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Monday, November 28, 2016

Brooks Kushman P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of David A. Randall to the firm’s Los Angeles Office. Randall handles all aspects of intellectual property law. He regularly advises clients on the development and management of patent portfolios in the mechanical and electrical arts. He also specializes in patent litigation and post-grant proceedings. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Randall was a partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

Leading West Coast condominium sales and marketing company Polaris Pacific appointed Mike Akerly as Vice President, Regional Manager to spearhead the company’s strategic growth in Southern California, Arizona and Hawaii. A licensed attorney and real estate broker, Akerly is based out of the company’s Los Angeles office.

Monday, November 21, 2016


BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading accounting and consulting organizations, today announced that Lewis Sharpstone has joined the Los Angeles office as a Partner in the Assurance Practice. In this role, he will be responsible for managing client and prospect relationships and will serve as the West Region Practice Leader for BDO’s Nonprofit industry group.

Union Bank announced the appointment of Adam Feit as a Managing Director and Los Angeles Market President for Commercial Banking. He replaces Karim Teymourtache, who will retire in December. Based in downtown Los Angeles, Feit reports to Scott R. Connella, Managing Director and Head of Commercial Banking for Southern California.


Eric Garfield, MAI, CCIM has joined Cushman & Wakefield as a Managing Director in the firm’s Los Angeles office.
He will work within the Valuation & Advisory group and focus on valuation for estate planning, non-cash charitable contribution/donation and financial reporting (ASC Topics 805, 350 and 360). He has qualified as an expert witness in Superior Court and clientele include REITs, attorneys, trusts and CPAs / Auditors.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Eric was a Managing Director and the National Partner-in-Charge of Tangible Asset Valuation at Andersen Tax, LLC. Eric earned his MBA in Real Estate from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Retail Design Collaborative, formerly P+R Architects, is excited to welcome Sean Slater, AIA, as the newest Principal to the firm. Thought leadership in retail design is a core tenet of Retail Design Collaborative. Sean’s role will be heavily involved in furthering this tenet, as well as working closely with the Principals in all aspects of the practice. Additionally, he will be mentoring and energizing design staff to contribute to the evolution of the firm’s retail design platform.

Snyder Langston, one of Southern California’s largest and most respected builders, is pleased to announce it has named Gary Campanaro as Chief Financial Officer. Gary has over 30 years of accounting, finance, and real estate experience, and has served both privately and publicly owned companies over the past 18 years, including CBRE, KPMG, The Keith Companies, and others. He brings with him a breadth of knowledge and experience that complements Snyder Langston’s Trusted Advisor culture.


Gensler has promoted five design leaders to the role of Design Director in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office. Design Directors Darren Adkisson, Elizabeth Pritchett, John Cho, Michael Volk and Roger Sherman are responsible for advancing Gensler’s design excellence and innovation. Darren Adkisson oversees architectural design of education and commercial building projects. Elizabeth Pritchett leads interior design of sports venue projects. John Cho delivers architectural design of mixed use and retail developments. Michael Volk executes architecture and urbanism projects. Roger Sherman oversees architecture and urban design projects and serves as an adjunct professor at UCLA.

Monday, November 7, 2016

International trial lawyer Lee Crawford Boyd has joined McKool Smith as a principal in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Boyd has more than 25 years of experience handling matters involving foreign affairs, cross-border disputes, property restitution law, international human rights, and complex commercial litigation and arbitration. She has tried more than 30 cases, including jury trials, in New York and California, and argued more than 10 appeals in federal and state court.

Webcor Builders has named Gust Soteropulos Senior Vice President, General Manager to lead the Southern California Region and Ken Summers Senior Vice President of Operations. Both have delivered Webcor’s most complex projects and strategic initiatives. Combined, Gust and Ken have a tenure with Webcor spanning nearly three decades.

Monday, October 31, 2016


Steven Greene , PhD, joined HNTB Corporation’s West Division transit practice as group director, planning, and associate vice president. He will be responsible for the development and support of the firm’s expanding multimodal transit planning practice, focusing on transit and corridor studies, and work with clients to advance projects from early feasibility studies to delivery. He is based in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office.
With more than 15 years of expertise in transportation planning and analysis, Greene has extensive experience conducting feasibility studies for regional transportation agencies, including the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Southern California Association of Governments.

Lynne Bolen, MBA, MS joins United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties as the Chief Financial Officer. UCPLA is one of the largest nonprofit direct care service providers in Southern California for persons with developmental disabilities. Bolen brings extensive nonprofit financial experience and strategic fiduciary planning.


Grandpoint Bank has promoted Karen McGuire to Executive Vice President. McGuire manages the Bank’s Construction Lending Department, which she helped establish in 2013. She oversees all of the Bank’s construction lending activity in California, Arizona and Washington. McGuire, who joined Grandpoint in 2012, is based in Irvine.

Kroll, the global leader in risk mitigation, compliance, investigations, security, and incident response solutions, has appointed Cyber Security & Investigations Practice Leader Erik Rasmussen to Head of the Los Angeles Office.

Monday, October 24, 2016


BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services organizations, would like to announce that Benjamin White has joined BDO’s Los Angeles office as a Tax Partner. Benjamin was previously a Partner in BDO’s Las Vegas office. In his new role, he will be responsible for managing client and prospect relationships for the Los Angeles office and provide support for other offices in the west region.

Evens Architects, a boutique studio at KAA Design, is excited to announce the promotion of John P. Margolis to Studio Director. Mr. Margolis joined the firm as Sr. Project Manager in 2014, after operating his own firm, Margolis Incorporated in New England for twenty years. In his new role, Mr. Margolis is responsible for managing the daily operations of the studio, and bringing his discerning eye and talent to all design endeavors. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, National Council for Architecture and the Regional Cabinet for Southern California for Washington University, and served as president of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, New England Chapter.


Monica Baumann launches The Scali Law Firm’s Sacramento office.
Baumann, former Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs for the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA), will be based in Sacramento to service the firm’s Northern and Central California clients. As a leading law firm in California to the Automotive Industry, The Scali Law Firm advises its auto dealer clients and others on the rapidly changing automotive regulatory landscape.

Cecilio Valdivia, CPA, an audit partner with the renowned international firm, BDO USA LLP, brings 15 years of public accounting experience to the finance committee at Valley Community Healthcare. Valdivia was nominated to the board by Victor Berrellez, current Board Vice-Chair, who he met through the Little League they both support. “As a first generation Mexican American I can relate to the issues faced by the many immigrant patients served by the Center” he said. “By serving on the board I have a way to support my community and this organization.” Cecilio Valdivia lives in Santa Clarita with his wife, Jennifer, and children, Meghan, Mathew and Everett.


RSM US LLP, the nation’s largest provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, recently announced the promotion of Susan Lee to tax partner in the Los Angeles office. Susan is a trusted advisor to middle market leaders globally and has extensive experience in federal and state tax consulting, tax compliance and audit examinations. Susan has been in public accounting for over 15 years and has been with RSM since 2007.

Green Hasson Janks is expanding its Tax Practice. Raymond Blatt has joined the Firm as a principal. Blatt brings with him more than 30 years of state and local tax experience with an emphasis in property tax compliance and valuation issues, as well as audit representation and resolution. Blatt’s expertise in property tax extends throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and his industry experience includes manufacturing, wineries, bio-medical and airlines in addition to many others.


BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading accounting and consulting organizations, would like to announce that Mr. Karim Pirmohamed has joined the Los Angeles office as a Managing Director in their Risk, Management & Technology Advisory Services (RMTAS) Practice. Pirmohamed, is relocating to Los Angeles from BDO’s United Kingdom office. In this role, he will be responsible for managing client and prospect relationships for the firm and providing support to other offices in the west.
“Karim is an excellent fit for our Los Angeles Risk, Management & Technology Advisory Services Practice,” said Vicky Gregorcyk, National Practice Leader Risk, Management and Transaction Advisory Services at BDO USA, LLP.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier has appointed Jeff Klocke, to Vice President and General Manager. Klocke assumes all aspects of the daily operation of the two-acre amusement park. Mary Ann Powell remains Chief Executive Officer and owner of Santa Monica Amusements, which has managed operations for Pacific Park since 2012. Klocke joined the team in 1999 and together they have generated record EBITDA growth and increased attendance to over 8 million visitors annually.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica is proud to announce that Jessica Rubecindo, Manager of Resource Development and Volunteer Management, has been named Administrator of the Year for the Pacific Region. Awarded by The Professional Association of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Ms. Rubecindo was recognized during a special awards luncheon at the BGCA Pacific Regional Conference on Thursday, September 22nd held at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.


Douglas Elliman welcomes Sunny Magner as vice president of people and culture for the Western region. Magner will work alongside corporate leadership to support the expansion of the firm’s brand, coordinating office expansions, spearheading the recruitment of professionals and integrating all new agents and employees into Douglas Elliman’s culture.

Exer More Than Urgent Care announced Rob Mahan as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and confirmed plans to open new clinics in Redondo Beach, Santa Clarita and Manhattan Beach over the next several months. Exer More Than Urgent Care is California’s fastest-growing privately-owned ER-alternative and offers patients high-quality healthcare that’s affordable, convenient and provided directly by Emergency Medicine Doctors and Mid-Level Providers.
“I am humbled to join the Exer family and look forward to working with this incredible team of doctors, clinicians and staff to expand our operations and open more clinics across Southern California,” said Rob Mahan.


RSM US LLP, the nation’s largest provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, recently announced the promotion of Pat Carney to tax partner in the Los Angeles office. Pat currently leads the West Region state and local tax practice and has been particularly active bringing value to his clients with training grants and sales tax refund studies. He has also identified significant income tax planning opportunities across multiple industries.

Signature Analytics Appoints Trevor Lattin as Vice President of Business Development
Trevor Lattin has been appointed Vice President of Business Development of Signature Analytics for the Orange County and Los Angeles markets. Trevor is a high performing sales executive with over 20 years of service, product, and consulting sales expertise on top of a Big 4 accounting firm foundation.


Linda Chou, CPA, was named a Manager of Lucas Horsfall, said Mike Amerio, managing partner. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from UCLA and a master’s degree in taxation from USC. She is a resident of Baldwin Park. Lucas Horsfall is one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in Southern California.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Stan Luker has been admitted as a partner in the Moss Adams Los Angeles office. Luker leads the firm’s transaction services practice in Southern California and specializes in mergers and acquisitions for transactions ranging from several million dollars to $10 billion.


BlackLine, a leading provider of financial controls and automation software solutions that enable Continuous Accounting, has appointed Karen Flathers as the company’s first Chief Customer Officer.
Formerly vice president, Global Field Operations, at leading cloud enterprise software company Zuora, Ms. Flathers brings deep experience to BlackLine, including international expertise in ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and other Finance technology implementations. In her new role, Flathers will directly oversee the day-to-day functions of BlackLine’s Implementations, Support, Customer Success and Product Training departments.

New Directions for Veterans (NDVets), a nonprofit organization that helps our nation’s veterans successfully address the challenges after military service, has named Colonel (Retired) Yvette Kelley as President and Chief Executive Officer, it was announced today by Board chair, Rudy E. Grimaldo. Ms. Kelley succeeds Ted Howells, a long-time board member who served as interim CEO for the past six months.
Colonel Kelley comes to NDVets after a long and distinguished career of military service. In 1983, she began as a platoon leader and company commander in the 2nd Infantry Division (Korea) and has since served in a multitude of critical command and staff positions. From 2001-2003, she served as a Battalion Commander during both Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

Monday, October 3, 2016


Brooks Kushman P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas A. Runk to the firm’s Los Angeles Office. Runk handles all aspects of intellectual property law. He regularly advises clients on the management of patent portfolios in the electrical and electromechanical arts. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Runk was a partner at Fulwider Patton LLP.

Acceleration Business City (ABC) has named international award-winning publicist and strategist Nicholas E. Adams to its board of directors. Adams, president of PR and ad agency NINICO Communications, brings media relations, strategic planning and marketing communications expertise to the ABC board and one of the world’s top 25 business accelerators.


Envision Consulting, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit consulting firm, adds Suzanne Elliott, Principal, and Julie Ha Truong, Principal, to the team. Suzanne, previously with Elliott Strategies, focuses her work on strategic planning. Julie, previously with Center for Nonprofit Management, emphasizes talent development with individuals as well as organizational leadership. www.envisionnonprofit.com