Los Angeles Business Journal


Monday, October 20, 2014


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


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


Reynoso

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



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


Craig


Dorani

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


Monday, October 13, 2014


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


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


Luttrell

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



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


Garibaldi

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



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

Monday, October 6, 2014


Warden

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



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


O'Neil

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


Monday, September 29, 2014


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


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


Warden

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



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


Cull

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


Monday, September 22, 2014


Smith
Beltran
Kayne
  
NONPROFIT
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF.net) announces the appointment of its first woman Chairperson of the Board in over 60 years. Shelley I. Smith, Esq., has 30 years of legal experience, has served on several fiduciary and investment group Boards, and has been a member of ECF’s Board for five years. Also, Steven P. Beltran, a lawyer with extensive experience advocating for individuals with special needs, and Mary Kayne, a former TV programming executive and philanthropist, have joined ECF’s Board of Directors. ECF provides services for children and adults with special needs. Connect at facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.


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


Fenton

  
LAW
U.S. News and World Report “Top Tier” healthcare law firm Fenton Law Group, experiencing solid growth in its first year of operation, has opened a Northern California office to meet demand. Fenton Law Group, with offices in Los Angeles and, now, Oakland, CA, represents physicians, medical groups and other healthcare providers.



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

Monday, September 15, 2014


Block

  
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Accretive Solutions, a national consulting firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gavin Block to lead the Southern California market as Vice President. Gavin brings vast experience and knowledge in a variety of industries, including venture capital & private equity. Gavin’s practice focuses on delivering services in technical accounting & finance and enterprise governance, which also includes business transformation. Previously, Gavin worked for several professional services firms including the investment banking industry.



Niedzwiecki
  
HEALTHCARE
Matthew Niedzwiecki has been named chief operating officer of Orthopædic Institute for Children (OIC). Niedzwiecki will direct the strategic operation of OIC and oversee its administrative functions. OIC is a world leader in pediatric orthopaedic care, research and education, and has locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Westwood.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Moggs

  
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Team One, a full-service marketing communications agency specializing in aspirational brands, and a division of Saatchi & Saatchi, appointed Howard Moggs as Director, New Business Development. With more than 13 years experience developing global creative agencies, Moggs will lead Team One’s expansion plans and report to President Paul Mareski.



Sangster
  
FINANCE
In response to demand from our clients and to further enable the growth of our business, Northern Trust is pleased to announce the addition of Claudia B. Sangster as the Director of Family Education and Governance in Wealth Management, based in Northern Trust’s Century City office. With 25 years of experience, Claudia will collaborate with clients, their advisors and wealth planning partners in identifying and establishing appropriate educational programs and governance structures for multi-generational families.


Tucker

  
NONPROFIT
Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC), a national civil rights organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities and chronic disease announces Kathryn L. Tucker as Executive Director and Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs.Tucker expands DRLC’s national advocacy and education efforts. Tucker served as lead counsel in two landmark cases before the United States Supreme Court and has extensive litigation experience in the field of health rights. DRLC is part of the Public Interest Law Center of Loyola Law School Los Angeles.



Song
  
ACCOUNTING
McGladrey LLP, a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, is pleased to announce that Mike Song has joined the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office as an assurance services director. Mike has over 18 years of experience providing accounting and auditing services to both public and privately held entities in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, technology and professional services. He also assists clients with International Financial Reporting Standards reporting requirements. www.mcgladrey.com.

Monday, September 1, 2014


Cornell

  
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Resources Global Professionals (RGP) is pleased to announce that Lisa Ashworth Cornell will lead its Los Angeles practice as managing director. Cornell was most recently managing director of RGP’s O.C. office, but began her RGP career in the L.A. office. Prior to RGP, she served as director of finance for the Staples Center.



Lager
  
LAW
H. Jacob Lager has joined the law firm Freeman Freeman & Smiley LLP’s Los Angeles office as partner in its Business Transactions and Tax; Tax Planning, Advice and Controversy; and Estate Planning practices. Lager’s practice is concentrated in domestic tax, international taxation, and trust and estate matters.


Kirshenbaum

  
LAW
Business transactions lawyer William B. Kirshenbaum rejoins Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman LLP as a partner. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture formations, financings, licensing and commercial transactions. He also provides outside general counsel services to businesses of every size from entrepreneurs to family enterprises to companies with multiple locations operating in multiple countries.



Takai
  
ACCOUNTING
CohnReznick, the 10th largest accounting, tax and advisory firm in the U.S., has announced the appointment of Peta Takai as a Client Relationship Executive in the Los Angeles office. Peta brings vast knowledge and experience in a variety of industries, including private equity and their portfolio companies. Prior to joining CohnReznick, Peta worked on the teams of several international accounting firms.

Monday, August 25, 2014


Lager

  
LAW
H. Jacob Lager has joined the law firm Freeman Freeman & Smiley LLP’s Los Angeles office as partner in its Business Transactions and Tax; Tax Planning, Advice and Controversy; and Estate Planning practices. Lager’s practice is concentrated in domestic tax, international taxation, and trust and estate matters.



Hutchison
  
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Shuster Financial Group, LLC, a leading provider of Financial Services, has named Teri Hutchison as Executive Director, Retirement Services of their Pasadena headquarters. Teri brings over 20 years’ experience in the Retirement Planning industry specializing in public, private and tax exempt consulting services. Teri has held similar positions at TIAA CREF, Pensionmark Retirement Group, Gallagher Benefit Services and MassMutual Financial Services.


King

  
FINANCE
Duane King has joined Grandpoint Bank as Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager in the Bank’s Brentwood office. An accomplished Southern California commercial banker, King will be developing new client relationships and providing a broad range of commercial banking services. Grandpoint operates seven banking offices in Los Angeles and Orange counties.



Grodan
  
FINANCE
Eric Grodan, a veteran in wealth transfer and foundation planning, has joined Abbot Downing as relationship manager. Grodan will work with a team of Abbot Downing professionals in Los Angeles and the Western Region who provide planning and family dynamics services, asset management, private banking, and trust, fiduciary and administrative services to individuals, families, foundations and endowments. Abbot Downing, with $37.9 billion in client assets and a 40-year history of serving ultra-high-net-worth clients, is a Wells Fargo business.
www.abbotdowning.com.


Vahdat

  
INFRASTRUCTURE
Shahram Vahdat, PE, joined HNTB Corporation as group transportation director and vice president as the firm expands its transportation infrastructure and construction management practice. Vahdat will lead highway planning and design projects in California using his expertise in roadway and interchange design and arterial access improvements. With more than 30 years’ experience serving the infrastructure construction industry, Vahdat has provided leadership for numerous infrastructure projects in Pasadena, Irwindale, Vernon and Los Angeles. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Construction Management Association of America.



Chavira
Loeterman
  
PUBLIC RELATIONS
Two veteran public affairs and public relations professionals, Tracey Chavira and Dan Loeterman, are joining the industry leading Cerrell Associates team as public affairs managers. Chavira, who brings more than 17 years of government and political experience, joins the firm’s local government practice. Loeterman, who has worked for numerous elected officials in a variety of capacities, is a part of the firm’s media relations, crisis communications and campaigns practice. Cerrell is one of the country’s leading independent public affairs and public relations firms.


Scoggins

  
SPORTS
LA MARATHON LLC has named nationally renowned sports executive Mark Scoggins as Vice President of Business Development, a new position reporting to Chief Executive Tracey Russell. Scoggins has held executive positions with the Los Angeles Lakers, the National Basketball Retired Players Association and with Magic Johnson Enterprises. “Mark’s extensive experience with industry leading sports properties will prove to be invaluable as we enter a phase of expansion and growth” said Tracey Russell.


Monday, August 18, 2014


McDaniel
  
EDUCATION
Ryan McDaniel recently joined Vistamar School in El Segundo as the Director of Development. With a lifetime of experience in independent schools on the east coast and a B.A. in Public Relations from Hofstra University, he served in the same role for the past four years at The Wesley School in North Hollywood, after having spent three years as the Director of Admissions at Chatsworth Hills Academy.


Newsom
Lewis
  
ARCHITECTURE
AC Martin announces new leadership changes. Robert ‘Bob’ Newsom, FAIA has joined the firm as President, bringing over 40 years of experience and leadership to the firm. He has been involved with an extensive body of work, spanning several markets and building types across the nation. As President, Bob Newsom will be responsible for leading the firm in major projects, pursuing new business opportunities, interfacing with current and future clients, and representing AC Martin in the greater community. Ken Lewis, AIA, LEED AP will now serve as Chief Operating Officer for the firm, and will be responsible for managing the firm’s operations and resources. He will continue to serve as the AC Martin’s Sustainability Leader, providing guidance on all projects, and overseeing sustainable practices in the firm’s business operations.


Lee

  
ACCOUNTING
Jean Lee has been promoted to Principal within RBZ’s Business Management department. Lee has 21 years of experience providing business management and accounting services to the entertainment industry, high-net-worth individuals, and company executives. Lee’s expertise is focused on assisting clients with the long-term preservation and growth of their net worth through day-to-day financial and business management services.



Tiberi
  
INFRASTRUCTURE
HNTB Corporation tapped David Tiberi, PE, PMP, CCM, as regional construction leader and vice president for its expanding West Division transportation infrastructure practice. He will oversee the construction of public works and infrastructure projects and maintain strong relationships with the California Department of Transportation, the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, San Bernardino Associated Governments, and the Orange County Transportation Authority. Tiberi has nearly three decades of industry experience providing planning, engineering, construction and program management for California infrastructure projects.


Reback

  
REAL ESTATE
Howard Reback, a veteran within the office facilities and real estate industry has formed Reback Realty Services. His new company provides real estate brokerage and consulting services to select clients as he will continue to represent tenants in the leasing and purchase of office space as well as buyers of investment properties. Howard is currently active within professional and non-profit organizations which include membership chair of CCIM LA Chapter and board of directors of Step Up On Second.



McTiernan
  
FINANCE
1st Century Bank N.A., a premium service business bank focused on the needs of entrepreneurs, businesses and professionals in the West Los Angeles community, warmly welcomes Neil McTiernan as Vice President, Relationship Manager. Neil brings in to the company over 10 years of banking expertise and successful track record, previously serving as Manufacturer’s Bank’s Business Development Officer. In his new position at 1st Century Bank, Neil, a native of the West Side, will be focused on catering to the commercial banking needs of middle-market companies, and developing creative banking solutions for high net worth individuals.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Nyquist

  
LAW
Peter Nyquist joins Greenberg Glusker as a Partner in its Environmental Group. Nyquist represents clients in matters involving state and federal Superfund; investigation, remedial or corrective action requirements at contaminated sites; and litigation of cost recovery, toxic tort and citizen suits. He serves as the 2014-2015 Chair of the L.A. County Bar Association’s Environmental Section. Nyquist and Greenberg Glusker’s team of environmental attorneys are recognized as leading environmental lawyers by Chambers USA.



Eshenbaugh
  
ARCHITECTURE
Wolcott Architecture Interiors has appointed Jennifer Mathews Eshenbaugh as the new Director of Operations, Administration and Human Resources. Jen has a BA from UC Irvine and career experience in for and non-profit. She brings to Wolcott expertise in management, operations, human resources and strategic planning.


Chung

  
ARCHITECTURE
Harley Ellis Devereaux welcomes David Chung as Healthcare Design Studio Leader for its Los Angeles office. Chung brings 20 years of experience within the design and construction industry, with a focus on medical care facilities under OSHPD jurisdiction. Chung’s extensive experience includes hospitals, medical towers, health clinics, and imaging centers.



Salas
  
ACCOUNTING
Sergio Salas has been promoted to Principal in RBZ’s growing tax practice. Salas began his career at RBZ in 2005. He has 15 years of tax and consulting experience specializing in corporate, individual, and partnership taxation. Salas’ industry expertise includes working within the real estate and high-net-worth marketplace.


  
REAL ESTATE
CIRE Commercial Real Estate Inc., Broker, Eric Friedland, has opened a new office in Woodland Hills, CA. CIRE specializes in assisting Retailers, Schools, Service businesses, Car Dealerships and any others in need of Commercial Space in the all of the trade areas of Northern and Southern California. CIRE also represents Landlords in procuring new Tenants as well as consulting services regarding lease/landlord/tenant issues. Eric Friedland has been in the business over 20 years and brings to CIRE both knowledge and tenacity to assist retailers and users of Commercial space in navigating everything from location sourcing, lease negotiation, and ancillary issues that arise in opening a new location. For Real Estate Assistance, please call Eric at 818 398 0354. www.cirecre.com


Monday, August 4, 2014


Chun
  
ACCOUNTING
Lynell Chun has been promoted to Principal at RBZ. Lynell has over 20 years of tax and consulting experience serving the family wealth industry. Her expertise includes working with high-net-worth individuals, family office groups, trusts and estates, S and C corporations, partnerships and other pass through entities. From 2011 through 2013, Lynell has been recognized as Five Star Professional Wealth Manager by Los Angeles Magazine.


Shigetomi
  
ARCHITECTURE
Harley Ellis Devereaux welcomes Patsy Shigetomi, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP as Corporate Commercial Design Studio Leader for its Los Angeles office. Shigetomi brings 20 years of leading interior architecture design teams for major education, institutional, commercial and hospitality projects in Los Angeles and on projects across the country.


Volkmann-Viola
Jones

  
CIVIL ENGINEERING
Hall & Foreman, Inc. (HFI), a civil engineering, land planning, and surveying firm, announces two promotions. Deering Volkmann-Viola, P.E., Project Manager/Associate is named Project Director/Associate. As a key player in HFI’s successful infill and multi-family housing business, she will provide project oversight and team leadership.
Chris Jones, P.L.S., Survey and Mapping Manager, is appointed to Associate. He is instrumental to the growth of the firm’s survey and mapping business. As Associate, he will assist the management team with strategic planning.