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Monday, May 22, 2017

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.

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).

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.”

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.

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

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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Media Contact: AMG & Associates, Inc.
Business Development
Kimberly Espinosa

Monday, May 8, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.”

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

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.

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. (949) 339-1937.

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:

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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

C.W. Driver Companies is proud to announce the promotion of project executive Paul Ruig to vice president of the Greater Los Angeles Region. In his new role, Ruig will work with project owners and architects to oversee construction projects from preconstruction and planning phases to final project delivery. He will also develop new business opportunities, with a focus on hospitality, commercial, education, entertainment and studio work. With 20 years of experience, 15 of which is with C.W. Driver Companies, Ruig has worked on more than 30 major projects. He can be reached at or (949) 261-5100.

Monday Properties, a dynamic real estate investment firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Carl Groner and David Terian to the firm. As an industry veteran with 18 years of experience, Carl Groner (senior vice president) will lead efforts in acquisitions and capital markets for the west coast market. With nearly two decades of industry experience, David Terian (vice president) will focus on new acquisitions, development and capital markets activity on the west coast. For more information, visit

Stout Completes Acquisition of FMV Opinions
Stout Risius Ross, Inc., a premier global advisory firm, has completed its acquisition of FMV Opinions, Inc., a valuation advisory firm headquartered in California.
This acquisition further solidifies Stout’s estate and gift tax practice as the market-leading valuation provider in the United States focused on high and ultra-high net worth clients. We welcome Directors Nathan Gallagher, Bryce Geyer, Eric Ward and Managing Directors Philip Schwab and John Ashbrook to Stout.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Fuscoe Engineering Promotes Miguel Cabanas, PE to Project Manager in its Los Angeles Office

Dedicated and tenacious, Miguel possesses an innate drive to exceed client expectations and takes a full circle thinking® approach to his projects. He brings a strong commitment to the success of our downtown Los Angeles office and that’s why we’re pleased to announce his promotion to Project Manager.

Peter Bahruth has been promoted to Managing Director at Clune Construction. Bahruth heads up the company’s field operations in Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as their national safety program. Clune is a national general contractor and managed more than $900 million last year.

Arthur Kozinski, Senior Vice President, Oversees Marketing & Business Development at Hathaway Dinwiddie’s Los Angeles Office

With 33 years at Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, Senior Vice President Arthur Kozinski oversees all marketing and business development efforts for Hathaway Dinwiddie’s Los Angeles office. In addition to successfully overseeing major projects, Mr. Kozinski takes on an additional role of providing strategic direction for the company’s marketing and business development efforts in Los Angeles. He is currently involved with Los Angeles Business Council, Los Angeles Headquarters, Design-Build Institute of America, Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He received his B.S. in Construction Management from Purdue University.

NxT studio is excited to announce that Ziya Cetik will be joining our studio as an Interior Design Lead. Ziya has 12 years of experience as an interior designer in workplace, corporate, retail, residential and product design. He is also an instructor at UCLA Extension teaching interior design and visual presentation related classes. His past clients include LinkedIn, ICM Talent Agency, Rusnak Auto Group, RNT 23, SAP and Novartis. He will be starting in his position the second week of April, 2017.

Christine Timbre, Marketing Manager, Joins Hathaway Dinwiddie’s Los Angeles Office

Christine Timbre has joined Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company as Marketing Manager in its Los Angeles office. With over ten years in the construction industry, Ms. Timbre brings her expertise in marketing and communications to serve as a central resource for both internal and external communications to streamline the company’s messaging and brand identity in Los Angeles. She currently serves as President-Elect for Society for Marketing Professional Services, Los Angeles Chapter (SMPS/LA) and received her B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing from California State University, Northridge.

C.W. Driver Companies is proud to announce the promotion of project executive Paul Ruig to vice president of the Greater Los Angeles Region. In his new role, Ruig will work with project owners and architects to oversee construction projects from preconstruction and planning phases to final project delivery. He will also develop new business opportunities, with a focus on hospitality, commercial, education, entertainment and studio work. With 20 years of experience, 15 of which is with C.W. Driver Companies, Ruig has worked on more than 30 major projects. He can be reached at or (949) 261-5100.

Fuscoe Engineering Promotes Samson Kawjaree, PE to Project Manager in its Los Angeles Office

Samson is always cool and calm under pressure, but underneath has a hard resolve to deliver innovative solutions. When presented with unique challenges, he is always adaptive and willing to step up. His dynamic approach to projects is why our clients enjoy working with him.

Monday, April 3, 2017

On National Doctor’s Day, we want to take the time to thank all of our doctors. While all of our Heal doctors are highly qualified to offer the best quality care, there are three doctors that have firmly made their mark with our patients. Congrats to Dr. Andrew Oliver, Internal Medicine Doctor of the Year; Dr. Shauntelle Bonman, Family Medicine Doctor of the Year; and Dr. Ryou, Heal Pediatrician of the Year!
Dr. Oliver: Heal’s Internal Medicine Doctor of the Year (San Francisco, CA) Dr. Oliver enjoys working with Heal because of the amount of time he was allowed to spend with patients.
Dr. Bonman: Heal Family Medicine Doctor of the Year (Los Angeles, CA) Dr. Bonman is a board certified in Family Medicine physician and a native Los Angeleno. She completed her residency with USC’s Family Medicine Residency at California.
Dr. Ryou: Heal Pediatrician of the Year (Los Angeles, CA) Dr. Ryou has a BA from Harvard, MD from Stanford and completed his residency in pediatrics at UCLA.
Without the dedication from our highly qualified and trusted physicians, Heal wouldn’t exist. On National Doctors Day, we’re so grateful to all of our Heal doctors and their families.

Matthew D. Taggart joins Thomas Employment Law Advocates, APC.

Taggart, a noted trial attorney, will enhance the firm’s arsenal for defending Southern California employers in employment-related matters. Taggart previously practiced at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and Venable LLP. In addition to employment, Taggart also has experience in intellectual property and complex commercial disputes.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Byron Tobey, PE, LEED AP, QSD, ENV SP has been promoted to lead Construction Management at Psomas companywide. Tobey brings 27 years of senior-level experience to his new role. Previously, he led the firm’s Transportation Construction Management Team in Southern California.

Alan Wright joins Cathay Bank as Senior Vice President and Team Manager, Business Development. With over two decades of experience, he will lead a commercial banking team focused on providing solutions for growth, acquisitions, recapitalizations and traditional financing needs for middle market companies throughout Southern California.

Stout Welcomes John Calcagnini

John Calcagnini has joined Stout in Los Angeles as Managing Director in the Investment Banking group’s healthcare industry practice. A veteran of CRT Capital Group, Mr. Calcagnini has successfully executed more than 40 transactions in the healthcare industry across a variety of sectors, including biotech, specialty pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Mr. Calcagnini brings extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, restructuring, and equity and debt financing for both public and private companies. For more information, visit

Systems Source, a Furniture Program Management Company that offers Interior Architecture and Furniture Solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of Tina Conway and Ramona Quinn to its staff. Systems Source is a certified Woman-Owned Business and the 2nd largest Knoll dealer in the US.
Tina, Vice President, Business Development, comes to Systems Source with an extensive career in the contract furniture industry. Since 1990 she has served clients in both, public and private sectors, and has a long track record of executing major projects in Corporate Accounts. Her clients know Tina for her passion to find the best solutions; as well as being consistently responsive, creative and accountable. In her new role at Systems Source, she is charged with developing and expanding business in the LA market.
Tina holds a degree in Interior Design from FIDM and is a native of Los Angeles.
Ramona, Vice President, Business Development, is an experienced business development professional who has worked on corporate, government, higher education and healthcare projects in Southern California and throughout the United States. Ramona is well-respected within the industry for consistently creating a positive work environment and building great teamwork. Her strategic focus at Systems Source will be to bring that expertise to the government, healthcare and education sectors in the LA market.
Ramona is a native of Los Angeles and is passionate about volunteerism and actively involved with The Hope Street Project.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Equinox Strategy Partners’ Jonathan R. Fitzgarrald named to College of Law Practice Management (COLPM)

COLPM, comprised of nearly 250 professionals internationally who have made significant and sustained contributions to the legal profession, will induct Fitzgarrald as a Fellow during a ceremony in October for his achievements to the profession. Fitzgarrald coaches and trains services professionals on strategies for increasing revenue.

Gensler, the leading global design firm, announced Greg Sherlock, AIA, NCARB, has joined the Los Angeles office as a Director in its sports practice area, Gensler Sports. An industry expert in the evolution of sports design, Sherlock has led large-scale sports and hospitality projects at the professional and collegiate level.

R&A Architecture + Design, whose extensive breadth of work includes commercial, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use projects, welcomes Principal Shawn Gehle. As a nationally-recognized design and thought leader, Gehle brings to the firm his track record of success specializing in projects that include creative workplace, educational institutions, and large-scale commercial developments.

Loyola Marymount University announced the appointment of Thomas Poon, Ph.D., as executive vice president and provost, overseeing the university’s colleges, schools, faculty, academic programs, and student development. Poon is currently professor of chemistry at Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, and Scripps colleges. At Pitzer, he served as acting and interim president and senior associate dean of faculty. In his new position, Poon will serve as chief academic officer and lead the university’s strategic planning and budgeting processes.

SierraConstellation Partners LLC, an interim management and advisory firm serving middle-market companies in transition, is excited to announce the promotion of Drew McManigle to Southwest Regional Head, effective March 1st, 2017. Mr. McManigle has more than 27 years of experience in operational leadership, business turnarounds and financial restructurings, and he has conducted complex litigation worldwide. His global experience spans a wide variety of industries, including oil & gas, healthcare, manufacturing, real-estate and transportation where he has held numerous C-level and fiduciary leadership roles. Mr. McManigle attended Texas Tech University and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.

KAA Design Group is proud to announce newly appointed Lisa Copeland to Senior Associate; Michael McGowan and Meghan Beckmann to Associates, effective March 9, 2017. Copeland, CFO, continues to contribute her financial expertise with her tenure at KAA Design Group. Managing operations, financial reporting and processes, her development of financial strategies and best practices continue to be invaluable to the firm. As Landscape Studio Director, McGowan’s vision leads the design and implementation of large-scale custom residential landscape architecture. Beckmann supervises the BIM and design workflow initiatives and has successfully pioneered its integration into the firm.

Effective January 1, 2018, Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) has appointed Tom Barry as its next Managing Partner. Tom will transition into the role currently held by Leon Janks. Tom has been with GHJ for 20 years and partner for 10 years. He leads the Waste and Recycling Practice, as well as a number of key functions at the firm. Tom will continue Leon’s strong legacy of positivity and collaboration that has attracted world-class talent and grown them into future leaders. As part of his vision for the firm, Tom has launched the firm’s #BeMore commitment, which encourages employees to live their best lives – professionally and personally. “I could not be happier to see someone I respect and trust take over as managing partner,” Leon said. “Tom’s leadership within the firm, passion to #BeMore and drive to achieve results will carry GHJ well into the future.” Tom believes in leveraging technology and innovation to create flexible schedules that allow employees to take care of themselves and their families in addition to their GHJ clients. He sees his role as a combination of entrepreneur, partner, consultant, mentor and business advisor to help both clients and employees #BeMore. When Tom is not working, you will find him fishing, coaching or spending time with his wife and four children. By continually investing in next generation leadership and top talent, resources and technology, Green Hasson Janks has committed itself to transforming vision and passion into tangible results for its clients and people.