Los Angeles Business Journal

Monday, May 30, 2016

Andres Ocon, PE, joined HNTB Corporation as Southern California office leader and vice president, based in the firm’s downtown L.A. office. Ocon has over 30 years of experience in business development, program management, construction management, planning and design. He leads more than 100 multidisciplinary transportation infrastructure and architecture professionals in the firm’s four Southern California offices that deliver aviation, toll, highway, transit, rail, planning, construction management, tunneling and other services to clients in this region. His major project experience includes program management for the Los Angeles Community College District; construction management and technical support for Caltrans District 59, Los Angeles and Orange County; and Port of Los Angeles South Wilmington Grade Separation project.


Buchalter Nemer Nabs Litigation Team in Orange County

Buchalter Nemer continues its expansion by announcing the addition of Gary Wolensky and his core team—Anne Marie Ellis, Jamison Power and Paul Alarcón—to the firm’s Litigation Group. These attorneys, who will practice in the firm’s Orange County location, concentrate their respective practices on product liability and consumer class actions as well as regulatory matters representing manufacturers and retailers, particularly in the automotive, sports, consumer products, pharmaceutical, medical device, food and hospitality industries.

Turelk would like to welcome David Marlow and Thomas Reyes to Turelk’s new DTLA office. David and Thomas bring a wealth of construction experience and are very well respected in the LA Market. We are excited to welcome them to our strong roster of Project managers.


HNTB Corporation hired Khalil Saba as new Inland Empire office leader where he will lead the continued growth of the firm’s operations to better serve regional transportation clients, including the California Department of Transportation – District 8, San Bernardino Associated Governments, Riverside County Transportation Commission, the City of Ontario, and other cities/agencies regionally. Saba brings over 37 years of transportation industry experience in civil engineering and program and project management in the western U.S. and Canada. His expertise encompasses road and highway development, where he has a proven track record of success managing and completing complex infrastructure projects, including the $4.5 billion SANBAG Program, Interstate 215 Bi-County HOV Project, San Bernardino/Riverside, CA and the SR91/SR71 Interchange Improvement Project in Corona, CA.

Scott R. Ehrlich joins Sklar Kirsh LLP’s Corporate Group
Ehrlich, formerly General Counsel of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group where he oversaw dozens of high-stakes, post-production and new distribution technology deals, has joined the firm as a Partner. Ehrlich’s in-house experience within the media and entertainment industry and his time counseling a wide range of clients while practicing at national law firms will expand the Firm’s brand as Hollywood dealmakers.

Monday, May 23, 2016


Land Use Group Joins Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP.

Beverly Hills-based law firm Ervin Cohen & Jessup expands its land use capabilities with the addition of Ellia Thompson, Jonathan Riker and Jeffrey Harlan. Handling land use and entitlement disputes from Santa Barbara to San Diego, the firm now represents clients both on the planning and development side and in litigation. Expertise includes land use due diligence and analysis; defending property owners from code violations and criminal prosecution; obtaining entitlements including zoning and planning approvals; and litigation actions.

Robert Bloomer joined Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in March 2016 as Area Vice President and Senior Consultant in the Los Angeles office. Bob brings extensive experience leading all areas of benefit plans & programs. His practitioner background complements the Gallagher team in all areas of Benefit & HR consulting.


Tom Boulet joined Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in March 2016 as Area Senior Vice President and Senior Consultant in the Los Angeles office. Tom leads the Human Resources consulting practice for Southern California. His depth of HR leadership and consulting expertise will expand Gallagher’s consulting team capabilities.

BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading accounting and consulting organizations, announced that Connie Cheng has joined as a national tax senior director in the Los Angeles office. In this role, she will advise clients on federal income tax accounting methods issues, including income and expense recognition and capitalization.


Gary Winuk joins Kaufman Legal Group.

Winuk, who served as Chief of the Enforcement Division at the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) from 2009-2015, will head Kaufman Legal Group’s Sacramento office. Winuk will join a team of legal and compliance professionals who provide a full spectrum of legal services connected to the political process at the federal, state and local levels, including expert advice on ethics compliance, campaign finance and election laws.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Barbara Dunn, FIIDA, a Principal at Gensler Los Angeles, was named this year’s Circle of Excellence Honoree by the International Interior Design Association at the Calibre Design Awards on May 13. This award recognizes leadership, passion for excellence, innovation and mentorship shaping the future of the interior design profession.


VEDC has elected Nishen Radia as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Radia is managing partner and co-founder of FocalPoint Partners, a leading middle-market investment banking firm with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. He has served on the VEDC board since 2004 and previously held investment banking positions at Merrill Lynch, SocGen and Baring Brothers in London, New York and Hong Kong. Radia received his MBA with Distinction from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and received a degree with honors in economics from the University of Bristol, England.

Kevin Haboian joined HNTB Corporation in the new position of chief business development officer and senior vice president, where he will support the firm’s growth within the transportation sector across the U.S. He brings more than 30 years of transportation industry experience leading and growing major lines of business – including highways, bridges, transit and aviation – and serving in key roles on numerous complex public transportation programs. Haboian’s experience includes the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement, Long Beach, CA; I-15 and Route 91 Express Lanes program management projects, Riverside, CA; Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, Monrovia, CA; and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Gold Line Light Rail Extension.


Coldwell Banker Commercial SC (CBC SC) announced that Don Hudson has been recruited to serve as Executive Managing Director for the Company’s Ontario office. Don has built an impressive resume of successes at a number of National and Regional firms in the greater Los Angeles market and he is well known and admired as a Leader, Motivator and Top Producer.
“The growth of our business has created both a need and an opportunity to bring a dynamic leader like Don into our organization,” said Brandon Sudweeks, Chief Executive Officer of CBC SC.
His expertise is strategically aligned with the needs of the firm and in his new role, he will be executing an aggressive recruiting plan and overseeing the delivery of integrated real estate solutions to a growing list of impressive clients.

Monday, May 9, 2016

NRPR Group’s educational video series, PRactical Guide to Publicity, received a Gold Award in 2016’s Hermes Creative Awards competition. The series, led by Nicole Rodrigues, teaches C-Level executives—especially CEOs and CMOs—the benefits of strategic PR, and continues to receive rave reviews. The 11-part series was produced by The Readmond Company and is on YouTube.


Evens Architects is excited to congratulate John Margolis, Sr. Project Manager, on his appointment to the Los Angeles Regional Cabinet of Washington University in St. Louis. The Regional Cabinets include some of the university’s most distinguished volunteers and supporters outside St. Louis, who meet regularly to discuss their efforts on behalf of the university.

Victoria Greene serves as a Vice President and Portfolio Specialist with Chicago Title, consistently managing multi-state and multi-site transactions exceeding one billion dollars. Her expertise comprises a multitude of product types, and her competency extends to a wide variety of clientele including REITS, law firms, and cross-border investors. Victoria has a national presence and is based out of the Los Angeles office, she can be reached at vgreene@ctt.com and 951-225-2560.


John Mehigan has been promoted to Senior Market Officer for Regency Centers. He will be overseeing the asset management, development, operation, and leasing of the Southern California region, which includes 35 properties. Previously, John was Vice President of Investments for Regency Centers.

Marketing communications executive Monica Bouldin has joined R&R Partners in Los Angeles as vice president. Bouldin brings more than 20 years of experience to her new role at R&R, specializing in consumer and entertainment marketing; brand and digital strategy; and corporate and multicultural communications. Bouldin most recently served as executive vice president and general manager for Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Southern California.


John Murphy has taken the position of Vice President of Investments for Regency Centers. He is responsible for development and redevelopment opportunities in San Diego.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Laurus Corporation, a U.S.-based real estate investment and development firm, has appointed Simran Bindra as Director of Corporate Affairs and General Counsel. Mr. Bindra has over 15 years of experience representing hospitality, office and retail owners and developers in all aspects of the real estate life cycle, experience which will be vital to support the rapid, continued growth of Laurus as well as its affiliate real estate private equity firm, Ethika Investments.


David Wall, JD, CPA, CFE has joined Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman LLP, one of California’s Top 50 CPA firms, as a Director in Forensic Services. Wall has over 25 years of experience in all phases of litigation. He will serve clients in Financial Investigations, Litigation Support and Expert Witness services.

HNTB Corporation has tapped transportation expert Maureen “Mo” Hayes as government relations and business development leader for the West Division. Hayes brings more than 24 years of experience in managing public policy and business development for complex infrastructure programs and projects throughout California and the western United States. She is responsible for coordinating interactions with government officials and key stakeholders to achieve the firm’s strategic goals in the West. Her client experience includes the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority and the Metro Exposition Line Light Rail; Oakland Airport; California High Speed Rail Authority; and Orange County Transportation Authority, among others.


Easter Seals Southern California Adds Four New Members to its Board of Directors
Michael Murtaugh – Senior Partner, Murtaugh Meyer Nelson & Treglia LLP
Mark Bertrand – Vice President, Space & Defense, Boeing Capital Corporation
David Wolf – Executive Vice President, American Business Bank
David Ritblatt – CEO and Co-Founder, delibrainy LLC.
To learn more about the exceptional services Easter Seals provides to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have an equal opportunity to live, learn, work and play in their communities visit EasterSeals.com/SouthernCal.

Monday, April 25, 2016

E. Allan Spulecki joins Los Angeles-based Meléndrez, a landscape architecture and urban design studio, as Associate Principal to direct and oversee design across the studio. As both a licensed architect and landscape architect, Allan brings 21 years of hands-on experience directing all phases of complex landscape, urban design and planning projects that span varied typology, scale, and program. Previously, Allan served as the Director of the landscape studio at 3north and as Associate at OLIN.


Kelly Wu has joined Cathay Bank as Executive Vice President, Corporate Banking Division. Kelly brings more than 24 years of financial services experience and has provided financing solutions totaling more than $2 billion in senior and subordinated debt transactions involving leverage recapitalizations, cross-border financing, acquisition financing, special situations, bridge financing, and working capital refinancing.

Barlow Respiratory Hospital has announced the appointment of Sandra Harlan, CPA, as Senior Director of Finance.
Harlan is a seasoned leader in finance with over twenty years’ experience. Prior to her appointment at Barlow Respiratory Hospital, she held the position of CFO at a rehabilitation and long term acute care hospital in the Dallas, Texas area. She has previously held various financial leadership positions in acute care hospitals and health systems.
At Barlow Respiratory Hospital, Harlan will be responsible for day-to-day leadership of Finance. She will also be responsible for departments that include Information Technology (IT), Materials Management/Purchasing and Health Information Management (HIM).

Monday, April 18, 2016


Berbay Marketing & Public Relations, a firm specializing in the professional services industry, announces Megan Braverman’s promotion to Principal. Megan’s drive over the past seven years, coupled with her ability to surpass client’s goals, makes her a recognizable force in the marketing and PR industry. Berbay implements strategic marketing programs that increase visibility and enhance credibility to fuel revenue growth. For more information, visit Berbay’s website at www.berbay.com.

Marcus Shingles has joined XPRIZE as chief executive officer after leading Deloitte Consulting’s Innovation Group. He brings 20 years of experience in industry, management consulting, and as a successful entrepreneur. XPRIZE Founder Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., who previously held the CEO title, remains as executive chairman of the board.


James D. Hicken has joined Community Bank as Senior Vice President and Business Center Manager. Community Bank serves the business community providing a full range of cash management and lending products with emphasis in providing a personal relationship for clients and excellent customer service. With more than 38 years of experience, he brings a broad range of commercial lending and community banking experience to his clientele. Hicken is based in the Burbank office of Community Bank.

Community Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Alan Buckle to President, Chief Banking Officer. In this new role, he will consolidate all sales functions within the Bank to enhance coordination between the groups. In addition to his current responsibilities which include the 17 Business Banking Centers, C.H. Cook, Specialty Deposits, International Banking and Treasury Management Operations, Buckle will also oversee the Real Estate Group and Small Business Administration (SBA) Group.


PRO-TEK Vaults, an LAC Group Company, hired Tim Knapp as vice president, Client Engagement. PRO-TEK provides archival media services and storage for major studios, universities, corporations and private collectors. Previously, Knapp was president of Reflex Technologies, a motion picture archiving firm. Knapp also held management positions for Kodak and Technicolor.

Christopher J. Carter appointed as Technical Director of Wolcott Architecture Interiors. On the Wolcott team since 2013, Chris has been responsible for developing and implementing standards and quality assurance for Wolcott’s documentation product and will continue to do so across the firm in his new role. Chris’ career has spanned 25 years with work in the US, Canada, and abroad with projects in commercial, civic, and retail.


Champion Technology Company, Inc., creator of DarkLight™, the next-generation cybersecurity automation and orchestration software, is proud to announce that Jess A. Richter has joined as Chief Revenue Officer. He was brought on to build global sales, marketing and customer success teams needed to keep up with the growth and adoption of Champion’s patented technology. Richter brings more than 20 years of sales leadership, alliance partnering and front line sales experience in the enterprise technology and consulting industries. www.darklightcyber.com

Jocelyn Topolski and Michael Funderberg have been promoted to leadership positions within their areas of expertise and have been appointed as members of Bernards’ Management Team. Jocelyn Topolski has been promoted to Executive Director of Project Development. Mike Funderberg has been promoted to Executive Director of Bernards Healthcare Group.

Monday, April 11, 2016


Clark & Trevithick is pleased to announce the promotion of Stephen E. Hyam to shareholder. Prior to being elected a shareholder, he was an associate in the firm’s litigation department representing clients across a broad spectrum of industries with matters that are headed toward or are in litigation. Stephen exemplifies Clark & Trevithick’s core values and his work ethic and strong performance augments our ability to provide the highest level of service.

Leo A Daly has promoted Nicos Katsellis to VP, Director of Operations. He is recognized as an award-winning sustainability champion/senior project manager in federal, healthcare, higher education, and civic projects. Mr. Katsellis led the Leo A Daly team in receiving a 2016 national AIA Award for the B209 Homeless Housing.


Citizens Business Bank is proud to welcome Pamela P. Gaspar as Vice President, Center Manager of the Lancaster Business Financial Center. Ms. Gaspar has over 30 years of banking experience with an extensive background in banking including: business banking, consumer banking, and branch management. Prior to her current position, she served as Vice President at Popular Community Bank, Assistant Vice President at Union Bank, and in the Entertainment Department for City National Bank. Ms. Gaspar has a passion for community involvement and currently serves as Chairwoman of the Antelope Valley College Scholarship Foundation, and Director on the Boards of the Antelope Valley College Foundation and Antelope Valley Hospital Foundation. Ms. Gaspar graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Watterson College.

John Wheeling has joined City National Bank as a senior vice president and regional manager with the bank’s Commercial Banking Services division. Responsible for the Inland Empire and Greater San Gabriel Valley, John and his team of experienced bankers provide their clients with advice to help grow and expand their small and mid-sized businesses while coordinating the delivery of a full complement of banking, credit and treasury management products. John brings more than 20 years of financial services experience and expertise to City National Bank. www.cnb.com


The Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) welcomes Mr. Russell Ching, Esq. as a new Board Member. Mr. Ching’s practice is devoted to protecting the educational rights of special needs children. He graduated from the University of Hawaii and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Laverne. Mr. Ching is also the Board Secretary for the Los Angeles affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and a Board Member for The Adult Skills Center (TASC). For more visit www.ECF.net.