attorney. Wu focuses on representing bankruptcy trustees and creditors in chapter 7 and 11 cases. Prior to joining the firm, Wu served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert N. Kwan, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California.

SulmeyerKupetz is one of the premier financial restructuring and litigation firms, with a legacy of more than 60 years.

Gursey | Schneider LLP, a full service accounting firm specializing in litigation support, tax services and business management announces the promotions of Natalie J. Murvin, CPA/CFF and Alexandra A. Peais, CPA to partner. Ms. Murvin specializes in forensic accounting in family matters including determinations of gross cash flow available for support, marital lifestyle analyses, and contract and royalty analyses for the film, television, and music industries. Ms. Peais opened the firm’s San Francisco office and specializes in forensic accounting for complex family matters.

Peter Devereaux, CEO of architecture firm Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), was honored by USC’s Kidney Research Organization with its “Extraordinary Achievement in Civic Leadership Award”. Peter spoke about architecture as a service to advance the human cause, and video testimonies were given by Cesar Pelli, Mike Woo, Gil Garcetti, Eric Garcetti and Rick Caruso.

Children’s Bureau of Southern California, a 114-year-old nonprofit leader in protecting vulnerable children, proudly announces Ronald E. Brown, Ph.D., as its new President & CEO. He will be responsible for all aspects of the $34 million nonprofit that operates 21 sites throughout Los Angeles and Orange County that serve low-income, at-risk children and families. Ron joined Children’s Bureau in 2000 where he managed the operations of the agency’s foster care, adoption, mental health and child abuse prevention programs.

A seasoned public and private sector executive well known in the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, Mr. Armando G. Ramirez recently joined SAFNA Engineering and Consulting, a division of Heateflex Corporation, as the firm’s Principal Officer. Mr. Ramirez will be a member of SAFNA’s senior leadership team, and will be directly responsible for SAFNA’s business development activities in the areas of public infrastructure projects. He will also serve as a member of the Heateflex Board of Directors.

Mr. Ramirez joins SAFNA from AECOM, a global leader in technical and management services focused on major infrastructure projects including transportation design, water systems, and environmental implementation. Most recently, Ramirez was AECOM’s Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Strategy, where he successfully positioned the firm in a broad range of public infrastructure markets. Prior to joining AECOM, he held a variety of positions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, most recently as Vice President and registered securities financial advisor for high net worth clients.

Mr. Ramirez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has completed coursework towards a Masters of Science degree in Public Administration at the California State University, Los Angeles. He has served on numerous boards and commissions in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, including the Eastern Extension Light Rail Joint Powers Authority (board member), the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (Executive Committee Member).

CGS3 Expands L.A. Offices; Adds Two New Partners

Significantly expanding its Southern California presence, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) has announced the addition of two new Los Angeles partners – David Alvarado and Eoin Gubbins. To accommodate its rapidly growing platform in California, the firm – which specializes in commercial real estate law – recently relocated its L.A. office from Brentwood to larger offices at the Tower located at 10940 Wilshire Blvd in Westwood.

Alvarado was most recently a partner at Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP in Los Angeles, and Gubbins joins CGS3 from Santa Monica-based Harding Larmore Kutcher & Kozal, LLP, where he was senior counsel.

“Both David and Eoin are instrumental to achieving our goal of being the preeminent commercial real estate law firm in California and beyond,” said CGS3 partner Sean Southard. “Each brings years of experience in getting deals done and broad practice skills that complement our unwavering commitment to providing our clients with an unparalleled experience – we’re thrilled to bring them on board.”

Alvarado has built a successful commercial real estate practice focusing on purchase and sale, debt and equity financing, development, construction and leasing transactions. He has broad-based experience across all asset classes and property types, from retail and residential to office, industrial and raw land.

With a more than 10-year background in representing publicly traded REITs, large developers and smaller property owners on projects throughout the Western United States, Gubbins has negotiated and documented complex purchase and sale agreements and commercial leases.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sklar Kirsh adds Litigation Practice; selects trial attorney Justin M. Goldstein to lead new group. Adding Litigation capabilities to the firm’s services perfectly complements and enhances its Corporate, Real Estate and Entertainment transactional practices. Goldstein, who previously practiced at Carlsmith Ball, O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, has successfully represented public and private businesses in a variety of complex commercial disputes.

Loyola Marymount University announced that Dayle M. Smith of Clarkson University will lead the College of Business Administration as its next dean, beginning her term on June 1. Smith is dean of Clarkson’s David D. Reh School of Business, and has worked on the faculty at USC, Georgetown University and the University of San Francisco.

“Dean Smith possesses the expertise, creativity, and vision to chart the promising future of one of the country’s top-ranked business schools,” said Thomas Poon, LMU’s executive vice president and provost. “Our Silicon Beach and Los Angeles location provides unmatched opportunities for our ambitious students and successful alumni around the globe.”

Psomas is pleased to announce that Rose Fistrovic will be the new leader of the firm’s Land Use Entitlements practice. A senior project manager on the team, Ms. Fistrovic brings over 25 years of public and private sector experience to securing land use approvals for Psomas clients. She is the former manager of the Orange County Planning Department Expedited Division and also worked at the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency.

Puchlik Design Associates, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of Michelle Ferial Asadies, AIA, ARB, LEED AP to Senior Associate. With over 18 years of experience in the architecture and construction industry, Michelle brings her expertise in programming, medical planning, design and management to a range of healthcare, educational and institutional projects at PDA.

Since joining PDA, Michelle has spent the last 7 years developing successful client relationships and establishing new partnerships while mentoring staff as the Design Element Leader. As a Senior Associate, she will continue to focus on the growth and development of the firm and advancing PDA’s vision of “transforming design and shifting the paradigm.”

Monday, January 8, 2018

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has promoted Laura Langberg to of counsel. She litigates complex commercial matters and represents commercial and gaming clients in a variety of disputes, including intellectual property and defamation matters. She represents clients in Nevada and California and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has promoted Nury Yoo to of counsel. She has a diverse commercial litigation practice in state and federal courts, as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Her practice includes federal regulatory compliance before the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Food and Drug Administration.

Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. (Pankow) is pleased to announce the promotion of Scott M. Anderson to President. Scott is a 23-year Pankow veteran. Since joining the company in 1995, Scott has served as Senior Vice President/Regional Manager, Project Executive, Project Sponsor, Project Engineer and Field Engineer. In his new role, Scott provides leadership of the strategic and cultural direction of the company. He leads the company’s external facing efforts such as sales and marketing. He drives and supports the development of high performing teams by focusing on the well-being and development of Pankow’s people. Scott will work closely with Chief Operating Officer, Dave Eichten to ensure alignment as they establish standards and continuously improve the operations at Pankow to achieve its organizational goals. “Scott is keen on articulating the unique brand of Pankow to the industry and I look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership,” says Eichten.

“Scott represents the next generation leader; he is highly capable of keeping us at the top of the industry and guiding us well into the future with confidence, compassion and curiosity” states Kim Lum, Chief Executive Officer of Pankow.

Scott’s contributions can be seen in a number of significant projects such as San Francisco’s Public Safety Building, a state-of-the-art LEED Gold Certified building that houses the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Police Command Center, the Southern District Police Station and a neighborhood San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) Fire Station, the historic rehabilitation of the vital civic asset, the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building and the Sutter Health Van Ness Medical Office Building and Parking Structure.

Throughout his career, Scott has actively supported the advancement of construction industry education. He currently serves on the American Concrete Institute Scholarship Council and is a member of the San Francisco Partnering Steering Committee. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Lean Construction Institute. Scott holds an M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University and B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Maryland.

Accenture has named David Wolf as Office Managing Director for all Southern California locations, and he will continue to lead Accenture Digital for the West. David served Accenture’s Southern California leadership team and is the executive sponsor for campus recruiting at UCLA, where he graduated with a BS in Mathematics of Computation. An avid cyclist, David lives in Encino with his wife of 25 years and three daughters.

Jack Schaedel joins The Scali Law Firm. Schaedel, one of California’s leading labor and employment lawyers, joins the firm as a Partner and will co-chair its Labor and Employment Law practice. Schaedel’s experience includes numerous favorable verdicts and dismissals for companies accused of discrimination or harassment, including a million-dollar reverse fee award in favor of a client wrongly accused of sexual harassment by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Aminian Baghai
Rick Offsay
Latham & Watkins LLP
Rick Offsay has been elected to the partnership, effective January 1, 2018. A member of the Corporate Department, he advises clients in transactions across the entertainment and media industry, handling complex transactions, with a focus on strategic joint ventures and M&A deals.

Laura R. Washington
Latham & Watkins LLP

Laura R. Washington has been elected to the partnership, effective January 1, 2018. A member of the Litigation & Trial Department, she focuses on complex commercial litigation in the entertainment and media industry and represents clients in a range of intellectual property disputes.

Sean C. Denvir
Latham & Watkins LLP

Sean C. Denvir has been elected to the partnership, effective January 1, 2018. A member of the Corporate Department, he represents private equity firms, as well as public and private companies, in M&A and other corporate transactions.

Josh Holt
Latham & Watkins LLP

Josh Holt has been elected to the partnership, effective January 1, 2018. A member of the Finance Department, he advises both lenders and borrowers on a wide range of transactional matters. His experience includes structuring and negotiating various financial transactions.

Arash Aminian Baghai
Latham & Watkins LLP

Arash Aminian Baghai has been elected to counsel, effective January 1, 2018. A member of the Corporate Department, he advises on complex equity derivative transactions across diverse industries, with a particular focus on the power, healthcare, life sciences, and automotive sectors.

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.